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12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

11 February 2016

Kremlin Censor Finally Brings Down the Hammer on the RuNet’s Pluckiest Freedom Advocates

Global Voices Advocacy

Government censors have blocked the website of Russian digital rights organization RosKomSvoboda for a page with instructions on how to circumvent online censorship and access blocked websites.

5 February 2016

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

1 February 2016

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

30 January 2016

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

29 January 2016

Russian Internet Users Turn to TV for News, But Trust Online Sources More, Study Finds

37 percent of Russian Internet users believe Russian television and online media report on news in the same way, while an equal 37 percent argue the coverage differs significantly.

26 January 2016

Deus Ex Putina

According to a Russian news site and a whole lot of bloggers, Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila, has remarried. The RuNet also thinks it's found her Facebook account.

25 January 2016

The Russian Government ‘Embraces’ Transparency

Russia is finally embracing transparency—so long as it poses no threat to political stability, writes Andrei Jvirblis in this openDemocracy Russia overview of the Kremlin's open government efforts.

23 January 2016

The Only Hero in Russia Who Isn't Named Putin

While Ramzan Kadyrov isn’t Russia’s president, he is far more than a mere regional figure, and the past few weeks have offered only the latest evidence of his “talents.”

22 January 2016

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

Global Voices Advocacy

LGBT activist Sergey Alekseenko was accused of "gay propaganda" after posting a quote from a state regulator's report describing another LGBT community on social media.

20 January 2016

First Russian Pastafarian Gets Driver's License Photo Wearing A Colander

Russian Pastafarians are celebrating: for the first time, an adherent of the religion managed to get his driver's license photo taken wearing a pasta strainer—Pastafarians' obligatory headgear.

19 January 2016

Ukraine Plans Cyber Security Review After ‘Russian’ Attack on Key Airport

A Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman said the recent cyber attack on Boryspil airport in Kyiv had originated from servers in Russia.

Russian Blogger Shipilov Granted Political Asylum in Ukraine

Global Voices Advocacy

Dmitry Shipilov, a Russian journalist and blogger sentenced to community service for insulting the governor of Kemerovo region on his blog, has been granted political asylum in Ukraine.

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

Global Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

18 January 2016

Russian Study Finds that One in Nine Duma Deputies Is an Academic Phony

Dissernet's investigation of dissertation texts found that one in nine lawmakers in the Russian State Duma has plagiarized content in their thesis, raising suspicion about their academic degrees.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

14 January 2016

Triangulating Sources to Thin the Fog of War

Even with the flood of information created and made accessible by the Internet, the fog of war is still thick. But it's not impenetrable.

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