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Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Drug Article, Promptly Reverses Course After Edits

Russia Bans Wikipedia Over Drug Article, Promptly Reverses Course After Edits

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (basically its internet watchdog) has been in the news quite a bit lately. The regulatory body seems to be scouring the web, looking to block certain sites of content it deems harmful – which as of late has all related to drugs. Now, over the past couple …

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Reddit Will Block Content in Certain Countries, Has Already Done So in Germany and Russia

Reddit Will Block Content in Certain Countries, Has Already Done So in Germany and Russia

Reddit has confirmed that it will locally block content if it receives a “valid request from and authorized entity.” The policy confirmation comes after the company blocked a specific thread about growing psychoactive mushrooms in Russia. The country’s Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Roskomnadzor, temporarily banned reddit earlier in the week. Blocking the specific post …

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Russia Unblocks Reddit After Dustup over Shroom Post

Russia Unblocks Reddit After Dustup over Shroom Post

On Wednesday afternoon, Russia added reddit to its registry of blocked sites. And as of early Thursday morning, reddit has been removed from the blocked sites list. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, sent out the order to block reddit on August 12th. The government was …

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Reddit Is Now Banned in Russia

Reddit Is Now Banned in Russia

Well, it looks like they weren’t lying. After warning that it was considering it, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, has sent out the order to block reddit. Apparently, the government is upset over a post about the “cultivation of narcotic plants.” Officials said they had been trying to get in touch with …

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Russia Threatens to Block Reddit over Drug Post

Russia Threatens to Block Reddit over Drug Post

Russia, which has a history of threatening to block access to certain sites over seemingly ridiculous reasons, is now considering a ban on reddit. The news comes from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, which posted an update on Russian social media site VKontakte. Apparently, the government is upset over a post about …

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Russia Is Thinking About Blocking Facebook Over Gay Emoji

Russia Is Thinking About Blocking Facebook Over Gay Emoji

A little while back Apple and many other platforms adopted a new Unicode standard for emojis that included, among other thing, emojis featuring same sex couples. More specifically, emoji featuring two men and a heart, two women and a heart, and gay families (two men or two women with children). Normal people saw this as a nice, inclusionary move. We …

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Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Turned Kids Gay, Say Russian Wingnuts

According to some right-wing Russians, this is probably going to turn your kid gay: #u2 #Gift #u2songsofinnocence Thanks Barclays @U2Kouklitsa @vanycf @U2ThreeChords pic.twitter.com/hgXJ7aLloS — Dewood (@nirvana0898) November 3, 2014 That’s the cover of U2’s most recent album, Songs of Innocence. You might remember it as “that album my iPhone kept playing whenever I accidentally opened up iTunes.” The Guardian reports …

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Anna Duritskaya, Girlfriend Of Murdered Putin Critic, In Hiding And Fearing For Her Life

Anna Duritskaya was standing right next to Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov when he was gunned down just steps from the Kremlin. In fact, Anna Duritskaya and Nemtsov were walking home after a dinner out. Anna Duritskaya reportedly called her mother from the grisly scene. Her mother said, “She was crying and saying that Boris had been killed. I …

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Google Facing Another Antitrust Probe – in Russia

Google is facing another antitrust investigation, as Russian search company Yandex has asked the country’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service to take a look at Google’s practices – specifically relating to Android. Yandex is upset by Google’s bundling of its search engine, as well as other apps in with its Android operating system – which comes equipped on 86 percent of smartphones …

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Hitler Beauty Pageant in Russia Gets Shut Down

In a move that is at least as historically confused as Kirk Cameron’s Halloween revisionism, Russian women were queuing up to compete in what has been called a “Miss Hitler” beauty contest. On the website VKontakte, which has been described as “Russia’s Facebook”, and has an interface very similar to the old classic Facebook wall, an “Adolf Hitler” appreciation group …

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Oil Prices Could Weaken Vladimir Putin’s Resolve

Oil prices stand at a three year low of $81 per barrel. That’s significantly less than the $100 per barrel that was in place when Vladimir Putin first invaded Ukraine. While falling oil prices are good news for American consumers, it is bad news for Vladimir Putin. Half of Russia’s budget depends on oil and gas trading. Despite having a …

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Fish With “Human Teeth”? You Won’t Believe The Explanation

A fish with HUMAN teeth? This is what a fisherman in Russia claimed to have captured after reeling in a most peculiar sea animal. Aleks Korobov was fishing at Arkhangelsk Oblast district’s Northern Dvina River when he caught the creature. At first the 50-year-old was convinced he’d hooked an ordinary bream. Said Korobov, “I opened its gills which were nice …

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