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· December, 2012

Stories about Russia from December, 2012

28 December 2012

Russian Politicians Doom Orphans as Orthodox Christmas Approaches

RuNet Echo

On December 26th, 2012 the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of Parliament, upheld a controversial new law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans. The unanimous vote throws into stark...

25 December 2012

This December, Russia's Kids Aren't Alright

RuNet Echo

As billions of people across the world awoke today to open gifts and be with their families, three of Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Zhelezniak's four daughters rolled out of bed...

24 December 2012

Who Supports Russia's Ban on American Adoptions?

RuNet Echo

A slight majority of Russian internet users support the ban on adoptions by Americans. 50% do not understand the motivation for international adoptions, and 60% think that such adoptions endanger...

21 December 2012

Russians Prepared for the Post-Apocalypse with Parties, Stockpiling, & Orgies

RuNet Echo

That the world failed to come to an end today, "21-12-2012," must come as a relief to many Russian bloggers who have spent the past several weeks obsessing over the...

20 December 2012

Tempers Flare As Court Frees Dagestani Boxer Who Killed Russian Teenager

RuNet Echo

Rasul Mirzaev, a 26-year-old mixed martial arts world champion from Dagestan, is a convicted killer. His victim was a 19-year-old Russian man, Ivan Agafonov, whom he murdered in a scuffle...

15 December 2012

On Putin's Address to the Federal Assembly

RuNet Echo

Russian Documentary Filmmakers Abandon YouTube After Police Investigation

RuNet Echo

On December 12, filmmakers halted the online publication of one of Russia's most curious documentary efforts: "Srok" ("The Term"), a video project hosted on YouTube and LiveJournal, chronicling and capturing...

Sans Permit, Russian Opposition to Converge at Security Headquarters

RuNet Echo

Their rally at the FSB Headquarters banned, opposition leaders suggest protesters take a "walk" to the center of Moscow. Was their refusal to accept offers of other venues a mistake?

12 December 2012

Russian Web Censorship Got You Down? Fight It With “Counter-Absurdity”!

RuNet Echo

It has now been more than a month since the blacklist of the Russian Internet went live. One Russian ISP has decided to have its own say in the matter.

10 December 2012

Interview with Maksim Kononenko: Russian Non-Oppositionist Blogging

RuNet Echo

Kononenko is widely considered to be one of the RuNet’s pioneers, and has worked as a publicist, a columnist, a programmer, and a television host, among other things. He is...

Russian eDemocracy: There and Back Again

RuNet Echo

Just like last winter, Russia's opposition leaders are involved in negotiations with Moscow city authorities to determine where an upcoming rally will take place. This time, however, they are asking...

6 December 2012

Besieged and Bickering, Russian Online Portal Begins Anew

RuNet Echo

As her conflict with authorities came to a head last week, Aksana Panova, editor-in-chief of the embattled Yekaterinburg internet news agency URA.ru, said her last goodbyes on behalf of the...

4 December 2012

Remembering the Night the Russian Opposition Would Prefer to Forget

RuNet Echo

Yesterday, The New Times published a retrospective on last winter's mass protests, highlighting how the Internet played a vital role in mobilizing thousands of people in a city that, until...

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