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12 June 2017

Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service Issues a ‘Death Penalty’ Calendar

The calendar, entitled "The Highest Means of Social Justice," features a different means of administering the death penalty each month.

11 June 2017

Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests

On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.

9 June 2017

Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps

The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.

8 June 2017

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.

6 June 2017

Russia's Biggest Social Network Now Allows Political Ads, But Not For Everyone

Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment.

5 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

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How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

2 June 2017

Inside Russia’s National Liberation Movement With Pavel Merzlikin

Lincoln Pigman translates Pavel Merzlikin's opus on how he joined and escaped Russia’s far-right National Liberation Movement.

1 June 2017

Global Voices Seeks New Editor for RuNet Echo

Global Voices seeks a part-time Project Editor to oversee our ongoing coverage of Russia, analyzing the Russian-language Internet, online speech, and social networks.

31 May 2017

Russia's Internet Censor Asked for a PornHub Premium Subscription. PornHub Gave It 10

PornHub has given Russia's Internet watchdog 10 free premium subscriptions, half of which it is giving away "for charitable purposes."

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

24 May 2017

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Russian Crooner Joins Effort to Attract Tourists to War-Torn Eastern Ukraine

Nearly three years into the war in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics are making a renewed attempt to attract foreign tourists to their Russian-backed statelets.

17 May 2017

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom. (From Now On.)

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

Ukraine Sanctions VKontakte, Other Russian Social Media Websites

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an order instructing the country's Internet providers to block several major Russian social media websites.

12 May 2017

Diversity, Interrupted: Anti-Gay Crusades Mar Ukraine’s Tolerant Facade

As this year’s Eurovision Song Contest enters its final weekend, a half-painted rainbow arch meant to symbolize the event’s slogan, “Celebrate Diversity,” hovers ominously over the center of Kyiv.

11 May 2017

The Russian Journalist Responsible for the Trump-Lavrov Photo Speaks Out

TASS photojournalist Alexandr Scherbak, the man who took Wednesday's controversial pictures in the Oval Office, accuses the U.S. government and media of “hysteria.”

9 May 2017

Russian Pensioners Troll Opposition Leader in Awkward Rap Video

The video was produced by a fringe activist organization in Krasnodar called "Social Justice."

Let Us Spray: Orthodox Graffiti Comes to Russia

The Russian Orthodox Church and street art don’t tend to mix, but a recent collaboration between a provincial street artist and a priest has proven an exception to that rule.

8 May 2017

Oleg Kashin Explains How Russia Reinvented the Political Rumor Mill

RuNet Echo translates an article by Oleg Kashin about the messaging app Telegram, focusing on the rise of “channels” dedicated specifically to spreading anonymous political rumors.

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