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Marina Smolnikova

I grew up in Russia of the 90s in a provincial city a few hours northeast of Moscow. Mid-way through my undergraduate studies I secured a scholarship to spend an academic year in the US where I majored in International Relations. Post-graduation I moved to Shanghai and spent a total of nearly 7 years studying and working in China. Trying to make sense of this new Russia that did not exist for me 10 years ago, I blog at the Russky controversy

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Latest posts by Marina Smolnikova

20 June 2014

Russia's Failed e-Democracy?

RuNet Echo

Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.

4 June 2014

Europe’s Far Right Are Inspiring Russians

RuNet Echo

While the electoral success of the Far Right worries some in the European community, many Russians have welcomed the surge in Euro-skepticism as a vindication of Moscow’s anti-EU posturing.