· November, 2011

Stories about Russia from November, 2011

Russia: Hidden Political Messages in Well-Done YouTube Videos

RuNet Echo  7 November 2011

RuNet witnesses a new competition of high quality YouTube videos. The first video [ru] is called “Half-Dead Bloggers in DeadJournal” and mocks top-bloggers exposing them as neo-Nazis, drug addicts, unstable personalities, etc. The other video [ru] made by popular illustrator Zhgun, on the contrary, tells that unless you want to stay...

Russia: November 4th – a Day of Marches

RuNet Echo  4 November 2011

Ridus.ru, citizen media platform, provides an extensive coverage (photos, reports, streaming videos) of 4 marches: “Russian march” [ru] (anti-government, nationalist; ~6,000 participants), “Russian imperial march” [ru] (pro-government, nationalist; ~300 participants), Anti-fascist march [ru] (anti-nationalism, anti-capitalist; ~200 participants), “United Russia” march dedicated to the Day of Peoples Unity (pro-government, ~10,000 participants)....

Russia: Pavlovo Environmental Catastrophe

RuNet Echo  3 November 2011

At OpenDemocracy.net, Roman Yushkov writes about the 1997 ecological disaster in Pavlovo, a village in the oil-rich Perm region, and the local residents’ long fight to get LUKOIL and the local authorities to resettle the village.

Russia: Bike Lane Parking at Moscow State University

RuNet Echo  3 November 2011

The Village links [ru] to a new Tumblr blog [ru] that posts photos of cars parked in the bike lane at the Moscow State University (MGU) campus. The anonymous blogger introduces [ru] the blog – itsagoddamnbikelane.tumblr.com – this way: “I work at MGU's chemistry department, and I'm proud that a...

Russia: Measuring Radiation with a Smartphone

RuNet Echo  3 November 2011

Profy reports that on Russian scientists’ plans to “manufacture a device that will enable iOS, Android and Windows 7 mobile devices to measure radiation and inform the user of normal or elevated levels.”

Russia: “Enough Feeding the Caucasus!” and Debate on Nationalism

RuNet Echo  3 November 2011

A Good Treaty writes about the “Enough Feeding the Caucasus!” rally, which took place in Moscow last week, and the ongoing debate on nationalism. In Russia's Far East, the blogger notes, “[…] Enough feeding Moscow! […] and […] Enough paying tribute to Moscow! […] are far timelier slogans for the...

Russia: Another Paid Discreditation Campaign Exposed

RuNet Echo  2 November 2011

Yevgeniy Roizman, popular blogger and anti-drugs activist, publishes [ru] a job offer posted at one of the freelance websites. The offer describes in detail the discreditation campaign against Roizman and offers ~8 US dollars for 100 short comments that would contribute to the black mouthing of the activist.

Russia: Blogger from the Moscow Region Under Police Pressure

RuNet Echo  1 November 2011

Novaya Gazeta publishes [ru] the story of Vladimir Pronin, a commenter from the Moscow region, who was publishing online materials that exposed corruption in Odintsovo city police. He was first accused of libel but during the search that was conducted in his house, police allegedly planted the ammunition. The court, however, dismissed...

Russia: Super Babushka Competition

  1 November 2011

Kyle Keeton of Windows to Russia writes about the 2011 Moscow Super Babushka Competition, and how it is a way for local authorities to shed light upon the important social role of the babushka (grandmother) in Russian society.

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