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29 May 2018

‘We'll find you and hang you': Russian bloggers threatened for their efforts at doxxing pro-government Cossacks

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"It all started with some attempts at hacking the Telegram bot, and then some pretty real threats started pouring in."

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

Advox

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

18 May 2018

In the fight against pro-Kremlin bots, tech companies are suspending regular users

Advox

Tech companies' one-size-fits-all approach to bot-hunting seems to have dragged a number of innocent victims in its nets.

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

Advox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

7 May 2018

Moscow activists say telcos disrupted mobile coverage during protests, at order of police

Poor or disappearing network coverage during mass protest in Russia is not unprecedented, but now activists are saying the telecom companies are intentionally degrading the service quality on police's orders.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

16 April 2018

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

Advox

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

9 April 2018

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

Advox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

5 April 2018

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

1 March 2018

Russian Authorities Are Trying Really Hard to Boost Turnout in the Upcoming Election, Good Taste Be Damned

"There's no doubt about the importance they’re attaching to the turnout...The money poured into this campaign is being squandered, because these campaign ads are cooked up by amateurs, not professionals."

16 February 2018

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

Advox

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

31 January 2018

‘Buy a New SIM Card’ and Await Further Interrogation: Russia's Security Services Detain and Question a Reporter

Advox

Russia's FSB security services searched journalist Pavel Nikulin's apartment and seized laptops, documents and copies of his independent magazine.

Russians are Baffled by the United States Treasury's Latest Sanctions List

Russia’s political elite registered a collective smirk at the seemingly toothless report.

23 January 2018

What is More Convincing for World Cup 2018 Fans? Russia's Edgy New Tourism Logo or Their Governments’ Dire Warnings?

With the World Cup fast approaching, will Russia live up to its new “The Whole World Within Russia” tourism brand campaign?

16 January 2018

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

Advox

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

17 December 2017

The Campaigning Dead: Deceased Users’ Profiles Post Pro-Putin Messages on a Russian Social Network

Advox

Most of Vkontakte accounts belonging to deceased Russians posting pro-Putin messages have been suspended. Vkontakte’s management, approached by reporters for comment, said these accounts had been hacked by unknown perpetrators.

5 December 2017

Russian Atomic Regulator's Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

"No one is chastising Ruthemium, or even Ruthenium-106. They’re chastising Rosatom for contradictory information and for jokes like this instead of a serious investigation into the accident."

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