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Stories from RuNet Echo from December, 2009

Ukraine: Bureaucracy and Incompetence at Defense Ministry

  12 December 2009

Sergei Maximishin, an award-winning Russian photographer, has recently tried to get the Ukrainian defense ministry's assistance in doing a photo story on the Ukrainian navy and army for a German magazine. He ended up defeated by the Ukrainian bureaucratic monster, but posted a detailed account of the ordeal on his blog.

Russian Google Books Site Launched

  11 December 2009

Google launched its “Books” project in Russian language [RUS], reports Russian radio “Mayak” [RUS]. The corporation will face serious competition from other 10 large Russian e-libraries with [RUS] being the oldest and most popular.

Russia: A Blogger's Account of the Rescue Effort in Perm

  6 December 2009

At least 109 people died and more than 130 were injured Friday night in a fire and the resulting stampede at a nightclub in the city of Perm. A blogger who happened to be outside the nightclub when the fire broke out - and who ended up helping out with the rescue effort - recounts his experiences and observations.

CEE: “Social Media and Social Memory”

  3 December 2009

Evgeny Morozov writes about “social media and social memory” – and a Facebook project involving a 22-year-old Lublin resident posing as a 7-year-old Jewish boy who was killed by the Nazis during WWII. Vaviblog (ENG) is a similar project, which “gives voice” to Russian scientist Nikolai Vavilov: “…if Vavilov were...

Russia: Law Enforcement and Crime

  3 December 2009

Robert Amsterdam's reports on the pre-trial detention center death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky last month – here and here; also, a note on the murder of Ivan Khutorskoy, an anti-fascist activist. Oleg Kozlovsky – on a murder committed by drunk police officers in Moscow.

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