See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes.

Email Kevin Rothrock

Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

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.

18 November 2014

Russian Government Sanctions LGBT Support Group for Suggesting Gay Youths Are Brave

RuNet Echo

The Russian government seems to be saying LGBT teens are a threat to each other—that they require the attention of medical professionals, who will explain that being gay precludes bravery.

17 November 2014

Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop

RuNet Echo

A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.

14 November 2014

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

13 November 2014

Does the Kremlin Help Its Enemies?

RuNet Echo

There are certain news outlets in Russia you don’t expect to publish stories accusing the government of funding Vladimir Putin’s enemies, but that is exactly what happened last week.

11 November 2014

Police Say He Helped Steal $5 Billion, But Russia's Opposition Wants to Save Alexander Belov

RuNet Echo

Concerns about Belov’s safety in pretrial detention spiked this week, after his brother wrote on LiveJournal about a supposed plan by the Federal Security Service to torture Belov in prison.

3 November 2014

An iPhone Monument Is Dismantled in Russia After Tim Cook's Coming Out

RuNet Echo

The statue's owners allegedly worry that the Steve Jobs monument, following news that Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, is gay, violated Russia's laws against "homosexual propaganda."

29 October 2014

Laughing at Russia's 2018 World Cup Logo

RuNet Echo

Good will is a rare commodity among Russian social media users, and Russia's logo for the 2018 World Cup became the target of mockery the moment it went public.

28 October 2014

The Upsetting Ethnic Taxonomy of Russia's Richest Businessmen

RuNet Echo

One of Russia’s most popular news websites, the once vaunted Lenta.ru, finds itself at the center of a scandal today, after publishing an ethnic breakdown of Russia’s 200 richest people.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site