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Isaac Webb

Writer and editor based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Former Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine and Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. MA from Stanford, BA from Washington and Lee. Follow me on Twitter @isaacdwebb.

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10 February 2017

Ukrainian Anti-Corruption Watchdog Catches MPs Casting Multiple Votes, Again

RuNet Echo

Knopkodavstvo, or button pushing, as the tactic is known, has plagued voting in Ukraine's parliament for years.

7 February 2017

Ukrainian Social Media Users Get Five Years in Prison For ‘Supporting Separatism’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two men were sentenced to five years in prison by a Sloviansk city court for threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

23 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

RuNet Echo

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

22 January 2017

Moscow's Top Cancer Hospital Under Pressure Amidst Drive for Health Care Privatization

RuNet Echo

Critics worry Moscow's Oncology Hospital No. 62 will close as part of a broader movement towards the privatization of the Russian health care system.

16 January 2017

Website That Published ‘Yanukovych Blog’ Says It Was Fake

RuNet Echo

Little more than two weeks after first appearing on the news website Korrespondent, a blog purportedly written by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been deleted by the publication's editors.

12 January 2017

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

10 January 2017

All the President's Fishermen: Who's Standing Behind Vladimir Putin?

RuNet Echo

Why is Putin meeting with fishermen from Novgorod so much? Are they really fishermen?

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.

16 December 2016

Social Media Sites Blocked in Kazakhstan on 25th Anniversary of Independence

RuNet Echo

Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.

6 December 2016

Russian Blogger Launches Campaign to Annul Anti-Extremism Law He Was Convicted of Violating

RuNet Echo

Blogger Anton Nossik wants to annul Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, a catch-all statute that prohibits "ctions aimed at the incitement of hatred or enmity."

5 December 2016

Russian Media Regulator Backpedals on Google Pressure

RuNet Echo

Hours after Russian news outlets began reporting that state media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor had issued instructions forcing Google to re-register in Russia or face sanctions, an agency representative backpedaled, telling roem.ru that Izvestiya,...

Russia Ratchets Up Pressure on Google

RuNet Echo

Roskomnadzor, the agency that regulates Russian media, has issued instructions that will force Google to change its registration by the end of March.

30 November 2016

Mixed Reactions to Kyiv's New ‘Theater on Podil’

RuNet Echo

Residents of Kiev cheered and jeered the unveiling of the "Theater on Podil" on one of the city's oldest streets.

17 November 2016

Ukraine Cracks Down on Internet Piracy

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's most popular file-sharing service is shutting down its operations amidst a broader government effort to strengthen Ukraine's intellectual property laws and crack down on internet piracy.

16 November 2016

Activists Want to Build a Monument to Russia's Most Famous Movie Gangster

RuNet Echo

Russian activists is crowdfunding a monument to Sergei Bodrov Jr., the actor who played the cult hero Danila Bragov in the "Brat" movies.

27 October 2016

Instagrammers’ Photos Document the Smog Enveloping Khabarovsk

RuNet Echo

Residents of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East have been staying indoors or wearing masks when they go outside since a thick smog blanketed the city on Tuesday.

25 October 2016

Hackers Publish Kremlin Aide's E-Mails, Allege Plan to Destabilize Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian hackers say Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov's leaked e-mails reveal a plan to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

21 October 2016

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

RuNet Echo

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

13 October 2016

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

RuNet Echo

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

7 October 2016

Russia Remembers Slain Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Ten Years On

RuNet Echo

Today Russians remember Anna Politkovskaya, one of the country's leading investigative journalists who was shot and killed in the elevator of her apartment building ten years ago.

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