Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2017
21 March 2017
What started out as a playful response to an attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny quickly turned into an online protest.
Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
18 March 2017
Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.
16 March 2017
The Belarusian ministry in charge of managing disasters and national emergencies has produced a cartoon show. The series features animals in Looney-Toons-style misadventures, and teaches children how to stay safe.
It doesn't happen often in Russia, but police have agreed to investigate a case of potential voter fraud from last September's elections in St. Petersburg.
14 March 2017
While the West twisted, discoed, and boogied, the people of the Soviet Union were treated to a bland but charming, state-censored version of Western music: the so-called vocal-instrumental ensembles (VIAs).
13 March 2017
As a new law designed to fight terrorism takes effect in Russia, missionary work by minority Christian groups is becoming a gamble with the police.
10 March 2017
For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.
8 March 2017
According to sources in the Kremlin, the order came from the very top: Russian governors were to celebrate International Women's Day "creatively."
A group of socialist activists in St. Petersburg is using guerilla advertising to show the city a different way to acknowledge International Women's Day.
6 March 2017
About 1,300 miles east of Moscow, there’s reportedly a three-year-old girl dying of AIDS. Unfortunately for the child, her mother denies the existence of the human immunodeficiency virus.
2 March 2017
The list, like Ukraine's new Information Security Doctrine, is directed at countering the dissemination of pro-separatist and pro-Russian information.
1 March 2017
An ex-mayor ousted by one of Vladimir Putin’s close allies is now looking to crowdfund the creation of a museum called “Putin-Superhero.”