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30 November 2015

Russia Considers Tougher Restrictions on Mobile SIM-Card Sales

You already need a passport to buy a prepaid SIM-card in Russia, but regulators want to further restrict SIM-card sales, citing security reasons and the increasing "terrorist threat."

26 November 2015

Two Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Homosexuality in Public. This Is How They'd Do It.

Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.

25 November 2015

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

24 November 2015

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Tweets Are Now Banned Throughout Russia

A municipal court in Chechnya has banned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account. In accordance with Russian federal law, the ban is effective nationwide.

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

23 November 2015

Nord-Ost Siege Survivor Remembers Captivity After Paris Attacks

With the tragic attacks in Paris earlier this month, many Russians are now remembering how bullets and bombs littered their own capital thirteen years ago.

20 November 2015

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

Inside Big Brother: How Russians Created the ‘Red Web’

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Darya Luganskaya speaks to Andrei Soldatov about his new book with Irina Borogan about the past, present, and future of Russian Internet censorship.

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

Global Voices Advocacy

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

13 November 2015

Unearthing Local Stories on the Russian-Language Internet

While a lot of open-source research on the RuNet is possible thanks to broad Internet searches, sometimes it’s best to drill down to the narrowest sources available.

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

Global Voices Advocacy

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

10 November 2015

Russia's Internet Watchdog May Soon Get More Extrajudicial Website Blocking Powers

Global Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor can already make websites unavailable for Russian users without a court order, but they remain available to users outside Russia—something the new, broader mandate could end.

New Platform Provides Grassroots Organizing Opportunities for Ukraine's Urbanites

The online platform called "Zhyteli" (Dwellers) is aimed at arming urbanites with the tools to communicate with their neighbors more effectively about anything from utilities prices to major renovations.

9 November 2015

Russian Performance Artist Detained for Setting Fire to Federal Security Service HQ

Pavlensky, known for hard-hitting and sometimes shocking performance art, said setting fire to the doors was a symbolic act highlighting the "constant terror methods" used by the FSB against citizens.

8 November 2015

Russia's Most Popular Social Network Just Sent 20,000 Users a Private Message From the Government

Vkontakte says it merely geolocated all users with recent activity in Egypt, contacting them on behalf of the Russian government. There was “no additional targeting,” the website explains.

5 November 2015

The Remarkable, Forgotten Story of How a Soviet Town Disposed of Its Dead

RuNet Echo presents translations two popular texts, one by Sergey Parkhomenko, about how a Soviet town reacted to the discovery of a mass grave in 1979.

4 November 2015

Protest Activity On the Rise In Russia, Study Finds

The overall protest activity in Russia recorded by the experts grew almost 15 percent compared to the first half of 2014.

2 November 2015

Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

When a Russian couple found their Instagram photo splashed over the evening television news as "Sinai plane crash victims," they went on a social media quest to debunk the error.

29 October 2015

Want to Research the Russian Internet But Don't Speak Russian? We Can Help.

Conducting open-source research is especially challenging when you don't speak the language of your research topic. Thanks to the Internet, however, even these obstacles don't make it impossible.


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