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Stories from RuNet Echo from August, 2019

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

The Bridge

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

24 August 2019

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

The 51-year old Yakut shaman calls his quest divinely ordained, insisting that Putin is a manifestation of dark forces which must be banished to save Russia from ruin.

9 August 2019

Who turned off Moscow’s internet during recent protests?

Advox

Evidence suggests that law enforcement agencies pressured mobile network operators to get part of the capital offline for the duration of the protests.

5 August 2019

How protesters are ‘deanonymising’ Russia's riot police

Activists are identifying the men behind the helmets, truncheons, and riot shields, and sharing their names, dates of birth, and links to their social media profiles.

2 August 2019

Russia's LGBTQ+ community reels after murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva

Police say Yelena Grigoryeva died in the course of a “domestic dispute” with her killer, but activists dispute that account; her name had recently appeared on a homophobic hit-list.