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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. Former English-language editor at Meduza. Now also web editor at the Moscow Times.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

30 September 2016

Russian Politician Wants Journalists Prosecuted for Sharing Footage of His Ricky Martin Dance

RuNet Echo

A city councilman in Orlov has filed a police report against local journalists for sharing video footage of him dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Livin la Vida Loca.”

28 September 2016

Russian TV Airs ‘Separatist Coca-Cola’ Prank Video As Real News Footage

RuNet Echo

A practical joke published on YouTube has made it to network television in Russia, where it was aired as real footage of ethnic tension in Ukraine.

23 September 2016

How an ‘American Spy’ May Have Exposed Russian Election Fraud

RuNet Echo

Depending on how you interpret the numbers, it’s possible that a journalist from Reuters managed to reveal what real elections in Russia last Sunday would have looked like.

21 September 2016

Life in Russia After Porn

RuNet Echo

A week after Russian censors banned two of the most popular pornography websites around, ordinary Web users are firing back with an online flashmob that mixes satire and protest.

14 September 2016

Vladimir Putin and the Fake Brides of Red Square

RuNet Echo

Last holiday weekend, Moscow wasn't the only thing being celebrated: part of the spectacle appears to have been arranged to remind Russians that their president is a virile, red-blooded man.

8 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

RuNet Echo

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

5 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon Gulag

RuNet Echo

Ruslan Sokolovksy’s alleged crime was filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. If convicted of the charges, he could go to prison for up to five years.

25 August 2016

Twenty Years of Russian Political Campaign Ads

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo looks back at the most memorable political advertisements in Russia over the past two decades, highlighting some of the strangest, silliest, and scariest videos put out by politicians.

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

RuNet Echo

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

17 August 2016

Ice Cold and Up to Your Knees: Russian Pensioner Has Spent 5 Years Living in a Flooded Home

RuNet Echo

The water, which nearly reaches his knees, is black and ice cold. Even in the summer, when the weather can be quite warm in the city, the water is freezing

16 August 2016

Russia's Parliamentary Race Gets Another Erotic Tabloid Scoop

RuNet Echo

Baronova has refused to comment publicly about the leaked pictures, but she did say she'll be happy to “take up the discussion about her chest” after the elections are over.

13 August 2016

Astronomy May Have Just Debunked Russia's Claims About a Ukrainian Incursion Into Crimea

RuNet Echo

Russian state television may have broadcast false evidence released by the Federal Security Service allegedly showing the discovery of a weapons cache belonging to Ukrainian “saboteurs” caught in Crimea.

11 August 2016

Russian Officials in Crimea Shut Off the Internet at the Ukrainian Border

RuNet Echo

“This was to ensure that certain special forces... so there would be no infiltration... For security reasons, these measures were necessary, and people understand why.”

10 August 2016

Today Moscow Accused Ukraine of Sending Terrorists Into Crimea. Russian Internet Users Have Been Saying It for Days.

RuNet Echo

Russian officials waited almost three days before going public with the story. There were earlier unconfirmed reports, however, including an apparent all-points bulletin issued by the Russian Interior Ministry.

30 July 2016

Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.

13 July 2016

Everybody's Favorite Irreverent RuNet Community Goes to War (Against Itself)

RuNet Echo

“Lentach,” one of the RuNet’s hippest, edgiest, occasionally racist, and thoroughly irreverent news communities, is on the rocks.

12 July 2016

Global Voices Seeks Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo Project

RuNet Echo

Interested candidates, please send a résumé, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good candidate for the job.

5 July 2016

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

1 July 2016

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

28 June 2016

The Men Behind Moscow's Hidden Bathroom Cameras and the Woman Who's Fighting Back

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo translates a new investigative report by the Russian independent news channel TV Rain about a network of hidden cameras operating in women's restrooms throughout Moscow.

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