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Stories from RuNet Echo from February, 2015

9 February 2015

Twitter's New Transparency Report Shows Massive Spike in Demands from Russia

"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.

8 February 2015

Bot Wave Tries to Remind Russians of Rosier Olympic Times

Facing economic crisis at home and armed conflict in Ukraine, there has been a concerted effort across the airwaves to remind Russians about the anniversary the country’s 2014 Olympic triumph.

7 February 2015

Putin's Daughter Can No Longer Hide from the Internet

The combination of a newspaper's investigation, a journalist's sharp eye, and an anonymous source have the dance moves of Putin's younger daughter making international news.

6 February 2015

Crimean IT Industry Wilts Under Western Sanctions

Advox

Western sanctions come at a high cost to IT-professionals and citizens in disputed Crimea, as companies like Apple and Google are blocking access to their services.

5 February 2015

Barack Obama and Russia's Puppet Assassin

The children in Altai are in for some curious February entertainment, as a the organizers of a local festival ponder executing or burning in effigy a Barack Obama doll.

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

Advox

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.

Massive Fire Hits Treasured Moscow Library

According to radio station Echo of Moscow, roughly 15 percent of the library's total collection, including rare Slavic texts dating back to the 16th century, is no more.

2 February 2015

Russian Opposition to Test Putin's Popularity Amid Financial Crisis

The Russian opposition has announced plans for a march that may gauge public support for an associated list of "anti-crisis" measures in light of recent economic and foreign policy developments.