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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.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

20 October 2014

Russians, Rejoice! The Long-Awaited ‘Meduza’ News Portal Has Arrived!

RuNet Echo

A cross between news aggregation and independent reporting, "Meduza" is the coolest thing to hit online Russian journalism in recent memory.

14 October 2014

Vladimir Putin and Russian Nationalists Don't Get Along. Here's Why.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.

10 October 2014

Russian Lawmakers Will Debate Legislation Against Back Tattoos for Women

RuNet Echo

Male chauvinism and homophobia are nothing unique to Russia, but it’s hard to ignore how the Duma’s new effort to protect women from tattoos dovetails with current reactionary trends.

2 October 2014

Russian Court Sentences 23-Year-Old Woman to 2 Years for Torrenting Porn

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

In court, the accused denied that she knew she was also sharing porn while she downloaded the films, but prosecutors say she admitted this knowledge when they seized her computer.

1 October 2014

Russian Mathematician Aids Hong Kong's ‘America-Orchestrated Color Revolution’

RuNet Echo

Given the popular frame in Russia that the United States is masterminding Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations, FireChat’s Moscow-educated co-founder is awkward for the pro-Kremlin press.

26 September 2014

Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia

RuNet Echo

Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

18 September 2014

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

RuNet Echo

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

12 September 2014

Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

9 September 2014

News of the Latest McDonald's Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

RuNet Echo

When current events inspire Russia's satirists, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. Russia's ongoing assault on the McDonald's food chain is having such an effect.

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