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Stories from RuNet Echo from August, 2012

31 August 2012

Russia: Moscow's Peculiar Illegal Parking Problem

Russian adventures and misadventures in parking could be a movie plot. But Russia’s parking problems are anything but comedy. It remains to be seen how vigorously the country will deal...

29 August 2012

Russia: Chainsaws to the Cross

On August 25, unknown parties sawed down three wooden crosses in the city of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals. The same night, another cross came down in Arkhangelsk, in the north....

Russia: Censorship Law Threatens Children's Classics

Russia: Police Claim Top Blogger Was Hacked from Germany

28 August 2012

Russia: Foreign Ministry Looks to Germany to Justify Pussy Riot Verdict

Russia's Foreign Ministry has made a series of comments that further enraging Pussy Riot's supporters. Spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich defended the recent verdict and lashed out at the West for ignorance...

Russia: Protesters Aim for Elected Office

In the lead up to Russia's next large protests planned for mid-September, activists and politicians of the anti-Kremlin opposition are increasingly showing an interest in running for local offices. If...

27 August 2012

Russia's War Games Make Georgia Nervous

This September, Russia is planning to hold 'Caucasus-2012' with forces from the breakaway Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. With 8,000 troops, as well as heavy machinery, artillery, navy,...

25 August 2012

Russia: Diva Politics Over Pussy Riot

The Pussy Riot trial has caused no small amount of debate among Russia's public figures, including an amusing row between two of the country's best known celebrities.

Russia: State-Owned TV Caught in Anti-Semitism?

Russia: Pussy Riot's Courthouse Is Hacked By Anonymous

24 August 2012

Russia: Government Bans Serbian Film for Underage Sex and Drugs

On August 17, Sam Klebanov announced that Russia's Ministry of Culture has banned the release of a Serbian film called "Clip." Klebanov's company owns the Russian distribution rights to the...

23 August 2012

Russia: Drug Drugu, Wish Fulfillment via Social Networks

Drug Drugu ("To One Another") is a service that works with the wishes of users. Community members can not only request some kind of help, but also offer their own....

Russia: Taxi Drivers Versus Dagestanis in Ryazan

A possible fight between Russians and Dagestani migrants perhaps led to dozens, possibly hundreds, of taxi drivers organizing a pogrom-like attack. Events like this raise questions about Russia's capacity to...

21 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot and the Orthodox Reformation

Retired priest speaks out for Pussy Riot, breaking with the Patriarch and renouncing his holy orders, but his letter is mostly plagiarized. What does this mean for Russia's religious Reformation?

20 August 2012

Russia: Zombies Versus the State in Omsk

Early last Sunday morning in the city of Omsk, a few hundred youths gathered together for a flashmob. Police were on hand to warn everyone that they represented an illegal...

17 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Russia: Millions of Taxpayer Rubles Earmarked for Facebook “Likes”

Earlier this week, Aleksei Navalny took aim at a pending state tender for advertising services to aid the state-owned broadcasting company The Voice of Russia. The dispute surrounding VoR and...

15 August 2012

Russia: Ugly Side of Olympic Nationalism

"As a pureblooded Russian, and Russian patriot, it is distasteful to look at this disgrace. It’s better to have no medals, than to have Champions like this, ones who hardly...

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