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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2014

18 March 2014

10 Ways Russians and Ukrainians Reacted to Crimea Annexation Speech

Regardless of how one feels about the Crimean question, it was a landmark speech, and one that bloggers reacted to the way they usually do on the Internet. Through memes.

17 March 2014

Russian Officials Sanctioned Over Crimea Scoff on Twitter

"Comrade Obama, what should people who don't have any foreign bank accounts or property do? Did you not think of that?)" -Dmitry Rogozin

16 March 2014

What Does Russia's Top Blogger Think About Crimea?

Before Alexey Navalny's LiveJournal blog was blocked late last week for breaking the terms of his house arrest, he published a long opinion piece on the situation in Ukraine.

Did Russia's Most Famous Actor Just Denounce Vladimir Putin?

In Russia, it is exceedingly rare for anyone who regularly appears on television or the silver screen to criticize, let alone denounce, Vladimir Putin. But did Khabensky?

15 March 2014

Russia's Crimea Ballot Fraud that Wasn't

A scandal surrounding a ballot photo suggests that Russians are pessimistic about Crimea's Sunday referendum. Many are ready to believe the worst now, even on laughably circumstantial evidence.

14 March 2014

Khodorkovsky's Curious Trip to Ukraine

Russian-Internet users have been intensely curious about Khodorkovsky's reasons for appearing in Kiev. Indeed, many online speculate that his visit could indicate plans to launch a career in politics.

13 March 2014

Update: Russia Blocks Fifth Liberal Website

Russia Blocks Four Opposition Media Portals

"I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore." - Putative opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his blog which was blocked today by order of Russia's Attorney General's office.

Pavel Durov's Seven Reasons to Stay in Russia

12 March 2014

Russia’s Best News Portal Decimated

In Russia’s jingoist climate today, it is now much easier for corporate owners and state authorities to meddle in the politics of the country’s news websites.

11 March 2014

Facebook Status Criticizing Crimea Occupation Gets Journalist Fired

Russians ask if Putin can also come "occupy" them, if it means increased funding for the peripheral regions.

Russia's Crackdown Ahead of Crimea's Referendum

Amidst the crackdown, eyes now turn to March 15, when Muscovites will demonstrate against Russian intervention in Ukraine, a day before Crimean voters decide between secession and expanded autonomy.

Prep the Tinfoil: Four Hoaxes Shaping Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Yanukovich is dead! American Navy to the rescue! Mars attacks Kiev! Ninjas kidnap the President! Are you a bad enough dude to read this article?

7 March 2014

15 Memes That Escalate the Crimean Crisis

Memes and image macros lend themselves to polarizing rhetoric, not nuanced argument. But, hey, some of them are pretty funny!

Russia's Chief Propagandist Vacations in Europe as War Looms

"Great. Between telling stories of a decaying, homo-fascist Europe, Dmitry Kiselyov is riding a boat around Amsterdam"

6 March 2014

Russia's Fight on Oscar Night

Russia's Channel One canceled the live Oscars broadcast, and cut part of Jarod Leto's speech in the recording. Was it planned?

5 March 2014

Mother Russia, Jump the Gun

Try to imagine how hopelessly outgunned Ukrainian soldiers now find themselves in the Crimea, where armed militia choke the roads and airports with checkpoints

3 March 2014

Russia PM Medvedev's Facebook Post on Ukraine

Prime Minister Medvedev chose an odd venue for his statements on Yanukovich and how he sees Ukraine's current political leadership.

2 March 2014

Sentiment Analysis of Russian Tweets about War in Crimea

"This is f*cked up guys! War in Ukraine? Putin, have you gone off your f*cking rocker?"/"War to the bitter end! Lets show these "khokhly" with sticks, how and AK-12 works."

1 March 2014

The Russians Have Weaponized Photoshop

With the Crimea crisis, Twitter feeds overflow and news changes too fast to accommodate longer-form blogging. The most successful way to grab attention might be an old medium: political cartoons.

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