Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty‘ and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. I also cohost the New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies podcast with Sean Guillory on the New Books Network. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

23 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

26 January 2017

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

27 October 2016

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

8 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

6 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon Gulag

Ruslan Sokolovksy’s alleged crime was filming himself playing Pokemon Go inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral. If convicted of the charges, he could go to prison for up to five years.

7 July 2016

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

1 July 2016

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

23 April 2016

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

22 April 2016

Facial Recognition Service Becomes a Weapon Against Russian Porn Actresses

Users of the Russian imageboard “Dvach” (2chan) have launched a campaign to deanonymize Russian actresses who appear in pornography, utilizing a controversial new service called “FindFace.”

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