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Andrey Tselikov

I moved to the US from Russia many years ago, but I still follow RuNet avidly. I hold a Masters in International Policy from the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, and work as an economic consultant.

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Latest posts by Andrey Tselikov

Russian Team Leaves World Cup

Russians resigned to poor national team performance.

Russian Phone Prankster Fools Belarus Dictator

After Lukashenko found out he was a victim of a prank, he apparently gave his security apparatus "a week" to find Vovan and bring him to some form of justice.

Russians Amused by National Team World Cup Performance

"Everyone is on the Russian team's case, but the real horror is the performance by a team that consists of Real Madrid and Barcelona players."

Some Clarity on New Russian Blogger Regulations

The Russian agency in charge of regulating the Internet, Roskomnadzor, has released a new document detailing how laws governing blogs will operate when they comes into effect later this summer.

From the Cyber-Trenches of Eastern Ukraine

The leaders of the the opposing militias continue to use social networks to reach out with news of their military campaigns.

Russian Internet Users, Putin is After Your Digital Wallets

The offices of Yandex.Money, the popular online payments system associated with Russia's largest search engine, were searched by Russia's Investigative Committee.

Ukraine War in Real Time

Last Friday Ukrainian violence became even more viscerally evident on the Facebook account of one of the cyber-punk, post-state, viral-citizen-armies operating in the region.

Escape from Ukraine, or Return of the Tomato Terrorist

After coming in contact with separatists, Morozov was arrested and accused of being a spy: "I don't hold it against the militia who tortured me in Antracite" he later wrote.

In Eastern Ukraine Conspiracies Believe in You

Several Russian journalists made connections between Eastern Ukraine separatist leaders and Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev.

Russia's Space Wars, On the Ground

Although GPS is safe, for now, the incident is an illustration of a kind of resigned lack of trust some Russians feel toward their government.

Death and Twitter: Reports from Ukraine

Today Russian journalist Ilya Azar reported on Twitter that members of Ukraine's newfangled National Guard had fired on civilian bystanders in Krasnoarmeysk.

Live Fire for Russian Historical Reenactor Spy

Military commander of the Slavyanks separatists, Igor Strelkov, is a historical reenactor, and, allegedly, works for Russia's military intelligence.

Tragedy and Confusion in Odessa

Over thirty pro-Russian protesters died in a fire in the cheerful Black Sea port of Odessa on May 2.

Russian Internet on the Way to Pyongyang

Starting on August 1, 2014 all distributors of online content will be required to physically store 6 months worth of user data in Russia.

Raising the Dead to Fight Ukraine

Sokoloff's conclusion at seeing Lobov in uniform at a Ministry of Defense meeting was that the man had come out retirement, which can only mean one thing.

LiveJournal Fights Coming Censorship, But Don't Tell Anyone

Some RuNet giants are already fighting back against coming law that may be used to censor opposition bloggers.

USA Makes Kremlin Propaganda Easy, Again

Simply imagine Russia remodeling schools near US Marine Corps fatalities on Okinawa.

Censorship by Litigation in Russia?

Earlier this month, VKontakte minority shareholder United Capital Partners (UCP), filed a complaint against Durov for breach of VKontakte fiduciary duty for creating the secure messenger Telegram.

Facebook Post Spells Legal Trouble for Russian Charity

Romanenko reported that no less than the governor of Vologodsk had filed a complaint against him with the local prosecutor's office because of the jocular post.

Russia's Largest Social Network Says No to Censorship

Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Russian social network VKontakte, has once again used his account there as a platform to speak out against Internet censorship.

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