Stories from RuNet Echo from June, 2017
Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?
Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.
‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament
"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"
Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service Issues a ‘Death Penalty’ Calendar
The calendar, entitled "The Highest Means of Social Justice," features a different means of administering the death penalty each month.
Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests
On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.
Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps
The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.
Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’
Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.
Russia's Biggest Social Network Now Allows Political Ads, But Not For Everyone
Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment.
Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website
How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.
Inside Russia’s National Liberation Movement With Pavel Merzlikin
Lincoln Pigman translates Pavel Merzlikin's opus on how he joined and escaped Russia’s far-right National Liberation Movement.
Global Voices Seeks New Editor for RuNet Echo
Global Voices seeks a part-time Project Editor to oversee our ongoing coverage of Russia, analyzing the Russian-language Internet, online speech, and social networks.