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31 October 2014

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

RuNet Echo

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

RuNet Echo

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

RuNet Echo

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

RuNet Echo

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’

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.

False Ebola Alarm Provides Convenient Distraction for Macedonia From Unflattering EU Report

The arrest of 14 judges and an over-dramatized possible case of Ebola took over Macedonian media in October, overshadowing news of a damning EU progress report on the country.

17 October 2014

Building an Internet Fast Lane in Russia Could Be a Great Way to Stifle Independent Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

In Russia, where the online space for independent media is fast shrinking, the prospect of ending net neutrality and filtering Internet content poses significant dangers.

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.

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