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2 December 2016

Russia, China, and the Push for ‘Digital Sovereignty’

Russia and China's cyber cooperation is a marriage of convenience that reflects a shared priority: regime stability.

30 November 2016

Mixed Reactions to Kyiv's New ‘Theater on Podil’

Residents of Kiev cheered and jeered the unveiling of the "Theater on Podil" on one of the city's oldest streets.

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

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Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

23 November 2016

A Peek Behind the Curtains at Russian Esquire Reveals Debate on Putin Coverage

In a public exchange, Esquire's chief editor asked not to “burden” readers with politics, after an editor made a recent remark by Vladimir Putin the “quote of the day” online.

18 November 2016

“Golden Ridicule”: St. Petersburg Street Artist Mocks Officials Who Send Their Children Abroad

Hioshi, the pseudonym for an anonymous Russian artist who is known for exhibiting small pieces of art on the streets of Saint Petersburg, debuted an installation earlier this week. “Golden Ridicule...

17 November 2016

Ukraine Cracks Down on Internet Piracy

Ukraine's most popular file-sharing service is shutting down its operations amidst a broader government effort to strengthen Ukraine's intellectual property laws and crack down on internet piracy.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

Activists Want to Build a Monument to Russia's Most Famous Movie Gangster

Russian activists is crowdfunding a monument to Sergei Bodrov Jr., the actor who played the cult hero Danila Bragov in the "Brat" movies.

14 November 2016

Putin's Adversaries in Russia Wonder How Much Worse Things Will Be Thanks to Trump

“America really did a lot for the development of democracy around the world, but everything changes like inside a kaleidoscope with a leader like this,” Vladimir Milov says of Trump.

3 November 2016

Russian ‘Sex Evangelist’ Wants Women to Be Honest About Faking Orgasms

Built around the hashtag #честныйоргазм (“#HonestOrgasm”), the new campaign by “sex evangelist” Elena Rydkina encourages women to share life stories about times they faked orgasms to please partners.

2 November 2016

As Economic Crisis Deepens, Russians Switch from Vodka to Beer. And Moonshine.

The economic crisis in Russia is causing many alcohol drinkers to switch from vodka to beer, according to an article published in Gazeta.ru last week.

1 November 2016

Russian Activists Dox Prison Official Who Allegedly Ordered Torture of Inmates

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RuNet Echo talks to a Russian activist about his campaign to make public the private life of a prison official accused of ordering torture against inmates.

28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

27 October 2016

Instagrammers’ Photos Document the Smog Enveloping Khabarovsk

Residents of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East have been staying indoors or wearing masks when they go outside since a thick smog blanketed the city on Tuesday.

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name and You Don't Even Get It

It's too soon to know if this creature will make a good ambassador for Russia or the World Cup, but it's fair to say already that “Zabivaka” has gone viral.

25 October 2016

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

Hackers Publish Kremlin Aide's E-Mails, Allege Plan to Destabilize Ukraine

Ukrainian hackers say Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov's leaked e-mails reveal a plan to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

24 October 2016

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

21 October 2016

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

20 October 2016

What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?

RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

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