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Aric Toler

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29 September 2014

New Document Leak Reveals Scope of Collaboration Between Moscow and Donetsk

RuNet Echo

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

10 September 2014

Russian Nationalists Grasp at Straws with ‘Scottish Solidarity’ Campaign

RuNet Echo

Russians' connections between the Scottish and Eastern Ukrainian independence movements are, for the most part, thoroughly imagined, but the fantasy has produced several funny pictures.

22 August 2014

Crowdsourcing the Investigation of Eastern Ukraine's Russian Ghosts

RuNet Echo

Armchair military experts, social-media archive spelunkers, and ideologues all work together in creating conflicting versions of events in eastern Ukraine, making disinterested analysis and verification very difficult.

12 August 2014

Russia's Trojan-Transformer Convoy to Ukraine

RuNet Echo

This mystery over the white trucks headed for the Ukrainian border has led many on the RuNet to imagine what is in the trucks—and what Ukraine suspects is inside.

29 July 2014

Spinning the MH17 Tragedy, Moscow's Victory Isn't What You Think

RuNet Echo

Kyiv and Moscow trade evidence and conspiracy theories about whose BUK surface-to-air missiles downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What game is the Kremlin playing online?

9 July 2014

Russia's Armchair Warrior Turns on Ukraine's Rebel Leader

RuNet Echo

Russians are finding the humor in one intellectual's rant against the rebel militia commander in eastern Ukraine.

30 June 2014

Ukrainian Rebels Worry that Putin Will Repeat Milošević's Mistakes

RuNet Echo

Eastern Ukraine’s rebel military commander warns that Putin might be repeating Slobodan Milošević’s wartime mistakes, though not in the way you might be thinking.

21 June 2014

Russia's Irresistible Putin Swag

RuNet Echo

Last week, two fashion designers opened a kiosk in a shopping mall outside Red Square, selling t-shirts celebrating Vladimir Putin. Within a day, they'd sold over five-thousand.

5 June 2014

Jen Psaki, the Russian Internet's Public Enemy No. 1

RuNet Echo

“Psaki” has become a stigmatizing catch-all term for everything Russians dislike about US foreign policy (especially America’s involvement in Ukraine).

23 May 2014

Russia's Hashtag Activism in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Russian activists are capitalizing on #BringBackOurGirls by framing in analogous terms Ukraine's capture of two Russian journalists, hoping for a similar groundswell of awareness and public outrage.

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