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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2012

Russia: Kenyans at Pro-Putin Rally Identified As Moscow Circus Acrobats

A month ago, the video of a group of anonymous Kenyan men, who allegedly participated in a pro-Putin rally, received much attention on the RuNet. One blogger recognized the Kenyans...

Russia: Moscow's Modern Muslim Experience – In Context

Moscow's growing Muslim population exemplifies the modern experience of Russia's ethnic and religious minorities amid the backdrop of historical events that have molded the Russian perception of outsiders and thus...

Belarus: “15+2=17″ – Bloggers React to Executions of Kanavalau and Kavalyou

At TOL's East of Center, Jeremy Druker and Anna Shamanska review and translate some of the reactions from the Belarusian blogosphere to last week's executions of the two young men...

Ukraine: Oksana Makar's Gang Rape Case

Foreign Notes, EUobserver.com, and Ukrainiana write about Oksana Makar's horrible gang rape case. Media mentions, updates and fundraising info [ru, uk] is here (support site), here (Vkontakte page), and here...

Russia: Madonna Responds to St. Petersburg “Gay Propaganda” Law Controversy

Singer Madonna has responded to the St. Petersburg “gay propaganda” law controversy on her Facebook page (21,226 ‘likes’, 2,372 shares, 1,422 comments so far): “[…] I will come to St....

Russia: “Anatomy of a Protest” Film Causes “NTV Lies” Scandal

On Sunday, March 18, there were old TV sets, a mock coffin, and plenty of flowers and cookies outside the Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, where a few hundred protesters...

Belarus: The 2011 Minsk Metro Explosion – A ‘Hall of Mirrors’

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Vladislav Kovalev and Dmitry Konovalov - the men convicted and sentenced to death for their actions surrounding the April 2011 explosion in a Minsk subway station...

Russia: First Woman in Space Turns 75 Years Old

Just days before the world celebrated International Women's Day last week, Valentina Tereshkova - the first woman to enter space - celebrated her 75th birthday.

Russia: Putin as Presidential Candidate and as President-Elect

Eugene Ivanov of The Ivanov Report writes about Putin the presidential candidate and Putin the President-elect.

Russia: “The Way Forward”

OpenDemocracy.net posts an English translation of Yuri Saprykin's Lenta.ru text [ru] on the new, post-election goals of Russia's protest movement. (More insight into the March 4 presidential election and the...

Russia: Anglophone Bloggers Discuss Election Fraud and Post-Election Future

Veronica Khokhlova reviews the most recent Anglophone blog discussions of the March 4 presidential election in Russia.

Russia: 11 Areas of Election-Related ICT Innovation

Сrisis can be a fruitful time for innovation. In Russia, post-election protests have given birth to dozens of new web platforms and mobile applications. Gregory Asmolov summarises some of the...

Russia: Sex, Women, Putin and Videos

Young women calling on co-enthusiasts to rip off their clothes for Putin last summer, seemed to have disappeared from the scene. As the election season draws to a close in...

Russia: Fake US Ambassador Twitter Account Wreaks Havoc During Vote

A fake Twitter account of the US Ambassador to Russia briefly disrupted US-Russia relations during the March 4 Russian presidential election. Donna Welles reports.

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Crying Putin

At pro-Putin rally, Vladimir Putin cried (photo, video) when heard that he apparently won in the first round of elections. This fact immediately became a hot topic among commenters. “He began...

Russia: Election Violations Recorded in the North Caucasus

YouTube-user iFegor had recorded a video transmission from North Ossetia republic where two women are putting numerous ballots into the ballot boxes. In Dagestan, another user had recorded an unidentified...

Russia: Police and Military Trucks Spotted in Moscow

Bloggers share pictures of numerous police and military trucks that flooded central streets of Moscow. Video summarizing [ru] buses and military vehicles. Photo of trucks standing next to the Red Square....

Russia: Government Election Webcams

“Although not much can be seen, Muscovites have finally seen Russia,” write bloggers describing election webcams [ru] installed by Rostelecom company following the Dec. 2011 election. Although video capturing had not...

Russia: Absentee Voters and Election Carousels Alarm Twitterers

Russian Twitterers report numerous ‘election carousels’ (form of vote rigging when people vote several times at different voting stations). Bolshoy Gorod shares a picture [ru] of buses that allegedly are...

Russia: Ballot Stuffing or Machine Testing?

Glenn Kates (@gkates) shares a link to an election webcam video from a polling station in the North Ossetian village of Chikola, which “appears to show ballot stuffing.” “They could...

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