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Stories from RuNet Echo from May, 2011

Russia: State Duma Whistleblower Intern's Case

Sublime Oblivion writes about the case of Evgeny Starshov, who was tweeting and blogging about his internship at the Russian State Duma until he got fired for it.

Russia: OBEY Giant Poster Wonders ‘Who Set Up Strauss-Kahn?’

LJ-user groupper posts [ru] pictures of an illegal poster with OBEY Giant and a question in French and Russian: “Who set up Strauss-Kahn?” The poster hanging in front of the...

Russia: Famous Sci-Fi Writer's Blog Removed for ‘Anti-Semitism’

Following President Medvedev's speech on extremism in the Russian Internet, security services began a campaign against online neo-Nazis and vocal nationalists. On May 28, 2011, the campaign against racial and...

Russia: Moscow Pride 2011

This year's Moscow Gay Pride event ended in clashes almost as soon as it began, at least 18 gay rights activists and 14 of their opponents are reported to have...

Russia: Politicalized literature

Ernst Krenkel of Backyard Safari takes a closer look at [GER] Vladimir Sorokin's The Day of the Opritchniks and Nathan Dubovitsky's Near Zero and asks to what extent Russian literature...

Russia: Reporters’ Open Letter Highlights TV Censorship Concerns

Censorship on the majority of Russian television channels has been around forever, but a recent open letter by REN TV reporters showed how even remaining small islands of media freedom...

Russia: Renewed Anger Over Bureaucratic Traffic Bypasses

A fiery incident on a Moscow highway has reignited the debate on Russian officials' use of “special signals” that allow bureaucrats to move quickly through traffic. Ashley Cleek explores the...

Russia: Most Users of Popular Social Network Are Russian Orthodox

Ten million users of the most popular social network in Russian Vkontakte.ru consider themselves Russian Orthodox, news agency Interfax reported. It is the most popular religion on Vkontakte.ru followed by...

Russia: Senator Calls for Civilized Political Discussion Online

Senator from pro-Kremlin “United Russia” party Robert Shlegel urged opposition leaders to join him in developing the rules of civilized political discussion online, Lenta.ru reported [ru]. The senator said the...

Russia: FSB Blocks Access to LiveJournal in Ulyanovsk City

A user of Internet portal Habrahabr wrote [ru] that on May 17, 2011 an Internet provider company in Russian city Ulyanovsk blocked access to the blog of Aleksey Navalny, a famous...

Russia: Internet Economy To Reach 4 Percent of GDP by 2015

Russian Internet economy will more than double within the next four years and rich four percent of the country's GDP by 2015, reported [ru] Lenta.ru citing the latest research by...

Russia: Mobile Users Search and Socialize Online

Russian mobile users utilize their phones for searching, browsing social networks and downloading musics, Rumetrika reported [ru]. Half of Russians own own mobile phones. The majority of people using mobile...

Russia: Attack Survivor Journalist Oleg Kashin on Internet Freedom

Oleg Kashin, special correspondent for the newspaper Kommersant and well-known blogger, was brutally beaten near his home in November 2010. A video recording of the attack was subsequently published on...

Russia: Billionaire Gives Up Business After Publishing a Video On Bank Fraud

Alexander Lebedev, Russian tycoon, said that he will give up his banking business and join pro-Kremlin People's Front, after he published a video clip [ru] on corruption in Federal Security...

Russia: “Violence, Death and Cover-Up in the Russian Army”

At OpenDemocracy.net, six tragic cases of hazing of new Russian army recruits: the Russian NGO Mother’s Right Foundation “used the highly popular Russian social network http://www.odnoklassniki.ru to publish selected profiles...

Russia: Sakhalin Island Experiencing Serious Connection Problems Due to Cable Wreck

Broadband cable that connects Sakhalin island with the mainland has been damaged, Rian.ru reported [ru]. The websites are opening with serious delay (or don't open at all). Unstable Internet connection is...

Russia: Police Requests Data of Users Who Commented on Secret E-surveillance Unit Rumors

On April 17th, 2011 Yevgeniy Roizman, Yekaterinburg-based politician, wrote [ru] that police creates secret “I-departments,” new police units that will collect data on Internet users. After local news site URA.ru...

Russia: Pictures of Skolkovo Center Design Projects

Popular photoblogger Ilya Varlamov (zyalt) posted pictures of design proposals for Skolkovo research center, Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley. English Russia has English translation of zyalt's post.

Russia: Church of Scientology in Moscow

English Russia re-posts and translates LJ user ottenki-serogo‘s photo report [ru; over 1,300 comments] on the Church of Scientology in Moscow.

Russia: Navalny Called In For Questioning On Rospil Logo

Kevin Rothrock (@agoodtreaty) reports that anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (LJ user navalny) has been called in for questioning about the logo of his Rospil [ru] anti-corruption project: “[…] Does it...

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