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Stories from RuNet Echo from September, 2019

16 September 2019

A professor's self-immolation puts the spotlight on the fragile future of Russia's minority languages

Many people discussing Razin's death seem bewildered that anyone would use minority languages in daily life, let alone die for them—an attitude by no means limited to Russia.

13 September 2019

Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

12 September 2019

As Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners, the RuNet reacted

The return of Ukrainian political prisoners might be a win for president Zelensky. But the decision to hand a key witness to the MH17 tragedy to Russia attracted fierce criticism.

4 September 2019

Russian opposition divided over online ‘smart voting’ campaign

No Russian disillusioned with the country’s rulers has any qualms with voting against United Russia, but many are deeply uneasy about who this means they must vote for.