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Tanya Lokot · December, 2015

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 December, 2015

Russian Blogger Gets Five-Year Prison Term for ‘Inciting Hate’ Online

Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

Russian Censors Launch Automatic Online Media Monitoring System to Spot ‘Extremist’ Content

Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.

The Bridge From Russia to Crimea Doesn't Exist Yet, But It Already Has an Instagram Account

Cats can help improve your bridge construction project's social media strategy, especially if you need to draw attention away from how slow and expensive your project is.

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

Roscomnadzor Head Claims Google and Apple Are ‘Relocating Servers’ to Russia

Aleksandr Zharov, head of the Russian media watchdog, told journalists Google and Apple were "working on localizing their databases on Russian territory," but said the information was "unofficial."

Russian Activist Gets Two-Year Sentence for ‘Calls to Extremism’ on Social Networks

A Russian court has found activist Darya Polyudova guilty of "public calls to separatism and extremism" on social networks and has sentenced her to two years in a penal colony.

Here's What Russian Internet Users Googled in 2015

In 2015, the RuNet cheered on Eurovision and hockey, but also mourned prominent Russians who passed away and followed the tragic events in Egypt and France.

Russia Sentences First Activist to Three Years in Jail for Peaceful Protest

Ildar Dadin, jailed for three years for single-person pickets, pleaded not guilty and called the case against him a "shameful persecution based on an unconstitutional law."

Spot All the New Urban Murals in Kyiv With This Handy Interactive Map

Hunting down new street art and murals in Ukraine's capital has just gotten easier, with a new interactive map listing most of the locations of recent artworks.

On Volunteer Day, Ukrainians Honor Grassroots Efforts with a Social Media Campaign

Ukrainians marked International Volunteer Day with an online campaign thanking volunteers for their work during the crisis in the country.

Russia Sees Its First Real Prison Sentence for ‘Promoting Extremism’ on Social Media

A Russian court has handed out a real prison term to a user charged with "propaganda of extremism on social media," sentencing him to one year in a penal colony.

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