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Stories from RuNet Echo

4 September 2015

You’re in the Army Now: How Drafted Ukrainian Journalists Cover the War in Their Online Diaries

Ukrainian journalists drafted for military service in eastern Ukraine have turned their social media accounts into personal military diaries, documenting their training, their combat, and their daily life.

2 September 2015

Russian Rock Legend Boris Grebenshikov Crowdfunds New Record

Boris Grebenshikov, often called the "Grandfather of Russian rock," has appealed to his fans online to crowdfund his new album, which looks set to be fully funded, despite the critics.

1 September 2015

On the Ground in Russia's Only Free Election This September

Olga Borisova, a volunteer for the democratic opposition in Russia's only open regional contest this fall, talks about working in Russian elections today.

31 August 2015

This Ukrainian Artist Is Drawing Comics About His Imprisonment By Pro-Russian Militants in Donetsk

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist whose street art got him kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian militants is working on a comic book to raise awareness of prisoners in occupied eastern Ukraine.

26 August 2015

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

24 August 2015

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

Global Voices Advocacy

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

Did Russia's Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin's Spokesman?

Global Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.

22 August 2015

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

Global Voices Advocacy

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

20 August 2015

That's the Last Time This Cafe Owner Messes with a Supermodel's Autistic Sister

What happened when a cafe owner tried to eject from his business a 27-year-old customer named Oksana, diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy, saying she was scaring away customers?

19 August 2015

How One News Website Is Taking On Russia's Attorney General (and Losing)

Global Voices Advocacy

How one small oppositionist news website has gobbled up almost half the Russian Attorney General's online censorship efforts.

Russia Blocks Euronews ISIS Video Over ‘Extremist’ User Comment

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have blocked another YouTube video, although it did not violate any Russian laws. Instead, an offending user comment under the video caused Roscomnadzor to ban the page wholesale.

17 August 2015

The Bold and the Uniformed: How New Ukrainian Police Are Taking Over Social Media

Ukrainian capital Kyiv has recently revamped its police force in an attempt to improve law enforcement's reputation, and the fresh new officers are taking social media by storm.

Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage

Global Voices Advocacy

Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about a protest in Siberia.

11 August 2015

Eat Your Heart Out, Boston Tea Party. This Is How Russia Destroys Food.

RuNet Echo collects some of the most poignant jokes and statements from Russian-language Twitter about Russia's new war on banned Western food imports.

10 August 2015

Pro-Russian Web Network Digs Up the Dirt on Kremlin Critics

Some of the sites in the pro-Kremlin network aim to attack Ukrainian politicians and Russian opposition figures by way of "personal dossiers" and alleged "dirt" dug up on the individuals.

9 August 2015

Why Are Japanese Airsoft Fans Cosplaying the Ukrainian Military?

Japan and Ukraine are miles apart. Why are Japanese airsoft players dressing as Ukrainian military and modeling their game scenarios after anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine?

8 August 2015

Russia's Democratic Coalition Is On The Ropes

The Democratic Coalition has recently been barred from various regional elections this September, as its grand ambitions have collided full force with the harsh reality of politics in Putin's Russia.

7 August 2015

Russia Hacks the Military Again (Its Own)

Russian hackers Anonymous International are shaming the country's Defense Ministry for poor information security practices by leaking sensitive documents that were allegedly sent via free email services.

6 August 2015

Russian Internet, Say Hello to Barbra Streisand

We look at four prominent examples of the Streisand effect on the RuNet, when banned articles, shut-down websites, and pirated movies exploded online not unlike Streisand's Malibu mansion in 2003.

5 August 2015

Russia's ‘Draconian’ Internet Laws Mostly Ignored By Industry Experts

Russian Internet laws have been called "draconian" and accused of limiting free speech. But a recent study found that Russian online industry and experts actually know little about these regulations.

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