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28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

25 October 2016

Hackers Publish Kremlin Aide's E-Mails, Allege Plan to Destabilize Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian hackers say Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov's leaked e-mails reveal a plan to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

24 October 2016

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

RuNet Echo

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

21 October 2016

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

RuNet Echo

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

20 October 2016

What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

14 October 2016

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

13 October 2016

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

RuNet Echo

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

9 October 2016

Hibernating Bears and Iced Bilateral Cooperation: the New US-Russian Relationship

RuNet Echo

Phony proverbs and escalated saber rattling are setting the tone for dangerous new tensions between Russia and the United States.

7 October 2016

Atomweight MMA Fighting Comes to Chechnya, and the Local Ruler's Children Are Already Title-Holders

RuNet Echo

Despite his regular publicity on social media, Kadyrov still managed to shock people, when his three young sons appeared as participants in a recent mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny.

4 October 2016

A Russian Traveled the US Campaign Trail and This Is What He Saw

RuNet Echo

Ilya Varlamov is one of Russia's most popular photographers and bloggers active today. Last month, he traveled across the US, capturing images that would appeal to his readers back home.

2 October 2016

When Russia's Homeless Population Starts Talking

RuNet Echo

When Anastasia Ryabtseva first tried interviewing homeless people in St. Petersburg, many of them refused to talk to her. As a journalist, she startled people, who were suspicious by default.

30 September 2016

Russian Politician Wants Journalists Prosecuted for Sharing Footage of His Ricky Martin Dance

RuNet Echo

A city councilman in Orlov has filed a police report against local journalists for sharing video footage of him dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Livin la Vida Loca.”

29 September 2016

Khodorkovsky Announces ‘Open Media’ Project To Support Investigative Journalism Startups

RuNet Echo

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's "Open Media" project will provide as much as 30 million rubles in support to investigative journalism startups.

28 September 2016

Russian TV Airs ‘Separatist Coca-Cola’ Prank Video As Real News Footage

RuNet Echo

A practical joke published on YouTube has made it to network television in Russia, where it was aired as real footage of ethnic tension in Ukraine.

Jordanian Government Ignores Public Backlash, Signs Gas Deal With Israel

Despite significant opposition, Jordan signs controversial gas deal with Israel. Protests planned for this Friday could determine the agreement's future.

27 September 2016

‘No Embarrassment’ Photo Exhibition in Moscow Ends Early Under Pressure From Conservative Activists

RuNet Echo

Conservative activists pressured the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow to close Jock Sturges' photo exhibition, arguing that his work violated Russia's laws against child pornography.

26 September 2016

This Soviet Cartoon Was Too Much for Romania’s Communist Censors

According to the documentary "Chuck Norris vs Communism," Romania's state censorship board actually banned scenes from an episode of the classic Soviet cartoon "Nu Pogodi."

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