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18 January 2017

Mapping the Smells of Kyiv

RuNet Echo

A small motley crew “with notepads taken from conferences and scraps of paper” recorded the scents of Kyiv this winter. The results, it turns out, are glorious.

16 January 2017

Website That Published ‘Yanukovych Blog’ Says It Was Fake

RuNet Echo

Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors.

14 January 2017

New Russian App Works Like Uber, But for Funerals

RuNet Echo

It has all the convenience and technical pizzazz of the transportation network Uber, but this Russian app helps your arrange funerals, not rides.

UK Horror Writer Graham Masterton Organizes Short Story Contest for the Inmates of Poland's Prisons

“The prisoners can write about anything they like. Even though they’re locked up, I want to see them setting their imagination free.”

11 January 2017

As Trash Piles Up in Russian Town, Mayor's Spokesperson Says Locals Are a Bunch of ‘Pigs’

RuNet Echo

There’s a quiet place called Yugorsk. Located in Russia's Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugorsk is a flat, forested, relatively affluent town. In Yugorsk, the people are as dirty as pigs.

A Young Russian Governor's Fascist Chic

RuNet Echo

The acting governor of Kaliningrad, 30-year-old Anton Alikhanov, has a winter coat with some unusual arm patches. Some unusual fascist arm patches.

10 January 2017

A Conference in Copenhagen Seeks to Build Bridges in Areas of Conflict

A recent conference in Copenhagen brought together a wide cross section of people interested in creating peace in the midst of conflict.

‘The Richest Political Party in Europe’ Gets Its Wealth From Corruption, According to Macedonian Journalists

A documentary states that the party owns pastures and apartments. Macedonian law prohibits real-estate ownership by political parties, with the exception of office space.

All the President's Fishermen: Who's Standing Behind Vladimir Putin?

RuNet Echo

Why is Putin meeting with fishermen from Novgorod so much? Are they really fishermen?

9 January 2017

Remembering David Bowie's Birthday and His ‘Mythical Walk’ Through Warsaw

Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture, marked David Bowie's birthday by recalling his visit to Warsaw.

7 January 2017

How Russia’s Conservative Movement Broke Through Online

RuNet Echo

In the last few years, we witnessed a conservative renaissance on the RuNet, though it's unclear where the community goes from here.

6 January 2017

The Weird and Wonderful Work of a YouTuber Stay-at-Home Dad

RuNet Echo

Today you can find dozens of music videos shared on YouTube by a channel called “Kids Learning Tube,” where an anonymous American man has spent years uploading educational singing cartoons.

3 January 2017

Lenče Zdravkin, a Macedonian Woman Whom Refugees Call Their ‘Second Mother’

"A million refugees who left and their million stories all exist in me, and every one of them left a scar."

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

30 December 2016

Russia's Five Most Memorable Censorship Moments of 2016

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

RuNet Echo

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

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