· July, 2010

Stories about Russia from July, 2010

Russia: Anti-Religious Online Group Closed

RuNet Echo  23 July 2010

“Antireligion” group in the social network “Vkontakte“, with more than 8000 members, had been closed and its content deleted, ru_antireligion reports [RUS]. Prosecutor's office, that was checking the group for extremism [RUS], recognized photos of t-shirts with slogans “Orthodoxy or Death” [EN] as “extremist” and obliged administration of “Vkontakte” to...

Russia: “Why Did They Kill Yuri Volkov?”

RuNet Echo  22 July 2010

The murder of a TV journalist and football fan Yuri Volkov in the centre of Moscow on July 10, 2010, became a widely discussed event in the Russian blogosphere. A complicated topic, dealing with hostile ethnic stereotypes, crime, police corruption and Russian subcultures, has generated nearly 7,000 comments, tweets and blog posts.

Russia: Nemtsov – no way!

  21 July 2010

The Kremlin Stooge criticizes opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, marvels at his following, and wonders what solutions he has to offer Russia but negativism and critique.

Russia: Staying power of penalism

  21 July 2010

Streetwise Professor discusses how the Russian dedovshchina – penalism during military service – tradition has changed into an ever greater system of anarchy and arbitrariness.

Russia: ‘Orthodoxy or Death’ to Degenerate Art?

RuNet Echo  20 July 2010

"Orthodoxy or death!" is the war cry sounded in recent weeks as forces of religious reaction have entered into fierce battle with liberal arts, in an apparent Russian parallel to the Muhammad cartoon case. The cause of conflict is the trial and conviction of two art curators for a 2007 Moscow exhibition of contemporary art.

Russia-Belarus: Minsk publishes Nemtsov report

  20 July 2010

LJ user yury_zagrebnoy reports [RUS] that the Belarusian government newspaper Respublika has published excerpts [RUS] from a recent Kremlin-critical report by former Russian vice Premier Boris Nemtsov, apparently as another step in an ongoing media war between Moscow and Minsk.

Russia: Roadtrip to Caucasus

Popular bloggers tema [RUS], nl [RUS] and others [RUS] (9 bloggers in 3 cars) post pictures and short notes from the roadtrip to Caucasus, that started on July 15th, 2010. So far, they travelled through the North Caucasus republics and are planning to go to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Russia: Memorial memento

  20 July 2010

LJ user shoorman notes [RUS] that the liberal St. Petersburg Yabloko youth organization has beaten the region's communists to placing a memorial placard to a local communist on a building he used to live in. An adjoining photo illustrates that the functionary's key accomplishment – according to Yabloko youth –...

Russia: Pictures of the Khimki Forest Defense

RuNet Echo  19 July 2010

Photographer Igor Podgorny publishes [RUS] pictures from the camp of the defenders of the Khimki forest park [EN] situated in the Moscow's outskirts. After authorities started to cut the trees [RUS] (illegally) on July 15th, a group of environmentalists [RUS] erected barricades in order to stop the cuttings.

Russia: Gas find in Lake Baikal

  19 July 2010

Windows to Russia reports that new gas hydrate fields have been found in Lake Baikal, adding to those already explored in the Black Sea. If technologically exploitable, these finds could become a major future energy source.

Russia: A governor in the gaul?

  18 July 2010

LJ user bobasta discusses [RUS] ongoing speculations if it really was the governor of Saratov, Pavel Ipatov, who was caught by Italian police on a yacht in the Mediterranean last week on suspicion of smuggling.

Russia: What Nashi youth learn about the world

  18 July 2010

LJ user expp publishes [RUS] an excerpt from an interview with an activist of the Putinist youth movement Nashi, on what is taught at the organization's Seliger summer camp – an event drawing much attention in the recent week.

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