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· July, 2019

Stories about Russia from July, 2019

As Siberia burns, Russia chokes

While forest fires are no rarity in Siberia, climate scientists stated that this year’s fires spread particularly aggressively due to a combination of strong winds and the unusually hot summer.

Disappointment with the West is crucial for growth of pro-Russian narratives in the Balkans, says researcher

"Although all countries in the region have been targets of pro-Russia disinformation efforts recently, there has been no recognition of this trend as a security issue at the political level"

Media in North Macedonia claim a Russian band has plagiarized a song by Balkan superstar Toše Proeski

A series of online articles in North Macedonia have blamed the Russian rock group Zemlyane for plagiarizing a 2007 song made by authors from Croatia for the late Macedonian pop...

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election

State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

The fight against disinformation in Bulgaria is almost nonexistent, says journalist Ivan Georgiev

"Bulgaria is a border state between the West and the East and it is seen as a weak spot on the European map by the Russian propaganda."

Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

In the video, the Russian pranksters pretend to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Russia's north still up in arms over Moscow's trash exports

Resistance to a remote landfill has grown into a nationwide environmental protest movement.

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

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