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21 June 2016

Russian TV Journalist Tells Man to Work Harder, If He Can't Afford a Vacation

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

Russia Mulls A ‘National Big Data Operator’ to Control Internet User Data

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

Russian State Censor Can Now Un-Delegate Website Domain Names Extrajudicially

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

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

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

What It's Like to Be a Lesbian in Russia, the Day After the Orlando Massacre

When it comes to LGBT issues, investigative journalist Elena Kostyuchenko is one of the most prominent voices in Russia.

9 June 2016

How Russians Learned to Laugh About the End of Money

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

Immersive VR Documentary on Ukrainian Chernobyl Fully Funded on Kickstarter

A virtual reality documentary about the Ukrainian Chernobyl exclusion zone using 360-degree video technology has been fully funded on Kickstarter.

7 June 2016

Be Ready to Scream on Facebook, Before Signing Up for Moscow's Car-Sharing Services

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

Russian Blogger Arrested After Helping US Journalists Report on Olympic Real Estate in Sochi

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.

3 June 2016

What It's Like to Come Forward About Sexual Harassment in the Russian Opposition

Arguments between oppositionists about the best organizing strategies are not uncommon in Russia. What happened next, however, was uncommon. A campaign worker went public with sexual-harassment allegations.

1 June 2016

Russian Strip Club Threatens to Take Job-Hunting Website to Court for Refusing to Publish Dancer Vacancy

A Russian striptease club is threatening to take a job-hunting website to court over the latter's refusal to publish a job ad for a show ballet dancer at the club.

30 May 2016

Russian Newspapers Are Now Warning Readers About Russian TV Networks

A newspaper in Russia's regions targeted by a defamatory investigative report on a pro-Kremlin television network is hitting back with a warning to its readers.

27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

26 May 2016

Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide

Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.

Crimea's Government Cancels That ‘Putin Is a D*******’ Event

A curious event announcement appeared briefly on the website of the Crimean government on May 25. It concerned Vladimir Putin and the word “dickhead.”

23 May 2016

‘Soldiers’ Mothers’ Launch Mobile App to Protect Draftees’ Rights in Russia

Soldiers' Mothers of Saint Petersburg, a non-profit providing legal aid and advice to army draftees in Russia, has launched a mobile app to help draftees protect their rights.

20 May 2016

Leading Russian Independent Newspaper Suspends Deputy Editor After Blackmail Scandal

Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.

19 May 2016

‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.

17 May 2016

A Group of Anti-Corruption Activists Was Attacked Today in Russia. Wanna Buy Some Plane Tickets?

News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.

16 May 2016

Russians Aren't Happy About Losing Eurovision, But They Weren't Happy Before, Either

Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.

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