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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.

10 September 2014

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

9 September 2014

News of the Latest McDonald's Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

When current events inspire Russia's satirists, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. Russia's ongoing assault on the McDonald's food chain is having such an effect.

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

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.

8 September 2014

Pussy Riot's Dynamic Duo Launches a New Media Portal

"A view from behind bars gives the best view of how the government process works,” says a new website from Pussy Riot's best known members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

For Russian Soldiers in Ukraine, the Mobile Phone May Be as Mighty as the Sword

The heyday of social media scoops from inside the Russian war machine may be over. Or maybe not. Some soldiers will always manage to sneak in phones.

6 September 2014

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

4 September 2014

Skeptical Crimean Blogger Now Writes “Only About Politics”

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.

3 September 2014

What Went Into Making Russia's Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

The good people of Chelyabinsk—a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture—have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.

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