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· August, 2012

Stories about Russia from August, 2012

17 August 2012

Russia: Millions of Taxpayer Rubles Earmarked for Facebook “Likes”

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, Aleksei Navalny took aim at a pending state tender for advertising services to aid the state-owned broadcasting company The Voice of Russia. The dispute surrounding VoR and...

15 August 2012

Russia: Ugly Side of Olympic Nationalism

RuNet Echo

"As a pureblooded Russian, and Russian patriot, it is distasteful to look at this disgrace. It’s better to have no medals, than to have Champions like this, ones who hardly...

14 August 2012

Russia: Yekaterinburg University Begins Masters Program in Blogging & Political Journalism

Ukraine: Authorities Shut Down BitTorrent Tracker Demonoid

In what is believed to be an attempt to please the United States without angering local voters, the Ukrainian authorities have shut down Demonoid, one of the world's largest BitTorrent...

Russia: Moscow's Intelligentsia on Trial in Tver?

RuNet Echo

While this summer's 'hooliganism' charges against Pussy Riot have enjoyed the spotlight at home and abroad, there is another trial that perhaps reveals even more about tensions in modern Russian...

13 August 2012

Russia: “The True Blasphemy” – Slavoj Žižek on Pussy Riot

Russia: Egyptian Graffiti Artist on Freedom for Pussy Riot

Russia: Church, Lies, & Opulence

RuNet Echo

A controversial photo blog post recently documented the 70th jubilee of the director of a Church-owned factory, striking a raw nerve in a society charged by the Pussy Riot trial....

9 August 2012

Russia: Pro-Kremlin YouTube Sensation Gets Own TV Show

RuNet Echo

Sometimes, a 90-second online video can change lives. Svetlana Kuritsyna was just nineteen last December, when she became an Internet sensation thanks to a laudatory and rambling interview celebrating the...

8 August 2012

Russia: Putin Refuses Controversial Kiss From Priest

RuNet Echo

"Father Mefodii has shown the way to all citizens, including Pussy [Riot]. In order to be forgiven, all must kiss Putin on the hand." While Putin was greeting local priests...

Russia: Pussy Riot Doomed by its own Supporters?

RuNet Echo

Recent online coverage of the Pussy Riot trial makes it seem as if all of Russia is mobilized in protest against the inordinately harsh treatment the three arrested band members...

Russia: USA's Hammon Leads Russia to Basketball Semis

4 August 2012

Russia: Political Ambitions for Most Influential Blogger?

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, members of Aleksei Navalny's inner circle announced that they are forming a new political party called "People's Alliance." Navalny is expected to abstain from the party, but...

Russia: Pussy Riot & Russian Courts in Perspective

RuNet Echo

On August 2, four days into the Pussy Riot trial, another hearing began in Yekaterinburg, the regional center of the Urals. Unlike its more famous counterpart, this trial has failed...

2 August 2012

Macedonia: Decades-Old International Poetry Festival in Focus

Portugese filmmaker André Soares published a short video documentary about the Struga Poetry Evenings, an international poetry festival held in Macedonia since 1962.

Global: BRICS vs. NATO – Battlefield of Ideas on Interventions

China’s and Russia’s recent decision to veto the United Nations Security Council resolution against Syria -has reignited the debate over the relationship between 'new' powers Brazil, Russia, India, China and...

Russia: Politician Presents Handgun Ownership Proposal

RuNet Echo

"Given the most humble assessments, weapons barons stand to earn more than 746 billion within a decade.. bureaucrats will get their own cut from issuing licenses, carrying and purchase permits,...