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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2011

Russia: Tweets From State Duma “Internet Law” Hearing

Inna Smbatyan, analyst at “Social Networks” Agency, tweets [ru] from the Russian State Duma “Internet Law” hearing. The draft of the law that would regulate online activity in Russia can...

Russia: An Alternative Rating of Russian Bloggers

LJ-user Ognenna have compiled an alternative rating of Russian LiveJournal bloggers based on the citation of their names in According to the rating, the most cited bloggers are: Artemiy...

Japan: Tokyo's Crowded Metro

@MIG22K (RUS) is tweeting from Tokyo's extremely crowded metro – here, here and here (a few pictures and short video).

Russia: Election monitors harassed

Putin Watcher reports on the threats, harassment, arrests, and beatings election monitors from the organization Golos have received while monitoring the recent regional elections in Russia.

Russia: Police Requests IP Data of a Designer For Drawing Political Posters

Mr Edisonic writes [ru] about a graphic designer known as “Isabelle.” After Isabelle drew a series of political posters (most of the mock the ruling party “United Russia”) [ru] and posted...

Russia: Fukushima Plant Disaster Triggers Nuclear Power Debate

The natural disaster unfolding in Japan after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake on Friday 11 March, 2011, is currently the one of the most widely discussed topics in the Russian blogosphere....

Russia: Will Prosecutor's Office Use Crowdsourced Data To Fight Illegal Gambling?

While discussing the issue of illegal gambling with the Prosecutor General, President Medvedev has stated that the Prosecutor's office can use crowdsourced data of, a mapping portal offering users...

Russia: Social Media Monitoring Tools

Katya Trubilova of Social Media Lessons From Russia and the UK writes about social media monitoring tools produced in Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine, Japan: Fukushima Discussion at

Forum users of (RUS), a portal devoted to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, are examining news reports and discussing the technical aspects of the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power...

Russia: Sochi Mascots, Politics, and Some Twitter

In an unprecedented move, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee was going to let the Russian people participate in the choice of the mascots, from their creation to the very selection....

Japan: Russian Twitterers Report the Earthquake

The attention of Russian twitter-o-sphere is riveted on six Russian-speaking Twitterers that are currently reporting from Japan (all of them situated in different locations of the country): @msvetov, @japanreports, @mig22k,...

Russia: The Dead Journal

Social networks strongly tie a person to themselves. The person opens a page under his/her name, puts out photographs, indicates interests, joins groups and communities, writes notes, shares impressions and...

Russia: Putin, Piano and Vanishing Foundation Create Controversy

Growing influence of online communities on Russian politics and media agenda is illustrated by the recent story that involves Hollywood stars, singing Putin, charity donations and mysterious "Federaciya" foundation.

Russia: Mobile Users Prefer Traffic Maps

The most popular Russian online map service Yandex Maps conducted a survey among its mobile users. The survey showed that the most Russian use online maps for traffic updates. Searching...

Russia: First Guide on Twitter Released

Russian readers can finally enjoy the first guide on Twitter that was released in the country in March, 2011, reported. All sentences in the guide are no longer than...

Russia: Bloggers Celebrate Gorbachov's Birthday

Russian bloggers celebrate Mikhail Gorbachov's 80's birthday by debating his role in history. Notable posts in English on the subject are here and here.

Russia: Torture and Lawlessness in Dagestan

At, Tanya Lokshina writes about torture, humiliation and lawlessness taking place in Russia's North Caucasus region of Dagestan.

Russia: Online Ecosystem Case Study of Perm Region

Alexey Sidorenko shares his observations of the digital activism scene in the city of Perm.

Russia: Militsia out – politsia in

Stanislav of Mat Rodina addresses the problems of the Russian militsia (police) changing names to politsia and whether this is merely a cosmetic change or an honest attempt to reform...

Russia: A slap in the face of public taste

Putin Watcher writes about the avantgarde art group Voina and how its art happenings challenge the boundaries of public taste.

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