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Stories from RuNet Echo from July, 2019

As Siberia burns, Russia chokes

While forest fires are no rarity in Siberia, climate scientists stated that this year’s fires spread particularly aggressively due to a combination of strong winds and the unusually hot summer.

Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election

State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

Russia's north still up in arms over Moscow's trash exports

Resistance to a remote landfill has grown into a nationwide environmental protest movement.

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

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