Stories from RuNet Echo from April, 2017
25 April 2017
Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.
21 April 2017
Russian animator Alexey Yurevich has produced his own version of Rudy Mancuso’s 2016 viral hit, “Racist Glasses,” using the same premise with a uniquely Russian spin.
19 April 2017
18 April 2017
The Kremlin has reportedly decided to unleash a major mudslinging campaign against opposition leader Alexey Navalny, after his anti-corruption efforts shaved 10 points of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s approval rating.
The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.
17 April 2017
Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”
14 April 2017
Alexey Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, says the Russian government appears to have allowed a “homegrown ISIS” to emerge under its nose in Chechnya.
12 April 2017
The New York Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles on Russia. The Russian website Meduza says one of those stories was stolen.
11 April 2017
10 April 2017
Russia's media regulator has announced plans to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers are using to organize protests—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike.
In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their savior: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.
The regime in Belarus hasn't changed; it’s just pretending to be democratic to get what it wants.
On Sunday, the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that Facebook will pay the so-called "Google tax," an 18 percent value added tax (VAT) on foreign companies selling electronic content.
5 April 2017
Lawmakers in the St. Petersburg area want to purge online social media of all children under the age of 14, and eliminate Internet anonymity.
4 April 2017
LiveJournal releases a new user agreement, revealing what steps it's taking to adjust to its new existence as a blogging platform in full compliance with Russia’s stifling Internet laws
In the month of March, Zakhar Prilepin and Vsevolod Chaplin treated Russian Internet users to some extraordinary displays of what they'd no doubt call patriotism.
3 April 2017
After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.