· May, 2011

Stories about Russia from May, 2011

Technology for Transparency: Final Report

  22 May 2011

The Technology for Transparency Network is proud to announce the release of its final report, "Global mapping of technology for transparency and accountability". The report is being published by the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (@TAInitiative) along with a over a dozen other reports on the global transparency movement.

Russia: “Violence, Death and Cover-Up in the Russian Army”

RuNet Echo  20 May 2011

At OpenDemocracy.net, six tragic cases of hazing of new Russian army recruits: the Russian NGO Mother’s Right Foundation “used the highly popular Russian social network http://www.odnoklassniki.ru to publish selected profiles of young men who died while serving in the army. They were no longer alive, so couldn't write anything themselves,...

Russia: Navalny Called In For Questioning On Rospil Logo

RuNet Echo  17 May 2011

Kevin Rothrock (@agoodtreaty) reports that anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (LJ user navalny) has been called in for questioning about the logo of his Rospil [ru] anti-corruption project: “[…] Does it desecrate Russia's state emblem?” Navalny's post [ru] about the investigation, launched at a United Russia MP's request, has so far...

Russia: Blogger Continues to Fight for Right to Photograph

RuNet Echo  13 May 2011

Popular photoblogger Ilya Varlamov (zyalt) continues to report on the violations of his constitutional rights to freely photograph in any public place. Varlamov's latest attempts to take pictures in the Moscow-City, a business district of Moscow, led, as always, to confrontation with private security services.

Russia: Quantitative Research Proves Blogs Set an Alternative News Agenda

RuNet Echo  13 May 2011

Bruce Etling, Berkman Center scholar and one of the authors of the “Mapping of the Russian Blogosphere” research, posts the initial results of the Russian online media content analysis. While the “Russian TV channels and newspapers (traditional and Web native) cover topics similar to each other and to the Russian government,”...

Russia: Opposition Blogger's Trial Starts After a Year of Detention

RuNet Echo  13 May 2011

Caucasian Knot reports on [ru] Alauddin (Aleksey) Dudko's trial that started only on May 10, 2011, year after his arrest. Dudko (LJ-user ingushetiya_ru), opposition blogger, had been charged with drug and explosives possession. Dudko's lawyers claim, police set him up in order to prevent his blogging activity. According to the...

Russia: North Caucasian Website DDoS-attacked and Hacked

RuNet Echo  13 May 2011

Caucasian Knot reports [ru] a hacker attack on golosingushetii.ru (Voice of Ingushetia), an independent North Caucasian website. In March 2011, the website was subject to a DDoS attack. This time the online offenders managed to hack the website and delete its content. The content has been backed up and now the...

Ukraine: The Untold Story of the Victory Day Clashes in Lvov

RuNet Echo  13 May 2011

Russian television footage this week showed hooded young Ukrainians attacking World War II veterans, giving Nazi salutes, and chanting nationalist slogans. As they ripped St. George ribbons from people's shirts, it seemed that Ukrainian youth had forgotten the terrible sacrifices made by the Soviet Union to defeat Germany. Will Partlett reports on what the Russian press is not saying about the May 9 clashes in Lvov, Ukraine.

Russia: New Online Electoral Statistics Database Launched

RuNet Echo  11 May 2011

Russian domestic election monitoring group Golos.org has launched an on-line database of electoral statistics stat.golos.org [ru] that contains official data from more than 36 thousand elections of different levels held in Russia since 2003. Golos members noted [ru] that the database greatly eases the access to Russian electoral statistics.

Russia: President Medvedev Meets Russian Internet Community

RuNet Echo  10 May 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met leaders of the Russian Internet community for three hours of discussion about Internet regulation. Gregory Asmolov, who took part in the meeting, shares his impression and analysis of the President's approach to the regulation of the Internet.

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