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4 October 2014

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Does ‘Ask-Me-Anything’ on Russian Geek Forum

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin showed up on a Russian geek forum this morning to do an "Ask-Me-Anything" style Q&A session with its users.

2 October 2014

Russian Court Sentences 23-Year-Old Woman to 2 Years for Torrenting Porn

Global Voices Advocacy

In court, the accused denied that she knew she was also sharing porn while she downloaded the films, but prosecutors say she admitted this knowledge when they seized her computer.

Aliens Are Running Hong Kong Protests, And The Russian News Is On It

A popular Russian news website claims an alien force might be behind the mass protests in Hong Kong.

1 October 2014

Russian Mathematician Aids Hong Kong's ‘America-Orchestrated Color Revolution’

Given the popular frame in Russia that the United States is masterminding Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations, FireChat’s Moscow-educated co-founder is awkward for the pro-Kremlin press.

29 September 2014

New Document Leak Reveals Scope of Collaboration Between Moscow and Donetsk

These documents offer fascinating insights into the relationship between the Russian Far Right and the separatists now active in eastern Ukraine.

26 September 2014

Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia

Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.

25 September 2014

Here's Why Mail.Ru's Complete Control Over VKontakte Is Bad News

Russia’s Internet group Mail.ru has acquired the remaining stake in VKontakte, and is now the sole owner of the biggest social network in the country.

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

Global Voices Advocacy

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

23 September 2014

Ukrainian Band Blows Up YouTube with Wild Apple-Inspired Music Video

A little-known Ukrainian indie rock collective has captured the hearts of YouTube users—and Apple fans—with a cleverly shot music video that now has over half a million views.

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