Stories from RuNet Echo from February, 2014
Chechen Dictator and Russian Nationalist NOT Taking Over Ukraine
As conflict in Ukraine's province of Crimea escalates, Internet hoaxes muddy the waters.
Yanukovich's Fabulous Palace Familiar to Russians
Russians, admittedly, are already familiar with examples of their own politicians' wealth and bad taste, as photos of their residences regularly leak onto the Internet.
From Kiev to Moscow: Russia's Tired Protest Antics
As a futile gesture of defiance Russian protesters brought several tires to a Moscow protest against political prisoners.
Big, Bad Bullies of the Russian Media
Last week, popular journalist Vladimir Solovyov dedicated an entire radio show to dissecting and denouncing the Maidan-supportive tweets of a handful of students from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Why?
Ukrainian Revolution Rattles Russian Nationalists
Russian nationalists worry Russian-speaking Ukrainians will be "derussified."
Pro-Maidan Video Goes Viral Thanks to Pavel Durov, Russia's Zuckerberg
Given the political climate in Russia now, Durov's willingness to stake such an unabashedly pro-opposition position on the Ukraine crisis is rather astounding.
Russian Politicians Stick to Their Guns as Ukraine Burns
For Russia's politicians, the battle lines over Ukraine have already been drawn, and now there can be no compromise.
Russians Eye Ukrainian Turmoil with Hope, Fear
"Seriously, 13 wounded armed cops equals urban warfare"
To Hell with the Games: Russians Turn from Sochi to Ukraine
Today, after a relative lull, violence returned to Kiev’s streets, causing a dramatic shift in RuNet activity. Indeed, the images coming out of Ukraine depict something like a civil war.
The Hilarity of Murder Among Russians
Where do you draw the line between a joke and a death threat? That question has been on Russians’ minds this week, after a controversial tweet by blogger Alexey Navalny.
Blood on the Ice, Fury on the Tubes
Drama is never far behind when the Russian and the USA national hockey teams meet on the ice.
Welcome All to Russia's 2014 Olympic Hunger Games
Another way to poke fun at Russia's hosting of the Winter Games has emerged: comparisons between the Olympics and the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise.
Russia's Patriotic Overdrive in Sochi?
The Soviet Union may have defeated Hitler, but modern-day Russia’s war against fascism wages on. And the Sochi Olympics have amplified the fight.
I've Got 99 Sochi Problems
Russian bloggers debated the necessity of criticizing the Olympic games.
The Dependence of Russian Independent Television
For some Russians online, a recent press conference has turned attention away from political repression toward questions about the television business and TV Rain’s troubled past in that industry.
A Riot Within Pussy Riot?
"Since we are now on opposite sides of the barricades with Nadya and Masha, separate us. Remember, we are no longer Nadya and Masha, they are no longer Pussy Riot."
Moscow School Shooting: Firsthand Accounts and Mistaken Identities
"The MPs are thinking small. To avoid school shootings, you shouldn't ban guns, you should ban schools"
13 Olympic Memes as Sochi Games Approach
RuNet Echo takes a look back at some of the funnier jokes that the Russian online community made about the Sochi Olympics during the years of preparation