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Stories from RuNet Echo from November, 2011

Russia: Creators of Election Violation Map Come Under Attack

With a week to go until Russia's parliamentary elections, the Golos election monitoring association has been experiencing unprecedented pressure, including a break-in by a television team, accusatory articles in major...

Russia: “Anti-Gay” Bill Postponed Till Nov. 30

Siberian Light reports that the second reading of the “anti-gay” bill in the St. Petersburg City Duma has been postponed till Nov. 30 – “to allow time for a face-saving...

Russia: Siberian Light's This Week in Russia Blogs #1

Andy of Siberian Light presents This Week in Russia Blogs #1, a revamped version of Russia Blog Roundup weekly series. Anglophone posts highlighted in the current edition include A Good...

Russia: Digital Oppression Hits Web Forums as Election Approaches

As the Russian parliamentary election comes closer, dispersed attacks on regional discussion boards have turned into a massive wave of digital oppression. Alexey Sidorenko reports on several cases.

Russia: PM Putin Gets Booed – “End of an Era” or “Wishful Thinking”?

When Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stepped out to congratulate Mixed Martial Arts champion Fedor Emelianenko on November 20, he was visibly taken aback when he received a less than warm...

Georgia: Photoblogger Reports on Presidential Elections in South Ossetia

Russian photoblogger Mitya Aleshkovskiy publishes [ru] pictures taken during the South Ossetia presidential election that took place on 13 November 2011. He writes on his impressions after visiting the region and...

Russia: Kostroma Police Closes Discussion Board For Criticising Governor

The server of the Kostroma-based discussion board “Kostroma Jedis” (jedi.net.ru) had been confiscated by the police on November 16, 2011 (see police acts here [ru] and here [ru]). The website,...

Russia: Hidden Camera Reveals Illegal Electioneering in School

A scandal caused by a hidden camera recording at a school in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, has highlighted a serious problem in Russian schools: teachers campaigning for the ruling United Russia party.

Russia: Official List of Extremist (Forbidden) Materials Grows Over 1000 Items

Sova center publishes [ru] another update of the list [ru] of extremist materials (run by the Ministry of Justice). After the update, which includes 1 YouTube video, kavkazcenter.com (radical separatist...

Russia: FC Anzhi Makhachkala and the Yeltsin Era Money

The January 2011 acquisition of a Russian Premier League soccer team, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, by Suleyman Kerimov, a billionaire politician native to the volatile region of Dagestan, is the most...

Russia: Interview With LJ User Politrash-ru

A Good Treaty interviews [ru, en] “the author behind one of LiveJournal’s most popular anonymous blogs” – Politrash_ru.

Russia: Radical Feminist Band Dedicates Debut Clip to Arab Spring

“Egyptian air is good for lungs,” “Make Tahrir at the Red Square”, “Feminist whip is good for Russia” and other provoking slogans sing 3 women from the new radical feminist...

Russia: Drug Control Service Goes After a Blogger Who Commented on Steve Jobs Taking Drugs

Russian Drug Control Service had approached Habrahabr.ru, a popular IT-portal, and demanded [ru] personal data of the Belarus-based staff-writer Alizar [ru]. He is accused of drug propaganda in his post [ru]...

Russia: Police Re-Branding, So Far Online Only

Bloggers discuss newpolice.ru [ru], a self-proclaimed website of the Russian police's new look. Despite beautiful design, the authenticity of website hasn't been confirmed by any government agency, which leads a...

Russia/Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Airlines Refuse to Check-In Russian Citizen with Armenian Surname

LJ-user dimulenka re-publishes [ru] the closed post [ru] of Sergey Gurdzian, “Avtovaz” export director, who writes about a case of ethnic discrimination by Azerbaijan Airlines. Airline representative at the Domodedovo airport refused to check-in...

Russia: Hidden Political Messages in Well-Done YouTube Videos

RuNet witnesses a new competition of high quality YouTube videos. The first video [ru] is called “Half-Dead Bloggers in DeadJournal” and mocks top-bloggers exposing them as neo-Nazis, drug addicts, unstable personalities,...

Russia: Reactions to Arms Smuggler Viktor Bout's Conviction

Many citizen media outlets from around the world have captured the controversy surrounding the November 2 conviction of the Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout by an American jury. Donna Welles...

Russia: November 4th – a Day of Marches

Ridus.ru, citizen media platform, provides an extensive coverage (photos, reports, streaming videos) of 4 marches: “Russian march” [ru] (anti-government, nationalist; ~6,000 participants), “Russian imperial march” [ru] (pro-government, nationalist; ~300 participants),...

Russia/Georgia: The Dilemma of Politics Blogging for Cash

One well-known Georgian political blogger writes of his dilemma in being approached for payment for a blog post. Blogging for cash is a recent shady public relations phenomenon in Russia...

Russia: Gazeta.ru, Popular Semi-Independent Portal Launches English Version

Gazeta.ru, a popular news portal that often publishes quite critical news and op-eds, launches its English version.

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