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21 November 2014

One Year Later: Ukrainians Remember Euromaidan Online

On November 21, the official start of Euromaidan a year ago, Ukrainians flocked to social media to remember and reflect on the protests and their aftermath.

18 November 2014

Russian Government Sanctions LGBT Support Group for Suggesting Gay Youths Are Brave

The Russian government seems to be saying LGBT teens are a threat to each other—that they require the attention of medical professionals, who will explain that being gay precludes bravery.

17 November 2014

Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop

A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.

14 November 2014

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

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It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

13 November 2014

Does the Kremlin Help Its Enemies?

There are certain news outlets in Russia you don’t expect to publish stories accusing the government of funding Vladimir Putin’s enemies, but that is exactly what happened last week.

12 November 2014

New Book Tells the Story of Ukraine's Euromaidan Protests in Facebook Posts

A new book, made up entirely of over 700 Facebook posts, chronicles the events Euromaidan protests as they were recorded and told by Ukrainian Facebook users.

11 November 2014

Police Say He Helped Steal $5 Billion, But Russia's Opposition Wants to Save Alexander Belov

Concerns about Belov’s safety in pretrial detention spiked this week, after his brother wrote on LiveJournal about a supposed plan by the Federal Security Service to torture Belov in prison.

10 November 2014

Tired of ‘Aggressive Mainstream Propaganda'? The Kremlin Is Launching a News Network Just for You

Russia's state-run Rossia Segodnya media holding has launched Sputnik, a new international multimedia project to "provide an alternative viewpoint on world events."

7 November 2014

Russia's Punk Underground on Trial

Russian anti-fascist activist Aleksei Sutuga, known as Socrates, is behind bars after a suspicious trial, but his underground punk battle continues online.

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