· March, 2010

Stories about Russia from March, 2010

Belarus diversifies oil deliveries

RuNet Echo  16 March 2010

Belarus Digest reports that Belarus plans to start importing oil from Venezuela to substitute for the country's oil dependency on Russia, which recently has caused strained relations between Minsk and Moscow.

Russia: Regions Encouraged to Use E-Government Services

RuNet Echo  16 March 2010

Russian Ministry of Telecommunication will encourage regions to provide services via e-government portals. Director of Department for Informational Policy Artem Ermolaev announced that his ministry would start an intensive program for local administration that would be completed in two months.

Moldova: Military Neutrality

  16 March 2010

Morning in Moldova writes about the issue of Moldova's military neutrality: “In Moldova's case, neutrality has just made the country weak and defenceless in the face of very real aggressors who control a large chunk of the country's territory (the Russians and Transnistrians) […].”

Russia: Anti-Putin Internet Petition

RuNet Echo  16 March 2010

Window on Eurasia reports: “The Internet petition campaign launched last week calling for the Vladimir Putin’s departure from office not only has already collected some 7500 signatories but nearly 80 percent of these have given their names, their professions and their place of residence, thus opening a window onto the...

Ukraine: “Deal for Yanukovych: Bandera for Mezhyhiria”

  15 March 2010

Here is how Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop explains a mock deal that he has offered to the newly-elected Ukrainian president: “The point is to show the absurdity of the [Stepan Bandera] debate: almost everybody from Moscow to Warsaw to Edmonton has an opinion on Bandera (who was killed more...

Russia: Photos of Newspaper Office Assault

RuNet Echo  15 March 2010

Regional newspaper Nasha Ryazan (Our Ryazan), published photos of armed men in military outfits (allegedly policemen) blocking the entrance to the newspaper's office. The assault can be connected with the forthcoming regional elections taking place on March 14, 2010.

Russia: Mapping Broadband Internet Prices

RuNet Echo  14 March 2010

Russia has experienced an enormous growth of Internet penetration during the last 10 years. But the quality, price and accessibility of the broadband Internet differ a lot throughout the country with some territories still being beyond the digital divide.

Russia: Video of Directed Voting

RuNet Echo  14 March 2010

Political analyst Alexander Kynev posted a video where students of a local college vote preliminarily  in the city of Ivanovo. The video shows one of the most popular fraud techniques in modern Russia: directed preliminary vote that gives 10-15% for the ruling party. The students are either forced or paid...

Russia: Photos of Khrapovitskiy Estate

RuNet Echo  11 March 2010

Blogger vadych posted photos of ruins of the magnificent Khrapovitskiy estate, the only Russian estate built to compete with classic French mansions. Under Bolsheviks, the estate experienced nationalization, transformation to public college, then dormitory, fire and now it is close to complete destruction.

Russia: Soviet Singer Becomes Internet Meme

RuNet Echo  11 March 2010

A wordless song “I'm Glad I'm Finally Returning Home” performed by Soviet singer Eduard Hill became the recent Internet meme on English-speaking blogosphere. The Youtube video for the song counts about 2 mln. views, 13 thousand comments and 96 video replies.

Russia to Launch Social Network for Public Officials

RuNet Echo  11 March 2010

Russia will launch a social network for governmental officials involved in implementation of e-government program. The Minister of Telecommunication Igor Schegolev explained that the network would foster communication between the federal government and regions.

Russia: Two Journalists Kidnapped in Caucasus

RuNet Echo  10 March 2010

Israpil Shovhalov and Abdulla Duduev, two journalists of the “Dosh” online magazine were kidnapped on March 9, 2010 in the Republic of Ingushetia, one of the most unstable regions in Russia, Kavkazky Uzel reported [RUS].

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