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22 September 2016

The Russian Political Prisoner's Cookbook

RuNet Echo

You lose a lot when you're locked up in prison, but one thing you gain is time to hone your talents. Russian political prisoners are certainly familiar with this experience.

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests

The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.

21 September 2016

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

19 September 2016

He Supported Bombing Syria a Little Too Eagerly, Now RuNet Pioneer Faces Prison

RuNet Echo

Anton Nossik faces two years in a penal colony for saying that Syria should be "Wiped from the Face of the Earth."

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

After Months of Protest, Russian Coal Miners Finally Get Paychecks

RuNet Echo

It took a months-long protest and a hunger strike, but miners in Russia’s Rostov region are finally getting paid.

14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

RuNet Echo

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

Vladimir Putin and the Fake Brides of Red Square

RuNet Echo

Last holiday weekend, Moscow wasn't the only thing being celebrated: part of the spectacle appears to have been arranged to remind Russians that their president is a virile, red-blooded man.

Macedonia’s Amazing Disappearing Interior Minister

Macedonian politicians appoint a placeholder crony to ensure that party loyalists get the Interior Ministry's top positions ahead of snap parliamentary elections.

12 September 2016

Charlatans and Mainstream Media Try to Profit From Earthquake Panic in Skopje

Alternative medicine TV show host "Ivan the Healer" published a post and backdated it to make it seem that he had predicted the series of earthquakes that shook the city.

How Fake Stories Reported in Russia's News Media Regularly Fool Everyone

RuNet Echo

In August, something all too typical happened in Russia's news media: a perfect example of where fake news stories originate, how they’re spread, who is responsible, and who believes them.

11 September 2016

Commemorating Biljana Garvanlieva, a Macedonian Filmmaker Who Gave Voice to Marginalized Women

"As an engaged documentary author my motivation is to break the existing image about women in Macedonia."

10 September 2016

Yugoslav Comic ‘Dikan’ Is Back to Remind Us We're All Descendants of Migrants in Some Way or Another

"Finally, we, the Early Slavs, have inhabited the Internet, too. We bid you a warm welcome and pleasant stay."

9 September 2016

She Says Uterine Cells Can ‘Remember.’ Meet Russia's New Children's Rights Commissioner.

RuNet Echo

Russia's new children’s rights commissioner believes in "Telegony," a pseudo-scientific theory holding that children can inherit traits from a mother's previous sexual partners.

8 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

RuNet Echo

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

6 September 2016

A Man in Crimea Self-Immolated to Save His Wife’s Cafe From Officials, Who Razed It Anyway

RuNet Echo

Late last week, 75-year-old Yalta pensioner Alexander Strekalin poured acetone down his back, lit himself on fire, and collapsed near Primorsky Beach. Days later, he died from his wounds.

5 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon Gulag

RuNet Echo

Ruslan Sokolovksy’s alleged crime was filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. If convicted of the charges, he could go to prison for up to five years.

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