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Stories from RuNet Echo from August, 2013

30 August 2013

Don't Be Fooled by His Smile: Yekaterinburg's Evgeny Roizman Is Mad As Hell

It seems likely that Russia’s fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg, will soon have as its mayor Evgeny Roizman, one of Russia’s most peculiar public figures.

The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics

Moscow's next mayor will have little influence over domestic immigration policy, but that doesn't stop candidates from weighing in on the topic.

28 August 2013

Russia's Unpopular but “Necessary” Illegal Immigrant Camps

At the end of July, Moscow's Governor proposed a new detention center for illegal immigrants on a former military base near the Yegoryevsky district. Not everyone is thrilled.

27 August 2013

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

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Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

26 August 2013

Russian Political Prisoners Ignored by Everyone

Twelve men and women currently on trial for their involvement in the May 6, 2012 riots appear to have been largely forgotten.

23 August 2013

Navalny's Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia's Invulnerable Candidate?

Information has emerged showing Navalny’s ownership of an active real estate company in Montenegro, established in 2007 and undeclared when he registered as a candidate for Moscow's mayor’s race.

22 August 2013

Regional Elections Offer Russian Opposition No Escape from Internecine Conflict

As regional races heat up with less than a month to go before the September 8, 2013 election day, Russia's opposition parties are engaging in their usual tactics of attacking...

19 August 2013

The Moscow Mayor's Mischievous Viral Marketing

Alexey Navalny turns the tables on those harassing him about financing, nationalism, and transparency.

18 August 2013

Bodies Pile in Egypt, But Birds Still Singing for Russian Vacationers

Russians living in Egypt to potential tourists: "Don't be afraid."

15 August 2013

Russian Police: Now Raiding Opposition Activists Without Warrants

Moscow police forced entry into a flat used by pro-Navalny activists, cutting down their reinforced door after they refused to let anyone in without a search warrant.

13 August 2013

Russia's Soviet Assault on Navalny's Online Fundraising

Russia's Attorney General announced that it has partly corroborated a complaint against Alexey Navalny’s online fundraising methods, claiming they violate the country's campaign finance laws.

12 August 2013

Vladimir Putin's Solitary PR Stunt

Over the past months the Kremlin has given Russian bloggers more than the usual amount of fodder to ridicule the government and President Vladimir Putin.

10 August 2013

A Game of Torrents: Russians Struggle with Piracy-free Internet

RuNet Echo continues to cover attempts to regulate the Russian internet.

9 August 2013

The Business of Endorsing Navalny

Last week, 37 Russian Internet-industry entrepreneurs tried to shatter the taboo about mixing business and politics by endorsing Alexey Navalny's run for mayor of Moscow.

8 August 2013

Moscow Police Round Up Migrants in “Concentration Camps”

After last week’s police raids on outdoor markets throughout Moscow, thousands of allegedly illegal migrants have been detained and placed in makeshift camps.

6 August 2013

Russians Wary of Snowden Asylum

Snowden's decision to hitch his wagon to Putin's makes opposition and human rights activists uneasy, while his status as a defected "spy" alienates many of Putin's supporters.

1 August 2013

Six Years in a Russian Prison for Sharing Porn?

A Russian blogger gets into trouble with local authorities after he reposts pictures of half-naked patrons, engaged in striptease contests and public sex acts, from a nightclub's social networking page.

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