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Tanya Lokot · August, 2014

I am a researcher based in Dublin, Ireland. I study protest, digital media and internet freedom in Eastern Europe and beyond.

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Latest posts by Tanya Lokot from August, 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

Ukrainian Daredevil Climber Admits to Painting the Moscow Star in Ukraine's Colors

The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

Donetsk's Guerrilla Separatists Kidnap the Ukrainian Guerrilla Artist Who Dared to Mock Them

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist who has been stealthily putting up artworks mocking the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic in the occupied city of Donetsk was captured by the rebels.

Russian APCs Cross Into Ukraine, Mystery Convoy Still Stuck on Border

As speculation swirls around the Russian humanitarian convoy traveling into Eastern Ukraine, Western journalists following the procession have witnessed a column of armored vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

In the Fight Against Russia, Ukraine Flirts with Kremlinesque Internet Censorship

A new draft law in Ukraine could grant the government extensive powers to shut down media outlets and block websites in the name of national security.

Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real Time?

Already plagued by Roskomnadzor blacklists, blogger registration, and the blocking of Twitter accounts, a Russian organization now wants to introduce real-time filtering of online content.

Want to Use Public Wi-Fi in Russia? Let's See Some ID

Internet users in Russia won't be able to use Wi-Fi in public spots anonymously any longer. The Russian government now requires individuals accessing public Wi-Fi to present their IDs.

Putin Is Banning a Bunch of Western Imports. Russians Fear for Their Booze.

Russians might soon be missing Scotch whisky and French cheese. A decree signed by Vladimir Putin bans the import of agricultural products from countries which had earlier sanctioned Russia.

The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

Once Russia's most independent news portals, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru will now host video content from state-run television.

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