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Kevin Rothrock

Currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Read my tweets (there are thousands and thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes. Former English-language editor at Meduza. Now also web editor at The Moscow Times.

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26 April 2017

Russian Protest Movement Says It Will Press On, Despite Federal Ban

RuNet Echo

Despite being outlawed today by the Attorney General, opposition movement “Open Russia” says it’s continuing all operations, including plans for nationwide anti-Putin protests this Saturday.

25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

RuNet Echo

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

21 April 2017

This Is What ‘Racist Glasses’ Look Like in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian animator Alexey Yurevich has produced his own version of Rudy Mancuso’s 2016 viral hit, “Racist Glasses,” using the same premise with a uniquely Russian spin.

The Day Russia Outlawed Jehovah's Witnesses

RuNet Echo

It’s strange to see this in writing, let alone know that it’s true, but here it is: Russia has formally banned Jehovah's Witnesses.

18 April 2017

The Kremlin Is Reportedly Planning a Major Mudslinging Campaign Against Putin's Biggest Critic

RuNet Echo

The Kremlin has reportedly decided to unleash a major mudslinging campaign against opposition leader Alexey Navalny, after his anti-corruption efforts shaved 10 points of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s approval rating.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

11 April 2017

Russian Political Astroturf Is Back

RuNet Echo

Before Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was released from jail on Monday, a staged “student demonstration” was making headlines to spoil his public return.

5 April 2017

Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Kids From Social Media, Require ‘Real Name’ Registration

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Lawmakers in the St. Petersburg area want to purge online social media of all children under the age of 14, and eliminate Internet anonymity.

4 April 2017

After Moving Servers to Russia, LiveJournal Bans ‘Political Solicitation’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal releases a new user agreement, revealing what steps it's taking to adjust to its new existence as a blogging platform in full compliance with Russia’s stifling Internet laws

3 April 2017

Five Years at Global Voices and RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo editor Kevin Rothrock celebrates five years at Global Voices with this retrospective on covering news about Russia's Internet and civil society.

28 March 2017

Russia's Youngster Uprising

RuNet Echo

Russian youths have invigorated Alexey Navalny's anti-corruption campaign by challenging educators in classrooms and sharing footage of teachers and administrators trying to indoctrinate students against political activism.

23 March 2017

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

RuNet Echo

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

21 March 2017

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

RuNet Echo

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

18 March 2017

A Visit to a Moscow Mental Health Center

RuNet Echo

Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

8 March 2017

Russian Socialists Celebrate International Women's Day With Guerilla Ads on the Subway

RuNet Echo

A group of socialist activists in St. Petersburg is using guerilla advertising to show the city a different way to acknowledge International Women's Day.

6 March 2017

A 3-Year-Old Girl Is Reportedly Dying in Russia Because Her Mom Doesn't Believe in AIDS

RuNet Echo

About 1,300 miles east of Moscow, there’s reportedly a three-year-old girl dying of AIDS. Unfortunately for the child, her mother denies the existence of the human immunodeficiency virus.

1 March 2017

Russian Ex-Mayor Campaigns to Create ‘Putin–Superhero’ Art Show

RuNet Echo

An ex-mayor ousted by one of Vladimir Putin’s close allies is now looking to crowdfund the creation of a museum called “Putin-Superhero.”

27 February 2017

Daughter of Slain Russian Opposition Leader Writes Him a Letter Two Years Later

RuNet Echo

On the second anniversary of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's assassination, Zhanna Nemtsova published a letter to her late father on Facebook.

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