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Stories from RuNet Echo from November, 2014

29 November 2014

‘TusovochkaNews’ Delivers Russian Journalists Some Badly Needed ‘Self-Irony’

“The media space in Russia has narrowed to just a couple hundred people who gossip about each other. Sometimes these people don’t get enough self-irony,” TusovochkaNews’ creator told RuNet Echo.

28 November 2014

Ukrainian Twitter Account Chronicles Euromaidan Protests Day by Day

A new Twitter account, Maidan Day by Day, allows social media users in Ukraine and beyond to relive the history of Euromaidan protests as they happened.

25 November 2014

The Ferguson Protests are Actually About Russia (According to the RuNet)

The controversial grand jury decision in the Ferguson case generated much discussion on social media in the US. Turns out, the RuNet users had opinions as well.

Internet Trolls Use ISIS to Write About Eastern Ukraine

Some believe the strange videos and images are the work of pro-Kyiv activists trying to smear Ukrainian rebels with ISIS affiliations. Or is it the other way around?

24 November 2014

In Putin's Russia, Hell Is Other Liberals

The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.

21 November 2014

Meet Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky, Russia's Patriot-Provocateur

Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky has worn many hats in the Russian news media. Russia experts in the West are inclined to dismiss him, but RuNet Echo tried to learn more.

One Year Later: Ukrainians Remember Euromaidan Online

On November 21, the official start of Euromaidan a year ago, Ukrainians flocked to social media to remember and reflect on the protests and their aftermath.

19 November 2014

Fake ‘Ukrainian’ News Websites Run by Russian ‘Troll Army’ Offshoots

A new investigation of Russia's information war has revealed fake 'Ukrainian' news sites are actually hosted, operated, and staffed in Russia without any local correspondents.

18 November 2014

Russian Government Sanctions LGBT Support Group for Suggesting Gay Youths Are Brave

The Russian government seems to be saying LGBT teens are a threat to each other—that they require the attention of medical professionals, who will explain that being gay precludes bravery.

Lugansk News Today: One Man's SEO Battle with Russia Today

Lugansk News Today has been blogging about Eastern Ukraine in English since August, to inform people about events in his hometown, and to knock RT off the Google top results.

17 November 2014

Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop

A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.

15 November 2014

Kremlin Has Mastered Propaganda, But Not Photoshop: Fake MH17 Photo Lights Up RuNet

A purportedly new satellite image presenting unbeatable 'proof’ of Ukraine’s fault in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash has garnered ridicule on the RuNet.

14 November 2014

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

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It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

13 November 2014

Does the Kremlin Help Its Enemies?

There are certain news outlets in Russia you don’t expect to publish stories accusing the government of funding Vladimir Putin’s enemies, but that is exactly what happened last week.

12 November 2014

New Book Tells the Story of Ukraine's Euromaidan Protests in Facebook Posts

A new book, made up entirely of over 700 Facebook posts, chronicles the events Euromaidan protests as they were recorded and told by Ukrainian Facebook users.

11 November 2014

Police Say He Helped Steal $5 Billion, But Russia's Opposition Wants to Save Alexander Belov

Concerns about Belov’s safety in pretrial detention spiked this week, after his brother wrote on LiveJournal about a supposed plan by the Federal Security Service to torture Belov in prison.

10 November 2014

Tired of ‘Aggressive Mainstream Propaganda'? The Kremlin Is Launching a News Network Just for You

Russia's state-run Rossia Segodnya media holding has launched Sputnik, a new international multimedia project to "provide an alternative viewpoint on world events."

7 November 2014

Russia's Punk Underground on Trial

Russian anti-fascist activist Aleksei Sutuga, known as Socrates, is behind bars after a suspicious trial, but his underground punk battle continues online.

Ekho Moskvy Journalist Fired Over “Insensitive” Tweet, Radio Station's Fate In Limbo

A comment made on Twitter by a veteran Ekho Moskvy journalist has caused him trouble with the radio station's owners and possibly cost him his job.

5 November 2014

The Internet Economy In Russia Is Slowing Down, Hampered by Crisis and Hostile Laws

Although Russia’s Internet economy appears to be growing, a close look at recent trends suggests that it's slowing down under the weight of the country’s economic crisis and draconian legislation.

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