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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

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.

21 June 2016

Russian TV Journalist Tells Man to Work Harder, If He Can't Afford a Vacation

RuNet Echo

Petr Zamkovoi has almost 13,000 times fewer Twitter followers, but TV journalist Vladimir Soloviev still found the time to lecture him about hard work and providing for one's family.

17 June 2016

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

RuNet Echo

It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.

13 June 2016

What It's Like to Be a Lesbian in Russia, the Day After the Orlando Massacre

RuNet Echo

When it comes to LGBT issues, investigative journalist Elena Kostyuchenko is one of the most prominent voices in Russia.

9 June 2016

How Russians Learned to Laugh About the End of Money

RuNet Echo

Spontaneous encounters with ordinary citizens are always difficult for politicians, and Dmitry Medvedev—whose greatest political asset has been his absence of charisma—handled a recent incident as awkwardly as you'd expect.

3 June 2016

What It's Like to Come Forward About Sexual Harassment in the Russian Opposition

RuNet Echo

Arguments between oppositionists about the best organizing strategies are not uncommon in Russia. What happened next, however, was uncommon. A campaign worker went public with sexual-harassment allegations.

1 June 2016

Russian Strip Club Threatens to Take Job-Hunting Website to Court for Refusing to Publish Dancer Vacancy

RuNet Echo

A Russian striptease club is threatening to take a job-hunting website to court over the latter's refusal to publish a job ad for a show ballet dancer at the club.

30 May 2016

Russian Newspapers Are Now Warning Readers About Russian TV Networks

RuNet Echo

A newspaper in Russia's regions targeted by a defamatory investigative report on a pro-Kremlin television network is hitting back with a warning to its readers.

26 May 2016

Crimea's Government Cancels That ‘Putin Is a D*******’ Event

RuNet Echo

A curious event announcement appeared briefly on the website of the Crimean government on May 25. It concerned Vladimir Putin and the word “dickhead.”

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