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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

19 January 2017

They’re Partying This Friday to Make America Great Again, In Russia

RuNet Echo

Invitations went out over social media this week, informing journalists about inauguration festivities organized by the “White Star” art collective, which includes several prominent figures in Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth movement.

17 January 2017

Russians Are Hacking Your Beloved Fairy Tales. (LOL.)

RuNet Echo

It's not for everyone, but if you’ve got Russian and English under your belt, and you don’t mind a little obscenity, you’re liable to fall in love with this meme.

11 January 2017

As Trash Piles Up in Russian Town, Mayor's Spokesperson Says Locals Are a Bunch of ‘Pigs’

RuNet Echo

There’s a quiet place called Yugorsk. Located in Russia's Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugorsk is a flat, forested, relatively affluent town. In Yugorsk, the people are as dirty as pigs.

A Young Russian Governor's Fascist Chic

RuNet Echo

The acting governor of Kaliningrad, 30-year-old Anton Alikhanov, has a winter coat with some unusual arm patches. Some unusual fascist arm patches.

6 January 2017

The Weird and Wonderful Work of a YouTuber Stay-at-Home Dad

RuNet Echo

Today you can find dozens of music videos shared on YouTube by a channel called “Kids Learning Tube,” where an anonymous American man has spent years uploading educational singing cartoons.

27 December 2016

Russia's Top Ten Memes in 2016

RuNet Echo

In the spirit of 2016, RuNet Echo risks spoiling everything in an effort to make sense of Russia's hottest Internet memes over the past year.

26 December 2016

American Hockey Through Ukrainian Eyes: ‘Like Interrupted Sex’

RuNet Echo

A young Ukrainian man visits the wild world of American hockey, where he was treated to a show he didn’t expect (or entirely enjoy).

20 December 2016

Spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry Accuses Facebook of Working With ISIS

RuNet Echo

Maria Zakharova, the colorful spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, accused Facebook administrators of working for the Islamic State, after the network temporarily unpublished one of her posts on Monday.

17 December 2016

Syrian Women Thank Russian Soldiers in New Sexy Calendar Funded by the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

Thanks to Kremlin grants, there's now a glossy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful Syrian women, posing beside flirty captions that praise Moscow’s armed intervention in the Middle East.

14 December 2016

Russian State-Run TV Network Refuses to Give Former U.S. Ambassador His Own Show

RuNet Echo

This Sunday, Michael McFaul proposed a novel idea: he reached out to the chief editor of Russia Today, offering to host his own television show on the network.

9 December 2016

Russian Journalists Fired for Reporting About a Children's Art Project That Ended at the Dump

RuNet Echo

If reports about children finding their homemade New Year's tree ornaments at the dump aren’t enough to rob you of your holiday cheer, perhaps this next detail will...

29 November 2016

Political Satire Returns to Russian TV, Neutered As Ever

RuNet Echo

Political parody is a perilous thing in Russia, where the last unbridled satire to grace the small screen came and went more than a decade ago.

23 November 2016

A Peek Behind the Curtains at Russian Esquire Reveals Debate on Putin Coverage

RuNet Echo

In a public exchange, Esquire's chief editor asked not to “burden” readers with politics, after an editor made a recent remark by Vladimir Putin the “quote of the day” online.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

14 November 2016

Putin's Adversaries in Russia Wonder How Much Worse Things Will Be Thanks to Trump

RuNet Echo

“America really did a lot for the development of democracy around the world, but everything changes like inside a kaleidoscope with a leader like this,” Vladimir Milov says of Trump.

9 November 2016

Trump Supporters Have Made This Russian Propaganda Chief the Happiest Person on Twitter

RuNet Echo

As the world reels today from Donald Trump’s stunning upset, Russians look to America with newfound confidence that years of battling the Western liberal media’s dominance have finally paid off.

3 November 2016

Russian ‘Sex Evangelist’ Wants Women to Be Honest About Faking Orgasms

RuNet Echo

Built around the hashtag #честныйоргазм (“#HonestOrgasm”), the new campaign by “sex evangelist” Elena Rydkina encourages women to share life stories about times they faked orgasms to please partners.

28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

25 October 2016

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn

RuNet Echo

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

24 October 2016

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

RuNet Echo

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

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