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18 April 2016

The Awkward Story of How Russia's Top Pranksters Weren't Really Pranked

Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.

12 April 2016

There's Nothing Orthodox About the Way These Russian Priests Get Around

Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.

7 April 2016

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

The Russian Art of Meta-Stalking

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov says his work exposes how “digital narcissism” often “provokes online stalking.” But is his latest project doing the same thing?

4 April 2016

This Is What It Takes to Provoke an Angry Mob of Buddhists

The women of Pussy Riot have been free for more than two years now, but they might soon get some company in the annals of Russia’s crimes against religiosity.

3 April 2016

Panama Papers: Huge Leak of Offshore Records Implicates Russian, Ukrainian Presidents

An international journalistic investigation based on a massive cache of 11.5 million offshore records uncovers the shady financial dealings of 12 current and former world leaders, including Putin and Poroshenko.

31 March 2016

This Russian Website Uses Neural Networks to Combine Images, With Awesome Results

A Russian website based on a neural networks algorithm allows Internet users to combine photos and works of art to create fantastical images.

30 March 2016

Russia Gets Its Very First Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

26 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

23 March 2016

BBC Says Russia's ‘Troll Factory’ Faked a Video Showing a US Soldier Shooting at a Quran

According to an investigative report by the BBC’s Russian-language service, the footage was actually staged by St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory,” the Agency for Internet Studies.

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

Global Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Yahoo has reported receiving Russian requests requests to remove user-generated content from services such as Flickr and Yahoo Groups.

20 March 2016

Russian Journalists Create New Independent Trade Union

Russian journalists have founded a new independent trade union organization to boost professional solidarity and provide more support for reporters working in the country.

19 March 2016

Twitter Through the Years: The RuNet Edition

For Twitter's 10-year anniversary, the Russian news outlet Kommersant collected dozens of "the most emblematic" tweets published throughout the platform's history. We picked out the ones coming from the RuNet.

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.

16 March 2016

Russian Online Service Asks Women to Pay to Remind Their Boyfriends to Buy Them Flowers

“Using modern Internet-advertising tools,” the website says, ”we delicately remind your boyfriend that it’s been some time since he’s gifted flowers, and point out that flowers are important to women.”

14 March 2016

Uber Is Now Sharing Data With the Moscow Transportation Department

Uber, the popular and contested taxi alternative, is now cooperating with the Moscow authorities and sharing their car movement data with the local transportation agency.

12 March 2016

Are There Happy Places in Ukraine? Use This Map to Find Out

An international group of volunteers is creating an online map of all the places in Ukraine where people say they feel happy.

10 March 2016

For Its Dubbed Version, Marvel Removed Russian Insignia From a Scene in Its New ‘Captain America’ Trailer

Within hours, Internet users noticed that, in the Russian version, a soldier's arm at the very beginning of the trailer is missing the insignia visible in the original version.

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