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Stories about Russia

29 October 2015

‘Tajikistan's Aylan': A Migrant Child Dies in the Arms of the Russian Authorities

"Umar! Your death is the symbol of feebleness and dishonesty, Be my nation's pure herald before God."

28 October 2015

Russian Lawmakers Reportedly Consider Adding ISIS to List of ‘Undesirable’ NGOs

RuNet Echo

Senators are reportedly preparing new additions to their NGO “stop-list,” seeking a ban on several new groups, including the already-outlawed extremist group ISIS.

23 October 2015

Did a Russian Journalist Just Out Vladimir Putin's Secret Daughter By Accident?

RuNet Echo

Today, following Interfax’s interview with Tikhonova, there seemed to be additional confirmation that she is the President’s child, when Yuri Pogorely, Interfax’s online projects director, intimated her ties to Putin.

22 October 2015

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

21 October 2015

What You Need to Know About Russian Social Networks to Conduct Open-Source Research

RuNet Echo

Outside of the familiar English-language social networks of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others, there is a handful of social media platforms used either exclusively or primarily in the post-Soviet world.

15 October 2015

Ladies, You Can Wear Men's Briefs as Shirts to Save Money. Just Ask This Russian TV Show.

RuNet Echo

Oil is cheap, the West has levied sanctions, Moscow’s military interventions in Ukraine and Syria are costing who-knows-how-much money, and women are being encouraged to wear men’s underwear as shirts.

14 October 2015

So You Want to Conduct Open-Source Research

RuNet Echo

These general instructions address specific ways to assess the reliability of photographs, videos, and human sources, with a special focus on the Russian Internet.

11 October 2015

The Murky Ethics of Publishing Data on Russian Servicemen ‘Bombing Syria’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian "civic investigation" project Mirotvorets, previously preoccupied with exposing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, has published personal data of Russian servicemen allegedly engaged in airstrikes in Syria.

10 October 2015

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

7 October 2015

One of the Russian Internet's Founding Fathers Wants to ‘Erase Syria From the Map,’ and Here's Why the US Is Being Blamed

RuNet Echo

Moscow’s intervention in Syria is having some funny consequences back home in Russia. One of the strangest episodes in this story is Anton Nossik’s fervent support for the new airstrikes.

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

28 September 2015

Pussy Riot Performance in Banksy's Dismaland Highlights Plight of Refugees

RuNet Echo

Russian punk musicians and political activists Pussy Riot raised awareness of the cause of refugees in Europe with a violent and loud performance at Banksy's Dismaland park in London.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

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