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31 October 2014

The Space Race Is Over, But Russian Schadenfreude at American Rocket Troubles Soars

In Russia's post-Crimea era, almost any event seems capable of sparking spasms of patriotic fervor. Thanks to the legacy of the Cold War, space travel is a particularly sensitive flashpoint.

29 October 2014

Aleksandr Makarenko: Digital Quartermaster for Ukraine's Army

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.

28 October 2014

The Upsetting Ethnic Taxonomy of Russia's Richest Businessmen

One of Russia’s most popular news websites, the once vaunted Lenta.ru, finds itself at the center of a scandal today, after publishing an ethnic breakdown of Russia’s 200 richest people.

Ukraine Elections Online: Crowdmaps To Report Voter Fraud, Hashtags To Vent About Politics

As Ukraine counts the votes in its parliamentary elections, we take a look at the online citizen tools that Ukrainians used to report violations and discuss the candidates.

22 October 2014

Russia's Justice Ministry Targets Human Rights Group ‘Memorial’

Russia hasn't elaborated its grievances against the human rights group, but Memorial says the main issue is that officials want it to adopt a more centralized organizational structure.

20 October 2014

Russians, Rejoice! The Long-Awaited ‘Meduza’ News Portal Has Arrived!

A cross between news aggregation and independent reporting, "Meduza" is the coolest thing to hit online Russian journalism in recent memory.

16 October 2014

With Just Over 50 Entries, Kremlin Blogger Registry Gets No Love

Russia's new blogger law requires popular bloggers to register with the state, but only 52 entries have been added to the registry since it started operations over two months ago.

15 October 2014

As The Kremlin's Media Crackdown Continues, Blogs Might Be The Final Casualty

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With independent online media closing down or moving abroad, Russian bloggers may now be facing even greater pressure from the Kremlin, as their freedom has shrunk dramatically.

14 October 2014

Vladimir Putin and Russian Nationalists Don't Get Along. Here's Why.

RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.

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