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Stories from RuNet Echo from October, 2010

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Putin's Bruise

The recent visit of Vladimir Putin to Ukraine surprised Internet community with official photographs of Putin with a bruise on his face. Russian bloggers jumped on the opportunity to talk...

“United Russia” Ideologist Calls to Forbid Official Blogs

Alexey Chadaev, a leading ideologist of “United Russia,” calls [RUS] to ban blogs and microblogs of senior Russian officials. Chadaev explains that blogging threatens the authority of the Russian political leadership...

Russia: Blogger Navalny Tries to Prove That Fighting Regime is Fun

One of the most prominent Russian bloggers that use the Internet for fighting corruption in Russia, Alexey Navalny, gives interview to "RuNet Echo" He contemplates if the blogosphere can have...

Russia: Online Activism Success Stories

While Internet analysts across the Atlantic are busy arguing whether technology brings about social and political change or not, bloggers in Russia add their humble contributions to the debate, probably...

Russia: Post-Emergency Sustainability of Crowdsourcing Projects

Gregory Asmolov analyzes the fate of the Ushahidi-based Help Map project after the wildfires have ended. What is the future of emergency projects and how can we make them more...

Russia: More on the Kremlin Worm

More on the Kremlin worm – at Dmitry Sidorov's The Putin State Chronicles. (Yelena Osipova's GV text on the worm scandal is here.)

Russia: Report on Geography of Russian Internet

Russian Sphinx highlights a report issues by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) on the geography of the Russian internet.

Russia: Photos of Kurdish Refugees and Homeless People

At PhotoPolygon, photos of ethnic Kurdish refugees from Uzbekistan living in the woods outside Novosibirsk (by user Bender13, via English Russia), and of the homeless people in Blagoveshchensk (by user...

Russia: New Video from Primorsky Krai Guerrillas

The story of the cop-killing gang in Russia's Far East continues, and Masha Egupova analyzes the new content.

Russian Newsweek Closes

Closure of Russian Newsweek provoked a lively reaction [RUS] among bloggers. One of the reasons for it is that the majority of Russian Newsweek's staff had blogs. Photomans posts [RUS]...

Russia: Photos of Children's Camp Decorated as a Social Network

Habrahabr user goodsprite posts pictures of the children's summer camp. Author, who worked at the camp, claimed that children had to register in Russian social network Vkontakte.ru. Photos depict camp's...

Russia: Videos of Election Fraud in Rostov Region

LJ user serg757 posts several videos that show various fraud cases at the recent regional elections in Rostov region.

Russia, U.S.: Schwarzenegger in Moscow

More on Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent visit to Moscow – at The Putin State Chronicles, The Russia Monitor, Robert Amsterdam's blog, and Russia! (here, here, and here).

Russia: Center of Moscow in Photographs

LJ user varandej posts pictures of conventional houses and apartment complexes in the center of Moscow.

Russia: Blogger Calls for Help to Expose Corruption in Public Procurement

Blogger Navalny calls [RUS] IT-specialists for help in exposing corruption in online projects of different government structures. The last case led by Navalny helped prevent stealing over $1,8M from the...

Russia: The Twitter Craze. This Time, It's a Worm…

Russian officials in a tweet-o-drama over... a worm.

Russia: Review of Online Record Labels

Habrahabr-user frony posts [RUS] a review of Russian indie netlabels, online record labels that publish songs with Creative Commons license. Genres include hip-hop, alternative, as well as classical music.

Russia: Photos of Russian SWAT training

Blogger artemgorbachev posts photos from a training of the Russian Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON).

Russia: Music Battle Over the Khimki Forest

Masha Egupova writes about the Khimki Forest dispute and the role that some popular Russian musicians play in it.

Russia: President Medvedev Welcomes Schwarzenegger Via Twitter

Right after landing in Russia, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his picture in Moscow with his Twitter followers. Russian President Medvedev replied to the twit by writing: “Welcome to Russia!” The two...

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