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Stories about Russia

28 March 2017

Russia's Youngster Uprising

RuNet Echo

Russian youths have invigorated Alexey Navalny's anti-corruption campaign by challenging educators in classrooms and sharing footage of teachers and administrators trying to indoctrinate students against political activism.

23 March 2017

‘Zelyonka': the Anti-Putin Antiseptic

RuNet Echo

"Brilliant green" is becoming the unofficial color of Russia’s opposition movement.

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

RuNet Echo

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

21 March 2017

Don’t Make Russia’s Anti-Kremlin Opposition Angry. You Wouldn’t Like It When It’s Angry.

RuNet Echo

What started out as a playful response to an attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny quickly turned into an online protest.

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

RuNet Echo

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

18 March 2017

A Visit to a Moscow Mental Health Center

RuNet Echo

Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.

16 March 2017

St. Petersburg Investigators Agree to Review Ballot Stuffing Allegations

RuNet Echo

It doesn't happen often in Russia, but police have agreed to investigate a case of potential voter fraud from last September's elections in St. Petersburg.

14 March 2017

Remembering Soviet Pop: the USSR's Vocal-Instrumental Ensembles

RuNet Echo

While the West twisted, discoed, and boogied, the people of the Soviet Union were treated to a bland but charming, state-censored version of Western music: the so-called vocal-instrumental ensembles (VIAs).

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

8 March 2017

We the Governors of the Russian Federation Would Like to Wish You a Happy International Women's Day

RuNet Echo

According to sources in the Kremlin, the order came from the very top: Russian governors were to celebrate International Women's Day "creatively."

Russian Socialists Celebrate International Women's Day With Guerilla Ads on the Subway

RuNet Echo

A group of socialist activists in St. Petersburg is using guerilla advertising to show the city a different way to acknowledge International Women's Day.

2 March 2017

Ukraine Will Blacklist Websites That ‘Undermine Ukrainian Sovereignty’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The list, like Ukraine's new Information Security Doctrine, is directed at countering the dissemination of pro-separatist and pro-Russian information.

1 March 2017

Russian Ex-Mayor Campaigns to Create ‘Putin–Superhero’ Art Show

RuNet Echo

An ex-mayor ousted by one of Vladimir Putin’s close allies is now looking to crowdfund the creation of a museum called “Putin-Superhero.”

27 February 2017

911 for Donbass: Meet the App That Will Keep Ukrainians Updated About Military Attacks

RuNet Echo

"Active Citizen" will inform users about military attacks in seconds and, the app's creators hope, help reduce casualties among civilians in the war-torn regions of eastern Ukraine.

26 February 2017

St. Petersburg Stands up for St. Isaac's Cathedral

RuNet Echo

Despite a variation of the blood libel against protest organizers and pressure from authorities to stand down, St. Petersburg activists continue to stand up for St. Isaac's Cathedral.

24 February 2017

Russian Government Youth Group Wants to Make Wikipedia More Patriotic

RuNet Echo

A clumsy new campaign called “Virtual Front” is coming to Russia next month, led by a government youth group that aims to make Wikipedia’s Russian edition more “truthful and patriotic.”

21 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

RuNet Echo

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

The Strange Death of Russia's Closest Alliance

RuNet Echo

Almost three years ago, President Alexander Lukashenko suddenly realized that his country's weak sense of national identity was a serious problem. It's been odd times for Belarus ever since.

20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

19 February 2017

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

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