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26 September 2014

Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia

Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

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.

25 September 2014

Here's Why Mail.Ru's Complete Control Over VKontakte Is Bad News

Russia’s Internet group Mail.ru has acquired the remaining stake in VKontakte, and is now the sole owner of the biggest social network in the country.

22 September 2014

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

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.

19 September 2014

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

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.

18 September 2014

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

17 September 2014

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

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.

16 September 2014

Ukrainian Daredevil “Mustang Wanted” Now Officially Wanted in Russia

Mustang Wanted has had quite a week, infuriating the Russian authorities, inspiring Ukrainians, and earning some unexpected money for his cause against Moscow's intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

12 September 2014

Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region's structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.

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