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Stories from RuNet Echo from December, 2010

Russia: Internet 2010 Overview

2010 highlighted several important trends of Russian Internet. Online audience grows very fast with people getting more news online and actively using social networks. In a lot of ways, 2010...

Russia: Media Coverage of Khodorkovsky Verdict

Overview of media reactions to the verdict and sentence in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev – by Robert Amsterdam, Global Chaos, and Sublime Oblivion.

Russia: Informal Medvedev Election Trailer Realeased Online

An anonymous user created a short à la Guitar Hero video trailer jokingly presenting Dmitry Medvedev as “President Hero 2012.” The video draws attention to the upcoming 2012 presidential elections...

Russia: Regional Minister Hired Through Internet

A new minister for information technologies of Russia's Ulyanovsk region has been found through Internet [RUS]. Elena Balashova, 35,  was one of 2,563 people who submitted their online applications for...

Russia: Author of Wildfires Internet Meme is Prosecuted by Police

A blogget top-lap, an author of a famous blog post [ENG] demanding “rynda” from Vladimir Putin and criticizing the state's response to Russian wildfires closed his blog [ENG] and disappeared....

U.S.A.: Liveblogging in the Middle of New York Storm

A Russian Livejournal blogger Etotam can't reach his home for two days due to snow storm in New York. He is liveblogging and posting pictures [RUS] from his car in...

Russia: How Vladivostok Christmas Tree Craziness Made Me Laugh

People in Vladivostok never lose their sense of humor. Otherwise one would be in the perpetual state of depression. They laugh about everything from nerve-racking traffic jams and alarming snow...

Russia: Is Internet Guilty of Organizing Nationalistic Riots?

Russian media and blogosphere ponder who is responsible for the nationalists’ riots in Moscow in mid-December. But the authorities found their own scapegoat – the Internet.

Russia: List of Regional Governors’ Online Tools

“Vedomosti” newspaper, published [RUS] a detailed list of online tools of Russian regional governors. The list includes links to personal websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook profiles, and even YouTube channels.

Belarus: More on the Post-Election Situation

Democratist and Jamestown Foundation Blog discuss the post-election situation in Belarus; Information Policy writes about the hijacking of “independent media sites” during the election.

Russia: Media Coverage of Manezh Riots

A Good Treaty posts a detailed review of the Russian press coverage of the Manezh riots in Moscow.

Russia: Newspaper Announces Its Partnership with Wikileaks

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta known for its critical stance toward Russian authorities announced today its official partnership with notorious Wikileaks. This came as a punch toward less-known magazine Russian Reporter...

Hal Roberts’ Commentary on Internet Censorship in Belarus

Hal Roberts, Berkman Center censorship expert, comments on recent messages of extensive Internet censorship in Belarus. Besides, DNS-hijacking and filtering, Roberts also reports DDOS attacks on opposition websites.

Belarus: Tweets and Pictures of Another Post-Election Rallies

Despite Twitter has been blocked in Belarus, the Twitter hashtag #electby is updated every second. Lots of photos of the Belarus events available at picfog at the same hashtag.

Belarus: Users Are Redirected to Fake Opposition Websites

Habrahabr-user webdew reports that Belarus users are being redirected to fake opposition websites: gazetaby.in, nnby.in, charter97.in, bchdd.in, belaruspartisan.in, euroradio.in, ucpb.in, svaboda.in. The design of all these websites is the same but the content is completely different...

Belarus: Presidential Election Day Ends in Protests and Crackdown

December 19, the 2010 presidential election day in Belarus, ended in mass protests, arrests and violent clashes with the riot police in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Below is a...

Belarus: Gmail, Twitter, LiveJournal, Facebook and other Sites Blocked

Belarus government blocked all major social media (Gmail, Twitter, LiveJournal, Facebook) as well as opposition media outlets “Charter 97“, “Belarus Partizan“, and “Solidarity“, Lenta.ru reported [RUS]. The government decided to...

Russia: Studying Online Mobilization of the Manezh Riots

Recent riots on Manezhnaya Square next to the Kremlin showed that Russian soccer fans have become a powerful community who can mobilize thousands very quickly around an event. Last week,...

Russia: Police Intensifies Surveillance ‘to Prevent Calls to Violence’

Special services are monitoring social networks and track IP-addresses of those who spread calls to violence, rian.ru reports [RUS]. Vkontakte.ru, Russian social network, increased removal of the groups with xenophobia...

Russia: Photos and a Testimony of the Clashes in Moscow

Photo-blogger Ilya Varlamov (@varlamov) and bb-mos tweet and share photos of the current events in the center of Moscow. Tujana-jx reports a story of a skinhead assaulting an older woman in...

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