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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.

7 March 2016

Russia's Paranoid Patriotism Gets a Cartoon Movie

A Russian charity group has made what appears to be a truly amazing animated film. The movie, titled “Children Versus Wizards,” is a Russian chauvinist’s fantasy.

6 March 2016

Twitter Reports Massive Increase in Russian Government's Content Removal Requests

Global Voices Advocacy

In the second half of 2015 Russian government agencies submitted 1,735 requests to remove content from Twitter—more than 25 times the number submitted in the first half of 2015.

4 March 2016

Why Russian Television Said Nothing When a Nanny Beheaded a Four-Year-Old Girl

After the horrific murder of a little girl in Moscow, national television said nothing for 24 hours. That gave Internet users plenty of time to debate what the silence meant.

There's a Prison in Russia Making Viral YouTube Videos

When you think of Russian prisons, you don’t typically imagine musical flashmobs or amatuer filmmaking, but that’s precisely what’s on tap at the Number 7 state penitentiary in Omsk.

2 March 2016

Russian Parents Can Now Get Text Message Alerts if Their Kids Search for ISIS Online

A new software system promises to alert Russian parents about their children's interest in extremist themes and groups like ISIS based on their social media activity.

1 March 2016

How to Comb Russia's TV News

This guide explains how to evaluate Russian TV news sources and navigate television networks' online video archives, in order to compare coverage of specific events.

29 February 2016

Ukraine's Eurovision 2016 Entry Is About Stalin’s Repressions. Russia Isn't Thrilled.

Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision 2016 music contest is a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Stalin regime. So why are Russian officials upset?

27 February 2016

Desperate for Safer Roads, Russians Are Literally Filling Potholes with Money

In the past five weeks, there’s been a new slew of pothole-related scandals. Depending on your attitude about lousy public services and motorways, these stories will either entertain or disconcert.

Anti-Extremism Police in Yakutia, Russia, Say They Have Ways of Finding You on WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

WhatsApp messenger is hugely popular in Yakutia—and the anti-extremist police force are on it.

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

Global Voices Advocacy

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

24 February 2016

Homophobia Mars a Chechen Model’s Dream

Many models dream of scoring a photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana. 17-year-old Ilona Bisultanova's dream came true last month, but what followed online wasn't entirely beautiful.

23 February 2016

Russians Find the Stories Hidden in Photos of Decay

There's a community on the Russian social network Vkontakte that takes photos of rust, peeling paint, and decay, and reimagines them as “abstract stories.”

22 February 2016

Hard Labor for Woman Who Reposted Online Criticism of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

Global Voices Advocacy

A Russian court found Vologzheninova guilty of "discrediting the political order" and of "inciting enmity" by reposting or liking online material critical of Russia’s actions in Crimea and in Donbas.

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