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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2012

27 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...

24 March 2012

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

19 March 2012

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...

17 March 2012

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...

10 March 2012

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.

7 March 2012

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.

6 March 2012

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.

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