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17 November 2017

Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

RuNet Echo

"Congratulations, Alexey! With one tweet you’ve written off all of your potential Muslim voters. You apparently don’t want to become president."

14 November 2017

Video Games Are the Latest Additions to Russian Infowarfare

RuNet Echo

The defense ministry's tweet purported to show drone footage of ISIS convoys moving under US protection. There was just one problem -- none of it was real.

5 November 2017

What Happens when Montenegro Citizens Return Home After Fighting in Foreign Wars?

The documentary "The Road of No Return?" raises the issue of Montenegro and Balkan citizens who participate in foreign wars in Syria and in Ukraine and then return home.

1 November 2017

In Offhand Remark, Putin Says Someone Is Harvesting Russians’ Biological Material

RuNet Echo

"...someone is collecting images of our voters and using them in some way…images are one thing, but did you know that biological material is being collected across the whole country"

31 October 2017

Fake News Tries to Link Austria's Chancellor-to-Be and Philanthropist George Soros

A known fake news purveyor published disinformation that Sebastian Kurz expelled Soros' Open Society Foundations from the country. It's not the first time fake news producers connected the two.

13 October 2017

Russians Are Receiving Some Uncanny Answers From Alisa, Tech Giant Yandex's Siri Competitor

RuNet Echo

"— I want a new iPhone. — What keeps you from buying one? — I don’t have money. — Steal it...No one will know."

3 October 2017

Russians Get Territorial After Chinese Newspaper Tweets Photos of the Remote Altay Region

RuNet Echo

China Daily regularly tweets promotional photographs from Chinese regions, but this time it caused a backlash from Russian users who thought China was claiming parts of Russia as its own.

29 September 2017

On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

RuNet Echo

One of the most popular Telegram channels made the headlines in the Russian press in September 2017 when it was sold for 5.5 million rubles (US$95,000).

19 September 2017

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

RuNet Echo

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

18 September 2017

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Global Voices Advocacy

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

16 September 2017

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

8 September 2017

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

RuNet Echo

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

1 September 2017

Russia's Social Inequality Is in the Spotlight After an Ex-Senator Gets High, Shoots Up Hotel Room

RuNet Echo

"Last night an ex-senator Jabrailov shot up a hotel room. He was charged with HOOLIGANISM. However, you are an extremist for liking [a social media post]."

29 August 2017

Russia's Blind Footballers Overcome Underfunding and Doping Scrutiny to Become European Champions

The victory comes a year after the team was disqualified from the Paralympic Games due to the ban levied as part of the wider doping scandal.

24 August 2017

Blaming Social Media Comments, a Russian Tycoon Announces He's Done With Macedonian Sports

"All over the world fans insult and badmouth club presidents, yet no president has left a club because of that."

15 August 2017

A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

RuNet Echo

Even opposition leader Alexey Navalny weighed in, saying despite the profanity, the raps are "100 times more cultural than any comedy show or song contest you see on state television."

5 August 2017

Think You've Mastered Tongue Twisters? Try Them in Lezgi!

Rising Voices

While widely spoken in the Caucasus, Lezgi is an endangered language. But YouTube users are doing their best to save it.

31 July 2017

Why Are Russians Indifferent to the Syrian Conflict?

RuNet Echo

"At a minimum, the numerous problems with rights and freedoms in Russia suck up a lot of time...which doesn’t leave energy for problems taking place far from Russia."

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