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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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21 August 2014

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

RuNet Echo

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

20 August 2014

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

RuNet Echo

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

19 August 2014

Donetsk's Guerrilla Separatists Kidnap the Ukrainian Guerrilla Artist Who Dared to Mock Them

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist who has been stealthily putting up artworks mocking the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic in the occupied city of Donetsk was captured by the rebels.

15 August 2014

Russian APCs Cross Into Ukraine, Mystery Convoy Still Stuck on Border

RuNet Echo

As speculation swirls around the Russian humanitarian convoy traveling into Eastern Ukraine, Western journalists following the procession have witnessed a column of armored vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

14 August 2014

In the Fight Against Russia, Ukraine Flirts with Kremlinesque Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

A new draft law in Ukraine could grant the government extensive powers to shut down media outlets and block websites in the name of national security.

8 August 2014

Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real Time?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Already plagued by Roskomnadzor blacklists, blogger registration, and the blocking of Twitter accounts, a Russian organization now wants to introduce real-time filtering of online content.

7 August 2014

Want to Use Public Wi-Fi in Russia? Let's See Some ID

RuNet Echo

Internet users in Russia won't be able to use Wi-Fi in public spots anonymously any longer. The Russian government now requires individuals accessing public Wi-Fi to present their IDs.

6 August 2014

Putin Is Banning a Bunch of Western Imports. Russians Fear for Their Booze.

RuNet Echo

Russians might soon be missing Scotch whisky and French cheese. A decree signed by Vladimir Putin bans the import of agricultural products from countries which had earlier sanctioned Russia.

5 August 2014

The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

RuNet Echo

Once Russia's most independent news portals, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru will now host video content from state-run television.

31 July 2014

Vanity Military Selfies Are Spoiling Russia's Attack in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

"We shelled Ukraine all night long." These are the words a young Russian soldier wrote online last week, where he published a photograph of military equipment in an open field.

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