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Stories from RuNet Echo from December, 2009

Russia: Livejournal Shuts Down Putin's Critic

Russian popular blogging platform Livejournal has suspended an account of a historian Yuri Felshtinsky [ENG] after he had published a link to a Russian translation of his book “The Age...

Russia: Yeltsin's Daughter Blogs About Oligarch

Tatyana Yumasheva (LJ user t_yumasheva), daughter of the former Russian President Boris Yeltsin , recollects [Google Translation in EN] on her blog the  early years of  Roman Abramovich, Russian oligarch...

Russia: Role of Stalin Debated on RuNet

Heated discussions on RuNet in the wake of the 130th anniversary of Joseph Stalin showed how divided people are regarding his role in Russian history.

Russia: Irresponsible Extreme Travel in Yakutia

AskYakutia.com writes about irresponsible extreme travelers who end up having to be rescued.

Russia: iPhone 3GS

Profy reports that “two of the three largest Russian carriers have finally reached an agreement with Apple on iPhone 3GS which means that the gadget will be officially sold in...

Russia: “Cyber-Tatars”

Evgeny Morozov reviews the newest issue of Digital Icons (formerly known as the Russian Cyberspace Journal), which includes Dilyara Suleymanova's article that “explores how Tatar groups use Vkontakte, one of...

Russia: Blogger Calls For Open Technical Standards

LJ user bablaw wrote an open letter [Google translation – ENG] to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev calling him to veto amendments to the Civil Code that would make technical...

Russia: Livejournal Vs. Tor and New Battle for Anonymity

Livejournal.com preventing users from accessing its site via an anonymizer caused panic and anger among global online community. It also showed the importance of anonymizers and revealed vulnerability of online...

Russia, U.S.: Brittany Murphy in Moscow on Dec. 19?

LJ user becky_sharpe (Bozhena Rynska, Gazeta.ru‘s gossip columnist) claims (RUS) that actress Brittany Murphy, who died on Dec. 20 in Los Angeles, was a guest at a private party in...

Russia: Popular Blogger Would Be Glad If Russian Authorities Restrict Internet

Popular Russian blogger and activist Roman Dobrokhotov talks to GVO about the Internet and online activism in the country.

Russia: Yegor Gaidar, Russia's Economic Reformer, Dies at 53

Yegor Gaidar, a Russian economist and politician who initiated the 1992 "shock therapy" reforms, died in Moscow on Dec. 16 at the age of 53. Russian bloggers' responses serve as...

Russian Rock Star Talks About His Social Network

Ikra.tv is a pioneer of music social networks in Russia. It currently consists of about 6,500 members and offers various forms of communications for fans including blogs, forums and different...

Russia: A Third of Russians Use Internet

There are 42 million Internet users (29,6% of total population) in Russia according to the latest Public Opinion Foundation research [Google Translation ENG]. This is 2 million more compared to...

Russia: “Anti-crisis” is Word of The Year

Three most popular words dominated Russian society in 2009 according to a well-known “Word of the Year” contest on Imhonet.ru. Those words are “antikrizisniy” (anti-crisis), “zomboyashik” (zombie-box) as a description...

Russian Programmer Community Hacks Super-Earth Name Vote

After The Wired magazine opened a vote [ENG] to name a newly discovered “most Earth-like” planet, Russian Habrahabr-user khekkly started a flashmob[Google Translation – ENG] urging Russian programmers to name it “Siberia.” This...

Belarus: New Plans For Internet Control

“Nasha Niva”online portal in Belarus published [Google Translation – ENG] a draft of the President's decree “On Measures to Improve the National Segment of the Internet.” The decree will  significantly...

Russia: Two Stories of Space Blogging

Blogging from and about space gains popularity and recognition among professional space travelers and regular bloggers. Russia is no exception. While the latest fashion for NASA astronauts is space twittering...

Russia: Google Bus Stop Ads Hacked

While Russia and the U.S. were holding meetings on cyber warfare, Russian activists took the process of hacking from virtual space to real bus stops in Moscow where they slightly...

Russia: Government News Agency Reporter Detained by Police

A photo correspondent of RIA-Novosty, Russian government news agency, was detained by the police [RUS] when he was covering a recent opposition rally in Moscow.

Russia: Domain “блог.рф” (blog.rf) Registered By Security Service

Domain “блог.рф” (“blog.rf”) was registered by the Russia Special Communications and Information Service (formerly known as FAPSI [ENG], part of the Federal Security Service [ENG]), LJ-user di09en reports [RUS] citing...

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