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· February, 2013

Stories about Russia from February, 2013

28 February 2013

Russia's Feds Now Using Bloggers to Investigate Bloggers

RuNet Echo

Last week, blogger and corruption fighter Alexey Navalny was on top of the world, after he published information that led to the eventual resignation of a Duma deputy. The Russian...

25 February 2013

Russia's New Media: Too Clique to Fail?

RuNet Echo

The previous version of OpenSpace.ru was much less political in nature and was presumably shut down for financial reasons. It reopened a month later with a revamped website and a...

23 February 2013

God Exists and He Serves the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

Though the Pussy Riot trial is over, the culture war it launched in Russia drags on unabated. Pope Benedict's abdication sparked the latest conflagration, when political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky addressed...

21 February 2013

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign

RuNet Echo

Duma Ethics Committee Chairman Vladimir Pekhtin resigned today after a week of pressure from bloggers and the media over undeclared Florida property.

19 February 2013

Russian Opposition, What Are You Doing? Stahp.

RuNet Echo

The Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition has been a fascinating eDemocracy experiment, conducted in the shadow of Russia's competitive authoritarian status quo. Yet, a recent decision not to nominate...

18 February 2013

RuNet Skeptical About Chelyabinsk Meteorite

RuNet Echo

The tendency of the RuNet to amplify conspiracy theory explanations of any given event cannot be overestimated.

15 February 2013

For Russia's Comics, it's Raining Meteors

RuNet Echo

Although the shock wave from the Chelyabinsk meteorite injured hundreds of people, RuNet users have been more eager than ever to crack jokes and spread memes.

14 February 2013

The Chechen President's Unlikely Instagram

RuNet Echo

From the start it was obvious that the anonymous album was being updated by either Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov himself, his press secretary, or someone equally close.

Blood on the Russian Tracks

RuNet Echo

12 February 2013

As Pope Resigns, Russians Resigned to Putin

RuNet Echo

Without any real interest in the repercussions of Pope Benedict's resignation for the Catholic faith, the RuNet defaulted to its favorite pastime, humor.

8 February 2013

“Pedophile's Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist

RuNet Echo

Russia's Federal communications monitors have tagged blog-hosting portal lj.rossia.org as illegal, after discovering an account that publishes translations of the American book "The Pedophilia's Guide to Love and Pleasure" by...

6 February 2013

RuNet Freedom: a Pirate's Revenge

RuNet Echo

Amid brazen attempts to censor the RuNet, one group is fighting back. On February 4, the Pirate Party of Russia has announced a new specialized internet hosting service, called the...

Open Access and the Complexity of Digital Rights

How do ways of thinking change through time and space? Today, this problem concerning the way the human intellect works is compounded by a new method of transmission - digital....

3 February 2013

Russia's Internet Censorship “Experiment”

RuNet Echo

A Russian federal region is about to embark on an "experimental" project aimed at censoring the internet. A joint effort by the Kostroma regional government and an NGO called the...

1 February 2013

The End of Russia's Thaw Hurts Medvedev, Navalny, & Friends

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, Russia's lone liberal governor, Medvedev appointee Nikita Belykh, had his offices searched by federal investigators. The move indicates a new low for fortunes of a "thaw" instigated...

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