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Stories from RuNet Echo from April, 2011

Russia: Photoblogger Defends His Constitutional Rights

Popular photoblogger Ilya Varlamov continues to fight the common and unconstitutional ban on taking pictures in supermarkets. He posted a photo essay on his misadventures in Evropeysky, a large supermarket...

Russia: Drug Agency to Monitor Blogosphere

Russian Federal Service for Drug Control plans to monitor the blogosphere to analyze the situation with drugs in the country, Lenta.ru reported.

Russia: New round in the TNK-BP row

Streetwise Professor points to the parallel buyout of a partner in TNK-BP oil company by the Russian state oil company Rosneft and British Petroleum, with the abolition of a tax...

Ukraine: Memories and Photos of Chernobyl in August 1986

Aleksandr Strannik (LJ user av-strannik) arrived at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in mid-August of 1986, some four months after the April 26 blast at Reactor #4, to assist in...

Russia: Communist Party Leads Social Networks Activity Rating

Nikolay Podosokorskiy analyzes [ru] activity of Russian political parties in the social networks. According to his brief research, ruling party “United Russia” is one of the closest and inactive parties...

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Best Practices of Crowd Funding

Anton Nossik publishes [ru] 5 rules of successful crowd funding: 1.it should have an aim, 2. it should be transparent, 3. it should be tested before launch, 4. it should also...

Russia: Eco-bloggers and Journalists Learn to Solve Environmental Problems

The first international forum of eco-bloggers and journalists took place in Moscow on April 18-19.  The forum aimed to create an international community of people writing about environmental issues and...

Russia: Two Bloggers Sentenced for Extremism

The Ufa city court in Bashkortostan sentenced bloggers Robert Zagreev and Ayrat Dilmikhametov to three and six years in prison for extremist activities “with the use of media,” Russian news...

Russia: Blogger Found Guilty in Harsh Criticizm of Bashkir Authorities

Alexander Izmailov was found gulty in posting 649 comments online criticizing the authorities and not shying away from curse words, Ufimskij Zhurnal reported. Izmailov also frequently produced photo collages making...

Russia: Regions Reduce Digital Divide

More than 90 percent of new users are not from Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, Yandex regional Internet development report says [ru]. Authors note a significant increase in Internet use nation-wide, 30-60...

Russia: Grigoriy Golosov, Political Analyst and a Blogger, Assaulted

Grigoriy Golosov, professor at the European University at Saint-Petersburg and a political blogger at Slon.ru [ru], had been assaulted at the street. According to his blogpost [ru], on April 23, 2011...

Russia: “Navalny's Nationalism”

A Good Treaty went through the archives of Alexey Navalny's blog and other RuNet sources and wrote about this prominent Russian anti-corruption activist's nationalism.

Russia: Photos of Moscow, Circa 1931

LJ-user nikolas11 shares [ru] rare photos of 1931′ Moscow made by Branson DeCou, XX century traveler and photographer. Hand-colored photos depict Russian capital 2 years after the “Great Turn” and before many...

Russia: “Power of the Families,” Wikipedia of Nepotism

Marina Litvinovich, Global Voices contributing editor and profound investigative journalist, launches “Power of the Families,” [ru] a Wikipedia-like report on corruption and nepotism among the top-ranking Russian officials.

Russia: Medvedev Unhappy With Websites on Drug Preparation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for shutting down the websites containing the information on preparation of drugs. He said that web hosting providers should be responsible for closing those sites,...

Russia: Discarding marriage

Yelena of Russian Blog discusses the double meaning of the Russian word “brak” namely marriage and discards.

Russia: Penza Prosecutor's Office Investigates Anti-Semitic Comments

The prosecutor's office of Penza region started to check anti-Semitic comments and pictures that had appeared on Penza information portal pnz.ru. After the evaluation of the material, the prosecutor's office...

Russia: Reactions to Putin annual speech

Democratist shares some reactions on Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin's, speech to the Russian parliament on Wednesday April 20, and reflects upon it from the perspective of the 2012 presidential...

Russia: Social Networking Via a “Prison” Game, Female Users’ Photos

Katya Trubilova of Social Media Lessons From Russia and the UK writes this, among other things, about Russia's largest social network VKontakte: “The most popular app on Vkontakte is a...

Russia: A Video of President Medvedev Dancing

Siberian Light, Global Chaos and Russia! are among those who comment on a YouTube video of President Dmitry Medvedev dancing to the Russian pop song “American Boy” at a college...

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