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Stories from RuNet Echo from June, 2014

30 June 2014

Ukrainian Rebels Worry that Putin Will Repeat Milošević's Mistakes

Eastern Ukraine’s rebel military commander warns that Putin might be repeating Slobodan Milošević’s wartime mistakes, though not in the way you might be thinking.

27 June 2014

Russian Team Leaves World Cup

Russians resigned to poor national team performance.

TJournal.ru Says Enough With Russian Media's Ukraine Coverage

Responding to a flood of anti-Ukraine propaganda in the Russian mass media, the website TJournal has temporarily halted a service that aggregates news stories trending on the RuNet.

26 June 2014

Propaganda Wars: Russian Twitter Account Takes on American “Progress” in Iraq

Someone writing in Russian has issued the latest Internet challenge to the US government, launching a Twitter account parodying Washington's "counter-propaganda" feed about events in Ukraine.

25 June 2014

Russians See in US Government Spokesperson the “Heart of a Dog”

An unusual video clip – the latest in a series of Internet memes attacking Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the US State Department – is circulating among Russians online.

24 June 2014

Could Snowden Be Russia's Alfred Kinsey?

If Kinsey’s Big Data could show the reality of human sexual behavior, what might the total disintegration of online privacy reveal about all kinds of political behavior?

23 June 2014

Russian Bureaucracy’s Race to Police the Web

"...the most frightening truth may be that Russia’s law enforcement agencies don’t always wait for lawmakers to grant them formal authority when it comes to policing the Internet."

Twitter's Game of Cat and Mouse in Russia

A pattern is emerging in the relationship between the Kremlin and Twitter, where Moscow makes sweeping demands of the website and then touts the resulting compromise as a victory.

22 June 2014

Russian Phone Prankster Fools Belarus Dictator

After Lukashenko found out he was a victim of a prank, he apparently gave his security apparatus "a week" to find Vovan and bring him to some form of justice.

21 June 2014

Russians Amused by National Team World Cup Performance

"Everyone is on the Russian team's case, but the real horror is the performance by a team that consists of Real Madrid and Barcelona players."

Russia Claims to Have Forced Twitter into Submission Ahead of Crowell's Moscow Visit

Ahead of a meeting between Twitter and Russia’s chief censorship outfit, Moscow is signaling that Internet giants like the world’s most popular microblogging service must conform to Russian sovereignty.

Russia's Irresistible Putin Swag

Last week, two fashion designers opened a kiosk in a shopping mall outside Red Square, selling t-shirts celebrating Vladimir Putin. Within a day, they'd sold over five-thousand.

Russia Says the Internet Spreads Extremism

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Russia’s Interior Ministry has drafted a ten-year strategy for countering violent extremism. The plan identifies the Internet as the main conduit for extremism and calls for new policing measures.

20 June 2014

Russia's Failed e-Democracy?

Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.

18 June 2014

Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't

There is a new Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. But who's behind it all?

Comas Make for Comedians on Russian Twitter

Until yesterday, racing driver Michael Schumacher was in a 6-month coma. After he regained consciousness, Russian Twitter users welcomed the story with a flood of jokes about sports and politics.

17 June 2014

Global Voices Seeks Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo Project

Global Voices is seeking a part-time Contributing Editor to support our coverage of Russian citizen media, as part of our RuNet Echo project.

Tor's Skyrocketing Popularity in Russia

Since mid-August 2013, the average daily number of Russian users of the Tor anonymity network, a free software for enabling online anonymity and resisting censorship, has multiplied fourfold.

12 June 2014

Russian Emigration in the Internet Age

Russia’s emigration in the Internet Age: people leave—to escape, to explore, and to unwind—but nobody really disconnects.

11 June 2014

Some Clarity on New Russian Blogger Regulations

The Russian agency in charge of regulating the Internet, Roskomnadzor, has released a new document detailing how laws governing blogs will operate when they comes into effect later this summer.

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