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18 January 2016

Russian Study Finds that One in Nine Duma Deputies Is an Academic Phony

Dissernet's investigation of dissertation texts found that one in nine lawmakers in the Russian State Duma has plagiarized content in their thesis, raising suspicion about their academic degrees.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

14 January 2016

Triangulating Sources to Thin the Fog of War

Even with the flood of information created and made accessible by the Internet, the fog of war is still thick. But it's not impenetrable.

Ukrainian Separatists Block 100+ News Websites in ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’

News websites in the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" are being censored as separatist authorities seek to minimize the "destabilizing" influence of the Ukrainian media.

13 January 2016

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

Global Voices Advocacy

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.

11 January 2016

Who Protects the Rights of Russian Internet Users? Not These Guys.

Global Voices Advocacy

Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.

10 January 2016

‘Russian Ebola': Civic Project Tracks Russians’ Deaths in Police Custody

Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.

8 January 2016

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine's Power Grid, Researchers Claim

US cybersecurity experts claim the December cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the power grid in western Ukraine is the work of Russian hacker collective the Sandworm Team.

4 January 2016

Social Media Users Get Creative in Response to Ukrainian President's Fake Magazine Cover

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided to tweet a doctored cover of The Economist magazine with his face replacing Putin's, he got some image editing help from social media users.

3 January 2016

Turkish Hackers Claim Credit for Hijacking Top Russian Official's Instagram

Hackers identifying themselves as Turkish took control of the Russian communications minister's Instagram account earlier today, posting a dozen images depicting Turkish patriotism and falling aircraft.

2 January 2016

‘The Dress’ Is Back, But This Time It's A Debate About Censorship on Russian TV

The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?

1 January 2016

Politician Invites TV Cameras to Film Him Buying a Russian Car. They Also Filmed His Watch, Which Is Worth More Than the Car.

When Vitaly Milonov brought along a TV crew to film him buying a Russian-made car, he probably didn’t expect his wristwatch to be the story. But that's precisely what happened

31 December 2015

What to Expect From Russia's State Censor in 2016

Global Voices Advocacy

The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.

30 December 2015

Russian Blogger Gets Five-Year Prison Term for ‘Inciting Hate’ Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.

29 December 2015

How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982

This is the story of a Soviet scientist who, in 1982, accidentally found himself among the first citizens of the USSR who were able to connect to the Internet.

28 December 2015

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

25 December 2015

Russian Censors Launch Automatic Online Media Monitoring System to Spot ‘Extremist’ Content

Global Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.

23 December 2015

Russia's Citizen Journalists: Mercenary Mudslingers or Intrepid Investigators?

Since three bloggers were arrested in Samara, their story of muckraking and blackmail has come to threaten the future of investigative blogging, as well as Governor Nikolai Merkushkin's tenure.

The Bridge From Russia to Crimea Doesn't Exist Yet, But It Already Has an Instagram Account

Cats can help improve your bridge construction project's social media strategy, especially if you need to draw attention away from how slow and expensive your project is.

22 December 2015

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

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