Stories from RuNet Echo
18 January 2016
Dissernet's investigation of dissertation texts found that one in nine lawmakers in the Russian State Duma has plagiarized content in their thesis, raising suspicion about their academic degrees.
15 January 2016
Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.
14 January 2016
Even with the flood of information created and made accessible by the Internet, the fog of war is still thick. But it's not impenetrable.
News websites in the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" are being censored as separatist authorities seek to minimize the "destabilizing" influence of the Ukrainian media.
13 January 2016
While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.
11 January 2016
Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.
10 January 2016
Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.
8 January 2016
US cybersecurity experts claim the December cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the power grid in western Ukraine is the work of Russian hacker collective the Sandworm Team.
4 January 2016
When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided to tweet a doctored cover of The Economist magazine with his face replacing Putin's, he got some image editing help from social media users.
3 January 2016
Hackers identifying themselves as Turkish took control of the Russian communications minister's Instagram account earlier today, posting a dozen images depicting Turkish patriotism and falling aircraft.
2 January 2016
The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?
1 January 2016
Politician Invites TV Cameras to Film Him Buying a Russian Car. They Also Filmed His Watch, Which Is Worth More Than the Car.
When Vitaly Milonov brought along a TV crew to film him buying a Russian-made car, he probably didn’t expect his wristwatch to be the story. But that's precisely what happened
31 December 2015
The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.
30 December 2015
Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.
29 December 2015
This is the story of a Soviet scientist who, in 1982, accidentally found himself among the first citizens of the USSR who were able to connect to the Internet.
28 December 2015
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25 December 2015
Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.
23 December 2015
Since three bloggers were arrested in Samara, their story of muckraking and blackmail has come to threaten the future of investigative blogging, as well as Governor Nikolai Merkushkin's tenure.
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22 December 2015
A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.