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7 January 2015

A Look Back at ‘Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered’

With hindsight, the title of this interview series is a bit of a misnomer. The truth is, of course, that everyone has a filter.

6 January 2015

Alexey Navalny's ‘Risk-Free’ Rebellion

Lawyer Murad Musaev claims Navalny’s portrayal of his house arrest is “based more on emotions than legal norms."

Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered, By the Numbers

RuNet Echo has interviewed and profiled 12 bloggers, citizen journalists, and social media users in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Here's how that breaks down.

29 December 2014

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

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As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

27 December 2014

Meet the Kremlin's Snitch

A Russian Internet group has leaked a trove of emails allegedly from inside the Kremlin, showing reports about the political activities of influential bloggers and independent journalists.

22 December 2014

Facebook and Twitter ‘Won't Block’ Navalny in Russia, As Kremlin Continues to Block Protest Mentions

Tv Rain reports Facebook and Twitter have decided not to block any more Navalny protest pages, aware that this might mean their whole websites may be blocked in Russia.

20 December 2014

Navalny Protest Rally Facebook Event Page Blocked in Russia

Just one day after supporters of Putin critic Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked in Russia.

19 December 2014

Washington's $60 Million for Russian Democracy Promotion Is ‘Essentially a Recommendation’

A source in Washington says, “The authorization language is essentially a recommendation, and we’re not expecting it to result in any new appropriations for Russian media or civil society.”

Thousands to Attend Unsanctioned Protest Outside Kremlin Against Putin-Critic's Verdict

Whether it takes place on January 14 or 15, the demonstration promises a conflict with Moscow police, as its organizer isn’t planning to ask the government's permission.

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

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The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

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