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Stories about Russia

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

8 September 2018

Google caves in to Russian demands, censors videos promoting a protest rally

RuNet EchoAdvox

This latest scandal is unfolding as Google is in the middle of an existential crisis, with its employees revolting against what they see as embracing censorship by their company.

30 August 2018

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

RuNet EchoAdvox

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

RuNet EchoAdvox

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

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.

16 July 2018

World Cup out, pension reform protests in: Russia's economic woes take the front seat again

RuNet Echo

"Football is just a ball, a game. Pensions and taxes are our life. While you're playing with the ball, the thief is emptying your pockets… Keep playing the ball."

5 July 2018

Wrongly labeled as ‘foreign agents’, Russian environmentalists face regulatory punishment — and violent threats

Instead of recognition as patriots striving to protect the nature of their homeland, Russian environmentalists get labelled as “foreign agents” by the state, experience pressure, and suffer physical attacks.

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.

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