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14 March 2017

Trial Begins for Russian Blogger Who Played Pokemon Go in a Church

The trial of 22-year-old blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky began yesterday in Yekaterinburg. Sokolovsky is accused of extremism and offending religious believers for uploading a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in one of Yekaterinburg’s main cathedrals. Read More

6 March 2017

Young Woman in Russia To Be Released from Prison after Serving Four Months for Sharing a Three-Second Video on Social Media

A court in Russia announced this morning that Evgeniya Chudnovets will be released from prison after serving four months for sharing a three-second video on social media. Read More

27 February 2017

Ukraine Announces an Updated Information Safety Doctrine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an updated doctrine on information safety on Saturday, defining the government’s main goal as responding to the “destructive informational influence of Russia.” Read More

23 February 2017

Russia Launches a ‘Fake-News Website’ to Combat Inaccurate Coverage from the West

The Russian Foreign Ministry launched a new project aimed at preventing what it calls fake foreign coverage of Russian affairs. The webpage, part of the Foreign Ministry’s website, currently has five screenshot images of articles from several western publications with a superimposed red stamp that reads “FAKE.” Read More

20 February 2017

Snopes Questions Authenticity of Russian Prank Call to Senator McCain and Congresswoman Maxine Waters

A Russian prankster duo known best for impersonating Vladimir Putin on a call to Elton John claimed that they were able to pull a similar trick with two American politicians who are known for their vocal support of Ukraine and condemnation of the Kremlin. Read More

18 January 2017

Court Rules to Extend Arrest of Russian Blogger who Posted Pokemon Go Video

A court in Yekaterinburg today extended the arrest of 22-year-old blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky until February 22. Sokolovsky was arrested on September 3, 2016 after he uploaded a video of himself playing Pokemon Go in a church. He is being prosecuted for extremism and for offending the religious feelings of believers. Read More

12 January 2017

Kremlin Plans to File Complaint with OSCE Over Kiev’s Ban of Liberal Russian TV Channel

Ukrainian authorities have banned the liberal Russian channel TV Rain, one of the few voices of opposition left in Russia’s media. According the Ukraine’s media regulator, the channel repeatedly broadcast maps that show Crimea as part of Russia and are in violation of Ukrainian law. Read More

30 December 2016

Czech Republic to Fight ‘Fake News’ With Specialist Unit

The Czech Republic will open a specialist “anti-fake news” department starting January 1 in an attempt to counter meddling in its upcoming general election next year. A recent report from Czech intelligence services warned that the Kremlin was using an online disinformation campaign to increase division within the country, reduce sympathy for Ukraine and weaken the country’s EU and NATO solidarity, largely by raising fear around the continent’s refugee crisis. Read More

21 December 2016

Russian Teacher Fired Over LGBTQ Rights Posts on Social Media

A 21-year-old music teacher from the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk has been fired after her employer received a complaint regarding her posts about LGBTQ rights on the popular Russian social networking site, VKontakte. Read More

15 December 2016

UN Security Council Cuts Gay Rights from Ban Ki-moon Tribute after Russia Objects

Russian diplomats objected to the draft text of a UN Security Council tribute to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon which praised him for supporting LGBTQ rights. The edited text was read on Wednesday by Spanish Ambassador Roman Oyarzun and excluded any mentions of Ban’s many appeals during his nine years in office to countries that criminalize homosexuality. Read More

12 December 2016

U.S. Defense Bill to Move Control of RFE/RL, VOA to White House

An amendment to an annual defence bill would dissolve the Broadcast Board of Governors (BBG) and place Radio Free Europe, Voice of America and other government-backed media under the control of an executive appointed directly by the president. Read More

7 December 2016

Kremlin Will Spend $19 million on RT’s New French-language Broadcasting Service

The Russian parliament allocated an additional $19 million for its international news network RT in the 2017 budget. The outlet was already set to receive $295 million from the Russian government next year. The additional money will be used to finance new French-language broadcasting. Read More

6 December 2016

Myths are Integral to History According to Russia’s Education Minister

Mythology is a fundamental part of history according to Olga Vassileva, Russia’s Minister of Education. In an interview with the government information agency Interfax, Vassileva defended schools that teach a story of 28 Soviet soldiers who stood to their death as Hitler’s army advanced on Moscow in November 1941. In an interview with the government information agency Interfax, Vassileva defended schools that teach a story of 28 Soviet soldiers who stood to their death as Hitler’s army advanced on Moscow in November 1941. Read More

5 December 2016

Russian MPs Accuse Fifa Video Game of ‘Homosexual Propaganda’

Members of Duma, the Russian Parliament believe that a Fifa video game violates the country’s “gay propaganda” law. The MPs from the ruling United Russia party and Communist Party requested that the state regulatory agency investigate the soccer video game which allows gamers to pick rainbow-colored uniforms and cleat laces for their players as part of a UK-based campaign for LGBTQ rights. Read More

29 November 2016

Russian schools may soon introduce a new subject: Orthodox Culture

In the officially-secular Russia, mixing religion and state education is unconstitutional, but now Russia’s agency in charge of curriculums is proposing introducing Orthodoxy to the classrooms. Read More

23 November 2016

European Parliament and Journalists Divided Over Russian Propaganda

A European Parliament resolution calling for greater resources to be invested in countering propaganda from Russia and Islamist terror groups has drawn criticism from international journalism organisations. Read More

21 November 2016

Russian Patriarch Says LGBTQ Agenda is a ‘Significant Threat for the Existence of the Human Race’

In an exclusive televised interview with RT, a Russian-financed news network, Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, compared LGBTQ legislation in western countries to apartheid and anti-semitic laws in Nazi Germany. Read More