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.
Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock
27 March 2015
Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.
25 March 2015
For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)
17 March 2015
TJ’s Vadim Elistratov explains why it’s hard to dismiss the Russian adaptation as a failure, though its creators are clearly afraid of deviating too much from the American show.
10 March 2015
Packed full of twirling, burning, zooming images, the video is an uncompromising defense of Russian imperialism, and boasts impressive production value, as well as subtitles in ten languages.
1 March 2015
As it grows increasingly popular outside Russia to dismiss Russians’ political attitudes as “Kremlin brainwashing,” it becomes more important than ever to stop and listen.
26 February 2015
Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights.
25 February 2015
“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”
18 February 2015
Last week, users of the image-board 2ch.hk launched a campaign to test Russians’ gullibility, when it comes to information about the Donbas separatists’ “fallen heroes.”
13 February 2015
One permitted way to mention such organizations it to do so "in a negative light, ascribing them characteristics like 'radical,' 'extremist,' or 'nationalist.'"
9 February 2015
"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.