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Stories from RuNet Echo from December, 2011

30 December 2011

Russia: AIDS Epidemic – “Shame Russia Shame”

International organizations are taking notice of Russia's AIDS epidemic and the hurdles the country faces in combating it. Recent international attention has been directed toward Russia's healthcare system, the stigma...

28 December 2011

Russia: Moscow Election Committee Calls to Prosecute Popular Blogger

Russia: Social Network In-Between Security Services and Free Market

As social networks in Russia like Vkontakte play an ever increasing role in communication between post-election protesters, so too grows the interest of the security services to limit them. This...

27 December 2011

Russia: The Opposition in St. Petersburg Fails to Reach Understanding

December 2011 post-election protest events consist of two elements: 'professional oppositioners' and concerned citizens. In Moscow those two elements managed to get together. In St. Petersburg, however, the meeting was...

23 December 2011

Russia: Opposition Faces Online Communication Problems

The ability to broadcast the events of December 2011 in Russia live online, has made people around the world and in the country the spectators of a truly historical event –...

22 December 2011

Russia: Phone Hacking Case Unites Opposition

The leaking of private phone conversations of a prominent Russian opposition leader to the media has given rise to many issues and left a lot of questions unanswered. Dmitry Davidov...

18 December 2011

Russia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the 2012 Presidential Election

Incarcerated since 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is once again in Russia's political spotlight as presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov vows to pardon him if he's elected next spring. Donna Welles reports.

14 December 2011

Russia: December 10 Opposition Rally in St. Petersburg

Russia hasn’t seen such a mass political rally in almost twenty years. On Dec. 10, thousands of Russians all over the country hit the bricks to participate in peaceful demonstrations....

13 December 2011

Russia: Post-Election Protest in Vladivostok on December 10

Prior to the national protests that took place on December 10 in various Russian cities, Vladivostok internet community has been actively discussing the necessity to protest. Masha Egupova reported the...

Russia: Gregory Shvedov on Braving the Putin Regime Online

The wave of popular, peaceful and nationwide protests in Russia has spread hopes of piecemeal reform. Gregory Shvedov, who heads the online news agency Caucasian Knot, is optimistic—but state pressure...

12 December 2011

Russia: Holy Relic Visits Nation Emerging From State-Sponsored Atheism

People from across Russia traveled great distances and endured hardships in order to view the Virgin Mary's belt - a relic believed to promote fertility. In the decades since the...

11 December 2011

Russia: 13 Protest Tweets, 6 Photos “Storified” (Updated)

Russia: “Why Are Russians Protesting Now?”

On Saturday, the world watched the biggest show of political activism seen in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is hardly the first time Putin's Russia has...

Russia: An “Ethical Revolution”

Russia: Interview With an “Overseas Filipino Worker”

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