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Stories about Russia

21 August 2014

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

RuNet Echo

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

20 August 2014

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

RuNet Echo

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

17 August 2014

Twitter Popularity Brings No Joy to Self-Dubbed “Shitty Slovyansk” Blogger

RuNet Echo

The information war and the real one have almost become synonymous for a Ukrainian Twitter blogger from Slovyansk, and he is sick of both.

15 August 2014

Russian APCs Cross Into Ukraine, Mystery Convoy Still Stuck on Border

RuNet Echo

As speculation swirls around the Russian humanitarian convoy traveling into Eastern Ukraine, Western journalists following the procession have witnessed a column of armored vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

Even Pussy Riot Fears Russia’s New Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

There was no way to predict that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the former Pussy Riot political prisoner, would curtail her online activism to avoid being targeted by the Attorney General.

The U.S. Has Problems in Ferguson. And That's Creating Problems For the U.S. in Russia.

RuNet Echo

So far, most Russians watching the unrest in Ferguson have taken it as an opportunity to criticize the United States, arguing that America exaggerates its progress in race relations.

14 August 2014

In the Fight Against Russia, Ukraine Flirts with Kremlinesque Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

A new draft law in Ukraine could grant the government extensive powers to shut down media outlets and block websites in the name of national security.

13 August 2014

Crimea's One-Woman Resistance to Russian Occupation

RuNet Echo

Daria Karpenko says she is determined to stay in Crimea and report the realities of life on the ground, but she fears for her country and her family.

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