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Thursday 24 October 2019
19 October 2019
Policing the Russian Internet: 'Everyone Will Take The Chinese Model'
The Ukraine crisis coincided with a Russian crackdown on independent online media. New laws since then have brought new restrictions, and the Internet adviser to President Vladimir Putin tells Current Time that China is the model for further online regulation. This story is part of a documentary series, InterNYET, by Current Time that explores the history of the Russian web.
18 October 2019
Russian Police Detain Doctors' Union Head Outside Barricaded Clinic
Police detained the head of one of Russia's doctors' unions as she came to help colleagues barricaded inside a rural tuberculosis clinic set for closure. The protest is part of a wider battle to save dwindling rural health care services in Russia.
17 October 2019
Ex-Ukrainian Prisoners: Free To Talk About Russia, But Not To Go Home
Vladimir Balukh and Oleksiy Sizonovych were part of Russia and Ukraine's landmark September 7 exchange of 70 prisoners, seen by many as a step toward reducing hostility between the two countries. But for both men, their freedom does not mean they are home yet: Balukh is from annexed Crimea and Sizonovych from separatist-controlled Luhansk. With other Ukrainians still in Russian prisons, the two hope to use their freedom to spread the word about "what's really happening" in Crimea and Donbas.
16 October 2019
Russian Prison Boss Suspended After Video Of Abuse Emerges
The head of a prison in the Russian region of Karelia denied charges that staff had abused inmates -- until a video surfaced this month showing a brutal beating. Several prisoners say one of the attackers seen in the footage is the prison chief himself.
15 October 2019
Inside The Factory: How Russian Trolls Manufacture Fake News
Their impact stretches beyond the 2016 U.S. presidential election that made them an international household name. Russian trolls, says blogger Ilya Varlamov, have changed “the whole picture” for online news in Russia. But how did they do it? In this video, taken from Current Time’s InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet series, former employees at a St. Petersburg troll factory get down to specifics.
29 September 2019
Russian Opposition Stages New Rally After Summer Of Protests
Thousands of protesters jammed a central Moscow square on September 29 as opposition groups sought to regain momentum following a summer of demonstrations that targeted both local elections but also Russia’s broader political system.
27 September 2019
Zelenskiy And Trump: The View From Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's long-awaited September 26 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump has provided much cause for comment by Ukrainian social media users, ex-Ukrainian presidents, and officials -- and not always for the reasons you might assume.
26 September 2019
Waiting For Peace: What Donbas Residents Expect After Trump-Zelenskiy Meeting
Potential ways to end Ukraine’s conflict with Russia-backed separatists in its eastern Donbas region were a key talking point between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump in New York City on September 25. To find out how Donbas residents themselves assess the chances for a breakthrough, Current Time reporter Volodymyr Runets talked to residents of the Ukrainian-controlled, frontline town of Zolote in Luhansk Oblast.
26 September 2019
Zelenskiy And Trump Claim 'No Pressure,' Amidst Plenty Of Politics
20 September 2019
Face To The City: How Moscow’s Surveillance System Works
As this summer's protests showed, Moscow's camera surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and more widespread. They're now known as an "all-seeing eye." What these cameras could mean for ordinary citizens’ civil rights concerns many.