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Stories from RuNet Echo from August, 2011

Russia: Chamber of Accounts’ Leak Exposes Significant Financial Violations

Anti-corruption blogger ipasserby had analyzed [ru] over 100 classified documents of the Russian Chamber of Accounts that had accidentally leaked to the Web in July 2011. According to the blogger,...

Russia: Why We Are Leaving Our Country Behind

Recent months have seen a new spin on the topic of emigration that seems to be ever-present in the Russian online space. Several powerful blog posts written by people from...

Russia: Bloggers React to the Storming of Tripoli

Compared to April 2011, when Global Voices first analyzed Russian reactions on the conflict, opinions seem to be more polarised now; bloggers had divided into two distinctive groups of supporters...

Russia: Content Analysis of Party Manifestos

LJ-user schegloff analyses [ru] party manifestos of the Russian parties using Wordle word clouds. “Opposition can be identified by the word “must,” patriots by the word “Russia,” ruling party by the...

Russia: Shark Attacks in Vladivostok

Russia is not known for sharks attacks, but this summer a number of incidents have occurred. Masha Egupova reports, and examines the blogosphere's response to the recent spate of shark...

Russia: HIV Activists Protest Against Medicine Shortages

Vitaliy Ragulin posts pictures [ru] of HIV activists rallying in front of the President's Staff office. The activists accused the Ministry of Health care in poor HIV/AIDS politics, and, more...

Russia: Cigarettes Branded for Young Women Spark Controversy

A recent advertising campaign and carton redesign by one of Russia’s largest tobacco manufacturers has riled Russan bloggers and sparked a debate on responsible marketing and advertising. Ashley Cleek looks...

Russia: Court Rules Out to Block An Undisclosed LiveJournal Account

Samara city court had ordered a local ISP to block an undisclosed blog at LiveJournal platform that ‘incites hatred towards an ethnic and social (professional) group,’ the website of Samara...

Uzbekistan: Journalist Harassed in Tashkent Airport

Elena Bondar, Young Uzbek journalist, was detained at the arrival to Tashkent airport after attending a course on modern journalism tools, organized by OSCE and Deutsche Welle in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Fergana News...

Russia: Memories of 1991

Kim Green of The Greenery shares her memories of living in Russia in 1991 as a student, right after the August Coup 20 years ago.

Russia: Police Refused To Start the Criminal Prosecution Against LiveJournal DDoS Attackers

Russian police acknowledged the DDoS-attacks against LiveJournal blogging platform in April 2011, but refused to start a criminal prosecution against the attackers, gazeta.ru reported [ru]. Police wrote to the source...

Russia: “Democracy Without Balls”

Oleg Klimov writes [ru] that Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union's collapse, said that “Putin is no dictator – he has just castrated democracy by...

Russia: State News Agency Calls PM Putin “Increasingly Autocratic”

Siberian Light notes that RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency, has called the Russian PM Vladimir Putin “increasingly autocratic” in an article on the visit of North Korea’s leader...

Russia: Bloggers Remember 20th Anniversary of August Coup

On August 19, Russians commemorate 20 years since the "August Putsch," a failed coup d'etat conducted by a number of KGB officers and military units who were opposed to Gorbachev's...

Russia: New Legislation to Allow “Creative Commons” License

Russian Communication Ministry submitted  to President Medvedev a project for legislation update that would allow using “Creative Commons” (CC) copyright license in Russia, newspaper Vedomosti reports [ru]. The project is...

Russia: A Psycho-Neurological Patient's Photo Stories

Pasha Kyshtymov, a lifelong psycho-neurological patient in Siberia, cannot communicate through speech, but had no problems learning to express himself through photography. On his blog, the Russian photographer Oleg Klimov...

Russia: Bloggers’ Summer of Civic Actions

Although August is traditionally considered a quiet month in Russia, the country's Internet has been alive with hundreds and thousands of people taking part in a number of social actions....

Russia: President is Critisized for New Open Data Initiative.

Russian expert for open data criticized President Medvedev's  initiative [RUS] to put more government data online. The criticism revolves around the lack of transparency, a question of what data should...

Russia: One Million Twitter Accounts in Russian

The number of Twitter accounts in Russian crossed the point of one million, according to recent reseach [ru] by Russian Internet company Yandex. Now, Russian speakers publish around 370,000 tweets...

Russia: New Decrees Push for More Government Openness Online

On August 10, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed several decrees obliging 19 government agencies (including  country's secret services) to put timely information online about their activities, Bloomberg reports.

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