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24 April 2015

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

After Alexander's bot network analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, he now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

23 April 2015

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

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

20 April 2015

The ‘Beauty’ of Russian Homophobia

Titled "Beautiful People and What They Say to Me," LGBT rights activist Lena Klimova posted photos of individuals in their everyday lives, and the threatening messages they’ve sent her online.

Russian Siberia, Five Years Later: Still Neglected, Still Burning

RuNet Echo looks at Russian Internet users' responses to the 2010 and 2015 wildfires, comparing what's stayed the same and what's changed.

16 April 2015

There’s Already a Rap Song Dedicated to Russia’s Twerking Bee-Costumed Teens

Young people in Orenburg are changing their profile pictures on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, to a banner that reads, “We don’t want to fight, we want to dance.”

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

Global Voices Advocacy

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

Tsarist Russia Bans Internet Porn

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.

10 April 2015

Are Google and eBay Bowing to the Kremlin's Data Localization Demands?

Global Voices Advocacy

Google and eBay may be caving to Russia's data localization law, a move that would leave users even more vulnerable to state surveillance than they are today.

7 April 2015

Sixty Million Russians Go Online Daily, New Report Shows

Russia now boasts higher Internet penetration than any other BRICS or CIS country, with over 60 percent of Russian adults regularly using the web.

Who the Hell Keeps Leaking Kremlin Correspondence?

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.

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