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30 July 2014

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

29 July 2014

Spinning the MH17 Tragedy, Moscow's Victory Isn't What You Think

RuNet Echo

Kyiv and Moscow trade evidence and conspiracy theories about whose BUK surface-to-air missiles downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What game is the Kremlin playing online?

27 July 2014

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

RuNet Echo

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

25 July 2014

Russia's 4-Million-Ruble Procurement Order to Crack Tor Is Suddenly Revised

RuNet Echo

The Russian Interior Ministry has revised the language in a procurement order offering almost USD $100,000 for developing a way to decipher user data on the Tor anonymity network.

Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

RuNet Echo

The owner of an independent TV channel has staged a curious "intellectual provocation" to shock people into understanding the peril of Internet freedom in Russia.

24 July 2014

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

RuNet Echo

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

23 July 2014

The Death and Gloom of Donetsk and Gaza

RuNet Echo

How did RuNet users react to the twin events of July 17, the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17, and the beginning of Israel’s ground assault into the Gaza Strip?

20 July 2014

The Russian Government's 7,000 Wikipedia Edits

RuNet Echo

Over the past ten years, IP addresses belonging to various Russian state agencies are responsible for almost 7,000 anonymous edits to articles on Wikipedia’s Russian-language website.

18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine Brings on Heart-Wrenching Déjà Vu for Chinese Families Still Waiting on MH370 Answers

Memories are still fresh for Chinese families who don't know what happened to their loved ones after airliner MH370 vanished from radar screen in March.

Russian State TV Edits Wikipedia to Blame Ukraine for MH17 Crash

RuNet Echo

Someone at VGTRK, a state-run Russian broadcasting company, has edited a Wikipedia entry about the Malaysian Flight MH17 crash to blame the government in Kyiv.

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