Alexey Kovalev

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Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

Russia’s latest ‘anti-fake news law’ is so bad even Kremlin pranksters hate it

Provisions of the new law make it clear that its real target are the online news outlets still not fully controlled by the state or its subsidiaries.

The Campaigning Dead: Deceased Users’ Profiles Post Pro-Putin Messages on a Russian Social Network

Most Vkontakte accounts belonging to deceased Russians posting pro-Putin messages have been suspended. Vkontakte’s management said these accounts had been hacked by unknown perpetrators.

Knife Attack on Russian Journalist Reignites an “Atmosphere of Hate” in the Media

The knife assault on Felgengauer sparked a wave of criticism against the state propaganda apparatus, which has recently intensified attacks on independent media in Russia, specifically Echo of Moscow.

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