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27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

26 May 2016

Crimea's Government Cancels That ‘Putin Is a D*******’ Event

A curious event announcement appeared briefly on the website of the Crimean government on May 25. It concerned Vladimir Putin and the word “dickhead.”

23 May 2016

‘Soldiers’ Mothers’ Launch Mobile App to Protect Draftees’ Rights in Russia

Soldiers' Mothers of Saint Petersburg, a non-profit providing legal aid and advice to army draftees in Russia, has launched a mobile app to help draftees protect their rights.

20 May 2016

Leading Russian Independent Newspaper Suspends Deputy Editor After Blackmail Scandal

Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.

19 May 2016

‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.

17 May 2016

A Group of Anti-Corruption Activists Was Attacked Today in Russia. Wanna Buy Some Plane Tickets?

News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.

12 May 2016

Cue the Next Witch-Hunt Against Russia's News Media

If Moscow is saddling up for another offensive against “foreign agents,” Ilya Ukhov couldn’t have timed it better when he claimed Dozhd might secretly receive funding from the US government.

10 May 2016

Russia's 11-Year-Old Internet King

Last month, a mother living in Moscow felt bad for her 11-year-old son. She felt so bad she turned to Facebook, where she appealed to her friends with a request.

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

Global Voices Advocacy

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

6 May 2016

Russian Internet Experts Push ‘Real Name’ Policy for Comments on News Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

A new initiative by Kremlin-friendly Internet experts seeks to make anonymous comments on online media websites a thing of the past.

5 May 2016

How to Learn More About the Big Wigs and Public Officials in Russia and Ukraine

There are numerous free and open information portals and databases available for researching individuals in Ukraine and Russia, whether you are investigating a public figure or a private individual.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

25 April 2016

The Next Attack on Russia's Free Press Comes Into Focus

Someone in Russia desperately wants people to think a billionaire is preparing to sell off two particularly important assets: the energy company Quadra and the media holding group RBC.

23 April 2016

How Ukraine Is Dealing With the European Refugee Crisis

While Ukrainian officials and right-wing activists use the refugee crisis to win political points and shape public opinion, the Middle Eastern refugees themselves aren't exactly flocking to settle in Ukraine.

22 April 2016

Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses

Global Voices Advocacy

Users of the Russian imageboard “Dvach” (2chan) have launched a campaign to deanonymize Russian actresses who appear in pornography, utilizing a controversial new service called “FindFace.”

18 April 2016

The Awkward Story of How Russia's Top Pranksters Weren't Really Pranked

Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.

12 April 2016

There's Nothing Orthodox About the Way These Russian Priests Get Around

Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.

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