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29 September 2016

Khodorkovsky Announces ‘Open Media’ Project To Support Investigative Journalism Startups

RuNet Echo

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's "Open Media" project will provide as much as 30 million rubles in support to investigative journalism startups.

28 September 2016

Russian TV Airs ‘Separatist Coca-Cola’ Prank Video As Real News Footage

RuNet Echo

A practical joke published on YouTube has made it to network television in Russia, where it was aired as real footage of ethnic tension in Ukraine.

27 September 2016

‘No Embarrassment’ Photo Exhibition in Moscow Ends Early Under Pressure From Conservative Activists

RuNet Echo

Conservative activists pressured the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow to close Jock Sturges' photo exhibition, arguing that his work violated Russia's laws against child pornography.

26 September 2016

This Soviet Cartoon Was Too Much for Romania’s Communist Censors

According to the documentary "Chuck Norris vs Communism," Romania's state censorship board actually banned scenes from an episode of the classic Soviet cartoon "Nu Pogodi."

Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’ Rallies to Defend Special Prosecutor’s Office

Activists of the “Colorful Revolution” movement have announced a new demonstration planned to take plan in front of the parliament building in Skopje in support of the Special Prosecutor's Office.

25 September 2016

Allegations of Rigged Ethnic Hungarian Voting in Croatia’s Latest Election

The number of people who registered to vote as ethnic Hungarians dramatically increased between Croatia's last two elections. Why?

23 September 2016

How an ‘American Spy’ May Have Exposed Russian Election Fraud

RuNet Echo

Depending on how you interpret the numbers, it’s possible that a journalist from Reuters managed to reveal what real elections in Russia last Sunday would have looked like.

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

Life in Russia After Porn

RuNet Echo

A week after Russian censors banned two of the most popular pornography websites around, ordinary Web users are firing back with an online flashmob that mixes satire and protest.

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

Skopje Authorities Bulldoze Roma Families’ Homes, Then Ignore Their Plight

"Without electricity, water supply or sewage, with high risk from infectious diseases due to the floods and lack of minimal hygiene conditions, they dread the coming of winter."

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.

13 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Disturbing the Peace

This week, we take you to Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, India and Brazil.

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