Latest posts by Dmitry Davidov
Russia: Putin, Piano and Vanishing Foundation Create Controversy
Growing influence of online communities on Russian politics and media agenda is illustrated by the recent story that involves Hollywood stars, singing Putin, charity donations and mysterious "Federaciya" foundation.
Russia: Blogger Pays for Badmouthing Putin Online
Rapid development of RuNet in recent years has only stared testing the limits of what one can say online. But the army of bloggers and their enthusiastic efforts to defend the online freedom paint an optimistic picture of the blogosphere's future.
Russia: Bloggers Discuss Possible Website of Collaborators of Authorities
Blogger welgar contemplates about how useful it could be to create a website that would list all collaborators of Russian authorities who try to compromise the action of the opposition.
Russia: Analyzing Websites of Regional Administrations
A group of volunteers analyzes [RUS] websites of regional administrative offices for openness and availability of information according to 16 criteria developed by the volunteers themselves.
Russia: Social Network User Accused of Piracy
Russian Ministry of Interior reported [RUS] of the first criminal case against a user of the most popular Russian social network Vkontakte.ru. The user allegedly shared several copyrighted materials on Vkontakte.ru.
Russia: Internet 2010 Overview
2010 highlighted several important trends of Russian Internet. Online audience grows very fast with people getting more news online and actively using social networks. In a lot of ways, 2010 brought a recognition of the power of the Internet into Russian society.
Russia: Informal Medvedev Election Trailer Realeased Online
An anonymous user created a short à la Guitar Hero video trailer jokingly presenting Dmitry Medvedev as “President Hero 2012.” The video draws attention to the upcoming 2012 presidential elections in Russia.
Russia: Newspaper Announces Its Partnership with Wikileaks
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta known for its critical stance toward Russian authorities announced today its official partnership with notorious Wikileaks. This came as a punch toward less-known magazine Russian Reporter that, until now, claimed to be the official partner of Wikileaks.
Russia: Bloggers Discuss Putin's Bruise
The recent visit of Vladimir Putin to Ukraine surprised Internet community with official photographs of Putin with a bruise on his face. Russian bloggers jumped on the opportunity to talk about the possible reason for the bruise.
Russia: Center of Moscow in Photographs
LJ user varandej posts pictures of conventional houses and apartment complexes in the center of Moscow.
Russia: Photos of Russian SWAT training
Blogger artemgorbachev posts photos from a training of the Russian Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON).
Russia: President Medvedev Welcomes Schwarzenegger Via Twitter
Right after landing in Russia, Arnold Schwarzenegger shared his picture in Moscow with his Twitter followers. Russian President Medvedev replied to the twit by writing: “Welcome to Russia!” The two extensively cover their interactions on Twitter (here and here).
Russia: Erotic Vs. Political. Battle of Calendars.
When young female journalism students decided to openly express their admiration for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, “objectivity” and “impartiality” were overshadowed by sexual innuendo and erotic lingerie.
Russia: Recent Flash Mob Leaves Male Users Guessing
Recent flash mob on Vkontakte.ru, the most popular Russian social network, consisted of female users changing their online statuses to what would start with “And I love doing it on…” and adding the places where they usually leave their bags. The double meaning of this sentence immediately attracted the attention...
Russia: Acoustic System of President
Bloggers chibis and yarosh analyze the acoustic system that appeared on the latest photos taken at the Russian president's residence. The cost of the system is around $200,000, the bloggers say, but it is not the most advanced or expensive acoustic system.
Russia: September 30 is Internet Day
Russian online users celebrate Internet Day in the country on September 30. This day also traditionally marks the start of the voting process for the best Internet project in the country that will be determined by the most amount of votes by the second half of November.
Russia: “Inaccessible” Moscow Rally
LJ user drugoi published pictures [RUS] from the latest rally “Moscow. Access Granted” meant to illustrate accessibility problems that a person in a wheelchair can encounter in the city.
Russia: Adventures of Israeli Blogger in Russian Hospital
Sometimes it takes a foreigner blogging about her experiences in a hospital to pinpoint the "shocking truth" about your country.
Russia: Blog Posts on Hospital in Russian Town Lead to Debates on Russian Healthcare
A blogger from Israel with Russian roots was unfortunate enough to get sick while visiting her relatives in Russia. Her recollections and pictures of a hospital in the city of Voronezh [ENG] provoked heated debates on the state of Russian health care.
Russia: Wildfires Victims Sorry They Fought For Their Houses
The aftermath of the recent wildfires in Russia is on the agenda of the main media channels. Reports on and interviews with victims, volunteers, humanitarian aid workers and government officials are covering mainly positive developments: new houses are being built for the victims, financial compensations are being paid to the...
Russia: Fight With Fire in Ryazan Region
Blogger chistoprudov features more photos on his blog related to the latest efforts to put out wild fires in Ryazan region, Russia.