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23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

RuNet Echo

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

16 August 2016

Russia's Parliamentary Race Gets Another Erotic Tabloid Scoop

RuNet Echo

Baronova has refused to comment publicly about the leaked pictures, but she did say she'll be happy to “take up the discussion about her chest” after the elections are over.

15 August 2016

A Serbian Town’s Donation Drive for Flood-Hit Skopje Proves Solidarity Breeds Solidarity

"Citizens of Šabac, Loznica, Bogatić, Koceljeva, Vladimirac, Krupanj and other cities/municipalities, it is time! Show solidarity to Macedonia and the city of Skopje! We won't forget their aid in 2014!"

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

RuNet Echo

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

13 August 2016

Astronomy May Have Just Debunked Russia's Claims About a Ukrainian Incursion Into Crimea

RuNet Echo

Russian state television may have broadcast false evidence released by the Federal Security Service allegedly showing the discovery of a weapons cache belonging to Ukrainian “saboteurs” caught in Crimea.

12 August 2016

Despite Flood Devastation, the Macedonian Government Pours Millions Into a Ferris Wheel

At least 21 people died, and dozens are missing and injured, in floods that hit the Macedonian capital Skopje, following torrential rains on August 5.

11 August 2016

Russian Officials in Crimea Shut Off the Internet at the Ukrainian Border

RuNet Echo

“This was to ensure that certain special forces... so there would be no infiltration... For security reasons, these measures were necessary, and people understand why.”

10 August 2016

Today Moscow Accused Ukraine of Sending Terrorists Into Crimea. Russian Internet Users Have Been Saying It for Days.

RuNet Echo

Russian officials waited almost three days before going public with the story. There were earlier unconfirmed reports, however, including an apparent all-points bulletin issued by the Russian Interior Ministry.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

3 August 2016

Macedonian Activists Suspect Ruling Party Used Emails to Impersonate Environmental Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

Local media told OhridSOS, a citizen-led environmental protection initiative, that they received emails from someone claiming to represent the group. The emails expressed strong support for ruling party leaders.

2 August 2016

Here's Why Russian Facebook Users Love Donald Trump

RuNet Echo

Politically engaged Russian social media users are making their opinions on Donald Trump known. Mostly, they seem to be quite taken with the man—for some very different reasons.

The Russian Caucasus They Don’t Show You in the News

RuNet Echo

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Ksenia Khudadyan speaks to Anton Lange, the author of a new photo project titled “The Range. The Caucasus from Sea to Sea.”

30 July 2016

Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.

29 July 2016

Here's Why Google Maps Changed Some Town Names in Crimea—And Is Now Changing Them Back

RuNet Echo

As if by magic, Google Maps has changed some town names in Crimea overnight—but now the company says it will reverse the changes for the Russian version of Maps.

A Pair of Serbian Politicians on a Motorcycle Inspires Hilarious Photoshop Battle

"The only thing better than Dačić and Palma on a moped are Dačić and Palma on a moped in space. With lasers."

28 July 2016

A Documentary Shows Macedonian Students Are Still Living in Dismal Conditions, Despite Government Promises

"This is an everyday picture of a student who is not from the capital and does not have money to pay for an apartment."

27 July 2016

How Economic Hardship Pushed a Tiny Town in Macedonia Into Becoming Pro-Trump

The news that the owners of a number of pro-Trump websites are Macedonians from the little town of Veles came as a surprise to many.

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.

24 July 2016

A Russian ‘Lady Cop’: Part Three

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 third installment.

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.

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