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Stories from RuNet Echo from December, 2013

31 December 2013

Twin Acts of Terror for Russia's New Year

Little information about the perpetrators is known, but as usual the RuNet is rife with speculation.

29 December 2013

9 Things the Russian Government Says Are “Gay Propaganda”

Russian state censors have revised the criteria for identifying information online that supposedly endangers minors. One new report tries to clarify the definition of "gay propaganda."

28 December 2013

Vladimir Milov “On Khodorkovsky”

Vladimir Milov is an energy sector expert and former Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation. RuNet Echo translates his reaction to Mikhail Khodorkovsky's release from prison last week.

24 December 2013

Emptying Russia's Prisons to Fill the Seats at Sochi 2014

Many Russian bloggers believe that the 2014 Olympics in Sochi played a major role in the early release of both Greenpeace activists and Pussy Riot, as well as Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

22 December 2013

Will Pussy Riot Fight Putin's Amnesty and Remain in Prison?

The manner in which Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed seems to differ from what awaits Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, who have signaled some unwillingness to leave prison early.

19 December 2013

“Good Tsar” Putin Pardons Khodorkovsky

The news that Khodorkovsky had potentially admitted guilt and would be imminently released sent the RuNet into a fit of speculation.

15 December 2013

Russia's Government Might Block Websites for Calls to Unsanctioned Rallies

The Russian parliament will soon vote on a law that would empower the Prosecutor General’s office to close any website that hosts content encouraging people to attend unsanctioned rallies.

Russia's Year of Pogroms

2013 has been a particularly virulent year for race violence in Russia. The most recent incident, which took place this past weekend in the city of Arzamas was no different.

14 December 2013

The Caucasus Network: On Blogging and Keeping Up Appearances

The Russian North Caucasus divided into clusters and studied for reader interactivity.

The Caucasus Network: What They Blog About

North Caucasus bloggers appear to exist in a bubble, demonstrating little interest in the outside world. There are roughly six topics the most popular blogs focus on.

13 December 2013

The Caucasus Network: The Subtleties of Censorship

The mechanics of Internet censorship in the North Caucasus are not dramatically different from elsewhere in Russia. But they are unique in their own way.

11 December 2013

The Caucasus Network: Personable Blogger, Svetlana Anokhina

Svetlana Anokhina—a 50-year-old journalist, writer, and community manager from Makhachkala, Dagestan—is as personable and undoubtedly real as netizens get.

The Caucasus Network: Dagestan Blogger Rasul Kadiev

Rasul Kadiev is a lawyer, born and raised in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Constantly among the region’s top five bloggers, he writes in Russian and uses LiveJournal.

Russian State News Agency Gets a Loyalist Upgrade

One of Russia's best known news agencies, RIA Novosti, won't survive the winter. Employees of the state-owned international news agency awoke to discover a new presidential order "liquidating" their organization.

10 December 2013

The Caucasus Network: Grozny Blogger, Ali Suleymanov

A 28-year-old Chechnya native, Ali Suleymanov, "Archidesigner," spent most of his adulthood in the Moscow region, where he studied and later worked as exterior designer.

The Caucasus Network: Special Forces Blogger, Hard Ingush

Based in Ingushetia, Hard Ingush claims to be an officer in the Special Forces. In the last couple of years, he has led the North Caucasus’ blogosphere.

Introducing the Blogosphere of Russia’s North Caucasus

Our new study explores the people and culture of the blogospheres of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, and Ossetia.

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