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Alexey Sidorenko

Born in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow State University and defended Ph.D thesis there. Currently finishing MA thesis in the Warsaw University, Poland. Worked in Carnegie Moscow Center from 2005 till 2008 in the “Society and Regions” programm. More events at my blog

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Russia: Bloggers Discuss Crying Putin

At pro-Putin rally, Vladimir Putin cried (photo, video) when heard that he apparently won in the first round of elections. This fact immediately became a hot topic among commenters. “He began...

Russia: Election Violations Recorded in the North Caucasus

YouTube-user iFegor had recorded a video transmission from North Ossetia republic where two women are putting numerous ballots into the ballot boxes. In Dagestan, another user had recorded an unidentified...

Russia: Police and Military Trucks Spotted in Moscow

Bloggers share pictures of numerous police and military trucks that flooded central streets of Moscow. Video summarizing [ru] buses and military vehicles. Photo of trucks standing next to the Red Square....

Russia: Government Election Webcams

“Although not much can be seen, Muscovites have finally seen Russia,” write bloggers describing election webcams [ru] installed by Rostelecom company following the Dec. 2011 election. Although video capturing had not...

Russia: Absentee Voters and Election Carousels Alarm Twitterers

Russian Twitterers report numerous ‘election carousels’ (form of vote rigging when people vote several times at different voting stations). Bolshoy Gorod shares a picture [ru] of buses that allegedly are...

Russia: DDoS Attack Puts Down Several Political Websites As Cyberwar Escalates

On February 9, 2012, following the widely-discussed leaks of pro-Kremlin mailboxes, LiveJournal, where the leaks were published, became temporarily unavailable, Lenta.ru reported [ru]. Russian representative of Anonymous group @OP_Russia, suggested [ru] that...

Russia: New .Ru Domain Registration Rules Allow Easy Domain Seizure

Andrey Rylkov Foundation writes about the first case of enforcement of the domain seizure rules in the “.ru” and “.рф” domain zones. The rules [ru] (Article 5, point 5.5) , updated on November 11,...

Russia: The Anonymous Hacks and Publishes E-mails of Pro-Kremlin Youth Group

Read The Guardian's take on the so-called “Potupchik-gate,” a series of scandals surfaced as a result of hacking and publishing of private inbox of Kristina Potupchik [ru], press-secretary of Nashi, notorious...

Russia: Day of Protests Divides Citizens

Despite temperatures of -20 degrees, thousands of Russians went out to the streets to participate in election manifestations. Some, organised online, were protesting against the elections and possible re-election of...

Russia: Prices of Popular Bloggers’ Posts Leaked

Anonymous hackers had allegedly hacked an inbox of pro-Kremlin activist Kristina Potupchik and publicised [ru] a ‘price-list’ of posts of the most popular Russian bloggers. Government-sponsored Nashi were caught several times...

Russia: “For Fair Elections” Protest Coordination Portal Launches

RosMiting.ru (Russian meeting), a community portal of protest actions, had launched. The portal accumulates information about protest events in various cities of Russia. It was created by the same team...

Russia: Ulyanovsk Blogger Wins Libel Case Against Governor

Ulyanovsk-based blogger Oleg Sofyin (LJ-user lis73) won a court case against Ulyanovsk governor Svetlana Openysheva, lenta.ru reports [ru]. Openysheva tried to sue Sofyin for publishing a post where he described a phone...

Russia: Vladimir Putin Ignites a Pre-Election Debate on Nationalism

Following Vladimir Putin's article [ru] on ‘nationality question,’ Dmitry Rogozin, vice-premier and former leader of semi-nationalist party “Rodina,” had published [ru] an op-ed in which he calls nationalists who participate in post-election protests to...

Russia: The Fake Political Twitter Account Phenomenon

Online anonymity provides perfect conditions for human creativity and humor. In the Russian context this manifests as Twitter accounts belonging either to dead politicians or those that deliberately avoid publicity.

Russia: Community of Election Observers Launched

Creators of popular citizen crowdsourcing projects RosYama and RosPil Alexey Navalny and Georgiy Alburov launch a new project RosVybory [ru], a community of election observers. Users submit their data to the...

“Russia Without Fools,” a Crowdsourced Feedback Portal Launched

A committee of supporters of president Dmitry Medvedev had launched a crowdsourcing citizens-to-government feedback portal “Russia Without Fools” [ru] that allows to submit cases of officials’ stupidity or abuse. So...

Russia: Security Services Put Pressure on Parents of the Protest Group Moderator

Ilya Klishin, creator of the Facebook groups that organized Russians to participate in Bolotnaya [ru] and Sakharov protest demonstrations, wrote [ru] that his mother had received a call from FSB...

Russia: Line to a Drug Dealer in Novosibirsk

YouTube user Pepsick80 publishes a video [ru] of a drug dealer's selling point in Novosibirsk (city in Siberia). Several tens of cars and drug users standing in the line to...

Russia: Twitter Clone Launched

Mail.ru group (owner of Blogs.mail.ru and a significant share of Vkontakte social network) had launched today futubra.com, a social network ‘inspired’ by Twitter.

Russia: Rooftop Krasnoyarsk Pictures

Raskalov_vit shares mind-blowing rooftop pictures of snowy Krasnoyarsk, city in Siberia. On the pictures: bridges, snow and heating steam, multi-storey houses mixed with industrial landscapes.

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