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Stories from RuNet Echo from November, 2012

30 November 2012

The Surreality of Russian eDemocracy

The Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition met for second time on November 24, 2012. In keeping with the its online origins, participants and audience members actively tweeted updates and...

28 November 2012

In Russia, Fake News Sounds Real

A Russian version of The Onion wreaks havoc on unsuspecting bloggers. Could it be a Kremlin plot? That's probably a hoax!

26 November 2012

Waving Banners “Help Us Please,” Russian Prisoners Revolt

Over the weekend at a prison in Kopeysk, roughly 250 inmates began a protest on the roof of a prison building, waving banners that begged "help us please," while complaining...

Top Russian Journalist, Oleg Kashin, Fired from Print Newspaper, Moves to Online Journal

25 November 2012

United Russia MPs Object to Online Satire

United Russia MPs threaten to take humorous website to court for libel. The outrage, however, was likely provoked by an internet tabloid.

19 November 2012

A Dying Putin Shakes Up Russia's Defense Ministry to Promote An Heir?

Earlier this month, as Americans prepared to re-elect President Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin fired his long-time ally Anatoly Serdyukov, the man who's served as Russia's Defense Minister since 2007. Russian...

18 November 2012

Misreading Magnitsky & Congress From Russia

Russian opposition bloggers were ecstatic on Saturday, after the United States House of Representatives passed the so-called Magnitsky Act with bipartisan support. Unfortunately for supporters of the Act, it is...

14 November 2012

Lurkmore or Lurkless? The Russian Internet Blacklist In Action

A new Russian law that threatens Internet censorship came into effect on November 1. This week, netizen outrage followed the blocking of one particularly popular website by Russian ISPs. The...

New Hard Times for Russian Journalism

This week, one of the RuNet's biggest bloggers, Rustem Adagamov, posted a letter from Yevgenia Albats, the chief editor of The New Times, one of Russia's most prominent weekly magazines....

12 November 2012

The Trouble With Russian Nationalism

This year, Unity Day lived up to its name, though in a rather unexpected way. In 46 towns and cities across Russia, including Moscow, roughly 30 thousand people took part...

An Online Project for Monitoring the State of Russia's Roads

The RosYama project is a method of monitoring the state of the roads and their compliance with latest government standards. Anyone who notices a roadway that fails to meet these...

9 November 2012

Russia's Volunteer Aid Capacity, On Vivid Display in Krymsk, Is Absent in Dagestan

In the aftermath of flood in Krymsk, Russia saw an outpouring of volunteer efforts, with civil society and representatives of different political fractions coming together to aid Krymsk's citizens. Perhaps...

8 November 2012

Russians React to Obama's Reelection

With America's presidential elections finally over, Russians are reacting to Barack Obama's reelection, voicing fears and hopes about topics ranging from the Reset to America's waning global hegemony. Politicians and...

4 November 2012

The Latest LiveJournal Sensation, Courtesy of the Russian Special Forces

The anonymous LJ blog hardingush was created on September 15. Now, less than two months later, the blog, subtitled "Ingush Special Forces, is number 425th in LJ's general user rating....

What Ever Happened to Russian Nationalism?

Just two years ago, Russians' capacity for street protests seemed limited to soccer hooligans and race riots. This, it appeared at the time, was the most the world could expect...

2 November 2012

Russia: Blogging Conference Draws Regional Participants

Regional bloggers convened at a Moscow conference organized by a state run news agency. Was it simply an overture aimed at new media, or an attempt to exert more control...

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