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22 October 2014

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

RuNet Echo

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!

RuNet Echo

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

RuNet Echo

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

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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

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

10 October 2014

Russian Lawmakers Will Debate Legislation Against Back Tattoos for Women

RuNet Echo

Male chauvinism and homophobia are nothing unique to Russia, but it’s hard to ignore how the Duma’s new effort to protect women from tattoos dovetails with current reactionary trends.

8 October 2014

The 10 Best Music Videos That Spread the Putin-Love

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo gives you the 10 best examples of the Internet's musical Putin-love. A "cult of personality" never sounded so good.

7 October 2014

Facebook Weighs In on the Ukraine-Russia Takedown Dispute

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

RuNet Echo talks with Facebook about content takedowns, community standards, and the social media war in Ukraine, where users on all sides resort to desperate measures.

4 October 2014

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Does ‘Ask-Me-Anything’ on Russian Geek Forum

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin showed up on a Russian geek forum this morning to do an "Ask-Me-Anything" style Q&A session with its users.

2 October 2014

Russian Court Sentences 23-Year-Old Woman to 2 Years for Torrenting Porn

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

In court, the accused denied that she knew she was also sharing porn while she downloaded the films, but prosecutors say she admitted this knowledge when they seized her computer.

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