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14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

Vladimir Putin and the Fake Brides of Red Square

Last holiday weekend, Moscow wasn't the only thing being celebrated: part of the spectacle appears to have been arranged to remind Russians that their president is a virile, red-blooded man.

12 September 2016

How Fake Stories Reported in Russia's News Media Regularly Fool Everyone

In August, something all too typical happened in Russia's news media: a perfect example of where fake news stories originate, how they’re spread, who is responsible, and who believes them.

9 September 2016

She Says Uterine Cells Can ‘Remember.’ Meet Russia's New Children's Rights Commissioner.

Russia's new children’s rights commissioner believes in "Telegony," a pseudo-scientific theory holding that children can inherit traits from a mother's previous sexual partners.

8 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

6 September 2016

A Man in Crimea Self-Immolated to Save His Wife’s Cafe From Officials, Who Razed It Anyway

Late last week, 75-year-old Yalta pensioner Alexander Strekalin poured acetone down his back, lit himself on fire, and collapsed near Primorsky Beach. Days later, he died from his wounds.

5 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon Gulag

Ruslan Sokolovksy’s alleged crime was filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. If convicted of the charges, he could go to prison for up to five years.

30 August 2016

The ‘Russian Quora’ Branches Out

The question-and-answer Russian website “TheQuestion” reportedly completed a second investment round this summer, securing $500,000, and is opening new offices in Berlin and London.

25 August 2016

Twenty Years of Russian Political Campaign Ads

RuNet Echo looks back at the most memorable political advertisements in Russia over the past two decades, highlighting some of the strangest, silliest, and scariest videos put out by politicians.

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

17 August 2016

Ice Cold and Up to Your Knees: Russian Pensioner Has Spent 5 Years Living in a Flooded Home

The water, which nearly reaches his knees, is black and ice cold. Even in the summer, when the weather can be quite warm in the city, the water is freezing

16 August 2016

Russia's Parliamentary Race Gets Another Erotic Tabloid Scoop

Baronova has refused to comment publicly about the leaked pictures, but she did say she'll be happy to “take up the discussion about her chest” after the elections are over.

15 August 2016

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

13 August 2016

Astronomy May Have Just Debunked Russia's Claims About a Ukrainian Incursion Into Crimea

Russian state television may have broadcast false evidence released by the Federal Security Service allegedly showing the discovery of a weapons cache belonging to Ukrainian “saboteurs” caught in Crimea.

11 August 2016

Russian Officials in Crimea Shut Off the Internet at the Ukrainian Border

“This was to ensure that certain special forces... so there would be no infiltration... For security reasons, these measures were necessary, and people understand why.”

10 August 2016

Today Moscow Accused Ukraine of Sending Terrorists Into Crimea. Russian Internet Users Have Been Saying It for Days.

Russian officials waited almost three days before going public with the story. There were earlier unconfirmed reports, however, including an apparent all-points bulletin issued by the Russian Interior Ministry.

2 August 2016

Here's Why Russian Facebook Users Love Donald Trump

Politically engaged Russian social media users are making their opinions on Donald Trump known. Mostly, they seem to be quite taken with the man—for some very different reasons.

The Russian Caucasus They Don’t Show You in the News

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Ksenia Khudadyan speaks to Anton Lange, the author of a new photo project titled “The Range. The Caucasus from Sea to Sea.”

30 July 2016

Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack

RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.

29 July 2016

Here's Why Google Maps Changed Some Town Names in Crimea—And Is Now Changing Them Back

As if by magic, Google Maps has changed some town names in Crimea overnight—but now the company says it will reverse the changes for the Russian version of Maps.

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