I am a researcher and PhD student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. I study social movements, urban protest and digital media in post-Soviet countries.
Among the many issues on Russia's plate, one new problem appears to be the safety threat posed by...selfies.
When ISIS accounts were kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, the terrorist group turned to Russian social network VKontakte to keep up its propaganda and fundraising. A new report from a Russian news site exposed the extent of the militants' use of Russian sites and that seems to have started a crackdown by authorities.
Ukraine's parliament is considering a Russian-style law that would crack down on dissent in media and online, but the measure has sparked a backlash from journalists and even former government officials.
The Russian government fired back at economic sanctions by banning food imports from the Western countries who imposed the penalties. But some Russians worry less about the return of bread lines and more about dry liquor cabinets.
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law that restricts free speech, peaceful protest and free communications in the country, leaving citizens and journalists outraged.