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· March, 2013

Stories about Russia from March, 2013

30 March 2013

Russian Photographer Unearths Ghost Slum

As Liberal Russia's Secret Superhero ‘KermlinRussia’ Unmasks, Some See Evil

RuNet Echo

Arseny Bobrovsky, the owner of a Russian PR firm called “Daily Communications,” would be a thoroughly typical example of Moscow’s “creative class” liberals, were it not for one thing: Bobrovsky...

27 March 2013

Russians Can't Agree on Billionaire's Suicide

RuNet Echo

When Alexander Dobrovinsky, lawyer to Russia's rich and famous, announced on his Facebook that Boris Berezovsky, controversial Russian oligarch living as a refugee in London, had committed suicide, RuNet reacted...

25 March 2013

Shades of Communism in New Russian Registration Law

RuNet Echo

On the evening of March 18, 2013 group of around 12 people [ru] unveiled a long black-and-white poster in the Red Square, reading “Go f*ck yourself with your registration”. They...

23 March 2013

The Criminal Economics of Kremlin Propaganda

RuNet Echo

Anti-corruption blogger Alexey Navalny is causing more waves at Aeroflot Airlines, where he has called for an internal investigation into a contract worth 64 million rubles awarded without competition to...

22 March 2013

Russian Nationalists Rally Behind Subway Shooter

RuNet Echo

After all, how can one not react with outrage upon learning that Alexandra Lotkova, a pretty, twenty-one year old college student, got three years in prison for using a non-lethal...

21 March 2013

How Russian Villagers Can Terrify the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The ploy was simple: Andrei Turinov, a town councilman from Novouspenskii, posted to the Internet an open letter addressing Dmitri Medvedev, declaring the exit of 60 United Russia members from...

17 March 2013

Sptn!k: Unconventional Russian Excursions Brought to You by Locals

RuNet Echo

The Sptn!k project was created in St. Petersburg and has now reached Moscow. Last month, Teplitsa's Ekaterina Izmeskyeva spoke with the creator, Aleksander Kim, about how the idea came about...

14 March 2013

Stones & Glasshouses? A Writer Challenges the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

Kittens aside, there is nothing your average Russian blogger loves better than a juicy spat about politics or literature, except for a combination of the two.

12 March 2013

Propaganda & Mystery in Russia's Browder-Magnitsky Case

RuNet Echo

Conspiracies are the stuff of Russian politics, and the anarchy of online political discourse makes the RuNet an especially exciting place to watch conspiracy theories unfold. Consider Bill Browder and...

9 March 2013

How Using Twitter Can End Your Political Campaign in Russia

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, a judge in Krasnodar disqualified a politician running for city council, after determining that his campaign materials infringed on copyrights of three popular Internet social networks: Twitter,...

8 March 2013

Beauty & the Beast? “Ethnic” Pageant Winner Enrages Russian Nationalists

RuNet Echo

When top Russian blogger Rustem Adagamov posted the news of Abdrazakova's victory in the 2013 Miss Russia pageant on his blog, along with some her photographs, his post attracted comments...

6 March 2013

Facebook Instigates Another Russian Media Scandal

RuNet Echo

Earlier today, Yuri Saprykin, announced that Gazeta.ru’s editors have removed Maria Tsybulskaya from the newspaper’s video-interviews project, because her interview with Saprykin included off-limits political questions about the criminal cases...

Russia's Public Petitions: By the People, But for Whom?

RuNet Echo

Yesterday, on March 4, Vladimir Putin signed an executive order regarding the creation of a government petitions online platform, which will allow Russian citizens to create and vote on various...

5 March 2013

Why Do Russia's Newsmen Keep Quitting?

RuNet Echo

Two editors-in-chief lost their positions on March 4, 2013: Mikhail Kotov left one of Russia's biggest online newspapers, Gazeta.ru, while Alexey Vorobiev is no longer the head of the Kommersant...

3 March 2013

Doubt & Clan Politics in Russian Cyberspace

RuNet Echo

The turbulence of the 1990s seems to have returned to Russia, despite a political culture built on the expectation that Vladimir Putin keeps such chaos at bay. What role can...

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