Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes. Now also a producer of Meduza‘s English-language edition.
Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock
24 August 2015
Vladimir Putin's spokesman is back in the news, after Internet users discovered this weekend that Yandex, the country’s most popular search engine, might be censoring itself to protect him.
22 August 2015
19 August 2015
17 August 2015
Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about a protest in Siberia.
11 August 2015
RuNet Echo collects some of the most poignant jokes and statements from Russian-language Twitter about Russia's new war on banned Western food imports.
2 August 2015
A day after Putin's press secretary wed, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist has published evidence that Dmitry Peskov wears a wristwatch worth at least $620,000.
23 July 2015
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.
20 July 2015
Almost two dozen soldiers died on July 13, when part of a military barracks in Omsk collapsed. Russian national television has not been eager to cover the tragedy.
17 July 2015
The St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University has dissolved a sex-change medical board, and apparently fired Dmitry Isaev, the doctor who headed the commission, following an anti-LGBT campaign.
6 July 2015
Lawmakers suggest that fines will likely be levied only after a search engine refuses to comply with a court order to delete links under the “right to be forgotten” protocol.
3 July 2015
RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.
28 June 2015
One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.
25 June 2015
The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages.
21 June 2015
Last week, eight of the most prominent journalists working in Russia posed for a controversial group photo with the former leader of Donetsk's separatists. Here's what happened.
18 June 2015
A national park on the coast of Kamchatka has hired a popular online cartoonist to illustrate a series of public service announcements intended educate visitors about safety around bears.
17 June 2015
Kremlin officials and Yandex reportedly reached a compromise that will weaken the next draft of legislation designed to introduce to the RuNet a "right to be forgotten."
16 June 2015
According to a new study, the Kremlin appears to have mastered several ways to fool Yandex.News into promoting government-planted stories to an audience that surpassed 23 million people in April.
11 June 2015
Speculation that Samsung will bow to Russia’s new data-localization demands comes amid rumors that other prominent tech companies have agreed to move users' data to servers in Russia.
9 June 2015
In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies
6 June 2015
Submitted to the Duma in late May, the legislation would expand the circumstances under which guards can use force when confronting anything from a prison break to a disobedient prisoner