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· April, 2013

Stories about Russia from April, 2013

30 April 2013

Potty-Mouthed Russian Blogger Faces Prison for Ethnic Slurs

RuNet Echo

A blogger from the Republic of Bashkortostan (a small autonomous republic neighboring Tatarstan in southern Russia) was recently charged with hate speech for a post she published on her Facebook...

27 April 2013

Russian Conspiracy Theories About Boston Bombings Abound

RuNet Echo

"Bush blew up the Twin Towers, Putin blew up [the towns of] Buinaksk and Volgodonsk. Obama blew up the marathon." The RuNet, just like the Internet at large, has always...

22 April 2013

“TrashOut”: RuNet's Interactive Map of Illegal Dumps

RuNet Echo

A new 'illegal dumps' interactive map has been launched in Russia for iOS and Android devices. The first of its kind in Russia, it allows users to mark unauthorized landfill...

20 April 2013

The Russian Opposition “Snake Pit”

RuNet Echo

The Russian opposition is at war with itself, and it’s thanks to more than the usual ideological tectonics. The various fault lines that infamously allow the Kremlin to “divide and...

19 April 2013

The Boston Bombings Come Home to Russians

RuNet Echo

Initially a distant story of bombs and American blood, the Boston Marathon bombings came home to Russians today. The RuNet had been following the investigation into the attacks with great...

Russian Journalist and Election Observer Speaks about Her Arrest

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, RuNet Echo published an article about Svetlana Lokotkova, a Russian journalist and election observer who was arrested and removed from an overnight train for alleged intoxication. Lokotkova...

17 April 2013

Before Trial, Navalny Nominated as Russia's “Political Enlightener”

RuNet Echo

As Alexey Navalny is gearing up for his embezzlement show-trial in Kirov, there is at least one silver lining: he made it on the short-list of the Russian award Politprosvet...

16 April 2013

Beer & Twitter Prove Toxic Mix for Russian Journalist

RuNet Echo

Trains are a cheap and reliable way to get around Russia, particularly compared to the country's famously poor roads. Russia is a big country and journeys between cities can take...

14 April 2013

Russia's #1 Netizen Heads to Trial

RuNet Echo

Pussy Riot, eat your heart out. Later this week, Russia’s most polarizing blogger, Alexey Navalny, will stand trial for embezzling roughly half a million dollars from a state-owned timber company...

Fancy Cars and Booze Fuel Russian Online Petitions

RuNet Echo

A Russian government online petition platform went live on April 2. RuNet Echo takes a look at how it works in practice.

11 April 2013

Hating on Russia's Protester Chess Master

Putin Unfazed by Topless Protest in Hannover

RuNet Echo

On Monday, 8 April 2013, Putin's tour of a trade fair in Hannover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel took an unexpected turn when three members of the controversial Ukrainian feminist and...

Pediatricians Strike in Russian Republic of Udmurtia

RuNet Echo

Starting in early March, Andrey Konoval, an Izhevsk-based journalist, activist, and former deputy, has written over 20 blog posts covering the ongoing battle of local pediatricians against Udmurtia's health ministry.

9 April 2013

Wikipedia's Suicide Mission Against Russian Censors

RuNet Echo

Smoking cannabis is dangerous business for people the world over. In Russia, just writing about it online can get you in trouble. State officials informed Wikimedia Russia that the government...

7 April 2013

Russia's Regional NGOs “Audited” by Prosecutor

RuNet Echo

DemVybor activists in the regional city of Voronezh reported on the DemVybor blog [ru] that local NGOs are being audited by the city prosecutor's office. The four organizations being targeted are all...

6 April 2013

A Dishonest Election & A Divided Opposition in Russia

RuNet Echo

The city of Zhukovsky last weekend became the site of a bitterly contested mayoral election, which was marred by reports of electoral fraud and vote-buying. The opposition is also facing...

4 April 2013

Russian Oligarch Berezovsky's Last Words: Yet Another Version

RuNet Echo

Pavel Pryanikov, of the blog ttolk.ru (Blog Tolkovatelya, The Explainer's Blog) has published [ru] yet another “last interview” with the deceased Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky [GV]. According to Pryanikov, the conversation was...

2 April 2013

When Russians Don't Love Their Children

RuNet Echo

In the last year, the wellbeing of children in Russia has again found itself at the center of political debate. In just the last week, two figures commonly identified with...

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