Since 2019, cities across Russia have been testing ways to disconnect the Russian segment of the Internet (known colloquially as “Runet”) from the wider global network. Most tests go unnoticed by users, and are only announced post-factum. We explain how Russia is preparing for its own "sovereign Internet" and how the new system differs from the “Great Firewall” of China.
She used to sing on the street about drinking port and kissing a classmate, recorded her first album on a $5 microphone in her childhood room, and a year later was filling venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Here’s how “not the most popular girl in school” became the most popular performer in Russia.