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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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24 February 2017

Russian Government Youth Group Wants to Make Wikipedia More Patriotic

RuNet Echo

A clumsy new campaign called “Virtual Front” is coming to Russia next month, led by a government youth group that aims to make Wikipedia’s Russian edition more “truthful and patriotic.”

21 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

RuNet Echo

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

16 February 2017

What It's Like to Drive for Uber in Russia

RuNet Echo

Last month, writing for the popular news site TJournal, Denis Gavrilov interviewed several Uber drivers in Russia, learning about their work, their habits, and of course their passengers.

7 February 2017

Russian Political Panic Returns, As Putin Ponders Reelection in 2018

RuNet Echo

With Russia's next presidential election now just a year away, expect lots of strange, staged viral videos depicting a nation desperate to squeeze another term out of Vladmir Putin.

2 February 2017

Russia's Latest Internet Meme Is a Friendly Dutch-Designed Abomination

RuNet Echo

If you spend too much time browsing the Russian Internet, you’ve definitely encountered a bizarre-looking walrus thing sitting on a chair, clasping his hands in quiet anticipation. That's Zhdun.

31 January 2017

Tabloid Tells Abusers How to Exploit Russia's Decriminalization of Domestic Violence

RuNet Echo

The pro-Kremlin tabloid “Life” shared a bizarre video, titled “He Beats You Because He Loves You,” reviewing the “top five ways to commit domestic violence” and get away with it.

25 January 2017

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

RuNet Echo

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

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.

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