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4 April 2017

Meet Russia’s Warrior-Writer and Bloodthirsty Priest

In the month of March, Zakhar Prilepin and Vsevolod Chaplin treated Russian Internet users to some extraordinary displays of what they'd no doubt call patriotism.

3 April 2017

Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack

After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.

Five Years at Global Voices and RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo editor Kevin Rothrock celebrates five years at Global Voices with this retrospective on covering news about Russia's Internet and civil society.

1 April 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Russian Embassy

It's April Fool's Day, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought its A-game.

31 March 2017

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

28 March 2017

Russia's Youngster Uprising

Russian youths have invigorated Alexey Navalny's anti-corruption campaign by challenging educators in classrooms and sharing footage of teachers and administrators trying to indoctrinate students against political activism.

RuPaul on the RuNet: ‘Drag Race’ Catches on in Russia

It’s dramatic, it’s campy, it’s gay, and it comes with Russian subtitles: meet the translators bringing RuPaul's Drag Race to the Russian-language Internet.

23 March 2017

‘Zelyonka': the Anti-Putin Antiseptic

"Brilliant green" is becoming the unofficial color of Russia’s opposition movement.

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

21 March 2017

Don’t Make Russia’s Anti-Kremlin Opposition Angry. You Wouldn’t Like It When It’s Angry.

What started out as a playful response to an attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny quickly turned into an online protest.

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

18 March 2017

A Visit to a Moscow Mental Health Center

Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.

16 March 2017

The Amazing, Endearing PSAs of the Belarusian Ministry of Emergencies

The Belarusian ministry in charge of managing disasters and national emergencies has produced a cartoon show. The series features animals in Looney-Toons-style misadventures, and teaches children how to stay safe.

St. Petersburg Investigators Agree to Review Ballot Stuffing Allegations

It doesn't happen often in Russia, but police have agreed to investigate a case of potential voter fraud from last September's elections in St. Petersburg.

14 March 2017

Remembering Soviet Pop: the USSR's Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles

While the West twisted, discoed, and boogied, the people of the Soviet Union were treated to a bland but charming, state-censored version of Western music: the so-called vocal-instrumental ensembles (VIAs).

13 March 2017

‘Riot Cops in a Kindergarten’: Russia's War on Religious Minorities Escalates

As a new law designed to fight terrorism takes effect in Russia, missionary work by minority Christian groups is becoming a gamble with the police.

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

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For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

8 March 2017

We the Governors of the Russian Federation Would Like to Wish You a Happy International Women's Day

According to sources in the Kremlin, the order came from the very top: Russian governors were to celebrate International Women's Day "creatively."

Russian Socialists Celebrate International Women's Day With Guerilla Ads on the Subway

A group of socialist activists in St. Petersburg is using guerilla advertising to show the city a different way to acknowledge International Women's Day.

6 March 2017

A 3-Year-Old Girl Is Reportedly Dying in Russia Because Her Mom Doesn't Believe in AIDS

About 1,300 miles east of Moscow, there’s reportedly a three-year-old girl dying of AIDS. Unfortunately for the child, her mother denies the existence of the human immunodeficiency virus.

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