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Tetyana Lokot

I am a researcher and PhD student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. I study social movements, urban protest and digital media in post-Soviet countries.

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2 September 2015

Russian Rock Legend Boris Grebenshikov Crowdfunds New Record

RuNet Echo

Boris Grebenshikov, often called the "Grandfather of Russian rock," has appealed to his fans online to crowdfund his new album, which looks set to be fully funded, despite the critics.

31 August 2015

This Ukrainian Artist Is Drawing Comics About His Imprisonment By Pro-Russian Militants in Donetsk

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist whose street art got him kidnapped and tortured by pro-Russian militants is working on a comic book to raise awareness of prisoners in occupied eastern Ukraine.

26 August 2015

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

24 August 2015

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

19 August 2015

Russia Blocks Euronews ISIS Video Over ‘Extremist’ User Comment

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have blocked another YouTube video, although it did not violate any Russian laws. Instead, an offending user comment under the video caused Roscomnadzor to ban the page wholesale.

9 August 2015

Why Are Japanese Airsoft Fans Cosplaying the Ukrainian Military?

RuNet Echo

Japan and Ukraine are miles apart. Why are Japanese airsoft players dressing as Ukrainian military and modeling their game scenarios after anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine?

5 August 2015

Russia's ‘Draconian’ Internet Laws Mostly Ignored By Industry Experts

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet laws have been called "draconian" and accused of limiting free speech. But a recent study found that Russian online industry and experts actually know little about these regulations.

2 August 2015

Selfie Empowerment: Russian Communists Want Your Lenin Selfies

RuNet Echo

Young Russian Communists want to make Lenin hip again—so they're proposing a flashmob campaign that involves taking selfies with Lenin statues.

28 July 2015

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

18 July 2015

President Putin Signs Russian ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Into Law

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vladimir Putin signed the "right to be forgotten" search engine law into force, while publicly coming out in support of "minimal restrictions" for the Russian Internet.

9 July 2015

Moscow Street Musicians Tape Their Mouths Shut to Protest Police Pressure

RuNet Echo

Moscow street musicians are protesting what they say are illegal police detentions and exorbitant fines that violate their artistic rights and freedoms.

7 July 2015

Russian Police Want to Save Your Life With This Selfie Safety Guide

RuNet Echo

An Interior Ministry selfie safety microsite has caused a stir on the RuNet because of an infographic created for the campaign, outlining the riskiest scenarios for selfie-taking.

6 July 2015

The Russian Government Wants Your Selfies to Be Safe

RuNet Echo

Several recent cases of young Russians getting hurt or dying while trying to take selfies have led the Russian Interior Ministry to voice its concern over the practice.

4 July 2015

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

23 June 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

RuNet Echo

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

22 June 2015

No More Internet: Website Models Effect Of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ on Russian Search Engines

RuNet Echo

A new website created by Russian advertising executives asks Russian users to imagine what search engines will look like in 2018—if the “right to be forgotten” bill becomes law.

18 June 2015

Russian Censor Says It's High Time the Country Developed Its Own Messenger App

RuNet Echo

Russian officials bemoan the lack of control and access to user data in foreign text messaging apps as a threat to "national security."

17 June 2015

Self-Proclaimed ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ Now Has an Internet Blacklist

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A new law in the rebel eastern Ukraine state instituting a blacklist for webpages with content "prohibited in the republic" seems to be targeting Ukrainian media websites.

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