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Stories about Russia

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

22 September 2015

It Gets Worse for Russia's Most-Prominent LGBT Youth Support Group

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Authorities have ordered the country's most popular social network to ban Children-404, along with four other LGBT groups, or risk being blocked altogether by Russian Internet providers.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

11 September 2015

Russia Bans Footage of Opposition Leader's Fiery Courtroom Speech

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have banned a series of political videos on YouTube featuring calls to anti-Putin activism. Notably, officials have banned clips from opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s courtroom closing statement.

10 September 2015

Apple Caves To Data Localization Demands, Rents Out Space in Russian Data Center

RuNet Echo

Apple has decided to comply with the Russian data localization law and is renting out storage space at a data center on Russian soil, according to local media.

8 September 2015

Young Stalinist Defaces New Monument to ‘Traitor’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

RuNet Echo

A young Stalinist living in Vladivostok has defaced a new statue of Nobel-prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, hanging a sign reading “JUDAS” around Solzhenitsyn’s neck.

Russian Activists Fight Municipal Corruption with ‘Mortal Kombat’-Style Website

RuNet Echo

Russian anti-corruption activists are pitching battles in courts and online against corrupt municipal officials, 'Mortal Kombat'-style.

7 September 2015

Grand Theft Auto and More: The Grim Reality of Life in ‘Donetsk People's Republic’

RuNet Echo

Documents leaked this summer by 'Anonymous International' depict a living hell for civilians in the separatist-controlled territories of eastern Ukraine.

6 September 2015

Sharing This Oscar-Winning ‘Donald Duck’ Cartoon Is Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Two men found out the hard way that it is illegal in Russia to share this Oscar-winning anti-fascist Disney cartoon from 1942, "Der Fuehrer’s Face."

2 September 2015

Russian Rock Legend Boris Grebenshikov Crowdfunds New Record

RuNet Echo

Boris Grebenshikov, often called the "Grandfather of Russian rock," has appealed to his fans online to crowdfund his new album, which looks set to be fully funded, despite the critics.

1 September 2015

On the Ground in Russia's Only Free Election This September

RuNet Echo

Olga Borisova, a volunteer for the democratic opposition in Russia's only open regional contest this fall, talks about working in Russian elections today.

31 August 2015

This Ukrainian Artist Is Drawing Comics About His Imprisonment By Pro-Russian Militants in Donetsk

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist whose street art got him kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian militants is working on a comic book to raise awareness of prisoners in occupied eastern Ukraine.

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