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Stories about Russia

2 March 2020

Could Russia's ‘Sovereign Internet’ go international?

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Russia is not seeking to isolate itself from the world, rather to create a precedent which other states aspiring to sovereignty over their segments of the internet can follow," says...

20 February 2020

Pipeline problems for indigenous peoples on Russia's Yamal Peninsula

RuNet Echo

As gas pipelines creep across Russia's Yamal Peninsula, the lives of local reindeer herders are changing radically. Russia's energy companies say it's for the best — indigenous rights activists are...

19 February 2020

Holy controversy over proposal to mention God in Russia's constitution

RuNet Echo

The patriarch's proposal to mention God in the preamble of the new constitution has divided Russian commentators. Their debate is less about belief in the Almighty — and more about...

17 February 2020

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

RuNet Echo

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

16 February 2020

Russian pranksters target Bernie Sanders

RuNet Echo

Notorious Russian pranksters posing as Greta Thunberg and her father claim that they have called up Bernie Sanders to offer an endorsement. Then their conversation went downhill, fast.

15 February 2020

Russians rally against torture after verdict against ‘terrorist cell’

RuNet Echo

Following a verdict against seven antifascist and anarchist activists, Russia's opposition discovers that whatever their political differences, they could all face the threat of torture.

14 February 2020

New report makes grim predictions for ‘Fortress RuNet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The most recent annual report by Russian NGOs Agora and Roskomsvoboda draws some troubling conclusions about what lies in store for the RuNet in years to come.

11 February 2020

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

RuNet Echo

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

7 February 2020

How Russia influences Serbian media

Favorable perceptions of Russia and the Kremlin policies result from sustained long-term investment in propaganda, which also affects the wider media sphere in neighboring Balkan countries.

4 February 2020

A Mexican engraver revives a mostly-forgotten Russian printmaking tradition

Interview with Alejandro Barreto, the engraver who makes unique Mexican lubki.

30 January 2020

‘Volodya, aren’t you tired?': Russia’s youth on Putin’s 20 years in power

RuNet Echo

An entire generation of Russians can't recall life before Putin. Twenty years after his rise to power, they're now wondering if they'll ever find out what comes after him.

28 January 2020

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

21 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

RuNet EchoAdvox

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

26 December 2019

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

25 December 2019

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

23 December 2019

Latest offering from Russian cult novelist Pelevin divides and confuses critics

RuNet Echo

Viktor Pelevin's latest novel, a tale of 'weapons-grade memes', is creative but widely seen as overambitious.

22 December 2019

New documentary charts the RuNet's unlikely rise — and its fall

RuNet Echo

Twenty-five years on, Andrey Loshak's documentary series examines the ups and downs of Russia's internet, from its apparently idyllic beginnings to its uncertain future.

2 December 2019

Greta Thunberg impersonators attempted to dupe Macedonian PM with fake phone call

The government called the incident a "hybrid attack."

28 November 2019

MP of populist right-wing political party from North Macedonia confirms existence of party’s troll army

Advox

MP Daniela Rangelova is not the first high party official to reveal details about the existence of VMRO-DPMNE's “troll army”.

21 November 2019

In Russia, individuals can now be branded ‘foreign agents’

RuNet Echo

The latest amendments expand the definition of "foreign agent" to individuals, at the discretion of the Ministry of Justice, which already maintains online lists of "foreign agent" media outlets and...