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Stories about Russia

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

4 December 2014

Russia Counts the Dead As Militants Strike in Grozny

RuNet Echo

At least 5 officers have been killed, an exploded police car lies smoldering in city's downtown, and Grozny's "Press House" Building is in flames and under siege.

3 December 2014

Russia’s Largest Social Network Now More Popular Among Young People Than Any Website or TV Channel

RuNet Echo

Could Russians, if they spared more time for information instead of entertainment, make better use of online social networks' superior access to unfiltered news? Not necessary.

1 December 2014

Russia's Monument to Steve Jobs, Dismantled to Protest Tim Cook's Coming Out, Will Be Auctioned Abroad

RuNet Echo

Earlier today, owners announced they will auction the Jobs statue to anyone who promises to take it abroad. The starting price is set at 5 million rubles (about $95,000).

29 November 2014

‘TusovochkaNews’ Delivers Russian Journalists Some Badly Needed ‘Self-Irony’

RuNet Echo

“The media space in Russia has narrowed to just a couple hundred people who gossip about each other. Sometimes these people don’t get enough self-irony,” TusovochkaNews’ creator told RuNet Echo.

25 November 2014

The Ferguson Protests are Actually About Russia (According to the RuNet)

RuNet Echo

The controversial grand jury decision in the Ferguson case generated much discussion on social media in the US. Turns out, the RuNet users had opinions as well.

Internet Trolls Use ISIS to Write About Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Some believe the strange videos and images are the work of pro-Kyiv activists trying to smear Ukrainian rebels with ISIS affiliations. Or is it the other way around?

24 November 2014

In Putin's Russia, Hell Is Other Liberals

RuNet Echo

The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.

21 November 2014

Meet Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky, Russia's Patriot-Provocateur

RuNet Echo

Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky has worn many hats in the Russian news media. Russia experts in the West are inclined to dismiss him, but RuNet Echo tried to learn more.

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