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· September, 2014

Stories about Russia from September, 2014

29 September 2014

New Document Leak Reveals Scope of Collaboration Between Moscow and Donetsk

RuNet Echo

These documents offer fascinating insights into the relationship between the Russian Far Right and the separatists now active in eastern Ukraine.

26 September 2014

Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia

RuNet Echo

Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

RuNet Echo

Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.

25 September 2014

Here's Why Mail.Ru's Complete Control Over VKontakte Is Bad News

RuNet Echo

Russia’s Internet group Mail.ru has acquired the remaining stake in VKontakte, and is now the sole owner of the biggest social network in the country.

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

22 September 2014

In Crimea, No Room for Blogger Liza Bogutskaya And Her Pro-Ukrainian Views

RuNet Echo

Liza Bogutskaya's outspokenness against what she sees as Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea has made her a favorite of pro-Ukrainians online and an enemy of the Russian state administering Crimea.

How Russia’s Anti-Profanity Law Is Affecting Independent Filmmakers

Russian filmmakers are still grappling with how the anti-profanity law will affect their work and Russian culture at large.

19 September 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

RuNet Echo

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

18 September 2014

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

RuNet Echo

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

17 September 2014

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

RuNet Echo

The number of criminal cases opened on extremism charges in Russia doubled during 2014, and the Internet is responsible for the growth, as more political activity and activism happen online.

16 September 2014

Ukrainian Daredevil “Mustang Wanted” Now Officially Wanted in Russia

RuNet Echo

Mustang Wanted has had quite a week, infuriating the Russian authorities, inspiring Ukrainians, and earning some unexpected money for his cause against Moscow's intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

12 September 2014

Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region's structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.

11 September 2014

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

RuNet Echo

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

10 September 2014

Russian Nationalists Grasp at Straws with ‘Scottish Solidarity’ Campaign

RuNet Echo

Russians' connections between the Scottish and Eastern Ukrainian independence movements are, for the most part, thoroughly imagined, but the fantasy has produced several funny pictures.

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

RuNet Echo

Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

9 September 2014

News of the Latest McDonald's Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

RuNet Echo

When current events inspire Russia's satirists, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. Russia's ongoing assault on the McDonald's food chain is having such an effect.

The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas

RuNet Echo

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' (ATO) in Luhansk region.

8 September 2014

Pussy Riot's Dynamic Duo Launches a New Media Portal

RuNet Echo

"A view from behind bars gives the best view of how the government process works,” says a new website from Pussy Riot's best known members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

For Russian Soldiers in Ukraine, the Mobile Phone May Be as Mighty as the Sword

RuNet Echo

The heyday of social media scoops from inside the Russian war machine may be over. Or maybe not. Some soldiers will always manage to sneak in phones.

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