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20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

16 February 2017

What It's Like to Drive for Uber in Russia

Last month, writing for the popular news site TJournal, Denis Gavrilov interviewed several Uber drivers in Russia, learning about their work, their habits, and of course their passengers.

11 February 2017

Russian Censor's Warning to Radio Station Raises Alarm, Briefly

Alarm about another crackdown on Russian media spread quickly—and briefly—yesterday, when news broke that the state media censor had warned radio station Ekho Moskvy that it could be shut down.

10 February 2017

Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Watchdog Catches MPs Casting Multiple Votes, Again

Knopkodavstvo, or button pushing, as the tactic is known, has plagued voting in Ukraine's parliament for years.

8 February 2017

The Unofficial Mascot for Russia's Government Censor Is an Erotic Anime Character

The dominatrix anime figure “Roskomnadzor-chan,” named after a federal agency and known for her role in an erotic online comic, has somehow become the unofficial mascot for Russia's state censor.

7 February 2017

Ukrainian Social Media Users Get Five Years in Prison For ‘Supporting Separatism’

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The two men were sentenced to five years in prison by a Sloviansk city court for threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Russian Political Panic Returns, As Putin Ponders Reelection in 2018

With Russia's next presidential election now just a year away, expect lots of strange, staged viral videos depicting a nation desperate to squeeze another term out of Vladmir Putin.

31 January 2017

Meet ‘VKgoeswild,’ Ukraine's Classical Pianist-Turned Rocker

Despite winning numerous awards at international classical piano competitions and training with some of the biggest names in classical music, Viktoriya Yermolyeva decided to tackle another kind of music: rock.

Tabloid Tells Abusers How to Exploit Russia's Decriminalization of Domestic Violence

The pro-Kremlin tabloid “Life” shared a bizarre video, titled “He Beats You Because He Loves You,” reviewing the “top five ways to commit domestic violence” and get away with it.

27 January 2017

A Russian Pilot Fights to Keep His Aging Aircraft From the Scrapheap

Alexander Poddubny has taken extraordinary measures to keep his Ilyushin Il-14 from the scrapheap, and now he's drowning in debt for his efforts.

Russian Political Prisoner Ildar Dadin Files Request to Move Prisons

"Are there really no colonies closer to Moscow?" Dadin's wife asked Russia's State Penitentiary Service.

26 January 2017

Russian Developers Launch ‘Airbnb for Homophobes’

A new Russian website supposedly calculates the number of LGBT persons in cities around the country, in an effort to help people evade anti-discrimination policies by homestay networks like Airbnb.

25 January 2017

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

23 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

19 January 2017

They’re Partying This Friday to Make America Great Again, In Russia

Invitations went out over social media this week, informing journalists about inauguration festivities organized by the “White Star” art collective, which includes several prominent figures in Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth movement.

18 January 2017

Mapping the Smells of Kyiv

A small motley crew “with notepads taken from conferences and scraps of paper” recorded the scents of Kyiv this winter. The results, it turns out, are glorious.

16 January 2017

Website That Published ‘Yanukovych Blog’ Says It Was Fake

Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors.

14 January 2017

New Russian App Works Like Uber, But for Funerals

It has all the convenience and technical pizzazz of the transportation network Uber, but this Russian app helps your arrange funerals, not rides.

12 January 2017

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

11 January 2017

As Trash Piles Up in Russian Town, Mayor's Spokesperson Says Locals Are a Bunch of ‘Pigs’

There’s a quiet place called Yugorsk. Located in Russia's Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugorsk is a flat, forested, relatively affluent town. In Yugorsk, the people are as dirty as pigs.

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