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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. Now also a producer of Meduza‘s English-language edition.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

2 August 2015

Russia's Mustachioed Corruption

RuNet Echo

A day after Putin's press secretary wed, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist has published evidence that Dmitry Peskov wears a wristwatch worth at least $620,000.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

20 July 2015

An Open Letter to Russia's Silent National TV Networks

RuNet Echo

Almost two dozen soldiers died on July 13, when part of a military barracks in Omsk collapsed. Russian national television has not been eager to cover the tragedy.

17 July 2015

Psychologist Leaves St. Petersburg University After Pressure from Anti-LGBT Group

RuNet Echo

The St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University has dissolved a sex-change medical board, and apparently fired Dmitry Isaev, the doctor who headed the commission, following an anti-LGBT campaign.

6 July 2015

Fines for Violating Russia’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Might Not Be So Stiff, After All

RuNet Echo

Lawmakers suggest that fines will likely be levied only after a search engine refuses to comply with a court order to delete links under the “right to be forgotten” protocol.

3 July 2015

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

28 June 2015

How Russia’s Biggest Homophobe Joined an LGBT Social Community

RuNet Echo

One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.

25 June 2015

Russia Bans the Internet Archive's ‘Wayback Machine’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages.

21 June 2015

A Picture Worth a Thousand Russian Expletives

RuNet Echo

Last week, eight of the most prominent journalists working in Russia posed for a controversial group photo with the former leader of Donetsk's separatists. Here's what happened.

18 June 2015

Smokey the Bear, Meet Your Russian Cousin and Eat Your Heart Out

RuNet Echo

A national park on the coast of Kamchatka has hired a popular online cartoonist to illustrate a series of public service announcements intended educate visitors about safety around bears.

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