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· April, 2017

Stories about Russia from April, 2017

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Russian Protest Movement Says It Will Press On, Despite Federal Ban

Despite being outlawed today by the Attorney General, opposition movement “Open Russia” says it’s continuing all operations, including plans for nationwide anti-Putin protests this Saturday.

Kyrgyz Kickboxer Claims Racism After Publicly Contesting a Loss in Russia

The contest's Russian referee threatened Sharsheyev with deportation as he refused to leave the ring after the loss.

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

The Day Russia Outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses

It’s strange to see this in writing, let alone know that it’s true, but here it is: Russia has formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses.

31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl

Last week, group of Polish adventurers lit up the abandoned town of Pripyat, three miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The Kremlin Is Reportedly Planning a Major Mudslinging Campaign Against Putin's Biggest Critic

The Kremlin has reportedly decided to unleash a major mudslinging campaign against opposition leader Alexey Navalny, after his anti-corruption efforts shaved 10 points of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s approval rating.

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

Can Russia Protect Its Journalists From the ‘Homegrown ISIS’ in Chechnya?

Alexey Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, says the Russian government appears to have allowed a “homegrown ISIS” to emerge under its nose in Chechnya.

Russian Journalists Say One of NYT's Pulitzer-Winning Stories Was Stolen

The New York Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles on Russia. The Russian website Meduza says one of those stories was stolen.

Russian Political Astroturf Is Back

Before Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was released from jail on Monday, a staged “student demonstration” was making headlines to spoil his public return.

Russia Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello As Truckers Strike

Russia's media regulator has announced plans to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers are using to organize protests—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike.

Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help

In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their savior: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Kids From Social Media, Require ‘Real Name’ Registration

Lawmakers in the St. Petersburg area want to purge online social media of all children under the age of 14, and eliminate Internet anonymity.

After Moving Servers to Russia, LiveJournal Bans ‘Political Solicitation’

LiveJournal releases a new user agreement, revealing what steps it's taking to adjust to its new existence as a blogging platform in full compliance with Russia’s stifling Internet laws

Meet Russia’s Warrior-Writer and Bloodthirsty Priest

In the month of March, Zakhar Prilepin and Vsevolod Chaplin treated Russian Internet users to some extraordinary displays of what they'd no doubt call patriotism.

Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack

After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.

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