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Donna Welles

Washington, DC. Economist. Here is my website: http://www.donnawelles.com/

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Latest posts by Donna Welles

Russians React to Obama's Reelection

With America's presidential elections finally over, Russians are reacting to Barack Obama's reelection, voicing fears and hopes about topics ranging from the Reset to America's waning global hegemony. Politicians and...

Russia: Religiosity & the Murdered U.S. Ambassador

Responding to the attack on U.S. embassies across the Muslim world (specifically the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya), Russian bloggers have addressed the perceived growth of religiosity in...

Russia: 40th Anniversary of Canada-USSR Hockey Series

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Russia: USA's Hammon Leads Russia to Basketball Semis

Russia: Bloggers Honor Tupac Shakur

Russia: Alexander Semin – Insight into NHL/Post-Soviet Relations

Euphoria spread across the nation on May 20, when Russia defeated Slovakia 6-2 in the Gold Medal match of the 2012 World Hockey Championship. The tournament provides insight into the...

Russia: NHL Stars Return to 2012 World Hockey Championship

Undefeated after seven games, and boasting an All-Star lineup, the Russian national team will face Norway in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 World Ice Hockey Championship. Many bloggers have...

Russia: Putin's Return Rouses Online Polemics

In the wake of protests against Vladimir Putin's inauguration, the reactions of Russian bloggers demonstrate a wide spectrum of opinion online. That oppositionist activism has suddenly taken on a more...

Russia: Open Hostility in Moscow Surrounding Putin's Inauguration

Both civilians and those charged with keeping order in the city displayed open hostility on May 6 when protesters took to the streets of Moscow in anticipation of Vladimir Putin's...

Russia: Tolstoy's ‘War and Peace’ Legacy Today

RuNet Echo continues its series examining the 200th anniversary of Tsarist Russia's Victory over Napoleon by examining Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' and the role it plays today online....

Russia: The Battle of Borodino Lives On

After 200 years, through the works of artists such as Leo Tolstoy (as well as legal disputes about the historic preservation of the battlefield), the Battle of Borodino continues to...

Russia: The Tsar's Victory Over Napoleon, 200 Years Later

Across Russia, celebrations have commenced honoring the 200th anniversary of Tsar Alexander I's defeat of France's Napoleon Bonaparte. Russian and English language bloggers have been tracking the celebrations and lingering...

Russia: Evgeni Malkin's Journey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Evgeni Malkin - a Russian-born ice hockey player who currently serves as the alternate captain for the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins - has led his team to the 2012 Stanley Cup...

Russia: Watching News of Patriarch Kirill's Watch Travel

Observers watched this week as a controversy that began in the Russian blogosphere concerning an altered photograph of the Patriarch's watch on the official site of the Russian Orthodox Church...

Russia: US Envoy's Use of Twitter to Further Transparency

Michael McFaul, the US Ambassador to Russia, used his Twitter account to voice his concerns that diplomatic protocols had been violated when it appeared his schedule had been leaked to...

Russia: Moscow's Modern Muslim Experience – In Context

Moscow's growing Muslim population exemplifies the modern experience of Russia's ethnic and religious minorities amid the backdrop of historical events that have molded the Russian perception of outsiders and thus...

Belarus: The 2011 Minsk Metro Explosion – A ‘Hall of Mirrors’

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Vladislav Kovalev and Dmitry Konovalov - the men convicted and sentenced to death for their actions surrounding the April 2011 explosion in a Minsk subway station...

Russia: First Woman in Space Turns 75 Years Old

Just days before the world celebrated International Women's Day last week, Valentina Tereshkova - the first woman to enter space - celebrated her 75th birthday.

Russia: Fake US Ambassador Twitter Account Wreaks Havoc During Vote

A fake Twitter account of the US Ambassador to Russia briefly disrupted US-Russia relations during the March 4 Russian presidential election. Donna Welles reports.

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