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Stories from RuNet Echo from June, 2011

Russia: 6 Months of Suspended Sentence and a Destroyed Laptop for a Forum Comment

Yuri Yegorov, blogger from Tatarstan and a former employee of the regional government, has been sentenced with 6 months of suspended sentence for a libelling, openinform.ru reported [ru]. Additionally, the...

Russia: Microsoft Representative ‘Would Be Glad’ To Provide FSB with Skype Source Code

Nikolay Pryanishnikov, president of “Microsoft-Russia,” said ‘he would be glad’ to provide Federal Security Service (FSB) with the source code of Skype, after the corporation finalizes the deal. Some media...

Moldova: A solution to the Transnistria conflict?

Zimbru of Morning in Moldova comments on and argues against rumours about an upcoming German-Russian proposal on the status of breakaway province Transnistria within a federal state of Moldova.

Russia: Bloggers’ Quest For Freedom of Photography

Ilya Varlamov and Dmitry Ternovsky continue [ru] (see also feature article by Will Partlett) their quest for the freedom of photography. This time they visited three Moscow railway stations to check,...

Russia: Life Of Central Asian Labor Migrants in Moscow

Photoblogger dervishrv posts pictures [ru] of Central Asian migrants’ living conditions in Moscow. Gastarbeiters, as they're called by Muscovites, live in abandoned houses, basements, often illegally.

Russia: Journalists Discuss Possible Closure of “Izvestia” Newspaper

Nataly Oss [ru] and Ksenia Larina [ru] discuss possible closure of “Izvestia,” once “a long-running high-circulation daily newspaper.” The control over the newspaper was taken over by Inews (publisher of a popular online...

Belarus: Security Services Arrest Administrators of Major Opposition Vkontakte Groups

Several administrators of opposition groups at Vkontakte network were detained, Nasha Niva reported [by]. Sergey Pavlukevich [by], administrator of “We Stand for Great Belarus” [by] (123,000 members, functional although some...

Russia: Continuing demographic decline

Anatoly Karlin of Sublime Oblivion comments on Russia's continuing demographic decline and posts statistics to substantiate it.

Russia: Towards a gas spot market?

Streetwise Professor discusses a Bloomberg article claiming that Russia and its state gas company Gazprom are feeling an increased pressure to admit a spot market on gas instead of pegging...

Russia: Apocalyptic Video of Ammunition Blast Near Izhevsk City

YouTube user Malsagoff publishes a shocking video [ru] of ammunition blast on Pugachevo military base near Izhevsk city. So far 48 people hospitalized, unofficial sources report [ru] 18 dead.

Russia: Social Networks and Civic Mobilisation

What effect can the rapid development of social networks, the growth of the number of users, and the strengthening of their capacity for social impact and mobilisation have, and when?...

Russia: Freelance Researcher Reveals Skype Source Code

Efim Bushmanov, Russian ‘freelance researcher’ and a programmer, publishes reverse-engineered source code of Skype internet messenger. Bushmanov explains: “While “Wall Street Journal” makes politics and skype today's trend, i want...

Russia: 13 Non-Political Claims to the Government

LJ-user skitalets sums up [ru] common claims to the Russian government: hypocrisy and amorality, lack of vision, amateurishness, fear of change, ‘psychology of a petty hooligan’ towards neighbors, deafness in...

Russia: Exposing the Private Side of Lawlessness

Will Partlett writes about young Russian activists who, with the help of a digital camera and a copy of the applicable law, have exposed the private side to the arbitrary...

Russia: Civic Activists Launch ‘Anti-Seliger,’ Open Air Civil Society Forum

Alexey Navalny and Yevgenia Chirikova, famous civic (and digital) activists published [ru] a video-invitation to Anti-Seliger (reference to the annual event organized at Lake Seliger by pro-Kremlin youth movement “Nashi”)....

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