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Daniel Alan Kennedy

Originally from Dublin, Dan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College London with an interest in the politics, history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently resides in London.

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Latest posts by Daniel Alan Kennedy

7 January 2015

A Look Back at ‘Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered’

RuNet Echo

With hindsight, the title of this interview series is a bit of a misnomer. The truth is, of course, that everyone has a filter.

6 January 2015

Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered, By the Numbers

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo has interviewed and profiled 12 bloggers, citizen journalists, and social media users in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Here's how that breaks down.

18 November 2014

Lugansk News Today: One Man's SEO Battle with Russia Today

RuNet Echo

Lugansk News Today has been blogging about Eastern Ukraine in English since August, to inform people about events in his hometown, and to knock RT off the Google top results.

29 October 2014

Aleksandr Makarenko: Digital Quartermaster for Ukraine's Army

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian army and pro-Kyiv forces, underfunded by the state, have relied heavily on support from ordinary Ukrainians like Aleksandr Makarenko, who has raised over $75,000 on social media.

22 September 2014

In Crimea, No Room for Blogger Liza Bogutskaya And Her Pro-Ukrainian Views

RuNet Echo

Liza Bogutskaya's outspokenness against what she sees as Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea has made her a favorite of pro-Ukrainians online and an enemy of the Russian state administering Crimea.

9 September 2014

The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas

RuNet Echo

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' (ATO) in Luhansk region.

4 September 2014

Skeptical Crimean Blogger Now Writes “Only About Politics”

RuNet Echo

Previously filled with interesting or amusing content, with only occasional forays into the world of politics, now Sedelnikov's blog is entirely devoted to covering the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

23 August 2014

From Cats to Military Parades: Photoblogger in Sevastopol Reflects Crimea's Patriotic Euphoria

RuNet Echo

These days, Crimean photoblogger Natalya Golovan is more likely to document a military ceremony or a celebratory fireworks display than the cats she photographed before.

17 August 2014

Twitter Popularity Brings No Joy to Self-Dubbed “Shitty Slovyansk” Blogger

RuNet Echo

The information war and the real one have almost become synonymous for a Ukrainian Twitter blogger from Slovyansk, and he is sick of both.

13 August 2014

Crimea's One-Woman Resistance to Russian Occupation

RuNet Echo

Daria Karpenko says she is determined to stay in Crimea and report the realities of life on the ground, but she fears for her country and her family.

7 August 2014

There's a Woman in Crimea Showing the Men How Blogging Is Done

RuNet Echo

Political discussions on the Russian-speaking Internet tend to be dominated by male voices. Politichanka, however is an exception to this general trend.

30 July 2014

The Angriest Man in Odessa is on the Front Lines of Ukraine's Information War

RuNet Echo

Odessa's vigorously anti-Moscow LiveJournal star, Zloy_Odessit, has his work cut out for him. Indeed, open dialogue with pro-Russian bloggers is still a long way off.

Camera Phones vs. Kalashnikovs in Ukraine's Separtist-held Luhansk

RuNet Echo

How "streamer" journalism both empowers and endangers civic reporters in eastern Ukraine.

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

20 March 2014

Russia Today's YouTube Glitch Spurs Censorship Fears

RuNet Echo

Russia's liberals seemed to be torn between their principles and a clear opportunity for schadenfreude at a Kremlin-friendly station being blocked.

21 February 2014

Russian Politicians Stick to Their Guns as Ukraine Burns

RuNet Echo

For Russia's politicians, the battle lines over Ukraine have already been drawn, and now there can be no compromise.

15 January 2014

Russia's Foreign Ministry Opines on “Queers”

RuNet Echo

While the translation is labelled as "unofficial," Russia watchers were somewhat taken aback that a homophobic slur could end up on a government website.

3 January 2014

Russians on the Return of Sherlock

RuNet Echo

Of all of the writers to have captured the Russian imagination, there is perhaps none greater than Arthur Conan Doyle, the Scottish creator of the "Sherlock Holmes" stories.

19 December 2013

“Good Tsar” Putin Pardons Khodorkovsky

RuNet Echo

The news that Khodorkovsky had potentially admitted guilt and would be imminently released sent the RuNet into a fit of speculation.

11 December 2013

Russian State News Agency Gets a Loyalist Upgrade

RuNet Echo

One of Russia's best known news agencies, RIA Novosti, won't survive the winter. Employees of the state-owned international news agency awoke to discover a new presidential order "liquidating" their organization.

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