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Stories from RuNet Echo from February, 2012

Russia: Great Lent Has Begun

Citizen media outlets have captured the multidimensional essence of the Russian Orthodox Lenten season, which began on Monday, including issues such the religiosity of post-USSR Russia, the liturgical calendar, the...

Russia: An Overview of the Pre-Election Anglophone Blogging

Below is a quick overview of what some of the Anglophone Russia bloggers have been writing during the busy pre-election month of February.

Russia: The “Big White Circle” Protest in Moscow

On Sunday, Feb. 26, thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for the Big White Circle protest, forming a human chain along most of the length of the Russian capital's...

Russia: Bloggers’ Photo Reports and Reflections on Pro-Putin Rally in Moscow

On Thursday, February 23, ten days before the March 4 presidential election, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin addressed thousands of people at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A number...

Russia: Pro-Putin Rally in Vladivostok Causes Controversy

Pro-Putin rallies, also known as Putings, took place in many Russian cities last weekend. One such Puting caused a scandal in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, which is renowned...

Russia: Navalny vs Kadyrov

At Jamestown Foundation Blog, Valery Dzutsev reports that Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya, has called politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny “a real chatterbox” – and Navalny retaliated by...

Russia: Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Quintessential ‘New Russian’

Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev serves as an example of the quintessential 'New Russian' through his controversial activities during the Yeltsin era, his modern business practices, and his extravagant international spending -...

Russia, U.S.: An Overview of Alexander Ovechkin's NHL Career

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian-born NHL hockey player who is surrounded by controversy due to his aggressive style of play, but who remains in the public spotlight because of his...

Russia: “Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill” Passes Second Reading

St. Petersburg is getting closer to signing into law the notorious "anti-gay propaganda bill." "Will talking about Tchaikovsky be banned?" tweets British writer and actor Stephen Fry. Some of the...

Russia: DDoS Attack Puts Down Several Political Websites As Cyberwar Escalates

On February 9, 2012, following the widely-discussed leaks of pro-Kremlin mailboxes, LiveJournal, where the leaks were published, became temporarily unavailable, Lenta.ru reported [ru]. Russian representative of Anonymous group @OP_Russia, suggested [ru] that...

Russia: Three Conversations With Parents of Young Neo-Nazis

At OpenDemocracy.net, Olesya Gerasimenko talks to the parents of three young neo-Nazi men who were convicted of race murders: “One has adopted the views of their only child and says...

Russia: New .Ru Domain Registration Rules Allow Easy Domain Seizure

Andrey Rylkov Foundation writes about the first case of enforcement of the domain seizure rules in the “.ru” and “.рф” domain zones. The rules [ru] (Article 5, point 5.5) , updated on November 11,...

Russia: The Anonymous Hacks and Publishes E-mails of Pro-Kremlin Youth Group

Read The Guardian's take on the so-called “Potupchik-gate,” a series of scandals surfaced as a result of hacking and publishing of private inbox of Kristina Potupchik [ru], press-secretary of Nashi, notorious...

Ukraine: Netizens React to Popular File-Sharing Website's Shutdown

The news of the shutdown of Ukraine's most popular file-sharing website caused quite a stir online. Tetyana Bohdanova reports on the netizens' varied reactions to the controversy.

Russia: Practice of Compulsory Military Service Comes Under Attack

Russia's compulsory military service practices are under attack due to a variety of reasons, including economic inefficiency, governmental corruption, and brutal hazing rituals that incite young conscripts to take their...

Russia: Day of Protests Divides Citizens

Despite temperatures of -20 degrees, thousands of Russians went out to the streets to participate in election manifestations. Some, organised online, were protesting against the elections and possible re-election of...

Ukraine: Ex.ua is Back Online

Ex.ua, a file-sharing site that the authorities shut down two days ago, is now back online [uk], though its content is still inaccessible. @bl4ka tweets [ru]: “The DDoS revolution has...

Russia: Prices of Popular Bloggers’ Posts Leaked

Anonymous hackers had allegedly hacked an inbox of pro-Kremlin activist Kristina Potupchik and publicised [ru] a ‘price-list’ of posts of the most popular Russian bloggers. Government-sponsored Nashi were caught several times...

Russia: “For Fair Elections” Protest Coordination Portal Launches

RosMiting.ru (Russian meeting), a community portal of protest actions, had launched. The portal accumulates information about protest events in various cities of Russia. It was created by the same team...

Russia: Ulyanovsk Blogger Wins Libel Case Against Governor

Ulyanovsk-based blogger Oleg Sofyin (LJ-user lis73) won a court case against Ulyanovsk governor Svetlana Openysheva, lenta.ru reports [ru]. Openysheva tried to sue Sofyin for publishing a post where he described a phone...

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