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Stories from RuNet Echo from May, 2016

30 May 2016

Russian Newspapers Are Now Warning Readers About Russian TV Networks

A newspaper in Russia's regions targeted by a defamatory investigative report on a pro-Kremlin television network is hitting back with a warning to its readers.

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

Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide

Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.

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.

16 May 2016

Russians Aren't Happy About Losing Eurovision, But They Weren't Happy Before, Either

Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.

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.

11 May 2016

Ukrainian Activists Leak Personal Information of Thousands of War Reporters in the Donbas

The international journalist community reacted with consternation and anger to a leaked database of reporters accredited with the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" published by Ukrainian activists.

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.

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