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Stories about Russia

27 July 2018

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

30 June 2018

The dark side of World Cup fun in Russia: Online mobs are bullying women getting ‘too friendly’ with foreigners

RuNet Echo

The World Cup euphoria will fade in a few weeks, but hard questions about women's rights in Russia are still lingering, it seems.

26 June 2018

During the World Cup, Mexico gets in trouble when their fans’ chants are called ‘foul’

"In addition to being considered a homophobic scream, the “EEEEEH P…” could cause serious problems for the Mexican National Team" according to FIFA rules.

17 June 2018

Russians thrilled by World Cup's kick off, despite looming pension and tax reforms

RuNet Echo

With the effect of soft power on display for the rest of the world to see, how have Russians been reacting to the influx of large, eager crowds of foreigners?

11 June 2018

Russian journalist forced to resign for criticizing pro-Putin propaganda on Instagram

RuNet Echo

"We wish the Earth could live in peace, but if our commander in chief Beckons to fight the final battle, we are with you, Uncle Vova!"

31 May 2018

Ukrainian authorities stage journalist's murder, taking ‘fake news’ to the next level

RuNet Echo

"The lesson here is to distrust reports from Ukraine."

29 May 2018

‘We'll find you and hang you': Russian bloggers threatened for their efforts at doxxing pro-government Cossacks

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It all started with some attempts at hacking the Telegram bot, and then some pretty real threats started pouring in."

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

RuNet EchoAdvox

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

19 May 2018

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

18 May 2018

In the fight against pro-Kremlin bots, tech companies are suspending regular users

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech companies' one-size-fits-all approach to bot-hunting seems to have dragged a number of innocent victims in its nets.

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

7 May 2018

Moscow activists say telcos disrupted mobile coverage during protests, at order of police

RuNet Echo

Poor or disappearing network coverage during mass protest in Russia is not unprecedented, but now activists are saying the telecom companies are intentionally degrading the service quality on police's orders.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RuNet Echo

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

19 April 2018

Netizen Report: Russia is blocking millions of IP addresses, all because of the Telegram #IPocalypse

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

16 April 2018

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

RuNet EchoAdvox

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

9 April 2018

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

RuNet EchoAdvox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

5 April 2018

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

RuNet Echo

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

RuNet Echo

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

RuNet Echo

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

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