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Stories from RuNet Echo from January, 2012

25 January 2012

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.

24 January 2012

Russia: Community of Election Observers Launched

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.

18 January 2012

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...

16 January 2012

Russia: Twitter Clone Launched

Russia: Rooftop Krasnoyarsk Pictures

Russia: Choosing Blogger of the Year

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...

13 January 2012

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...

10 January 2012

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.

5 January 2012

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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