· March, 2008

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Stories about Russian from March, 2008

Belarus: Freedom Day Protest

  30 March 2008

On Tuesday, March 25, police broke up an opposition rally in the capital of Belarus, beating protesters with truncheons and detaining dozens of people. Veronica Khokhlova translates two bloggers' first-hand accounts and a foreign political analyst's view on the Belarusian opposition's strategy.

Tajikistan: Politicized Navruz

  27 March 2008

Navruz is one of the main celebrations for Tajiks. This time — more than ever — it means end of one of the harshest winter in several decades. People could hardly wait for these warm days that have come with the beginning of spring. Navruz has been celebrated throughout the...

Russia: Two Dagestani Journalists Killed

  23 March 2008

Ilyas Shurpaev, a Dagestani TV journalist who worked for a state-owned federal channel, was found dead Friday in Moscow. Later that day, Gadzhi Abashilov, director of Dagestan's state-owned broadcasting company, was shot to death in Makhachkala, the republic's capital. Below are a few bloggers' reactions to the murders, as well as the translation of Shurpaev's last blog post.

LiveJournal: Bloggers Protest Basic Account Cancellation

  21 March 2008

Yet again, LJ users are in distress. Unlike the previous times, however, the current situation involves both the Russian-language and the English-language segments of LiveJournal. It all began when LiveJournal's management announced that no account created after March 12, 2008, could be turned into a free-of-charge and ad-free Basic Account. Today, some Anglophone and Russophone LJ users protest against this unpopular measure.

Kazakhstan: Oddities of the Digital Present

  20 March 2008

In the most recent counple of weeks the Kazakhstani blogosphere – usually heavily politicized – was focused more on the developments in telecoms sector and Internet-related novelties in Kazakhstan. The country's authorities are still aiming to enter top 50 of the most competitive countries, although the Economist's index of “e-readiness”...

Kyrgyzstan: Fed up with protests?

  19 March 2008

Kyrgyz bloggers have been actively elaborating on the Kyrgyz government's initiative to make March 24 – the day of popular uprising in 2005 – a national holiday. The amendment was made to the Kyrgyz Labor Code, according to which from now on March 24 will be officially celebrated as a...

Russia: Natalia Morar's Domodedovo Ordeal

Below is the translation of journalist Natalia Morar's first blog post since her departure from Russia, published on March 4. Morar, a citizen of Moldova, was "barred from entering Russia in December on a secret Federal Security Service order" and was denied entry into Moscow again last week, spending three days in detention at Moscow's Domodedovo airport with her husband, a Russian citizen.

Ukraine: ParkLikeIdiot.com.ua

If anyone, for some reason, needs a sign saying this in Ukrainian – “Attention! I park like an idiot, stay away from me!” – you can download it here. Created by Ukrainian LJ user entertainer_ (UKR), the sign is part of the effort “to get rid of” the people who...

Russia: Journalism and Politics in Chechnya

LJ user oleg_panfilov (of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations) reports (RUS) that Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov has joined the Russian Union of Journalists. LJ user timur_aliev, on the other hand, has quit as the editor of the Chechen Society newspaper to become Kadyrov's aide. (The Chechen Society is...

Kyrgyzstan: From Santamania to “Subbotnik”

During the last two weeks, the Kyrgyz blogosphere has come up with a bunch of interesting articles, funny and witty comments along with bright photos of Santa Claus First Winter Festival in Kyrgyzstan. The Festival was held from 23 to 25 February and spurred lots of criticism on one side...

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