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Maxim Edwards

Maxim Edwards is the Eurasia editor for Global Voices. He is a British journalist, editor, and translator specialising in migration, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union, and a former editor at openDemocracy and OCCRP.

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8 July 2020

Russian journalist avoids jail term for ‘justifying terrorism’ – and fears a new assault on press freedoms

RuNet Echo

While her conviction remains in force, Svetlana Prokopyeva has avoided a prison sentence. The verdict was a silver lining in a new wave of arrests and criminal cases against journalists.

28 May 2020

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

27 May 2020

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

18 May 2020

Journalists in Russia's regions catalogue the ‘unseen victims’ of COVID-19

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

The wider social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have destroyed livelihoods and sometimes ended lives. Coronavictims.ru exists to catalogue what its founders call the "unseen" victims of the pandemic.

17 May 2020

‘We're staying home today’: The unexpected anthem of Russia's COVID-19 lockdown

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

"We're staying home today," a 2017 song by Moscow band Hadn Dadn, has captivated a country cautiously emerging from lockdown.

11 May 2020

Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

There were no parades this year. But the RuNet's resourcefulness prepared Russia well to commemorate Victory Day in lockdown — seamlessly converting the largest public holiday into a mass online event.

24 April 2020

Prosecutions mount as Russia intensifies fight against COVID-19 ‘fake news’

RuNet EchoAdvoxCOVID-19

Russia has made sharing "fake news" a criminal offence. Rights activists fear that charges will be brought against anybody questioning the state's account of the coronavirus pandemic.

20 April 2020

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

People across Russia are logging onto a popular satnav to launch virtual protests. Within hours, the Yandex.Navigator app was showing empty squares and streets of cities in lockdown as "congested"

27 March 2020

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

19 March 2020

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

As coronavirus cases in Russia rise, a startup in St Petersburg has launched a "virtual bar" where self-isolating Russians can build new friendships and feel a little less alone.

18 March 2020

Turkmenistan fights coronavirus with (more) isolation and herbal remedies

COVID-19

Turkmen officials deny any cases of COVID-19 in the country. They aim to keep the virus away by closing borders, testing incoming travellers, and burning an aromatic desert grass.

12 March 2020

Putin supports proposals paving the way for his continued rule

RuNet Echo

After months of speculation about Putin's successor, there is clarity: if passed, new constitutional amendments proposed this week will allow him to stay in office as president until 2036.

9 March 2020

Priest wins online anti-prize for Russia's ‘sexist of the year’

RuNet Echo

A Russian Orthodox priest who stated that women have "weaker minds" has been crowned Sexist of the Year for 2019 — an annual online anti-prize organised by feminist activists.

5 March 2020

Making sense of Moldova's ‘depopulation crisis’

An interview with sociologist Petru Negură on the causes and consequences of demographic decline in Moldova, home to one of the world's fastest-shrinking populations.

2 March 2020

Could Russia's ‘Sovereign Internet’ go international?

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Russia is not seeking to isolate itself from the world, rather to create a precedent which other states aspiring to sovereignty over their segments of the internet can follow," says...

20 February 2020

Pipeline problems for indigenous peoples on Russia's Yamal Peninsula

RuNet Echo

As gas pipelines creep across Russia's Yamal Peninsula, the lives of local reindeer herders are changing radically. Russia's energy companies say it's for the best — indigenous rights activists are...

19 February 2020

Holy controversy over proposal to mention God in Russia's constitution

RuNet Echo

The patriarch's proposal to mention God in the preamble of the new constitution has divided Russian commentators. Their debate is less about belief in the Almighty — and more about...

15 February 2020

Russians rally against torture after verdict against ‘terrorist cell’

RuNet Echo

Following a verdict against seven antifascist and anarchist activists, Russia's opposition discovers that whatever their political differences, they could all face the threat of torture.

14 January 2020

Ukrainian workers battle controversial new labour code

Ukrainian and international labour rights activists believe that the draft labour code will radically weaken employees' rights and the role of trade unions in the workplace

26 December 2019

What lies ahead for the RuNet in 2020?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Interview with Alexander Isavnin, a researcher at the Internet Protection Society, on the Russian government's next steps to regulate and control cyberspace.

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