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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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Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

Russian reporter who faked his own murder named a ‘person of the year’ by TIME magazine

TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

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.

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

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.

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

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."

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

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

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

"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."

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did a Wiener Dog That Suffered for Science Really Go Home With Russia's Deputy Prime Minister?

The Russian-speaking web has its doubts.

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