Stories from RuNet Echo
8 July 2016
A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.
While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.
6 July 2016
Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.
5 July 2016
According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.
A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.
4 July 2016
RuNet Echo reviews the seven most memorable moments of Pavel Astakhov's career, as we part with Russia's longtime children's rights commissioner.
1 July 2016
Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.
A single, poorly worded question displaying insensitive nonchalance after a tragedy appears to be the downfall of Russia's commissioner of children's rights.
29 June 2016
28 June 2016
RuNet Echo translates a new investigative report by the Russian independent news channel TV Rain about a network of hidden cameras operating in women's restrooms throughout Moscow.
24 June 2016
Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”
23 June 2016
The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.
21 June 2016
Petr Zamkovoi has almost 13,000 times fewer Twitter followers, but TV journalist Vladimir Soloviev still found the time to lecture him about hard work and providing for one's family.
20 June 2016
Russian officials are considering the creation of a "national big data operator" that would control how Russian Internet users' data is being used, stored and protected.
18 June 2016
The Russian state Internet regulator, Roscomnadzor, has been grated the power to un-delegate domain names for websites found to host child pornography without a court order.
17 June 2016
It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.
13 June 2016
9 June 2016
Spontaneous encounters with ordinary citizens are always difficult for politicians, and Dmitry Medvedev—whose greatest political asset has been his absence of charisma—handled a recent incident as awkwardly as you'd expect.
8 June 2016
A virtual reality documentary about the Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone using 360-degree video technology has been fully funded on Kickstarter.
7 June 2016
Moscow's Zipcar equivalent is trying to show customers that it's listening. This comes after an Internet scandal where it didn't look like a great listener.
6 June 2016
A Russian blogger has been arrested after working with an HBO film crew to report on the real estate situation in the wake of the Sochi Olympics.