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Stories about Russia

24 April 2015

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

RuNet Echo

After Alexander's bot network analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, he now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

23 April 2015

‘Anonymous International’ Wants You to Think the Kremlin Can Hide Nothing

RuNet Echo

'Anonymous International' continues to leak confidential government correspondence in Russia, while the group's methods and motivations remain shrouded in mystery.

20 April 2015

The ‘Beauty’ of Russian Homophobia

RuNet Echo

Titled "Beautiful People and What They Say to Me," LGBT rights activist Lena Klimova posted photos of individuals in their everyday lives, and the threatening messages they’ve sent her online.

Russian Siberia, Five Years Later: Still Neglected, Still Burning

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo looks at Russian Internet users' responses to the 2010 and 2015 wildfires, comparing what's stayed the same and what's changed.

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

11 April 2015

Did a Facebook Post Speed up the Rescue of Tajik Citizens from Yemen?

"And who will rescue us? We live in Yemen, work as doctors, there are more than 300 of us, 400 if to count children too."

10 April 2015

Are Google and eBay Bowing to the Kremlin's Data Localization Demands?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Google and eBay may be caving to Russia's data localization law, a move that would leave users even more vulnerable to state surveillance than they are today.

7 April 2015

Sixty Million Russians Go Online Daily, New Report Shows

RuNet Echo

Russia now boasts higher Internet penetration than any other BRICS or CIS country, with over 60 percent of Russian adults regularly using the web.

Who the Hell Keeps Leaking Kremlin Correspondence?

RuNet Echo

Russia's mysterious data-leaking group Anonymous International strikes again, releasing thousands of private messages allegedly belonging to the official who helped shape the Putin Administration's domestic policy from 2012 to 2014.

2 April 2015

Social Network Analysis Reveals Full Scale of Kremlin's Twitter Bot Campaign

RuNet Echo

Visualised data on nearly 20,500 pro-Kremlin Twitter "bot" accounts reveals the massive scale of information manipulation attempts on the RuNet.

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