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Stories from RuNet Echo from May, 2020

29 May 2020

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

Rising Voices

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

28 May 2020

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

COVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

27 May 2020

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

COVID-19

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

18 May 2020

Journalists in Russia's regions catalogue the ‘unseen victims’ of COVID-19

COVID-19

The wider social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have destroyed livelihoods and sometimes ended lives. Coronavictims.ru exists to catalogue what its founders call the "unseen" victims of the pandemic.

17 May 2020

‘We're staying home today’: The unexpected anthem of Russia's COVID-19 lockdown

COVID-19

"We're staying home today," a 2017 song by Moscow band Hadn Dadn, has captivated a country cautiously emerging from lockdown.

11 May 2020

Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online

COVID-19

There were no parades this year. But the RuNet's resourcefulness prepared Russia well to commemorate Victory Day in lockdown — seamlessly converting the largest public holiday into a mass online event.

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