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· September, 2012

Stories about Russia from September, 2012

29 September 2012

Russia: Nation's Top Blogger Headed to Prison?

Russia: Ridiculing the Winter Olympics Slogan

RuNet Echo

The just-announced slogan of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) has spurred a brief episode of merrymaking on the RuNet. At first that may seem surprising, while the...

28 September 2012

Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, the media got a sneak peek at a new report on the foreign penetration of the RuNet and the potential manipulation of the country's future elections. The...

27 September 2012

Russia: Yekaterinburg Police Raid Regional Internet Publication

Russia: Ominous Predictions of Conflict in Dagestan

RuNet Echo

Dagestan is among Russia’s most impoverished and ethnically diverse republics. Recent tension between Sunni Sufi and Salafi communities suggest more conflict may not be far to come.

25 September 2012

Russia: Writers Put Down Pens to Stand Atop Soap Boxes

RuNet Echo

Now, nine people who self-identify as writers are running in the elections for the so-called "Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition," and a tenth strongly considered registering as a candidate...

21 September 2012

Russia: Activist Journalists or Bolshevik Bloggers?

RuNet Echo

Anyone following the Russian protest movement cannot help but notice the degree to which many Russian journalists are involved with the opposition. In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram,...

Russia: After the APEC Summit

RuNet Echo

The 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok has come and gone. What remains is discussion of what APEC means to Russia’s Far East and the country as a whole....

18 September 2012

Russia: Continued Scandals Plague the Registration of Opposition Candidates

Russia: Omsk Telecom Temporarily Bans YouTube

Russia: SocialCamp, Crowdsourcing and Open Data

RuNet Echo

A SocialCamp Russia 'unconference' took place in Moscow from 7th to 9th of September. Over the course of three days social activists spoke about projects aimed at raising awareness, improving...

Russia: Ksenia Sobchak's Civil Platform Candidacy

RuNet Echo

Earlier today, the Central Elections Committee officially registered a bevy of candidates for the coming elections of the first Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition. Among today's new entries to...

17 September 2012

Russia: Reading Genius into Putin's Blunders

RuNet Echo

One of the more striking things about Vladimir Putin, aside from his affinity for displays of machismo, is the degree of nuanced multidimensional-chess-like strategic planning attributed to him and his...

16 September 2012

Russia: Forecasts for the Protest Movement's Elections

RuNet Echo

On October 20, the new "Central Elections Committee" will hold elections to select 45 individuals to form the first "Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition." When this process is complete,...

15 September 2012

Russia: Protest Movement Struggles with Keeping Itself Democratic

RuNet Echo

Maksim Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Tesak (Machete), gained notoriety on the RuNet between 2005 and 2007. A white-supremacist who later spent several years in prison for inciting ethnic...

Russia: Religiosity & the Murdered U.S. Ambassador

RuNet Echo

Responding to the attack on U.S. embassies across the Muslim world (specifically the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya), Russian bloggers have addressed the perceived growth of religiosity in...

13 September 2012

Tajikistan: Singer Praising Putin Draws Anger

Since the beginning of the year, Tajik singer Tolibjon Kurbonkhonov has recorded three songs that extol the virtues of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The songs have become hits on YouTube...

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