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20 May 2016

Leading Russian Independent Newspaper Suspends Deputy Editor After Blackmail Scandal

RuNet Echo

Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.

19 May 2016

‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

RuNet Echo

Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.

17 May 2016

A Group of Anti-Corruption Activists Was Attacked Today in Russia. Wanna Buy Some Plane Tickets?

RuNet Echo

News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.

12 May 2016

Cue the Next Witch-Hunt Against Russia's News Media

RuNet Echo

If Moscow is saddling up for another offensive against “foreign agents,” Ilya Ukhov couldn’t have timed it better when he claimed Dozhd might secretly receive funding from the US government.

10 May 2016

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

6 May 2016

Russian Internet Experts Push ‘Real Name’ Policy for Comments on News Websites

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A new initiative by Kremlin-friendly Internet experts seeks to make anonymous comments on online media websites a thing of the past.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

1 May 2016

The Soviet Union's Psychedelic Side: Five Animations to Blow Your Mind

Featuring 'Hedgehog in the Fog', 'Wow! A Talking Fish!' and other mood-altering classics....

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

25 April 2016

The Next Attack on Russia's Free Press Comes Into Focus

RuNet Echo

Someone in Russia desperately wants people to think a billionaire is preparing to sell off two particularly important assets: the energy company Quadra and the media holding group RBC.

22 April 2016

Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Users of the Russian imageboard “Dvach” (2chan) have launched a campaign to deanonymize Russian actresses who appear in pornography, utilizing a controversial new service called “FindFace.”

18 April 2016

The Awkward Story of How Russia's Top Pranksters Weren't Really Pranked

RuNet Echo

Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.

12 April 2016

There's Nothing Orthodox About the Way These Russian Priests Get Around

RuNet Echo

Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.

7 April 2016

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

The Russian Art of Meta-Stalking

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov says his work exposes how “digital narcissism” often “provokes online stalking.” But is his latest project doing the same thing?

4 April 2016

This Is What It Takes to Provoke an Angry Mob of Buddhists

RuNet Echo

The women of Pussy Riot have been free for more than two years now, but they might soon get some company in the annals of Russia’s crimes against religiosity.

3 April 2016

Panama Papers: Huge Leak of Offshore Records Implicates Russian, Ukrainian Presidents

RuNet Echo

An international journalistic investigation based on a massive cache of 11.5 million offshore records uncovers the shady financial dealings of 12 current and former world leaders, including Putin and Poroshenko.

31 March 2016

This Russian Website Uses Neural Networks to Combine Images, With Awesome Results

RuNet Echo

A Russian website based on a neural networks algorithm allows Internet users to combine photos and works of art to create fantastical images.

30 March 2016

Russia Gets Its Very First Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

RuNet Echo

Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

RuNet Echo

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

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