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16 July 2019

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

Advox

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

10 July 2019

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.

5 July 2019

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.

13 June 2019

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

Advox

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

11 June 2019

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

4 June 2019

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

Advox

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

27 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

Advox

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

7 May 2019

New Russian documentary brings the horrors of the Gulag to the YouTube generation

Despite the best efforts of Yuri Dud, alongside those of countless other civic activists, Russia will probably remain deeply conflicted over Stalin’s legacy many years from now.

4 May 2019

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

Advox

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.

23 April 2019

As a comedian wins Ukraine's presidency by a landslide, Russians watch with awe and envy

Russians have been glued to their screens as they watched a rare show: unpredictable elections where an incumbent can hold debates with an outsider, lose the vote, and concede peacefully.

15 April 2019

Russian state media scolds independent outlets for ‘neutral’ word choice in counter-terror operation reports

RT’s Russian-language website attacked other media outlets for using the word “killed” instead of “liquidated” or “neutralized.”

10 April 2019

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

Advox

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

8 April 2019

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

1 April 2019

Russians rejoice as their favorite Ukrainian presidential hopeful, a comedian with no political experience, wins first round

Ukraine’s presidential elections attracted intense attention from neighboring Russia, with state television channels -- usually extremely hostile to post-Maidan Ukraine -- attempting to paint a picture of chaos and disarray.

29 March 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

Advox

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

19 March 2019

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

Advox

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

18 March 2019

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

15 March 2019

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

Advox

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."