Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at "A Good Treaty" and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn, where I'm also Managing Editor of the political science journal Polity.
Invitations went out over social media this week, informing journalists about inauguration festivities organized by the “White Star” art collective, which includes several prominent figures in Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth movement.
How women's activists, angry at what they saw as chauvinism, derailed a conservative group's "Russian Beauty'' contest.
When Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, publicly revealed that he was gay, it was met largely with support and, frankly, little surprise. Cook hadn't been in the closet, he just hadn't talked about it publicly. But one place where the announcement was panned was Russia, and in response a Russian university took down a memorial that been erected to Apple's founding CEO, Steve Jobs.
Ukraine has displayed Russian soldiers it says were part of an unannounced Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. But Russian journalists have also also sniffed out possible hidden evidence of that invasion by tracking down the graves of dead Russian soldiers on social media.
In Russia, women are using hunger strikes to draw attention to what they perceive as injustice. But only one hunger strike, by a member of the band Pussy Riot, is really drawing attention.