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Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. 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

7 October 2015

One of the Russian Internet's Founding Fathers Wants to ‘Erase Syria From the Map,’ and Here's Why the US Is Being Blamed

RuNet Echo

Moscow’s intervention in Syria is having some funny consequences back home in Russia. One of the strangest episodes in this story is Anton Nossik’s fervent support for the new airstrikes.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

29 September 2015

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

16 September 2015

This Is How Chechnya Deals With ISIS Recruiters

RuNet Echo

Kadyrov's video features Chechen men caught recruiting for ISIS on social networks, and the elderly people shouting at them are their relatives and local community leaders.

11 September 2015

Russia Bans Footage of Opposition Leader's Fiery Courtroom Speech

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have banned a series of political videos on YouTube featuring calls to anti-Putin activism. Notably, officials have banned clips from opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s courtroom closing statement.

8 September 2015

Young Stalinist Defaces New Monument to ‘Traitor’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

RuNet Echo

A young Stalinist living in Vladivostok has defaced a new statue of Nobel-prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, hanging a sign reading “JUDAS” around Solzhenitsyn’s neck.

6 September 2015

Sharing This Oscar-Winning ‘Donald Duck’ Cartoon Is Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Two men found out the hard way that it is illegal in Russia to share this Oscar-winning anti-fascist Disney cartoon from 1942, "Der Fuehrer’s Face."

24 August 2015

Did Russia's Biggest Search Engine Censor Itself to Protect Putin's Spokesman?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.

22 August 2015

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

19 August 2015

How One News Website Is Taking On Russia's Attorney General (and Losing)

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

How one small oppositionist news website has gobbled up almost half the Russian Attorney General's online censorship efforts.

17 August 2015

Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about a protest in Siberia.

11 August 2015

Eat Your Heart Out, Boston Tea Party. This Is How Russia Destroys Food.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo collects some of the most poignant jokes and statements from Russian-language Twitter about Russia's new war on banned Western food imports.

2 August 2015

Russia's Mustachioed Corruption

RuNet Echo

A day after Putin's press secretary wed, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist has published evidence that Dmitry Peskov wears a wristwatch worth at least $620,000.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

20 July 2015

An Open Letter to Russia's Silent National TV Networks

RuNet Echo

Almost two dozen soldiers died on July 13, when part of a military barracks in Omsk collapsed. Russian national television has not been eager to cover the tragedy.

17 July 2015

Psychologist Leaves St. Petersburg University After Pressure from Anti-LGBT Group

RuNet Echo

The St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University has dissolved a sex-change medical board, and apparently fired Dmitry Isaev, the doctor who headed the commission, following an anti-LGBT campaign.

6 July 2015

Fines for Violating Russia’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Might Not Be So Stiff, After All

RuNet Echo

Lawmakers suggest that fines will likely be levied only after a search engine refuses to comply with a court order to delete links under the “right to be forgotten” protocol.

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