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17 January 2017

Russians Are Hacking Your Beloved Fairy Tales. (LOL.)

It's not for everyone, but if you’ve got Russian and English under your belt, and you don’t mind a little obscenity, you’re liable to fall in love with this meme.

16 January 2017

Website That Published ‘Yanukovych Blog’ Says It Was Fake

Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors.

14 January 2017

New Russian App Works Like Uber, But for Funerals

It has all the convenience and technical pizzazz of the transportation network Uber, but this Russian app helps your arrange funerals, not rides.

12 January 2017

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

11 January 2017

As Trash Piles Up in Russian Town, Mayor's Spokesperson Says Locals Are a Bunch of ‘Pigs’

There’s a quiet place called Yugorsk. Located in Russia's Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugorsk is a flat, forested, relatively affluent town. In Yugorsk, the people are as dirty as pigs.

A Young Russian Governor's Fascist Chic

The acting governor of Kaliningrad, 30-year-old Anton Alikhanov, has a winter coat with some unusual arm patches. Some unusual fascist arm patches.

10 January 2017

All the President's Fishermen: Who's Standing Behind Vladimir Putin?

Why is Putin meeting with fishermen from Novgorod so much? Are they really fishermen?

7 January 2017

How Russia’s Conservative Movement Broke Through Online

In the last few years, we witnessed a conservative renaissance on the RuNet, though it's unclear where the community goes from here.

6 January 2017

The Weird and Wonderful Work of a YouTuber Stay-at-Home Dad

Today you can find dozens of music videos shared on YouTube by a channel called “Kids Learning Tube,” where an anonymous American man has spent years uploading educational singing cartoons.

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

30 December 2016

Russia's Five Most Memorable Censorship Moments of 2016

Global Voices Advocacy

As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.

29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

27 December 2016

Russia's Top Ten Memes in 2016

In the spirit of 2016, RuNet Echo risks spoiling everything in an effort to make sense of Russia's hottest Internet memes over the past year.

26 December 2016

American Hockey Through Ukrainian Eyes: ‘Like Interrupted Sex’

A young Ukrainian man visits the wild world of American hockey, where he was treated to a show he didn’t expect (or entirely enjoy).

20 December 2016

Spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry Accuses Facebook of Working With ISIS

Maria Zakharova, the colorful spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, accused Facebook administrators of working for the Islamic State, after the network temporarily unpublished one of her posts on Monday.

19 December 2016

Educators Respond to Plans to Expand Orthodox Education in Russian Schools

The proposed course was designed to replace the existing religion curriculum entirely, leaving parents without control over their children’s religious education.

17 December 2016

Syrian Women Thank Russian Soldiers in New Sexy Calendar Funded by the Kremlin

Thanks to Kremlin grants, there's now a glossy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful Syrian women, posing beside flirty captions that praise Moscow’s armed intervention in the Middle East.

16 December 2016

Social Media Sites Blocked in Kazakhstan on 25th Anniversary of Independence

Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

14 December 2016

Russian State-Run TV Network Refuses to Give Former U.S. Ambassador His Own Show

This Sunday, Michael McFaul proposed a novel idea: he reached out to the chief editor of Russia Today, offering to host his own television show on the network.

Belarus Moves to Block Tor in Fight Against Online Anonymity

Global Voices Advocacy

Belarus is ramping up efforts to crack down on Tor. But does Minsk actually have the ability to block the anonymity network?

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