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Mari Bst

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The Caucasus Network: In Blogs, Russian is the Common Language

No indigenous languages dominate any of the blogging platforms in the North Caucasus. Even the forums dedicated exclusively to local issues operate in Russian.

The Caucasus Network: On Blogging and Keeping Up Appearances

The Russian North Caucasus divided into clusters and studied for reader interactivity.

The Caucasus Network: What They Blog About

North Caucasus bloggers appear to exist in a bubble, demonstrating little interest in the outside world. There are roughly six topics the most popular blogs focus on.

The Caucasus Network: The Subtleties of Censorship

The mechanics of Internet censorship in the North Caucasus are not dramatically different from elsewhere in Russia. But they are unique in their own way.

The Caucasus Network: Personable Blogger, Svetlana Anokhina

Svetlana Anokhina—a 50-year-old journalist, writer, and community manager from Makhachkala, Dagestan—is as personable and undoubtedly real as netizens get.

The Caucasus Network: Dagestan Blogger Rasul Kadiev

Rasul Kadiev is a lawyer, born and raised in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Constantly among the region’s top five bloggers, he writes in Russian and uses LiveJournal.

The Caucasus Network: Grozny Blogger, Ali Suleymanov

A 28-year-old Chechnya native, Ali Suleymanov, "Archidesigner," spent most of his adulthood in the Moscow region, where he studied and later worked as exterior designer.

The Caucasus Network: Special Forces Blogger, Hard Ingush

Based in Ingushetia, Hard Ingush claims to be an officer in the Special Forces. In the last couple of years, he has led the North Caucasus’ blogosphere.

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