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24 July 2015

As Ukraine Bans Russian TV Shows for ‘Propaganda,’ Local Channels Put Up a Fight

With Ukraine banning a number of Russian TV shows that "glorify the Russian government, military, and law enforcement," Ukrainian television channels are already looking for loopholes in the new legislation.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

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State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

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Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

The Kremlin's Favorite Pundit Is Waging War on Facebook

Russian news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov, famous for his vociferously pro-Kremlin punditry, recently appeared, disappeared, and reappeared on Facebook and Instagram. RuNet Echo explains what that means for Russia.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

Global Voices Advocacy

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

An Open Letter to Russia's Silent National TV Networks

Almost two dozen soldiers died on July 13, when part of a military barracks in Omsk collapsed. Russian national television has not been eager to cover the tragedy.

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

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Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

17 July 2015

Psychologist Leaves St. Petersburg University After Pressure from Anti-LGBT Group

The St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University has dissolved a sex-change medical board, and apparently fired Dmitry Isaev, the doctor who headed the commission, following an anti-LGBT campaign.

13 July 2015

Open-Source Information Reveals Pro-Kremlin Web Campaign

Publicly available information from Google Analytics and other sources shows connections between a number of pro-Russian and pro-Kremlin websites, but offers little indication as to who might be behind them.

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