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Donna Welles

Mensa IQ 196
Ph.D. Geopolitics – St. Petersburg State University, Russia

My Blog – Original Geopolitical Analysis

Washington, DC, США

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Latest posts by Donna Welles

8 November 2012

Russians React to Obama's Reelection

RuNet Echo

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...

15 September 2012

Russia: Religiosity & the Murdered U.S. Ambassador

RuNet Echo

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...

17 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

RuNet Echo

'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...

26 May 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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...

17 May 2012

Russia: NHL Stars Return to 2012 World Hockey Championship

RuNet Echo

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...

9 May 2012

Russia: Putin's Return Rouses Online Polemics

RuNet Echo

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...

8 May 2012

Russia: Open Hostility in Moscow Surrounding Putin's Inauguration

RuNet Echo

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...

4 May 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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....

30 April 2012

Russia: The Battle of Borodino Lives On

RuNet Echo

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...

23 April 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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...

16 April 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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...

7 April 2012

Russia: Watching News of Patriarch Kirill's Watch Travel

RuNet Echo

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...

1 April 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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...

24 March 2012

Russia: Moscow's Modern Muslim Experience – In Context

RuNet Echo

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...

17 March 2012

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

RuNet Echo

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...

10 March 2012

Russia: First Woman in Space Turns 75 Years Old

RuNet Echo

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

6 March 2012

Russia: Fake US Ambassador Twitter Account Wreaks Havoc During Vote

RuNet Echo

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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