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June 2016

30 June 2016

Mad and Bad: A Look Back at Russia's Most Notorious Parliament

In the end, the State Duma went out with a bang, passing a dozen hard-line amendments on its last day. They include new privacy restrictions, punishment for extremism-related offenses and lowering the minimum age of criminal prosecution to 14 years for a wide range of crimes. This legislation, the harshest seen in years, was condemned by the opposition and media as "draconian."

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29 June 2016

Russian, Chinese journalists visit new Far Eastern spaceport

Participants of the Russian-Chinese media tour, organized by TASS and China’s Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily), visited a technical complex and a launch pad of the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s Far East on Tuesday.

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28 June 2016

'This is 100% a step toward an Iron Curtain.' Russia weighs anti-terrorism law criticized as draconian

Kremlin critics, telecom companies and fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden decried a set of new anti-terrorism measures in Russia that they call an Orwellian encroachment on the privacy and civil freedoms of millions that revives the totalitarian control of the Soviet-era.

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27 June 2016

'Media hostility' is the latest buzzword in Russia-West information war

Russian and Western think tanks are taking a closer look at the media narratives being propagated by the other side. Not surprisingly, Russian experts point to the bias in Western narratives, while Western experts point to disinformation in Russian narratives.

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24 June 2016

Russian Media Watchdog Unblocks Amazon Storage Service Website

The Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has removed Amazon's storage service website from its list of banned websites, the agency wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

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23 June 2016

Russian State Media Feeds Euroskepticism, Raises Brexit Concerns

Russian state media often act as cheerleaders for disunity and dysfunction within the European Union and tout Europe’s supposed moral decline and failure to protect traditional values, and project attitudes that dovetail with supporters of Britain leaving the European Union.

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22 June 2016

From Russia with Tech: The top 5 most interesting Russian startups

Russian tech is big tech. Although Russia's economy has been tumultuous and the tech landscape is largely associated by Westerners as hacker-centric, a strong technological and entrepreneurial culture has developed in the country over the past half decade and produced a number of fast-growing startups.

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21 June 2016

Russian Lawmakers Propose Harsher Punishment for Extremism

Russian State Duma deputies have proposed an increase in fines and prison sentences for extremist activities, the RBC news website reported Monday.

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20 June 2016

Russian Media Duped By Fake British Soccer Journalists' Hooligan Tweets

Violence between Russian and English soccer fans at the UEFA 2016 European Championship in France has shocked the game's supporters across the world with its brutality.

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17 June 2016

Russian media base Euro 2016 violence claims on fake Twitter accounts

Russian media including a state-owned news agency have quoted tweets from fake Twitter accounts as the basis for false stories claiming English fans provoked violence at Euro 2016.

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