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Stories about Russia

19 March 2019

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

18 March 2019

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

15 March 2019

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."

7 March 2019

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

RuNet Echo

Out of the 21 women interviewed by QWNC, eight knew someone among their friends, relatives, or neighbours killed by their male family members for behaviour that "humiliated the family."

6 March 2019

The French Yellow Vests movement seen through global lenses

As we witness the rise of the Yellow Vests, France revisits its bloodthirsty history.

3 March 2019

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

RuNet Echo

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

27 February 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

RuNet EchoAdvox

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

26 February 2019

Russian cathedral choir's performance of a song about US nuclear annihilation shows that parody doesn't quite work in 2019

RuNet Echo

As Russian state TV regularly airs segments simulating total or partial nuclear destruction of the United States, this was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

22 February 2019

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

RuNet EchoAdvox

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

17 February 2019

Russian public sector workers ordered to ‘like’ social media posts promoting the 2019 Winter Universiade

RuNet Echo

This is not the first instance of Russian public officials acting as "human bots" to promote the government's agenda online.

3 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

RuNet EchoAdvox

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

27 January 2019

Guinea has struggled under President Condé, but Russia backs his quest for a third term

"The question of political succession is a question of sovereignty. And sovereignty belongs to the people. It is not part of an ambassador's role to dictate Guinea's fate."

26 January 2019

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

RuNet Echo

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

23 January 2019

Local radio station in Russia cancels interview with LGBT activists after threats to editor

RuNet Echo

Homophobic abuse online didn't put the editor off, but anonymous calls threatening violence against her guests did.

12 January 2019

Pro-Russia biker club admits participation in protests leading to violent attack of Macedonian Parliament

The revelations of the Night Wolves involvement are important because it flashes out the right-wing populist party VMRO-DPMNE's connections with the Kremlin.

10 January 2019

Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films

RuNet Echo

The generation of Russians now in their mid-30s is finding their parents' TV and film role models disappointing by the modern standards of relationships and gender equality.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

22 December 2018

Report says hackers detected online protest-sniffing software in Kazakhstan

Advox

The software was allegedly developed with help from Russia's security services.

14 December 2018

Russian reporter who faked his own murder named a ‘person of the year’ by TIME magazine

RuNet EchoAdvox

TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?

6 December 2018

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

RuNet EchoAdvox

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

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