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· February, 2012

Stories about Russia from February, 2012

29 February 2012

Russia: Great Lent Has Begun

RuNet Echo

Citizen media outlets have captured the multidimensional essence of the Russian Orthodox Lenten season, which began on Monday, including issues such the religiosity of post-USSR Russia, the liturgical calendar, the...

Russia: An Overview of the Pre-Election Anglophone Blogging

RuNet Echo

Below is a quick overview of what some of the Anglophone Russia bloggers have been writing during the busy pre-election month of February.

27 February 2012

Russia: The “Big White Circle” Protest in Moscow

RuNet Echo

On Sunday, Feb. 26, thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for the Big White Circle protest, forming a human chain along most of the length of the Russian capital's...

25 February 2012

Russia: Bloggers’ Photo Reports and Reflections on Pro-Putin Rally in Moscow

RuNet Echo

On Thursday, February 23, ten days before the March 4 presidential election, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin addressed thousands of people at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. A number...

23 February 2012

Georgia: Online Campaign Targets Russian President's Facebook Page

With Russian soldiers stations in Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, hundreds of Georgians called for their withdrawal on the Russian president's Facebook page.

Russia: Pro-Putin Rally in Vladivostok Causes Controversy

RuNet Echo

Pro-Putin rallies, also known as Putings, took place in many Russian cities last weekend. One such Puting caused a scandal in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, which is renowned...

20 February 2012

Russia: Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Quintessential ‘New Russian’

RuNet Echo

Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev serves as an example of the quintessential 'New Russian' through his controversial activities during the Yeltsin era, his modern business practices, and his extravagant international spending -...

16 February 2012

China: A Portrayal of Portrayals of Cultural And Ethnic Stereotypes

One Chinese vlogger has gone viral with his impersonation of the accents of a few Asian neighbors and other cultures from around the globe. How much do these differ from...

15 February 2012

Russia, U.S.: An Overview of Alexander Ovechkin's NHL Career

RuNet Echo

Alexander Ovechkin is a Russian-born NHL hockey player who is surrounded by controversy due to his aggressive style of play, but who remains in the public spotlight because of his...

10 February 2012

Russia: “Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill” Passes Second Reading

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg is getting closer to signing into law the notorious "anti-gay propaganda bill." "Will talking about Tchaikovsky be banned?" tweets British writer and actor Stephen Fry. Some of the...

6 February 2012

Russia: Practice of Compulsory Military Service Comes Under Attack

RuNet Echo

Russia's compulsory military service practices are under attack due to a variety of reasons, including economic inefficiency, governmental corruption, and brutal hazing rituals that incite young conscripts to take their...

5 February 2012

Russia: Day of Protests Divides Citizens

RuNet Echo

Despite temperatures of -20 degrees, thousands of Russians went out to the streets to participate in election manifestations. Some, organised online, were protesting against the elections and possible re-election of...

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