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Christopher Moldes

I am always online, and always catching up on everything Russia, so I hope to bring you a bit of what I find along the way.

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25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

30 August 2018

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

RuNet EchoAdvox

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

RuNet EchoAdvox

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

16 July 2018

World Cup out, pension reform protests in: Russia's economic woes take the front seat again

RuNet Echo

"Football is just a ball, a game. Pensions and taxes are our life. While you're playing with the ball, the thief is emptying your pockets… Keep playing the ball."

17 June 2018

Russians thrilled by World Cup's kick off, despite looming pension and tax reforms

RuNet Echo

With the effect of soft power on display for the rest of the world to see, how have Russians been reacting to the influx of large, eager crowds of foreigners?

29 May 2018

‘We'll find you and hang you': Russian bloggers threatened for their efforts at doxxing pro-government Cossacks

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It all started with some attempts at hacking the Telegram bot, and then some pretty real threats started pouring in."

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

RuNet EchoAdvox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

RuNet Echo

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

16 February 2018

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

RuNet EchoAdvox

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

31 January 2018

‘Buy a New SIM Card’ and Await Further Interrogation: Russia's Security Services Detain and Question a Reporter

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's FSB security services searched journalist Pavel Nikulin's apartment and seized laptops, documents and copies of his independent magazine.

Russians are Baffled by the United States Treasury's Latest Sanctions List

RuNet Echo

Russia’s political elite registered a collective smirk at the seemingly toothless report.

23 January 2018

What is More Convincing for World Cup 2018 Fans? Russia's Edgy New Tourism Logo or Their Governments’ Dire Warnings?

RuNet Echo

With the World Cup fast approaching, will Russia live up to its new “The Whole World Within Russia” tourism brand campaign?

16 January 2018

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

RuNet EchoAdvox

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

5 December 2017

Russian Atomic Regulator's Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

RuNet Echo

"No one is chastising Ruthemium, or even Ruthenium-106. They’re chastising Rosatom for contradictory information and for jokes like this instead of a serious investigation into the accident."

17 November 2017

Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

RuNet Echo

"Congratulations, Alexey! With one tweet you’ve written off all of your potential Muslim voters. You apparently don’t want to become president."

14 November 2017

Video Games Are the Latest Additions to Russian Infowarfare

RuNet Echo

The defense ministry's tweet purported to show drone footage of ISIS convoys moving under US protection. There was just one problem -- none of it was real.

1 November 2017

In Offhand Remark, Putin Says Someone Is Harvesting Russians’ Biological Material

RuNet Echo

"...someone is collecting images of our voters and using them in some way…images are one thing, but did you know that biological material is being collected across the whole country"

18 October 2017

The Revolution Will Be Live-Tweeted (Not In Russian, Though)

RuNet Echo

RT's #1917Live, which marks the centennial of the October Revolution, is full of interactive and creative features. There is something missing, however: the Russian language.

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