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· January, 2014

Stories about Russia from January, 2014

29 January 2014

Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

RuNet Echo

Alexei Navalny joined the Sochi anti-corruption campaign this week, launching an interactive website outlining what he calls the true costs of the Olympic preparations in Sochi.

Cable Providers Begin Dropping Russia's Only Independent TV Station

RuNet Echo

The prospect that Russian cable television providers might drop TV Rain became a reality today, when two major cable companies reported their decisions to end access to the station.

28 January 2014

So Long to Russia's Only Independent TV Station?

RuNet Echo

The only opposition television station operating today in Russia is now threatened with losing access to cable broadcasting, after a scandalous poll about the WWII Siege of Leningrad.

27 January 2014

Russian Conspiracy Theories about Maidan's First Blood

RuNet Echo

Given the lack of eyewitnesses, the murder of Serhiy Nigoyan, Maidan’s first shooting fatality, has naturally attracted lots of speculation about who was responsible.

25 January 2014

Super Bowls: Olympic Toilet Humor

RuNet Echo

Are the "toilet-gate" conspiracy theorists correct in their paranoia? Does it even matter if they aren't?

23 January 2014

It's Slash and Burn for Russia's Indigenous

RuNet Echo

Russia’s indigenous people stand up for their land rights in a quarrel with oil companies, raising issues of environmental and economic justice.

22 January 2014

Who Bears the Cost of Russia's Olympics?

RuNet Echo

Accusations of corruption continue to plague Sochi Olympic preparations.

20 January 2014

How Much Longer Can Russia's Zuckerberg, Pavel Durov, Survive at Vkontakte?

RuNet Echo

Today, the notoriously Kremlin-connected newspaper Izvestia published an article claiming that Durov had resigned as head of Vkontakte, taking most of the staff with him to work on another project.

Dr. House Hits Sore Spot with Russians

RuNet Echo

British actor Hugh Laurie caused quite a stir on the RuNet this weekend, when he reacted vehemently to a Guardian article describing Vladimir Putin's views on homosexuality

18 January 2014

Blogger and Commando Argue Russian Terrorism

RuNet Echo

As the Sochi Olympics approach, some bloggers argue about who is behind terrorist attacks, most of which take place in the part of Russia closest to the games.

17 January 2014

The Sad Fate of Multimillionaire Marriages in Russian Officialdom

RuNet Echo

Russia’s leading anti-corruption blogger, Alexey Navalny, is making waves again with his latest online work, a series of allegations against Maxim Liksutov, the head of Moscow’s department of transportation.

Looking Back at Russia's Divided New Year Celebration

RuNet Echo

President Putin delivered two New Year's addresses in 2013 -- one for Russia's Far East, and another for the rest of the country.

16 January 2014

Facebook Teams Up with Russia's Top Search Engine

RuNet Echo

Russia’s Parliament Prepares New “Anti-Terrorist” Laws for Internet

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Another Internet crackdown looms in Russia, where the Duma is reviewing three new pieces of “anti-terror” legislation that could place hefty restrictions on the activities of websites and civil society.

15 January 2014

Russia's Foreign Ministry Opines on “Queers”

RuNet Echo

While the translation is labelled as "unofficial," Russia watchers were somewhat taken aback that a homophobic slur could end up on a government website.

12 January 2014

Hockey, Diving for Crosses and Other Christmas-in-January Traditions

While Christians in the Western hemisphere celebrate Christmas in December, most Orthodox and Coptic Christians mark the birth of Christ in early January, from Eastern Europe to North Africa.

Russia Bans All Liquids on Aircraft

RuNet Echo

In the aftermath of the twin bombings in Volgograd before the New Year's holiday, Russia’s Transportation Ministry revised its rules on what airline passengers can bring on board.

10 January 2014

Monitoring the Russian Internet for Big Bucks

RuNet Echo

The Russian Federal Protective Service is asking software developers to design a system that automatically monitors the country’s news and social media, producing reports that study netizens’ political attitudes.

7 Theories of Why Putin Freed Khodorkovsky

RuNet Echo

Illarionov has devoted special attention to Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s unexpected release from prison last December, and his most recent piece on the subject itemizes several different explanations for Putin’s sudden decision.

8 January 2014

Prominent Russian Actor Asks Putin to Recriminalize Sodomy

RuNet Echo

A prominent Russian actor, Ivan Okhlobystin, is making headlines for his latest homophobic act: a public letter addressed to Vladimir Putin, asking the President to recriminalize sodomy in Russia.

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