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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 October 2014

Aliens Are Running Hong Kong Protests, And The Russian News Is On It

RuNet Echo

A popular Russian news website claims an alien force might be behind the mass protests in Hong Kong.

26 September 2014

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

RuNet Echo

Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.

23 September 2014

Ukrainian Band Blows Up YouTube with Wild Apple-Inspired Music Video

RuNet Echo

A little-known Ukrainian indie rock collective has captured the hearts of YouTube users—and Apple fans—with a cleverly shot music video that now has over half a million views.

19 September 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

RuNet Echo

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

17 September 2014

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

RuNet Echo

The number of criminal cases opened on extremism charges in Russia doubled during 2014, and the Internet is responsible for the growth, as more political activity and activism happen online.

11 September 2014

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

RuNet Echo

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

6 September 2014

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

RuNet Echo

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

1 September 2014

Russian Social Networks Dominate in Ukraine Despite Information War

RuNet Echo

Russian VKontakte and Odnoklassniki networks dominate the social media market in Ukraine, according to new research from Russian Internet giant Yandex.

29 August 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

28 August 2014

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

RuNet Echo

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

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