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24 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Three

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the third installment.

23 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Two

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the second installment.

18 July 2016

Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters

Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!

14 July 2016

Russian Athlete Branded a ‘Traitor’ for Competing in Rio Olympics

Internet users in Russia are ganging up on long jumper Darya Klishina for agreeing to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics under a neutral flag.

13 July 2016

Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)

“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.

12 July 2016

Global Voices Seeks Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo Project

Interested candidates, please send a résumé, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good candidate for the job.

11 July 2016

You've Read Our Open-Source Research Guidebook. Now Let's Use It.

This ninth and final entry takes the tools and instructions we've been studying and applies them to a single case study: last year's wildfires in the Siberian city of Chita.

9 July 2016

With 2 Months Before Parliamentary Elections, Russia's Internet Censor Swings Into Action

The Russian government blocked four websites on July 8 that published calls to boycott parliamentary elections this September, along with broader plans for protests to disrupt the voting.

8 July 2016

A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.

While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.

6 July 2016

This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza

Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.

5 July 2016

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

1 July 2016

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner May Have Finally Landed in a Scandal He Can't Overcome

A single, poorly worded question displaying insensitive nonchalance after a tragedy appears to be the downfall of Russia's commissioner of children's rights.

29 June 2016

Belarusians Get Naked and Get to Work. (President's Orders.)

Belarusian Internet users have been taking off their clothes in the workplace, after President Lukashenka's video address went viral.

24 June 2016

Vladimir Putin's ‘Favorite Chef’ Is Linked to Attacks on Journalists and Opposition Members

Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”

23 June 2016

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

Global Voices Advocacy

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

21 June 2016

Russian TV Journalist Tells Man to Work Harder, If He Can't Afford a Vacation

Petr Zamkovoi has almost 13,000 times fewer Twitter followers, but TV journalist Vladimir Soloviev still found the time to lecture him about hard work and providing for one's family.

20 June 2016

Russia Mulls A ‘National Big Data Operator’ to Control Internet User Data

Russian officials are considering the creation of a "national big data operator" that would control how Russian Internet users' data is being used, stored and protected.

18 June 2016

Russian State Censor Can Now Un-Delegate Website Domain Names Extrajudicially

The Russian state Internet regulator, Roscomnadzor, has been grated the power to un-delegate domain names for websites found to host child pornography without a court order.

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