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· December, 2016

Stories about Russia from December, 2016

Russia's Five Most Memorable Censorship Moments of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

‘The Long Arms of the Kremlin?': Kazakh Man Goes to Prison for Insulting Vladimir Putin on Facebook

With traditional media in the country heavily restricted, social media is an obvious forum for information warfare between the Kazakh nationalists and ethnic Russians.

Russia's Top Ten Memes in 2016

In the spirit of 2016, RuNet Echo risks spoiling everything in an effort to make sense of Russia's hottest Internet memes over the past year.

Russian Ambassador to Turkey's Assassination: A Bullet from Aleppo?

A Russian opposition politician fires a rare volley of dissent regarding his country's involvement in the war in Syria.

Kazakh TV Channel Famed for Fake News in Hot Water after Fake Interview

The interview with a self-promoting Kazakh news presenter that never happened was quickly disowned by the purported interviewer.

Spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry Accuses Facebook of Working With ISIS

Maria Zakharova, the colorful spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, accused Facebook administrators of working for the Islamic State, after the network temporarily unpublished one of her posts on Monday.

Educators Respond to Plans to Expand Orthodox Education in Russian Schools

The proposed course was designed to replace the existing religion curriculum entirely, leaving parents without control over their children’s religious education.

Syrian Women Thank Russian Soldiers in New Sexy Calendar Funded by the Kremlin

Thanks to Kremlin grants, there's now a glossy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful Syrian women, posing beside flirty captions that praise Moscow’s armed intervention in the Middle East.

Belarus Moves to Block Tor in Fight Against Online Anonymity

Belarus is ramping up efforts to crack down on Tor. But does Minsk actually have the ability to block the anonymity network?

Russian Intellectuals Make Bolshevik Revolution a Virtual Reality, Repeating 100-Year-Old Mistakes

At a time when Russia favors smooth historical narratives, it's difficult to say how the Kremlin will apply a narratological suture over one of the most fractious moments in history.

Russian Students Create Programming Language to Help Their ‘Streetwise’ Peers Graduate

Students at St. Petersburg's College of Information Technologies have built a new programming language using the "gopnik" vernacular.

Russian Journalists Fired for Reporting About a Children's Art Project That Ended at the Dump

If reports about children finding their homemade New Year's tree ornaments at the dump aren’t enough to rob you of your holiday cheer, perhaps this next detail will...

Russian Blogger Launches Campaign to Annul Anti-Extremism Law He Was Convicted of Violating

Blogger Anton Nossik wants to annul Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, a catch-all statute that prohibits "ctions aimed at the incitement of hatred or enmity."

Russian Media Regulator Backpedals on Google Pressure

Hours after Russian news outlets began reporting that state media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor had issued instructions forcing Google to re-register in Russia or face sanctions, an agency representative backpedaled, telling roem.ru that Izvestiya,...

A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

Russia Ratchets Up Pressure on Google

Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, has issued instructions that will force Google to change its registration by the end of March.

Russia, China, and the Push for ‘Digital Sovereignty’

Russia and China's cyber cooperation is a marriage of convenience that reflects a shared priority: regime stability.

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