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Stories from RuNet Echo from January, 2013

31 January 2013

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights

As if Russia's liberals were not already outraged enough about a proposed federal law banning "homosexual propaganda", the firing of an activist school teacher protesting this law has sparked a...

27 January 2013

Where Russia's Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov's Suicide

On the morning of January 17, Russian political refugee Alexander Dolmatov was found having hanged himself in a solitary cell of a Dutch deportation center. Dolmatov left Russia last summer,...

25 January 2013

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda”

The Russian parliament's effort to defend the nation's children continues. In the last year, Duma deputies have labored feverishly to shield Russia's youth from child pornography and online enticements to...

24 January 2013

Opposition Party Attacks Russian eDemocracy

Just Russia has always been a conflicted political entity. Nominally, it's a social-justice-oriented opposition party with members in the Russian parliament. During the past year, Just Russia has gained a...

23 January 2013

Russia's Siberian State Within A State

Roughly 90% of Russian gas production originates in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, located in the northwestern corner of Siberia. In recent months, bloggers and Russian netizens have reacted to the...

20 January 2013

Russian Facebook of Horrors: It's a Conspiracy!

In the days immediately following Kabanov's arrest Russian netizens experienced a rare period of introspection, liberally sprinkled with conspiracy theories.

18 January 2013

Volunteers Settle Dispute Over Size of Moscow Protest?

No Russian opposition rally is truly over, it seems, until there has been an Internet flame war over the strength of its attendance. After the last protest march three groups...

16 January 2013

Russian Facebook of Horrors: From Tragedy to Humor

Humor is sometimes the only way to deal with a tragedy like the one that struck Russian Facebook over the weekend, when it turned out that Alexey Kabanov, chef and...

14 January 2013

Russian Facebook of Horrors: The Murder Trail

A Moscow chef, Alexey Kabanov, has allegedly strangled and dismembered his wife and mother of three small children, Irina Cherska. Kabanov and Cherska were tightly integrated into the protest-minded Russophone...

13 January 2013

Russian Internet Easily Distracted by Beavers

Amid scandal and legislative controversy the RuNet is sidetracked by quirky recipes and celebrities.

12 January 2013

Pedophilia & Rape Accusations Flood the RuNet with Cruelty

The Internet, any way you slice it, is a strange place populated by strange people. In the last few weeks, the Russian Internet—often your typical den of online cliques and...

10 January 2013

Russia's Protest Movement Is Back (to Usual)

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year: the Russian protest movement—which sprung to life in December 2011—has collapsed. Trusted demonstration speakers are...

8 January 2013

Snowballs: Russia's Phantom Menace

St. Petersburg police have dispersed a snowball fighting flashmob in the city center. The RuNet is outraged.

7 January 2013

Dazed & Depardieu'd in Russia

On January 3, 2013, Vladimir Putin signed into law nine pieces of new legislation (mostly dealing with immigration) and one executive order to naturalize French actor Gérard Depardieu. Not shockingly,...

6 January 2013

1968 Comes to Today's Russian Universities?

Last month, on December 18, students at the Russian State University of Trade and Economics (RSUTE) began a strike and blocked the main door of their alma mater. Controversy surrounds...

Sex Allegations Hound Russia's Top Blogger

As RuNet was preparing to celebrate the New Year, Tatyana Delsal, estranged ex-wife of popular blogger and Coordinating Council member Rustem Adagamov, has accused him of statutory rape.

4 January 2013

Vladimir Pozner & Russia's Own Political Correctness

Late last month, Vladimir Pozner—one of Russia's best known journalists—spoke out on his television show against the “Dima Yakovlev” law. He criticized the need for such legislation, condemning it as...

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web

While suspicions about money and sponsorship plague all Russian politics, the RuNet is a particularly contentious battleground. The rift between the oppositionist and pro-government camps is a hotbed of accusations...

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