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RuNet Echo

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A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

In Russia's far east, a feminist theatre director comes under attack

Yulia Tsvetkova was building a community in her hometown in Russia's far east — until she was targeted by violent homophobes and a hostile police.

No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

As usual, much is unclear in eastern Ukraine. Can separatist officials' claims that there are no confirmed cases be believed? Have they really acquired coronavirus testing kits, and from whom?

Russian pranksters target Bernie Sanders

Notorious Russian pranksters posing as Greta Thunberg and her father claim that they have called up Bernie Sanders to offer an endorsement. Then their conversation went downhill, fast.

New report makes grim predictions for ‘Fortress RuNet’

The most recent annual report by Russian NGOs Agora and Roskomsvoboda draws some troubling conclusions about what lies in store for the RuNet in years to come.

In Russia, individuals can now be branded ‘foreign agents’

The latest amendments expand the definition of "foreign agent" to individuals, at the discretion of the Ministry of Justice, which already maintains online lists of "foreign agent" media outlets and...

Chechen leader suggests killing users who ‘insult honour’ online

For several years, human rights defenders have consistently cited Chechnya as one of Russia's most repressive regions, citing widespread torture, disappearances, and a complete intolerance of dissent.

A Crimean Tatar journalist's defiant last words in court

"I am a citizen of Ukraine, a Crimean Tatar, a Muslim. I am a journalist, a father, a husband, and a son. With the grace of God, these will not...

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

CEO of carpooling service disinvited from interview on Russian state media after producer found out she was a woman

Russia still has a long way to go in terms of gender equality.

As a comedian wins Ukraine's presidency by a landslide, Russians watch with awe and envy

Russians have been glued to their screens as they watched a rare show: unpredictable elections where an incumbent can hold debates with an outsider, lose the vote, and concede peacefully.

Moscow human rights activists sue a Russian far eastern republic over ban on migrant workers

Human rights activists will have to fight Yasen Nikolayev’s act on purely legalistic grounds, arguing that regulating the local labor market in Yakutia is not actually required.

Russians rejoice as their favorite Ukrainian presidential hopeful, a comedian with no political experience, wins first round

Ukraine’s presidential elections attracted intense attention from neighboring Russia, with state television channels -- usually extremely hostile to post-Maidan Ukraine -- attempting to paint a picture of chaos and disarray.

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."

Russia sends an official implicated in a sexual harassment scandal to the 2019 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Leonid Slutsky’s appointment as the head of a national delegation to a global forum on the status of women can only be regarded as an act of cruel trolling.

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

Russian cathedral choir's performance of a song about US nuclear annihilation shows that parody doesn't quite work in 2019

As Russian state TV regularly airs segments simulating total or partial nuclear destruction of the United States, this was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

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