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Stories from RuNet Echo from January, 2012

Russia, Syria: Anti- and Pro-Assad Facebook Comment Attack

Facebook pages of some Russian media outlets (e.g., Afisha, Bolshoi Gorod, Esquire Russia, Channel 1, MTV Russia) were deluged with copy-pasted comments [ru, ar] from users who appeared to be...

Russia: The Fake Political Twitter Account Phenomenon

Online anonymity provides perfect conditions for human creativity and humor. In the Russian context this manifests as Twitter accounts belonging either to dead politicians or those that deliberately avoid publicity.

Russia: Community of Election Observers Launched

Creators of popular citizen crowdsourcing projects RosYama and RosPil Alexey Navalny and Georgiy Alburov launch a new project RosVybory [ru], a community of election observers. Users submit their data to the...

Russia: “Mikhail Dmitrievich Prokhorov: An Unpredictable Kremlin Project”

Although some believe the 2012 Russian presidential election's outcome to be pre-scripted, the complexities surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov's candidacy should not be overlooked. Donna Welles reports.

“Russia Without Fools,” a Crowdsourced Feedback Portal Launched

A committee of supporters of president Dmitry Medvedev had launched a crowdsourcing citizens-to-government feedback portal “Russia Without Fools” [ru] that allows to submit cases of officials’ stupidity or abuse. So...

Russia: Security Services Put Pressure on Parents of the Protest Group Moderator

Ilya Klishin, creator of the Facebook groups that organized Russians to participate in Bolotnaya [ru] and Sakharov protest demonstrations, wrote [ru] that his mother had received a call from FSB...

Russia: Line to a Drug Dealer in Novosibirsk

YouTube user Pepsick80 publishes a video [ru] of a drug dealer's selling point in Novosibirsk (city in Siberia). Several tens of cars and drug users standing in the line to...

Russia: Obama's McFaul Sworn in as U.S. Ambassador

President Obama's closest adviser on affairs of state of the Former Soviet Union and architect of the 'reset' in the U.S.-Russia relations, Michael McFaul, has officially replaced President Bush's appointment...

Russia: Twitter Clone Launched

Mail.ru group (owner of Blogs.mail.ru and a significant share of Vkontakte social network) had launched today futubra.com, a social network ‘inspired’ by Twitter.

Russia: Rooftop Krasnoyarsk Pictures

Raskalov_vit shares mind-blowing rooftop pictures of snowy Krasnoyarsk, city in Siberia. On the pictures: bridges, snow and heating steam, multi-storey houses mixed with industrial landscapes.

Russia: Choosing Blogger of the Year

LiveJournal started online voting [ru] in several nominations trying to identify the most important events in the Russian blogosphere. Voting, however, couldn't avoid controversy, as “Blogger of the Year” nomination...

Russia: Overview of Top RuNet Trends and Events in 2011

At the end of this turbulent and inspiring year, Global Voices RuNet Echo editors present you with the list of events that had a profound impact on the Russian Internet...

Russia: Social Networks Mobilise Society

Facebook, the possibility to calculate numbers of protest participants, slogans from the Internet, a wide variety of gadgets - these are four new important factors in the analysis of demonstrations...

Russia: How Do Kids Get to School in Yakutia in Winter?

AskYakutia answers a Swedish 12-year-old's questions about winter clothes, animals and school kids in Yakutia (where it is currently -52°C/-59.8°F).

Belarus: Running for Office or Not

Sergei Balykin at Belorusski Partizan discusses [ru] the pros and cons of running for public office in the authoritarian regime of Lukashenko's Belarus, based on his own campaign experience from...

Russia: The Russian Orthodox Church Re-Enters Politics

The Russian Orthodox Church has made an entrance into Russia's modern political climate through the contrasting speeches of two church officials- one called for war, the other for peace.

Russia: Pictures from the Rocket Factory

Blogger Lana Sator publishes [ru] pictures from NPO Energomash, a rocket factory situated near Moscow that specializes on producing liquid propellant rocket engines. Sator with her friend, had been sneaking...

Russia: Yakutian Rock Band “103”

Bolot of eYakutia writes about and posts a selection of photos and video of the Yakutian ethno-rock band “103” (their Facebook page [ru] is here).

Russia: Yakutia Photos by Evgenia Arbugaeva

Yakutian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva‘s photos of the Russian Arctic seaport of Tiksi, located in Yakutia in the area of the Lena Delta – at eYakutia.

Russia: Demographic Crisis Means “No One Left To Draft”

Russia is endowed with some of the greatest stores of natural resources in the world and yet the demographic crisis that has plagued the country since the fall of the...

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