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St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

Ekaterina Khomenko, a 29-year-old queer tango teacher, was found in her car early on September 7 with a four-inch gash across her throat. The engine was still running when a street cleaner chanced on her vehicle. Police, who initially entertained the theory that Khomenko may have killed herself, are now treating her death as a murder. Early reports in local newspapers made no mention of Khomenko’s ties to the LGBT community.
Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

Ekaterina Khomenko, a 29-year-old queer tango teacher, was found in her car early on September 7 with a four-inch gash across her throat. The engine was still running when a street cleaner chanced on her vehicle. Police, who initially entertained the theory that Khomenko may have killed herself, are now treating her death as a murder. Early reports in local newspapers made no mention of Khomenko’s ties to the LGBT community.

Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

The Internet army of the “Islamic State,” having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.
Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It’s ISIS

The Internet army of the “Islamic State,” having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It’s ISIS


Platforms struggle with tensions between censorship and security, a Chinese man sues his ISP over web blocking, and US Internet groups mimic the “site loading” button to promote net neutrality.

Iran: News sites without a license will be blocked
Indian student arrested for “disrespecting” the national anthem
German surveillance tech companies are selling most of their products under the table
Citizen sues China Unicom over blocked Google services
Russia to set up its own Internet?
And more from our latest 
Netizen Report: Social Media Sites Grapple with Pressure to Censor ISIS Content

Platforms struggle with tensions between censorship and security, a Chinese man sues his ISP over web blocking, and US Internet groups mimic the “site loading” button to promote net neutrality.

  • Iran: News sites without a license will be blocked
  • Indian student arrested for “disrespecting” the national anthem
  • German surveillance tech companies are selling most of their products under the table
  • Citizen sues China Unicom over blocked Google services
  • Russia to set up its own Internet?

And more from our latest 

Netizen Report: Social Media Sites Grapple with Pressure to Censor ISIS Content

Russia’s largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.
Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

Russia’s largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking


"These are real Chechens, not the Kadyrovtsy. That is like [the difference between] Ukrainians and separatists."

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region’s structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.
North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

"These are real Chechens, not the Kadyrovtsy. That is like [the difference between] Ukrainians and separatists."

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region’s structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.

North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

"A view from behind bars gives the best view of how the government process works,” says a new website from Pussy Riot’s best known members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

Pussy Riot’s Dynamic Duo Launches a New Media Portal

As a court in Yekaterinburg has shut down a second local McDonald’s restaurant, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. #Russia’s ongoing assault on the #McDonald’s food chain is having such an effect.
News of the Latest McDonald’s Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

As a court in Yekaterinburg has shut down a second local McDonald’s restaurant, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. #Russia’s ongoing assault on the #McDonald’s food chain is having such an effect.

News of the Latest McDonald’s Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama


The most difficult period was after my smartphone broke, there was no internet and constant fire from Russian territory.

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ (ATO) in Luhansk region.
The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas

The most difficult period was after my smartphone broke, there was no internet and constant fire from Russian territory.

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ (ATO) in Luhansk region.

The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas


A cartoonishly violent viral video is sweeping the Russian Internet this week.

The good people of Chelyabinsk-a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture-have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.
What Went Into Making Russia’s Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

A cartoonishly violent viral video is sweeping the Russian Internet this week.

The good people of Chelyabinsk-a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture-have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.

What Went Into Making Russia’s Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

As Russia turns inward, the country has sought national alternatives to goods and services that are generally Western-dominated. Moving ahead, Russia faces the dangers of breaking this dependence too quickly. 
Looking to Get Away? Do It Patriotically, With Russia’s Upcoming Booking.com Clone.

As Russia turns inward, the country has sought national alternatives to goods and services that are generally Western-dominated. Moving ahead, Russia faces the dangers of breaking this dependence too quickly. 

Looking to Get Away? Do It Patriotically, With Russia’s Upcoming Booking.com Clone.