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Will Wright

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7 September 2015

Grand Theft Auto and More: The Grim Reality of Life in ‘Donetsk People's Republic’

RuNet Echo

Documents leaked this summer by 'Anonymous International' depict a living hell for civilians in the separatist-controlled territories of eastern Ukraine.

8 August 2015

Russia's Democratic Coalition Is On The Ropes

RuNet Echo

The Democratic Coalition has recently been barred from various regional elections this September, as its grand ambitions have collided full force with the harsh reality of politics in Putin's Russia.

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

RuNet Echo

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

26 June 2015

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

RuNet Echo

In Russia, citizen activism has halted construction, for now, of a gigantic statue honoring 10th century ruler Saint Vladimir atop Moscow's Sparrow Hills.

9 June 2015

That Rare Moment When a Moscow Opposition Leader Visits Siberia

RuNet Echo

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny made a rare trip outside Moscow on Sunday, arriving in Novosibirsk for a boisterous public meeting ahead of primary elections.

1 June 2015

Is Vladimir Kara-Murza's Hospitalization a Fluke or Part of a Violent Pattern?

RuNet Echo

A Russian political activist remains in critical condition after suddenly collapsing in his office last week, the day after his organization aired a hard-hitting exposé on lawlessness in Chechnya.

9 May 2015

Russia's Indefatigable Absurdists

RuNet Echo

Every year on May 1, thousands of Russians stage a public celebration of absurdity in a handful of cities across Siberia called "Monstration."

1 May 2015

Russia's Democratic Opposition Is Trying to Unite and the Road Ahead Is Bumpy

RuNet Echo

Two of Russia’s leading opposition parties recently announced the formation a "democratic alliance" with plans to run on a joint ticket in upcoming regional and national elections.

23 April 2015

‘Anonymous International’ Wants You to Think the Kremlin Can Hide Nothing

RuNet Echo

'Anonymous International' continues to leak confidential government correspondence in Russia, while the group's methods and motivations remain shrouded in mystery.

13 April 2015

Tsarist Russia Bans Internet Porn

RuNet Echo

A Russian court in Tatarstan has banned 136 porn sites, and the language of its ruling implies that all Internet porn is hereby against the law.

7 April 2015

Who the Hell Keeps Leaking Kremlin Correspondence?

RuNet Echo

Russia's mysterious data-leaking group Anonymous International strikes again, releasing thousands of private messages allegedly belonging to the official who helped shape the Putin Administration's domestic policy from 2012 to 2014.

30 March 2015

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

RuNet Echo

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

20 March 2015

8-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl Is War's Latest Victim

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian armored vehicle ran onto a sidewalk on Monday, killing a eight-year-old girl in a terrible tragedy that led to rioting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka.

12 March 2015

Who Killed Nemtsov? Chechen Cops or Kremlin Cops?

RuNet Echo

The charging of Chechens with Nemtsov's murder and comments by Ramzan Kadyrov on Instagram revived speculation that Nemtsov was killed for supporting Charlie Hebdo. But the Russian Internet remains unconvinced.

6 March 2015

Nemtsov's Son Studies at a University Where the Vice Dean Welcomed His Murder

RuNet Echo

A vicious reaction on VKontakte to Boris Nemtsov's murder has cost the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology's vice dean his job.

1 March 2015

Duma Deputies Challenge Food Import Ban, and President Putin

RuNet Echo

In a challenge to the power of the Russian presidency, five State Duma deputies recently proposed legislation aimed at rolling back Russia's ban on Western food imports.

20 February 2015

Meet Russia's New Activists, the Anti-Maidan Movement

RuNet Echo

When Moscow witnessed mass protests in the winter of 2011-2012, organizations like Nashi and Young Guard exerted little or no influence on events. Will Anti-Maidan be different?

13 February 2015

The Minsk Summit 2.0

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Russia and around the world closely followed the diplomatic summit in Minsk through the night on Wednesday.

7 February 2015

Putin's Daughter Can No Longer Hide from the Internet

RuNet Echo

The combination of a newspaper's investigation, a journalist's sharp eye, and an anonymous source have the dance moves of Putin's younger daughter making international news.

2 February 2015

Russian Opposition to Test Putin's Popularity Amid Financial Crisis

RuNet Echo

The Russian opposition has announced plans for a march that may gauge public support for an associated list of "anti-crisis" measures in light of recent economic and foreign policy developments.

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