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26 July 2016

This Classic Ukrainian Cartoon Can Help Parents Talk About Human Trafficking

Thanks to YouTube, almost half a century after it was first created, the Ukrainian cartoon series "How the Cossacks.." is making a global comeback.

23 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Two

RuNet Echo

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the second installment.

22 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part One

RuNet Echo

Earlier this month, Olga Borisova wrote for the website Batenka.ru about her experiences as a police officer. We are publishing her text in three parts. This is the first installment.

18 July 2016

Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters

RuNet Echo

Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!

17 July 2016

How a Stolen Student Parliament Is Macedonia's Political Crisis in Microcosm

" Now try to imagine how this generation will organize parliamentary elections?"

15 July 2016

Following Protests, the Macedonian Government's Eurobond Plan Comes to a Screeching Halt

"Any half sane person would leave this country by 2020," one citizen commented when considering the economic time bomb of mounting debt that will have to be repaid.

14 July 2016

Russian Athlete Branded a ‘Traitor’ for Competing in Rio Olympics

RuNet Echo

Internet users in Russia are ganging up on long jumper Darya Klishina for agreeing to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics under a neutral flag.

The Fascinating World of Cold War-Era Hungarian Cartoons

Learn about some of the animated cartoons to come out of Hungary, from the darkly satirical "Gustav" to the family-friendly "Hungarian Folk Tales."

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

13 July 2016

Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)

RuNet Echo

“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.

12 July 2016

Global Voices Seeks Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo Project

RuNet Echo

Interested candidates, please send a résumé, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good candidate for the job.

11 July 2016

You've Read Our Open-Source Research Guidebook. Now Let's Use It.

RuNet Echo

This ninth and final entry takes the tools and instructions we've been studying and applies them to a single case study: last year's wildfires in the Siberian city of Chita.

9 July 2016

With 2 Months Before Parliamentary Elections, Russia's Internet Censor Swings Into Action

RuNet Echo

The Russian government blocked four websites on July 8 that published calls to boycott parliamentary elections this September, along with broader plans for protests to disrupt the voting.

‘Visions From The Inside’ Illustrates the Struggles and Resilience of Migrants Caught in US Detention Centers

Fourteen artists created illustrations based on the testimonies of migrants detained in for-profit detention facilities in the US.

8 July 2016

A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.

RuNet Echo

While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.

7 July 2016

A Photo Contest Captures the Stunning Flora and Fauna of Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

Shots capture mute swans, various freshwater fish and crustaceans and even some house furniture at the lake.

6 July 2016

This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza

RuNet Echo

Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.

5 July 2016

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Ukrainian Social Media Users Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

RuNet Echo

A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.

European Memes, the Hilarious Antidote to the Shock and Uncertainty of Brexit

The Bridge

In the aftermath of Brexit, relations between the UK and EU are in a shambles. The Twitterverse, however, remains united in hilarious transnationality.

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