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RuNet Echo

Latest posts by RuNet Echo

29 May 2020

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

RuNet EchoRising Voices

"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...

7 April 2020

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

RuNet Echo

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.

26 March 2020

No coronavirus cases in Donetsk and Luhansk, say separatist authorities

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

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?

16 February 2020

Russian pranksters target Bernie Sanders

RuNet Echo

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.

14 February 2020

New report makes grim predictions for ‘Fortress RuNet’

RuNet EchoAdvox

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.

21 November 2019

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

RuNet Echo

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...

8 November 2019

Chechen leader suggests killing users who ‘insult honour’ online

RuNet Echo

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.

14 October 2019

A Crimean Tatar journalist's defiant last words in court

RuNet Echo

"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...

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.

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