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Stories from RuNet Echo

30 July 2014

Camera Phones vs. Kalashnikovs in Ukraine's Separtist-held Luhansk

How "streamer" journalism both empowers and endangers civic reporters in eastern Ukraine.

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

29 July 2014

Spinning the MH17 Tragedy, Moscow's Victory Isn't What You Think

Kyiv and Moscow trade evidence and conspiracy theories about whose BUK surface-to-air missiles downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What game is the Kremlin playing online?

27 July 2014

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

25 July 2014

Russia's 4-Million-Ruble Procurement Order to Crack Tor Is Suddenly Revised

The Russian Interior Ministry has revised the language in a procurement order offering almost USD $100,000 for developing a way to decipher user data on the Tor anonymity network.

Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

The owner of an independent TV channel has staged a curious "intellectual provocation" to shock people into understanding the peril of Internet freedom in Russia.

23 July 2014

The Death and Gloom of Donetsk and Gaza

How did RuNet users react to the twin events of July 17, the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17, and the beginning of Israel’s ground assault into the Gaza Strip?

18 July 2014

Russian State TV Edits Wikipedia to Blame Ukraine for MH17 Crash

Someone at VGTRK, a state-run Russian broadcasting company, has edited a Wikipedia entry about the Malaysian Flight MH17 crash to blame the government in Kyiv.

The 5 Most Insensitive Reactions to the MH17 Crash in Ukraine

With emotions running high following the plane crash in Ukraine, a handful of particularly calloused statements by figures in Moscow and Donetsk have attracted the RuNet's attention.

17 July 2014

First Russian Reactions to the Downed Plane in Eastern Ukraine

An airplane has crashed in Ukraine. With nothing but a few pixelated YouTube videos and a fast-growing mountain of accusations, RuNet users are in the midst of a full-blown hysteria.

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