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Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes. Now also a producer of Meduza‘s English-language edition.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

25 November 2015

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

24 November 2015

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Tweets Are Now Banned Throughout Russia

RuNet Echo

A municipal court in Chechnya has banned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account. In accordance with Russian federal law, the ban is effective nationwide.

23 November 2015

Nord-Ost Siege Survivor Remembers Captivity After Paris Attacks

RuNet Echo

With the tragic attacks in Paris earlier this month, many Russians are now remembering how bullets and bombs littered their own capital thirteen years ago.

8 November 2015

Russia's Most Popular Social Network Just Sent 20,000 Users a Private Message From the Government

RuNet Echo

Vkontakte says it merely geolocated all users with recent activity in Egypt, contacting them on behalf of the Russian government. There was “no additional targeting,” the website explains.

5 November 2015

The Remarkable, Forgotten Story of How a Soviet Town Disposed of Its Dead

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo presents translations two popular texts, one by Sergey Parkhomenko, about how a Soviet town reacted to the discovery of a mass grave in 1979.

3 November 2015

One Man's Revenge Against Russian Propaganda

RuNet Echo

He used to work for the Russian state media, heading Today, Alexey Kovalev is taking revenge on the people he says destroyed his country’s state media.

28 October 2015

Russian Lawmakers Reportedly Consider Adding ISIS to List of ‘Undesirable’ NGOs

RuNet Echo

Senators are reportedly preparing new additions to their NGO “stop-list,” seeking a ban on several new groups, including the already-outlawed extremist group ISIS.

23 October 2015

Did a Russian Journalist Just Out Vladimir Putin's Secret Daughter By Accident?

RuNet Echo

Today, following Interfax’s interview with Tikhonova, there seemed to be additional confirmation that she is the President’s child, when Yuri Pogorely, Interfax’s online projects director, intimated her ties to Putin.

15 October 2015

Ladies, You Can Wear Men's Briefs as Shirts to Save Money. Just Ask This Russian TV Show.

RuNet Echo

Oil is cheap, the West has levied sanctions, Moscow’s military interventions in Ukraine and Syria are costing who-knows-how-much money, and women are being encouraged to wear men’s underwear as shirts.

7 October 2015

One of the Russian Internet's Founding Fathers Wants to ‘Erase Syria From the Map,’ and Here's Why the US Is Being Blamed

RuNet Echo

Moscow’s intervention in Syria is having some funny consequences back home in Russia. One of the strangest episodes in this story is Anton Nossik’s fervent support for the new airstrikes.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

29 September 2015

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

16 September 2015

This Is How Chechnya Deals With ISIS Recruiters

RuNet Echo

Kadyrov's video features Chechen men caught recruiting for ISIS on social networks, and the elderly people shouting at them are their relatives and local community leaders.

11 September 2015

Russia Bans Footage of Opposition Leader's Fiery Courtroom Speech

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have banned a series of political videos on YouTube featuring calls to anti-Putin activism. Notably, officials have banned clips from opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s courtroom closing statement.

8 September 2015

Young Stalinist Defaces New Monument to ‘Traitor’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

RuNet Echo

A young Stalinist living in Vladivostok has defaced a new statue of Nobel-prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, hanging a sign reading “JUDAS” around Solzhenitsyn’s neck.

6 September 2015

Sharing This Oscar-Winning ‘Donald Duck’ Cartoon Is Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Two men found out the hard way that it is illegal in Russia to share this Oscar-winning anti-fascist Disney cartoon from 1942, "Der Fuehrer’s Face."

24 August 2015

Did Russia's Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin's Spokesman?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.

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