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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

19 August 2014

Russia's Mockery of Jen Psaki Has Failed

RuNet Echo

One of the RuNet's latest attacks on the U.S. State Department spokesperson reveals how even Russia’s noblest patriots seem to rely on American resources when deriding the White House.

15 August 2014

Even Pussy Riot Fears Russia’s New Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

There was no way to predict that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the former Pussy Riot political prisoner, would curtail her online activism to avoid being targeted by the Attorney General.

The U.S. Has Problems in Ferguson. And That's Creating Problems For the U.S. in Russia.

RuNet Echo

So far, most Russians watching the unrest in Ferguson have taken it as an opportunity to criticize the United States, arguing that America exaggerates its progress in race relations.

14 August 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter Account Hacked

RuNet Echo

Earlier today, hackers briefly took control of the Russian prime minister's Twitter account. The group Anonymous International later claimed responsibility.

11 August 2014

America's Has-Been Stars Are Russia's A-List Pride

RuNet Echo

Some of Hollywood’s biggest has-beens have been making major headlines in Russia lately, thrilling a nation happy to receive approval from America’s formerly famous entertainers.

This Meat Advertisement Is Now Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian police have banned a meat product commercial for breaking the country's advertising laws, which forbid the depiction of illegal acts, including traffic violations and the endangerment of children.

9 August 2014

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Says It's a Political Time to Be Russian

RuNet Echo

Elistratov explains the creep of politics in Russian daily life, saying the recent barrage of oppressive laws is changing the tone of the country's social discourse.

6 August 2014

Shut Your Mouth, Russian Bureaucrat

RuNet Echo

Russia's government won’t be keeping a promise about restoring certain pension deposits, and one high-ranking economic official is already out of a job thanks to a bizarre online apology.

5 August 2014

Forgot Your Password? Don't Worry, the Kremlin Has It.

RuNet Echo

The Russian government is inviting bloggers to share something every Internet user learns never to divulge: their logins and passwords.

Moscow's Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

RuNet Echo

An anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy in Moscow and hung a banner mocking the American President on his 53rd birthday. Was the sign racist?

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