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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‘ and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn, where I'm also Managing Editor of the political science journal Polity.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

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.

8 September 2014

For Russian Soldiers in Ukraine, the Mobile Phone May Be as Mighty as the Sword

RuNet Echo

The heyday of social media scoops from inside the Russian war machine may be over. Or maybe not. Some soldiers will always manage to sneak in phones.

3 September 2014

What Went Into Making Russia's Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

RuNet Echo

The good people of Chelyabinsk—a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture—have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.

27 August 2014

With Body Bags Returning from Ukraine, ‘the War’ Comes Home to Russians

RuNet Echo

At the wrong ends of bullets and bombs, people have been dying in Ukraine for months already. Now there are new signs that Russian soldiers are joining in the bloodshed.

21 August 2014

Russia Finally Gets Its Color Revolution

RuNet Echo

The race to desecrate national symbols seems to be taking its toll on Moscow officials, who found it necessary to arrest several painters for using the colors yellow and blue.

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