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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 February 2016

Russians Find the Stories Hidden in Photos of Decay

RuNet Echo

There's a community on the Russian social network Vkontakte that takes photos of rust, peeling paint, and decay, and reimagines them as “abstract stories.”

19 February 2016

Blogging Is Making a Comeback in Russia, Thanks to the Man Who Helped Kill It

RuNet Echo

A funny thing is happening in the chaos of today’s Russian Internet use: people are starting to feel overwhelmed on social media.

12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

26 January 2016

Deus Ex Putina

RuNet Echo

According to a Russian news site and a whole lot of bloggers, Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila, has remarried. The RuNet also thinks it's found her Facebook account.

23 January 2016

The Only Hero in Russia Who Isn't Named Putin

RuNet Echo

While Ramzan Kadyrov isn’t Russia’s president, he is far more than a mere regional figure, and the past few weeks have offered only the latest evidence of his “talents.”

19 January 2016

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

13 January 2016

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.

3 January 2016

Turkish Hackers Claim Credit for Hijacking Top Russian Official's Instagram

RuNet Echo

Hackers identifying themselves as Turkish took control of the Russian communications minister's Instagram account earlier today, posting a dozen images depicting Turkish patriotism and falling aircraft.

2 January 2016

‘The Dress’ Is Back, But This Time It's A Debate About Censorship on Russian TV

RuNet Echo

The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?

1 January 2016

Politician Invites TV Cameras to Film Him Buying a Russian Car. They Also Filmed His Watch, Which Is Worth More Than the Car.

RuNet Echo

When Vitaly Milonov brought along a TV crew to film him buying a Russian-made car, he probably didn’t expect his wristwatch to be the story. But that's precisely what happened

31 December 2015

What to Expect From Russia's State Censor in 2016

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.

23 December 2015

Russia's Citizen Journalists: Mercenary Mudslingers or Intrepid Investigators?

RuNet Echo

Since three bloggers were arrested in Samara, their story of muckraking and blackmail has come to threaten the future of investigative blogging, as well as Governor Nikolai Merkushkin's tenure.

13 December 2015

This City in Siberia Would Rather Elect a Cat Mayor

RuNet Echo

As Barnaul's political process slips further from the public, the frustrations of ordinary citizens are beginning to show. For instance, one Internet community is promoting a house cat’s mayoral candidacy.

8 December 2015

Russian Film Festival Gets Official Warning After Promoting Anti-Corruption Documentary

RuNet Echo

The warning comes after Artdocfest announced that it is including in a special online competition a film about the corrupt business dealings of figures close to Attorney General Yuri Chaika.

1 December 2015

The Kremlin's News Man Decides It's Time to Say ‘Daesh’ Instead of ‘ISIL’

RuNet Echo

The Russian state media has joined the worldwide debate about what to call the Al Qaeda offshoot that has come to control large parts of Iraq and Syria.

25 November 2015

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

24 November 2015

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Tweets Are Now Banned Throughout Russia

RuNet Echo

A municipal court in Chechnya has banned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account. In accordance with Russian federal law, the ban is effective nationwide.

23 November 2015

Nord-Ost Siege Survivor Remembers Captivity After Paris Attacks

RuNet Echo

With the tragic attacks in Paris earlier this month, many Russians are now remembering how bullets and bombs littered their own capital thirteen years ago.

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