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19 September 2017

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

8 September 2017

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

1 September 2017

Russia's Social Inequality Is in the Spotlight After an Ex-Senator Gets High, Shoots Up Hotel Room

"Last night an ex-senator Jabrailov shot up a hotel room. He was charged with HOOLIGANISM. However, you are an extremist for liking [a social media post]."

15 August 2017

A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

Even opposition leader Alexey Navalny weighed in, saying despite the profanity, the raps are "100 times more cultural than any comedy show or song contest you see on state television."

31 July 2017

Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

"At a minimum, the numerous problems with rights and freedoms in Russia suck up a lot of time...which doesn’t leave energy for problems taking place far from Russia."

26 June 2017

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

11 June 2017

Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests

On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.

9 June 2017

Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps

The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.

8 June 2017

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.

6 June 2017

Russia's Biggest Social Network Now Allows Political Ads, But Not For Everyone

Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment.

5 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

Global Voices Advocacy

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

2 June 2017

Inside Russia’s National Liberation Movement With Pavel Merzlikin

Lincoln Pigman translates Pavel Merzlikin's opus on how he joined and escaped Russia’s far-right National Liberation Movement.

1 June 2017

Global Voices Seeks New Editor for RuNet Echo

Global Voices seeks a part-time Project Editor to oversee our ongoing coverage of Russia, analyzing the Russian-language Internet, online speech, and social networks.

31 May 2017

Russia's Internet Censor Asked for a PornHub Premium Subscription. PornHub Gave It 10

PornHub has given Russia's Internet watchdog 10 free premium subscriptions, half of which it is giving away "for charitable purposes."

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

24 May 2017

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Russian Crooner Joins Effort to Attract Tourists to War-Torn Eastern Ukraine

Nearly three years into the war in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics are making a renewed attempt to attract foreign tourists to their Russian-backed statelets.

17 May 2017

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom. (From Now On.)

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

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