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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. 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

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

RuNet Echo

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

25 April 2016

The Next Attack on Russia's Free Press Comes Into Focus

RuNet Echo

Someone in Russia desperately wants people to think a billionaire is preparing to sell off two particularly important assets: the energy company Quadra and the media holding group RBC.

22 April 2016

Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Users of the Russian imageboard “Dvach” (2chan) have launched a campaign to deanonymize Russian actresses who appear in pornography, utilizing a controversial new service called “FindFace.”

18 April 2016

The Awkward Story of How Russia's Top Pranksters Weren't Really Pranked

RuNet Echo

Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.

12 April 2016

There's Nothing Orthodox About the Way These Russian Priests Get Around

RuNet Echo

Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.

7 April 2016

The Russian Art of Meta-Stalking

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov says his work exposes how “digital narcissism” often “provokes online stalking.” But is his latest project doing the same thing?

4 April 2016

This Is What It Takes to Provoke an Angry Mob of Buddhists

RuNet Echo

The women of Pussy Riot have been free for more than two years now, but they might soon get some company in the annals of Russia’s crimes against religiosity.

30 March 2016

Russia Gets Its Very First Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

RuNet Echo

Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

23 March 2016

BBC Says Russia's ‘Troll Factory’ Faked a Video Showing a US Soldier Shooting at a Quran

RuNet Echo

According to an investigative report by the BBC’s Russian-language service, the footage was actually staged by St. Petersburg’s infamous “troll factory,” the Agency for Internet Studies.

16 March 2016

Russian Online Service Asks Women to Pay to Remind Their Boyfriends to Buy Them Flowers

RuNet Echo

“Using modern Internet-advertising tools,” the website says, ”we delicately remind your boyfriend that it’s been some time since he’s gifted flowers, and point out that flowers are important to women.”

10 March 2016

For Its Dubbed Version, Marvel Removed Russian Insignia From a Scene in Its New ‘Captain America’ Trailer

RuNet Echo

Within hours, Internet users noticed that, in the Russian version, a soldier's arm at the very beginning of the trailer is missing the insignia visible in the original version.

7 March 2016

Russia's Paranoid Patriotism Gets a Cartoon Movie

RuNet Echo

A Russian charity group has made what appears to be a truly amazing animated film. The movie, titled “Children Versus Wizards,” is a Russian chauvinist’s fantasy.

4 March 2016

There's a Prison in Russia Making Viral YouTube Videos

RuNet Echo

When you think of Russian prisons, you don’t typically imagine musical flashmobs or amatuer filmmaking, but that’s precisely what’s on tap at the Number 7 state penitentiary in Omsk.

27 February 2016

Desperate for Safer Roads, Russians Are Literally Filling Potholes with Money

RuNet Echo

In the past five weeks, there’s been a new slew of pothole-related scandals. Depending on your attitude about lousy public services and motorways, these stories will either entertain or disconcert.

23 February 2016

Russians Find the Stories Hidden in Photos of Decay

RuNet Echo

There's a community on the Russian social network Vkontakte that takes photos of rust, peeling paint, and decay, and reimagines them as “abstract stories.”

19 February 2016

Blogging Is Making a Comeback in Russia, Thanks to the Man Who Helped Kill It

RuNet Echo

A funny thing is happening in the chaos of today’s Russian Internet use: people are starting to feel overwhelmed on social media.

12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

26 January 2016

Deus Ex Putina

RuNet Echo

According to a Russian news site and a whole lot of bloggers, Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila, has remarried. The RuNet also thinks it's found her Facebook account.

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