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May 2015

29 May 2015

Head of Russian Media Group Questioned About Ties to 'Grammar Nazis'

Russia's drive to prosecute anyone associated with anything resembling Nazi symbols has zeroed in on a new target: proponents of immaculately literate writing who may have ties to "grammar Nazis."

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27 May 2015

Russian journalists move to Riga to set up an independent media in exile

RIGA, Latvia – It’s a typical newsroom, but not typical journalists.

This tiny apartment in downtown Riga is headquarters for a team of Russian journalists who call themselves Russia’s free press in exile.

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25 May 2015

Patriarch Kirill Boldly Enters Russian Social Media

Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, launched an account on the country's most popular social network VKontakte on Sunday in a bid to connect with the more social media savvy among his followers.

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22 May 2015

Social media giants get warning from Russian watchdog

Silicon Valley giants Google, Twitter and Facebook have received a warning letter from Russia's media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, stating that it will block the sites in the country if they fail to comply with Russian Internet laws.

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Kremlin Refutes Media Allegations of Ties Between Putin and Timchenko

Two prominent US and UK media outlets addressed the Russian presidential press service with almost identical requests for comments about business ties between Russian President Vladimir Putin and businessman Gennady Timchenko, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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20 May 2015

PDA and AIRP signed a cooperation agreement

PDA and AIRP signed a cooperation agreement

An agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance between the Press Distributor’s Association (PDA) and the Alliance of Independent Regional Publishers (AIRP) was signed on May 14. The document was signed by D. V. Martynov, President of PDA and T. V. Popova, Executive director of the AIRP.

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19 May 2015

The founder of 'Russia's Facebook' explains how the Kremlin took his company away

The founder of Russia's most popular social network recently described to Mashable how he chose to flee his native Moscow after Kremlin loyalists wrested control of the company away from him.

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18 May 2015

Remake of Soviet War Film Adds Hollywood Gloss, Draws Critics

Russian cinemas are currently showing "The Dawns Here Are Quiet," the latest remake of a Soviet classic, in this case the 1972 war film of the same name, which was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards.

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Russia's independent newspaper reveals forced marriage in Chechnya

Thank goodness for the continued publication of Russia’s independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. Without it, we may never have known of the outrageous case of the 47-year-old Chechyann police chief who pressured a 17-year-old girl into becoming his second polygamous wife.

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15 May 2015

Russia's Steps Up War on Nazi Imagery

On a Saturday evening in February, journalist Polina Petruseva was detained by police at her apartment in the western Russian city of Smolensk, accused of publicly flaunting Nazi imagery.

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