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· June, 2013

Stories about Russia from June, 2013

29 June 2013

Russians Celebrate Number One Political Prisoner's Birthday

RuNet Echo

Nearly 10 years after his arrest and conviction, Russian society remains largely apathetic about Khodorkovsky. Those who do care are divided about both his guilt and its consequences.

26 June 2013

Russian NGOs Learn to Invest in Paper Shredders

RuNet Echo

At 3AM, last Saturday, Russian riot police and private security raided the offices of one of the country's oldest human rights organizations. Those inside, including the group's leader, Lev Ponomarev,...

24 June 2013

Environmental Issues Drive Russians to Demand More of Their Leaders?

RuNet Echo

Over the last year, “Save Khoper” has held a series of protests to bring attention to a cause against a mining project outside Voronezh. On June 22, the latest demonstration...

21 June 2013

The Kremlin's Kitchen Serves Up Russia's Free Press

RuNet Echo

Novaya Gazeta has implicated Vladimir Putin’s favorite restaurant owner in a bizarre scheme to defame several of the country’s most prominent news publications, involving a conspiracy to plant false information...

19 June 2013

Russia’s Bid For International Prestige: A White Elephant?

RuNet Echo

As Putin continues to pursue his policy of using international events like the Winter Olympics to show that Russia is worthy of investment, the country's taxpayers are coming to realize...

Russians See Themselves in Turkish Protests

RuNet Echo

As Turkish protests continue, Russians draw parallels between events in Turkey and their own protest movement and hard-line political leader.

18 June 2013

Vladimir Putin: Lord of the (Super Bowl) Rings

RuNet Echo

Did Vladimir Putin steal New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring when they met in 2005? Many Russian bloggers are asking that very question, after Kraft claimed in...

14 June 2013

Orphaned in US, SOPA Finds Home in Russia

RuNet Echo

America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. SOPA, however, isn’t coming to the US, where a wide coalition defeated...

More Violence for Russia's Gays, Supporters

RuNet Echo

These days supporting LGBT rights in Russia can earn you a trip to the hospital.

13 June 2013

Russia's Commodification of Political Prisoners

RuNet Echo

Russia’s blogosphere comments on the unexpected release from prison of businessman Alexey Kozlov.

12 June 2013

PRISM Infects Russia with Cyberwar Scare

RuNet Echo

Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin...

11 June 2013

Russia Eyes Another Orphan Experiment

RuNet Echo

Pavel Astakhov's idea of sending Russia's highly-politicized orphans to the restive North Caucasian Republics as a kind of social "experiment" was overwhelmingly condemned by netizens of all political stripes.

10 June 2013

“Give-a-Tree.rf”—Russia's Collective Reforestation Project

RuNet Echo

In a recent interview with Evgeny Voropai of Social Technologies Greenhouse, Sergey Skorobogadov, head of "Podari-Derevo.rf" (Give-a-Tree.rf) explained how a socially-conscious project can bring a profit and how quantitative indicators...

8 June 2013

Pavel Durov, Founder of Russia's #1 Social Network, Is Not Going to Prison (For Now)

RuNet Echo

It looks like Pavel Durov can finally return to Russia without a prison sentence threatening from overhead. That seems to be the case, now that Petersburg detectives have closed their...

7 June 2013

Putin Loses His First Lady & RuNet Snarks

RuNet Echo

A three-person TV crew from Russia 24 standing in an empty Kremlin hallway, the black-suited reporter with her arms awkwardly crossed—that was the initial audience to Vladimir Putin’s announcement today,...

6 June 2013

Russians & Cigarettes: A Hard Goodbye

RuNet Echo

The Russian government aims to end Russia's love affair with cigarettes, and a new law passed June 1 will ban smoking in a wide array of public spaces, paving the...

5 June 2013

The Moscow Mayoral Election Will Test Russia's Internet Culture

RuNet Echo

With Sergey Sobyanin's surprising announcement that he is calling for snap mayoral elections in Moscow this September, the city's urban Internet-connected class will be put to the test of real...

3 June 2013

All Hail Russia's Heroic Cop-Killers?

RuNet Echo

A group of unknown assailants is killing police officers in Rostov. Authorities have linked the same stolen weapons to the slayings of 5 officers, in attacks that resemble a wave...

1 June 2013

Is the Russian Opposition Playing a Losing Hand?

RuNet Echo

Blogger, professional poker player, and municipal deputy Maxim Katz has left the Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition. Has the Russian opposition's e-democracy experiment failed?

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