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8 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal What Vladimir Putin Tells World Leaders at Private Meals

The leaked emails can be sorted into three types of reports: menu options for meetings, summaries of the catering services, and—most interestingly—outlines of Putin's conversations with his guests.

Ukraine Is Banning ‘Communist Symbols’ and the Kremlin Is Peeved

Ukraine has moved to restrict the use of Communist and Nazi symbols in a bid to part with the country's Soviet past. Not everyone is happy.

7 May 2015

Did a Journalist Save a Chechen Teenager from Marrying a 57-Year-Old Police Captain? No.

Last week, we reported that a journalist had succeeded in preventing a Chechen teenager from being married against her will. It now appears the marriage will go through, after all.

6 May 2015

How Twerking May Destroy a Russian Small Business

A Russian cosmetics company is using a scandalous dance in its marketing, and a Russian politician says the ad commits a “depraved act” against minors.

1 May 2015

How a Russian Journalist Ruined a Chechen Wedding

How an independent Russian journalist averted the forced marriage of a 17-year-old Chechen girl to a high-ranking, 57-year-old police official.

Russia's Democratic Opposition Is Trying to Unite and the Road Ahead Is Bumpy

Two of Russia’s leading opposition parties recently announced the formation a "democratic alliance" with plans to run on a joint ticket in upcoming regional and national elections.

29 April 2015

What Has Happened to Russia's Best Independent Radio Station?

It's still one of the few outlets where you’ll find independent reporting and analysis, but Echo of Moscow has become Russia’s liberal radio station that Russian liberals love to hate.

Chernobyl Is Burning, But Who's to Blame?

As first responders fought the wildfire near the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine, panic and the conspiracy theories bloomed fast on social networks.

28 April 2015

Ukraine's Security Service Takes Down 30,000 Websites to Fight ‘Pro-Russian Propaganda’

In an attempt to shut down a handful of pro-Russian websites, Ukraine's Security Service seized servers from one of the country's largest hosting providers, taking down thousands of innocent websites.

27 April 2015

The Curious Chronology of Russian Twitter Bots

Multiple Twitter accounts were created on the same day, sometimes within hours of each other. This trend, typical for automated bot networks, was evident throughout Alexander's pro-Kremlin bot sample.

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