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4 July 2015

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

3 July 2015

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

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RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

28 June 2015

How Russia’s Biggest Homophobe Joined an LGBT Social Community

One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.

26 June 2015

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

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

25 June 2015

The Man Who Supported Ostriches and Other Viral Adventures of Viktor Yanukovych

Did Viktor Yanukovych really just happen to live in a private zoo owned by someone else? And what's the deal with those ostriches? Social media users explain.

Russia Bans the Internet Archive's ‘Wayback Machine’

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The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages.

23 June 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

22 June 2015

No More Internet: Website Models Effect Of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ on Russian Search Engines

A new website created by Russian advertising executives asks Russian users to imagine what search engines will look like in 2018—if the “right to be forgotten” bill becomes law.

21 June 2015

Moscow Entrepreneur Crowdfunds Honey Business to Rescue Dying Ural Village

A tiny Russian village in the Urals is getting new jobs and a reputation with foodies—thanks to a crowdfunding boost engineered by a social entrepreneur from Moscow.

A Picture Worth a Thousand Russian Expletives

Last week, eight of the most prominent journalists working in Russia posed for a controversial group photo with the former leader of Donetsk's separatists. Here's what happened.

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