Stories from RuNet Echo from July, 2016
Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack
RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.
Here's Why Google Maps Changed Some Town Names in Crimea—And Is Now Changing Them Back
As if by magic, Google Maps has changed some town names in Crimea overnight—but now the company says it will reverse the changes for the Russian version of Maps.
A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Three
Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the third installment.
A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Two
Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the second installment.
A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part One
Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the first installment.
Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters
Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!
Russian Athlete Branded a ‘Traitor’ for Competing in Rio Olympics
Internet users in Russia are ganging up on long jumper Darya Klishina for agreeing to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics under a neutral flag.
Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)
“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.
Global Voices Seeks Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo Project
Interested candidates, please send a résumé, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good candidate for the job.
You've Read Our Open-Source Research Guidebook. Now Let's Use It.
This ninth and final entry takes the tools and instructions we've been studying and applies them to a single case study: last year's wildfires in the Siberian city of Chita.
With 2 Months Before Parliamentary Elections, Russia's Internet Censor Swings Into Action
The Russian government blocked four websites on July 8 that published calls to boycott parliamentary elections this September, along with broader plans for protests to disrupt the voting.
A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.
While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.
This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza
Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.
Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown
According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.
#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Ukrainian Social Media Users Break the Silence on Sexual Violence
A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.
Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Is Stepping Down, But We'll Remember Him for These 7 Things
RuNet Echo reviews the seven most memorable moments of Pavel Astakhov's career, as we part with Russia's longtime children's rights commissioner.
Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User
Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.
Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner May Have Finally Landed in a Scandal He Can't Overcome
A single, poorly worded question displaying insensitive nonchalance after a tragedy appears to be the downfall of Russia's commissioner of children's rights.