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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

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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World War 3: Has Vladimir Putin Been Planning to Instigate Major War?

According to a former advisor of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president has been planning to spark a major conflict in the Baltic region for the past decade. Andrey Illarionov, a former advisor to Putin, said the Russian leader has been planning for a major war since at least 2003. His accusation came during a conference in Lithuania. According to the …

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Millions Of Gmail Passwords Leaked

According to various reports, starting with Russia’s CNews, nearly five million Gmail usernames and passwords were leaked, and published to a Russia Bitcoin forum. You can see the original report in Russian here, but The Daily Dot recaps: Much of the information is old and potentially out-of-date, Google representatives told Russian media, so the so-called “leak” may be more accurately …

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Mickey Rourke Loves His Vladimir Putin T-Shirt, But Hates Politics

Mickey Rourke is a fan of Vladimir Putin. In fact, on Monday, the actor was so much a fan that he decided to buy a t-shirt depicting Russian President. The scene took place right in Moscow’s Red Square, according to The Independent, right at the launch of the t-shirt brand. “If I didn’t like him, I wouldn’t buy the T-shirt …

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Edward Snowden Granted More Time in Russia

Edward Snowden is likely staying in Russia for the foreseeable future. The 31-year-old former NSA analyst, who famously leaked (and continues to leak) documents and anecdotes about the US government’s massive surveillance initiative, has been granted a three-year residence permit in Russia, according to the AFP. Shortly after The Guardian published leaked documents obtained by Snowden during his stint as …

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David Duchovny Defends Russian Beer Ad

Actor David Duchovny recently defended a controversial Russian beer commercial he stars in, telling TMZ that he does not support Russian policy of late, especially the invasion of Ukraine. In the Sibirskaia Korona ad, which runs over two minutes long, Duchovny muses about how his life might have turned out if he was born in Russia instead of the United …

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Steven Seagal’s Estonia Blues Gig Canceled

Concert organizers for the Tallinn, Estonia “Augustibluus” summer blues festival axed action star Steven Seagal’s time slot due to his pro-Russia/Vladimir Putin leanings. Back in March while filming a movie in Romania, actor, film producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, musician and reserve deputy sheriff Seagal did an interview with the state-run Russian newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, in which he’d expressed that …

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Massive Crater Discovered in Siberia

A huge crater has mysteriously formed in a region of Siberia commonly known as the “end of the world.” After a video of the 260-foot-wide crater surfaced online, Russian scientists mobilized, and were set to appear in the area today to attempt to assess its origins. So far, a government spokesperson in the Yamal peninsula has commented that the crater …

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House of Cards Gets a Nyet from Russia

Last week, the showrunners behind Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards made a request to the UN Security Council – let us shoot a few episodes in your chamber. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reportedly thought it was a good idea – if nothing else to raise awareness for the organization – and suggested to the 15-country council that …

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Russian Bombers Spotted Near California Coast

On Monday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reported visuals of Russian bomber planes off of the coasts of Alaska and California. The planes were first spotted at 4:30 pm PST. Four Russian Tu-95 Bear-H long-range bombers and a Il-76 refueling tanker entered the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near the far-western Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The ADIZ is …

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Anna Politkovskaya: Justice Not Served?

For the family of slain investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, the sentencing of five men deemed responsible for her death did not leave them with any sense of closure. Instead, the trial and sentencing has left one very important question unanswered: Who led the conspiracy to kill her? The Ukrainian journalist was known for her outspoken opinion on topics ranging from …

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Anna Politkovskaya Murderers Given Life In Prison

Two of the five men found guilty for the 2006 killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya were handed life sentences on Monday by the Moscow city court. The other three men convicted have received prison sentences of 12, 14, and 20 years for their role in the murder. Politkovskaya, known for uncovering government corruption and human rights abuses as well …

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Mummified Mammoth Goes On Display At London’s Natural History Museum

Mummified mammoths are a big deal in the science community as they give us a better look at life thousands of years ago. We got our best look yet in 2007 when scientists discovered an almost perfectly preserved baby mammoth and now British citizens will finally get to see it in person. BBC News reports that the Natural History Museum …

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$4.5 Billion Divorce Settlement Breaks Record

In what might be the largest divorce settlement in history, a Geneva, Switzerland court has ordered Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev to pay his ex-wife Elena Rybolovleva 4 Swiss billion francs, which is equal to roughly $4.5 billion – $4,509,375,184.80 to be exact. Rybolovleva, who had been battling Rybolovlev in a Swiss court since 2008, was also granted sole custody of …

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Eurovision Song Contest Winner Controversy

Conchita Wurst of Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with her song “Rise Like a Phoenix” — while sporting a dress and full beard. The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition between European countries, always held in the previous year’s winner’s home country. This year’s contest, held in Copenhagen, marked the 59th contest since its inception in …

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Pussy Riot Urges Congress to Crack Down on Russia

Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were on Capitol Hill Tuesday lobbying for further sanctions against Russia, citing human rights violations they had witnessed first-hand under President Vladimir Putin’s administration. In a private meeting, the two activists requested that senators on the Foreign Relations Committee crack down even harder against Russia, and that Congress add …

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Russian Bombers Seen Flying Over Crimea Ahead Of Putin’s Visit

Russian bombers used to cause little concern when seen flying. After all, it was probably just the Russian military performing some training exercises. With the conflict in the Ukraine, however, Russian bombers have now taken on an entirely new meaning for the citizens of Crimea. AFP reports that Russian bombers have been spotted flying over Crimea over the past few …

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Russian Bombers Spotted Around Dutch, UK Airspace

Russian bombers are apparently not all that an uncommon sight in Europe. Under normal conditions, nobody would really care if the Russian military came a little too close to a European nation’s airspace. Unfortunately, the world’s relationship with Russia is anything but normal at the moment. CNN is reporting that two Russian TU-95 bombers were spotted half a mile inside …

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Ukraine and Russia Make Plans to Ease Tensions

Thursday morning, a four-party meeting was held in Geneva between the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine, with the intention being to create a plan which would lead to decreased overall hostilities between Ukraine and Russia and the end of the current violence in Eastern Ukraine. After six hours of talks, the four parties have come to an …

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