Russian bill mandates backdoors in all communications apps

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A pending "anti-terrorism" bill in the Duma would require all apps to contain backdoors to allow the secret police to spy on the country's messaging, in order to prevent teenagers from being "brainwashed" to "murder police officers." Read the rest

Security economics: black market price of hacked servers drops to $6

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A new Kaspersky report analyzes an online hacker marketplace called xDedic, where access to 70,000 hacked servers -- multiplayer game servers, billing servers, cellular/ISP servers, dating servers, betting servers, government and university servers -- in 173 countries can be bought for $6 and up. Read the rest

Russians who "like" social media posts sent to prison

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Andrei Bubeyev, a 40-year-old electrician from Russia, was sent to prison for sharing a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: "Squeeze Russia out of yourself!" with 12 friends.

From ABC News:

In spring 2015, [Bubeyev] left town to work on a rural construction site. After investigators couldn't get through to him on the phone, they put him on a wanted list as an extremism suspect. When Bubeyev stopped by to visit his wife and young son at their country cottage, a SWAT team stormed in and arrested him.

His wife now lives alone with their 4-year-old son in a sparsely furnished apartment on the ground floor of a drab Soviet-era apartment block. After her husband was arrested, Anastasia Bubeyeva, 23, dropped out of medical school because she couldn't find affordable day care for her child, who still wears an eye patch for an injury he suffered when he bumped his head during the raid.

Several months after his arrest, Bubeyev pleaded guilty to inciting hatred toward Russians and was sentenced to a year in prison. His offense was sharing articles, photos and videos from Ukrainian nationalist groups, including those of the volunteer Azov battalion fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Among them was an article about the graves of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine and a video describing Russia as a "fascist aggressor" and showing Russian tanks purportedly crossing into Ukraine.

Less than two weeks after the verdict, Bubeyev was charged again. This time, he was accused of calling for "acts of extremism" and "actions undermining Russia's territorial integrity." He had shared the picture of a toothpaste tube and also an article under the headline "Crimea is Ukraine" by a controversial blogger, who is in jail now, calling for military aggression against Russia.

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Plagiarism detection app vs Russia's elites: 1-2 fake PhDs discovered every day

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Dissernet, a leaderless collective of Russian scientists and journalists scrapes the doctoral dissertations of Russian elites -- who have been attaining advanced degrees at an unprecedented rate -- runs them through plagiarism detection software to flag probable frauds for human review, and publishes the names of officials who've been caught cheating, one or two every day. Read the rest

Russian Embassy in London tweets game screengrab, thinks it's real

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The Russian Embassy in London retweeted a screengrab from Command And Conquer Generals: Zero Hour along with the comment, "Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo." People replied with funny tweets.

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Russian Embassy illustrates terrorist bomb truck tweet with bomb truck from "Command and Conquer"

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"Extremists near Aleppo," tweeted the Russian Embassy in London, "received several truckloads of chemical ammo."

And just to make sure the news was sufficiently clear, they attached an image of three trucks loaded with weapons: that is, from the cartoon video game world of Command & Conquer.

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CCCP Cook Book – recipes from the days of Soviet food planners

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Fuel Publishing, based in London, has carved a niche in the book world by creating books that document the small dark corners of Soviet history. You may be familiar with the series of books, Russian Criminal Tattoos, that revealed the language of body ink and the hierarchies of gulags. CCCP Cook Book uses the same obsessive attention to detail to great effect. When your country is wholly dependent on what the obshchina (collective farm) produces, what you eat is a political act. CCCP Cook Book delves deep into the history of dishes beloved by generations of Russians evolved from both the ideal of equal for all and the realities of planned food production in a country of nearly 170 million.

Visually, CCCP Cook Book adheres to Fuel’s high-minded design aesthetic. The full-page photos that illustrate the recipes are faithfully reproduced in the faded colors and garish contrasts that plagued cookbooks (regardless of origin) throughout the mid-century period.

Knowing that “Soviet” in Russian means "assembly" helps understand that Soviet cuisine isn’t necessarily Russian food. Central planners developed recipes based on projected harvests and preserved foods. Fresh herring wasn’t available in Taskent, but tinned (preserved) fish could be distributed throughout the country. Workers were fed meals at their workplaces that helped standardize recipes, as commissary cooks were required to follow the famed manual, “Book of Tasty and Healthy Food.”

That guide purposefully adapted regional dishes into new, improved Soviet recipes. Vorschmack has its roots in Jewish cuisine, but is easily recognized today as our own deviled eggs. Read the rest

Russia bans Polish "Communist Monopoly" board-game

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Kolejka ("Queue") is a popular satirical Polish board game that lampoons life under Stalinist rule; the Russian consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has banned publisher IPN, the Polish "Institute of National Remembrance," from distributing its Russian version of the game unless they remove "anti-Russian" elements that are "excessively critical" of the USSR. Read the rest

Russia moots ban on discussions about VPNs, reverse proxies, and other anti-censorship techniques

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Russian law provides for a national censorwall that entertainment companies can populate with the URLs of websites they dislike, without much oversight or review (it's similar the system used in the UK in that regard). Read the rest

Russia's military uses gigantic wooden comedy props for punishment

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Russian soldiers who screw up are made to carry gigantic wooden props that illustrate their sins: for example, if you're caught looking at your phone, you have to run around with a massive fake wooden cellphone strapped to your back until you've learned your lesson.

Other punishments include carrying massive guns made out of logs (showing up without your weapon), carrying huge logs painted to look like cigarettes (caught smoking on duty), and carrying massive log-swords (forgetting your bayonet).

Russian Army Punishments [Semper Annoying]

(via Super Punch)

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Europe and Russia just launched a Mars space mission to sniff out signs of life

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A European-Russian spacecraft headed out from our humble little planet to space today, in search for life on Mars.

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Putin orders most Russian troops out of Syria, citing “overall completion” of military goals

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Vladimir Putin says Russian troops will begin withdrawing from Syria starting Tuesday, the day which marks 5 years since the start of Syria's bloody civil war. Putin's pledge is a move to help advance U.N.-brokered peace talks that resumed today.

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Rich Russian Kids Instagram feed

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The spawn of Russia's 0.0001% are alive and well, enjoying police escorts, helicopters, ski resorts, private jets, gold-plated Bentleys, megayachts, luxury wristwatches, pet lion cubs, photo opps with Vladimir Putin, and their own Instagram account.

Кто там сказал понедельник день тяжёлый?😂💸🇺🇸🍾👯 - by @alexander_dgr8 #RRK #RichRussianKids #audi #r8 #armanddebrignac #domperignon #villa #la

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 15, 2016 at 12:05am PST

Баршаңызға сәлем #RRK из Майами, летим тусить😎 У кого какая погодка сейчас?😉🚁☀️🇺🇸 - by @maks_rr_ w/ @muratx01 #RichRussianKids #helicopter #miami

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 20, 2016 at 8:14am PST

Московское время 120🍋₽, получше твоих паленых g шоков😂💸⌚️🔝 - by @invisible #RRK #RichRussianKids #hublot #ulyssenardin #rogerdubius #louismoinet #urwerk #greubelforsey

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 20, 2016 at 3:24am PST

Чего там на #RRK нового, ищу компанию на лето😂💸🏎🇮🇹 - by @ml_max #RichRussianKids #mclaren #650s #italy

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 18, 2016 at 1:12am PST

Кто там сказал понедельник день тяжёлый?😂💸🇺🇸🍾👯 - by @alexander_dgr8 #RRK #RichRussianKids #audi #r8 #armanddebrignac #domperignon #villa #la

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Feb 15, 2016 at 12:05am PST

Summer '15 #tb ☀️🛥🍺 - by @papa__doma #rrk #RichRussianKids #yacht #corona

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 23, 2015 at 6:56am PST

GM Miami🇺🇸 - by @polinaaam #rrk #RichRussianKids #miami

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 23, 2015 at 2:11am PST

Yacht day☀️🛥 - @anastasiyakot #rrk #RichRussianKids #yacht #mauritius #girls

A photo posted by 🇷🇺 Rich Russian Kids (@richrussiankids) on Dec 13, 2015 at 1:23am PST

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Skulls carved from vegetable matter

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Dimitri Tsykalov, a Russian-born sculptor living in Paris, sculpted a series of gorgeous, haunting skulls out of fruits and vegetables in the mid-2000s (previously), documenting his work with photographic prints. Read the rest

Wolf-themed Russian biker gang is exactly as you expect

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It's like something out of Mad Max: a Russian biker gang-cum-militia wearing wolfy helmets, operating in the ruins of Eastern Ukraine. They are "fiercely loyal" to Vladimir Putin and to Christ, but not to families they left behind. Read the rest

Just a giant bear and his human friend, getting snuggly

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Folks, don't try this with the gigantic bear you have at home.

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Putin: Give Sepp Blatter the Nobel; Trump should be president

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Ole Vlad's figured out how to troll the west: celebrate corrupt, populist strongmen who brazenly lie while fronting for the rich and powerful. Read the rest

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