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19 February 2015

Twitter Chatter About Putin and Poroshenko: The Language Breakdown

Tweets in Russian account for over half of the 6,342,294 tweets in our dataset. English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and French are the other common languages in tweets about Putin and Poroshenko.

18 February 2015

The Russian Military Commander Allegedly Leading Ukraine's Separatists

OSCE photos on Twitter indicate Lentsov was about 35 miles from Debaltseve on February 16, where he met with separatists in an official capacity as head of the Russian Representation.

Trolling Russia's Hearts and Minds

Last week, users of the image-board 2ch.hk launched a campaign to test Russians’ gullibility, when it comes to information about the Donbas separatists’ “fallen heroes.”

16 February 2015

Ukrainian MP Pushes for Carbon Copy Of Russian Blogger Law, Meets Resistance

A member of the Ukrainian parliament suggested bloggers in Ukraine should be required to verify information in their posts and disclose their personal data to the authorities.

13 February 2015

Russia Says You Can't Mention Ukrainian Nationalists, Unless You Say They're Bad

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One permitted way to mention such organizations it to do so "in a negative light, ascribing them characteristics like 'radical,' 'extremist,' or 'nationalist.'"

The Minsk Summit 2.0

Social media users in Russia and around the world closely followed the diplomatic summit in Minsk through the night on Wednesday.

12 February 2015

In Putin's Russia, a Retweet Can Lead to a Jail Term

Even a retweet of an image or a republished post may cost Russian citizens unfettered access to the Internet—and often, their freedom.

How the War in Ukraine Tears Apart Families and Friends Online

Bitterness is in the air, and bitterness affects personal relationships—so I wasn’t surprised when Eleonora told me how a formerly friendly Kiev colleague wished death upon her on Facebook.

10 February 2015

RuNet Watchdog ‘Baffled’ by Twitter's Refusal to Block Kremlin's Opponents

Alexandr Zharov, head of Roscomnadzor, told journalists that Twitter "has consistently refused to adhere to the demands of Russian legislation, including those aimed at combatting extremism."

9 February 2015

Ukraine Arrests Journalist on Treason Charges for Calls to Boycott Mobilization

Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba called for boycotting the latest wave of military mobilization in Ukraine—and now faces treason charges. Is he really a traitor? Internet opinion is divided.

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