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2 August 2015

Selfie Empowerment: Russian Communists Want Your Lenin Selfies

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

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

Global Voices Advocacy

Officials today told a Russian business-news website that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

Global 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.

24 July 2015

As Ukraine Bans Russian TV Shows for ‘Propaganda,’ Local Channels Put Up a Fight

With Ukraine banning a number of Russian TV shows that "glorify the Russian government, military, and law enforcement," Ukrainian television channels are already looking for loopholes in the new legislation.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

Global Voices Advocacy

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

Global 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.

21 July 2015

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

The Kremlin's Favorite Pundit Is Waging War on Facebook

Russian news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov, famous for his vociferously pro-Kremlin punditry, recently appeared, disappeared, and reappeared on Facebook and Instagram. RuNet Echo explains what that means for Russia.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

Global 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.

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