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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.

13 October 2016

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

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More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

9 October 2016

Hibernating Bears and Iced Bilateral Cooperation: the New US-Russian Relationship

Phony proverbs and escalated saber rattling are setting the tone for dangerous new tensions between Russia and the United States.

7 October 2016

Atomweight MMA Fighting Comes to Chechnya, and the Local Ruler's Children Are Already Title-Holders

Despite his regular publicity on social media, Kadyrov still managed to shock people, when his three young sons appeared as participants in a recent mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny.

4 October 2016

A Russian Traveled the US Campaign Trail and This Is What He Saw

Ilya Varlamov is one of Russia's most popular photographers and bloggers active today. Last month, he traveled across the US, capturing images that would appeal to his readers back home.

2 October 2016

When Russia's Homeless Population Starts Talking

When Anastasia Ryabtseva first tried interviewing homeless people in St. Petersburg, many of them refused to talk to her. As a journalist, she startled people, who were suspicious by default.

30 September 2016

Russian Politician Wants Journalists Prosecuted for Sharing Footage of His Ricky Martin Dance

A city councilman in Orlov has filed a police report against local journalists for sharing video footage of him dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Livin la Vida Loca.”

29 September 2016

Khodorkovsky Announces ‘Open Media’ Project To Support Investigative Journalism Startups

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's "Open Media" project will provide as much as 30 million rubles in support to investigative journalism startups.

28 September 2016

Russian TV Airs ‘Separatist Coca-Cola’ Prank Video As Real News Footage

A practical joke published on YouTube has made it to network television in Russia, where it was aired as real footage of ethnic tension in Ukraine.

27 September 2016

‘No Embarrassment’ Photo Exhibition in Moscow Ends Early Under Pressure From Conservative Activists

Conservative activists pressured the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow to close Jock Sturges' photo exhibition, arguing that his work violated Russia's laws against child pornography.

23 September 2016

How an ‘American Spy’ May Have Exposed Russian Election Fraud

Depending on how you interpret the numbers, it’s possible that a journalist from Reuters managed to reveal what real elections in Russia last Sunday would have looked like.

22 September 2016

The Russian Political Prisoner's Cookbook

You lose a lot when you're locked up in prison, but one thing you gain is time to hone your talents. Russian political prisoners are certainly familiar with this experience.

21 September 2016

Life in Russia After Porn

A week after Russian censors banned two of the most popular pornography websites around, ordinary Web users are firing back with an online flashmob that mixes satire and protest.

19 September 2016

He Supported Bombing Syria a Little Too Eagerly, Now RuNet Pioneer Faces Prison

Anton Nossik faces two years in a penal colony for saying that Syria should be "Wiped from the Face of the Earth."

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

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The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

After Months of Protest, Russian Coal Miners Finally Get Paychecks

It took a months-long protest and a hunger strike, but miners in Russia’s Rostov region are finally getting paid.

14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

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