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Yulia Savitskaya

I hold a BS in Economics from Moscow State University and a BS equivalent in Cultural Studies from UNIC Institute. Before moving to New York city, I worked as a news editor at Lenta.ru, Russia’s major online news outlet, and as an online managing editor at Russia! magazine. My area of interest includes Soviet everyday culture, social inequality, and gender politics of 1920s and 1930s.

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29 December 2016

The 2016 Russian Words of the Year, Explained

RuNet Echo

Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.

10 December 2016

Russian Students Create Programming Language to Help Their ‘Streetwise’ Peers Graduate

RuNet Echo

Students at St. Petersburg's College of Information Technologies have built a new programming language using the "gopnik" vernacular.

27 October 2016

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name and You Don't Even Get It

RuNet Echo

It's too soon to know if this creature will make a good ambassador for Russia or the World Cup, but it's fair to say already that “Zabivaka” has gone viral.

27 September 2016

‘No Embarrassment’ Photo Exhibition in Moscow Ends Early Under Pressure From Conservative Activists

RuNet Echo

Conservative activists pressured the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow to close Jock Sturges' photo exhibition, arguing that his work violated Russia's laws against child pornography.

21 September 2016

Life in Russia After Porn

RuNet Echo

A week after Russian censors banned two of the most popular pornography websites around, ordinary Web users are firing back with an online flashmob that mixes satire and protest.

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

2 August 2016

Here's Why Russian Facebook Users Love Donald Trump

RuNet Echo

Politically engaged Russian social media users are making their opinions on Donald Trump known. Mostly, they seem to be quite taken with the man—for some very different reasons.

6 July 2016

This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza

RuNet Echo

Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.

4 July 2016

Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Is Stepping Down, But We'll Remember Him for These 7 Things

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo reviews the seven most memorable moments of Pavel Astakhov's career, as we part with Russia's longtime children's rights commissioner.

24 June 2016

Vladimir Putin's ‘Favorite Chef’ Is Linked to Attacks on Journalists and Opposition Members

RuNet Echo

Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”

7 June 2016

Be Ready to Scream on Facebook, Before Signing Up for Moscow's Car-Sharing Services

RuNet Echo

Moscow's Zipcar equivalent is trying to show customers that it's listening. This comes after an Internet scandal where it didn't look like a great listener.

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