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What You Need to Know About Russian Social Networks to Conduct Open-Source Research

This article is part of a larger guidebook by RuNet Echo to help people learn how to conduct open-source research on the Russian Internet. Explore the complete guidebook at the special project page. Outside of the familiar English-language social networks of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and too many more to name, there is a handful of social media platforms used either exclusively or primarily in the post-Soviet world. While the instructions and

Russian Mom Faces Years In Prison For Sharing Posts On Ukraine

In Yekaterina Vologzheninova’s opinion, the only things she might be guilty of are her daughter’s messy bedroom and unwashed dishes. Authorities in Russia, however, believe otherwise, and have charged the single mom with inciting ethnic hatred for sharing links related to the Ukraine conflict on social media. Vologzheninova faces up to four years in prison depending on the outcome of her trial, which began earlier this month at a Yekaterinburg

Putin Can’t Stop the Internet

Since the days of the Soviet Union, Russians have found ways to communicate using new technologies. In 1955 a young Soviet physicist named Vladimir Fridkin created something amazing: a boxlike machine, more than 3 feet high and 2 feet across, with two cylinders on the top and the high-current generator attached, that produced a very first copy of a photograph in the Soviet Union. Fridkin proudly named the device the

How to Avoid Spending Eternity on a Twitter Search

Let’s begin by asking, could you find original witness tweets on Twitter about the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Ukraine? It is not enough to pick the correct search words to obtain swift results. Instead, it requires narrowing the search and using the search operators offered by Twitter. Let’s look through these operators and their functions. The simplest operators – And & Or – are helping us to use

How to Search Photos on Social Networks

To begin, let’s solve a puzzle. On what street in Yalta is the wall painted with the Ukrainian flag? The picture was posted recently. It is quite difficult to find it with a Google search. However, there are other useful methods to do it. In the previous article, we discussed how to identify a location with metadata. But geolocation (from metadata, as well as from social network sites) can not

Ukrainian bloggers use social media to track Russian soldiers fighting in east

In his free time, Ukrainian blogger Anton Pavlushko trawls through Russian-language social networking sites searching for evidence of foreign soldiers in his country. “Sometimes you need to study profiles for hours,” he says. “Sometimes you spend months tracing a soldier and following his activities. But it’s all worth it.” Pavlushko is looking for Russian soldiers – not volunteers or those on leave, as the Kremlin has portrayed them – but

Armed With Google and YouTube, Analysts Gauge Russia’s Presence in Ukraine

An unusual investigation using publicly available videos, smartphone photographs and satellite images shows that Russia is continuing to defy the West by conducting protracted military operations inside Ukraine, according to an independent report. Russia has long dismissed Western allegations that its military has intervened in Ukraine as little more than computer-generated propaganda. In an attempt to puncture the Russian denials, independent experts have operated like digital Sherlock Holmeses, using Google’s

Clone Twitter Accounts Target RFE/RL

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But it can also be an insidious form of disinformation. On February 9, a clone account appeared on Twitter that mimics the account of RFE/RL’s Russian-language service Radio Svoboda, using nearly identical graphics and a very similar account name. The account name misspells the Russian word “svoboda” as “svoboba.” The profile box of the fake account reads, in Russian, “Free news

How EuroMaidan and War with Russia Have Changed Ukraine’s Internet

Although many European countries had a rough ride in 2014, no country in Europe can claim to have had a more challenging year than Ukraine. What began as a series of peaceful protests against a government decision that displeased many Ukrainians turned into an international armed conflict with Russia, formerly Ukraine’s closest ally, that continues to affect Europe and the rest of the world. Images and posts found on the Internet about

Meet Russia’s 369 Kremlin-Registered Bloggers

The very first blog the Russian government ever added to its official “blogger registry” was a community on Vkontakte called “Typical Yekaterinburg.” That group, a virtual stomping ground for over 250,000 Internet users, joined the registry on August 1, 2014, the day the blogger registry launched. Since then, another 368 blogs have joined it. Where the registered bloggers blog What are the websites that populate Russia’s blogger registry, which is supposedly

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