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.
Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock
17 June 2016
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
9 June 2016
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
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
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
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
A curious event announcement appeared briefly on the website of the Crimean government on May 25. It concerned Vladimir Putin and the word “dickhead.”
20 May 2016
Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.
19 May 2016
Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.
17 May 2016
News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.
12 May 2016
If Moscow is saddling up for another offensive against “foreign agents,” Ilya Ukhov couldn’t have timed it better when he claimed Dozhd might secretly receive funding from the US government.
10 May 2016
28 April 2016
25 April 2016
Someone in Russia desperately wants people to think a billionaire is preparing to sell off two particularly important assets: the energy company Quadra and the media holding group RBC.
22 April 2016
Users of the Russian imageboard “Dvach” (2chan) have launched a campaign to deanonymize Russian actresses who appear in pornography, utilizing a controversial new service called “FindFace.”
18 April 2016
Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.
12 April 2016
Prosecutors in Nizhny Novgorod are investigating a curious helicopter landing that took place on a highway outside the city. The case involves dashcam footage and men dressed as priests.
7 April 2016
4 April 2016
The women of Pussy Riot have been free for more than two years now, but they might soon get some company in the annals of Russia’s crimes against religiosity.
30 March 2016
Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.