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· August, 2012

Stories about Russia from August, 2012

31 August 2012

Russia: Moscow's Peculiar Illegal Parking Problem

RuNet Echo

Russian adventures and misadventures in parking could be a movie plot. But Russia’s parking problems are anything but comedy. It remains to be seen how vigorously the country will deal...

29 August 2012

Russia: Chainsaws to the Cross

RuNet Echo

On August 25, unknown parties sawed down three wooden crosses in the city of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals. The same night, another cross came down in Arkhangelsk, in the north....

Russia: Censorship Law Threatens Children's Classics

RuNet Echo

Russia: Police Claim Top Blogger Was Hacked from Germany

RuNet Echo

28 August 2012

Russia: Foreign Ministry Looks to Germany to Justify Pussy Riot Verdict

RuNet Echo

Russia's Foreign Ministry has made a series of comments that further enraging Pussy Riot's supporters. Spokesperson Aleksandr Lukashevich defended the recent verdict and lashed out at the West for ignorance...

Russia: Protesters Aim for Elected Office

RuNet Echo

In the lead up to Russia's next large protests planned for mid-September, activists and politicians of the anti-Kremlin opposition are increasingly showing an interest in running for local offices. If...

27 August 2012

Russia's War Games Make Georgia Nervous

RuNet Echo

This September, Russia is planning to hold 'Caucasus-2012' with forces from the breakaway Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. With 8,000 troops, as well as heavy machinery, artillery, navy,...

25 August 2012

Russia: Diva Politics Over Pussy Riot

RuNet Echo

The Pussy Riot trial has caused no small amount of debate among Russia's public figures, including an amusing row between two of the country's best known celebrities.

Russia: State-Owned TV Caught in Anti-Semitism?

RuNet Echo

Russia: Pussy Riot's Courthouse Is Hacked By Anonymous

RuNet Echo

24 August 2012

Russia: Government Bans Serbian Film for Underage Sex and Drugs

RuNet Echo

On August 17, Sam Klebanov announced that Russia's Ministry of Culture has banned the release of a Serbian film called "Clip." Klebanov's company owns the Russian distribution rights to the...

23 August 2012

Russia: Drug Drugu, Wish Fulfillment via Social Networks

RuNet Echo

Drug Drugu ("To One Another") is a service that works with the wishes of users. Community members can not only request some kind of help, but also offer their own....

Russia: Taxi Drivers Versus Dagestanis in Ryazan

RuNet Echo

A possible fight between Russians and Dagestani migrants perhaps led to dozens, possibly hundreds, of taxi drivers organizing a pogrom-like attack. Events like this raise questions about Russia's capacity to...

Peru's Feminist Activist-Artist: María María Acha-Kutscher

Peruvian feminist, activist and visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher is using the Internet to share her work. From Mexico's Frida Kahlo to Spain's "indignadas" (outraged) and Russia's Pussy Riot, Acha-Kutscher's...

21 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot and the Orthodox Reformation

RuNet Echo

Retired priest speaks out for Pussy Riot, breaking with the Patriarch and renouncing his holy orders, but his letter is mostly plagiarized. What does this mean for Russia's religious Reformation?

20 August 2012

Russia: Zombies Versus the State in Omsk

RuNet Echo

Early last Sunday morning in the city of Omsk, a few hundred youths gathered together for a flashmob. Police were on hand to warn everyone that they represented an illegal...

17 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

RuNet Echo

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Bulgaria: The Red Army Supports Pussy Riot

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