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27 May 2019

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

RuNet EchoAdvox

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

23 April 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

8 April 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

1 April 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

29 March 2019

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

RuNet EchoAdvox

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

18 March 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

15 March 2019

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

RuNet EchoAdvox

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."

8 March 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

3 March 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

27 February 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

RuNet EchoAdvox

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

26 February 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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.

22 February 2019

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

RuNet EchoAdvox

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

17 February 2019

Russian public sector workers ordered to ‘like’ social media posts promoting the 2019 Winter Universiade

RuNet Echo

This is not the first instance of Russian public officials acting as "human bots" to promote the government's agenda online.

3 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

RuNet EchoAdvox

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

23 January 2019

Local radio station in Russia cancels interview with LGBT activists after threats to editor

RuNet Echo

Homophobic abuse online didn't put the editor off, but anonymous calls threatening violence against her guests did.

10 January 2019

Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films

RuNet Echo

The generation of Russians now in their mid-30s is finding their parents' TV and film role models disappointing by the modern standards of relationships and gender equality.

27 November 2018

Russian rapper arrested and unexpectedly released after alleged Kremlin intervention

RuNet Echo

Husky is no liberal minstrel, but fellow rappers rushed to his support when he was arrested. Then a state TV executive bragged about the Kremlin's efforts to release him.

9 November 2018

Russia’s most progressive media outlet finds itself on the wrong side of #MeToo

RuNet Echo

Kolpakov is the first-ever man to publicly resign over sexual assault accusations in Russia. And he's a #metoo supporter.

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

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