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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2010

Russia: High Taxi Fares And Text Messaging Scams After Moscow Bombings

The aftermath of the recent subway bombings in Moscow is widespread. People mourn victims, looks for answers to numerous questions, contemplate the future of Russia and express anger with... taxi...

Russia: Witness Shares Her Account of Bombings in Moscow Metro

LJ user Karpusha was at Park Kultury metro station at the moment of explosion. She wrote on her blog about what she had seen, the  lack of information after the first explosion, the...

Russia: Bombings Victims Commemoration; Analysis of TV-channels

Photos from the commemoration action dedicated to the victims of the recentMoscow bombings published by bloggers can be found here and here. Arina Borodina, Russian TV-expert, analyses the role of...

Russia: Role of Social Media in Coverage of Recent Metro Bombings in Moscow

Paul Globe writes on his blog “Window on Eurasia” about increasing role of the Internet and social media in the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Moscow.

Russia: Wikipedia Used to Cover Recent Metro Bombings

A popular Russian blogger Anton Nosik asks bloggers to contribute their content to the chapter of Wikipedia about terror attacks in Moscow metro.

Russia: Sochi Games and the Circassian Genocide

In 2014, the Russian resort of Sochi will host the Winter Olympic Games, but the 700,000-900,000 of ethnic Circassians living in Russia are trying their best to prevent the country...

Russia: 3G Network Turned Off; Blood Donations Needed

Latest developments in Moscow: 3G networks have been turned off due to high traffic, Openspace reported [RUS]; bloggers call for blood donations [RUS].

Russia: Initial Coverage of the Moscow Subway Bombings

Moscow's Monday morning routine was broken today by two subway suicide bombings, which killed at least 38 and wounded at least 70 people. Alexey Sidorenko translates some of the initial...

Russia: Bloggers’ Mockery of Film Poster Upsets Famous Director

The poster for an upcoming movie on World War II by Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov is monumental, tense and grim. But it also became funny, descriptive and nearly offensive after...

Russia: Blogger-Businessman Killed

Maxim Zuev (aka LJ user kenig), a blogger from Kaliningrad, was killed on March 18, rian.ru reported. Zuev's occupation was business although Kaliningrad bloggers remember him as a moderator of...

Russia: Theatre Play Based on Online Conference

Theatre director Pavel Rudnev proposed to stage a play based on the questions of bloggers to the Russian State Duma's Speaker Boris Gryzlov during an online-press conference. Rudnev admits not...

Ukraine: Fire Destroys 20% of Hosting.ua Servers

Some 20% of the servers at Odessa-based Hosting.ua data center – one of the biggest in Ukraine – are reported to have been destroyed in a fire on March 27....

Russia: Degrees and Dimensions of “Scandalous”

Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog comments on the recent bribes/coke/girls video scandal: “Also, catching them bribing cops is hardly scandalous. If they offered the cops bribes and the cops...

Russia: Two Video Scandals

In Russia this week it has been hard to miss the two scandals that, at first, appear to have only one thing in common: both are centered around amateur videos...

Russia: Top Blogger's Account Hacked

Livejournal account of Igor Bigdanov (aka LJ user ibigdan), one of the top RuNet bloggers, has been hacked, Bigdanov reported. The most common version of the motives of the hack...

Russia: Website Closed By Police Order

20marta.ru, an opposition website dedicated to the “Day of Anger” held on March 20, was closed by police after just one day of functioning, kasparov.ru reported. According to the source,...

Russia: One of the Top Bloggers Dies

Dmitry Gorchev (aka LJ user dimkin), a writer and artist (some of his translations are here), died today in his house leaving about 13,000 readers mourn, openspace.ru reported. Gorchev was...

Russia: “Drugs and Hookers Scandal”

At The Daily Beast, author Michael Idov chronicles “Russia's amazing drugs and hookers scandal,” which involves opposition activist Ilya Yashin, political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, and the Russian Newsweek‘s editor-in-chief Mikhail...

Russia-US: Towards a new Start of nuclear disarmament

Nikolas Gvosdev of The (Ex) Washington Realist reflects upon what now seems a clear road ahead for a renewed Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between Russia and the US, signifying...

Russia: Theorizing Stalin's deportations

Otto's Random Thoughts draws attention to Robert Blauner's ideas on internal colonialism and how they could be theoretically applied on Stalin's deportations.

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