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Nina Jobe

California native, and long-time Russophile, Nina has been active on Twitter as @NinaIvanovna and blogged about Russian politics at Putinania since 2009. Her interests include social media, corruption, security, & terrorism, particularly in the North Caucasus. She currently resides in Tbilisi.

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Latest posts by Nina Jobe

15 October 2013

Can the Kremlin Control Moscow Ethnic Violence?

RuNet Echo

A poverty-stricken industrial Moscow neighborhood has erupted in ethnic violence last week, after a local man named Egor Sherbakov was stabbed to death by an alleged "migrant."

1 October 2013

Dark Humor Reigns As Russia's Winter Olympics City Floods

RuNet Echo

Sochi was hit by massive flooding last week, just as the International Olympic Committee wrapped up its final inspection visit. Videos of the storm's damage soon inundated the Russian Internet.

25 September 2013

Rumors Fly that Putin Has Remarried

RuNet Echo

There have long been rumors that Putin has a romantic relationship with gymnast Alina Kabaeva. That gossip has flared up again, with suspicion that they may finally have wed.

18 September 2013

Is a Monument to Chechen Women an Affront to Russia?

RuNet Echo

Ramzan Kadyrov caused an outcry in the blogosphere when he dedicated a monument to a group of Chechen women who died during the Caucasus Wars in the 19th century.

6 September 2013

Russia's True Symbol: A Chechen Mosque?

RuNet Echo

The second round of a contest to choose ten lesser-known Russian tourist attractions turned violent on Saturday, August 31, 2013, when a crowd in Grozny began egging select telecoms offices.

1 September 2013

Putin's Kiss: Redux

RuNet Echo

Netizens joke about Putin's penchant for public displays of affection.

28 August 2013

Russia's Unpopular but “Necessary” Illegal Immigrant Camps

RuNet Echo

At the end of July, Moscow's Governor proposed a new detention center for illegal immigrants on a former military base near the Yegoryevsky district. Not everyone is thrilled.

12 August 2013

Vladimir Putin's Solitary PR Stunt

RuNet Echo

Over the past months the Kremlin has given Russian bloggers more than the usual amount of fodder to ridicule the government and President Vladimir Putin.

8 August 2013

Moscow Police Round Up Migrants in “Concentration Camps”

RuNet Echo

After last week’s police raids on outdoor markets throughout Moscow, thousands of allegedly illegal migrants have been detained and placed in makeshift camps.

29 July 2013

Laughing at Putin's Pike

RuNet Echo

Vladimir Putin's presidential photo-ops, which grow more absurd with each passing year. In his latest publicity stunt, Putin joined Prime Minister and Defense Minister on a fishing trip in Krasnoyarsk.

18 July 2013

Russian Nationalists Score Victory in Opposition Council

RuNet Echo

The Coordinating Council of the Opposition has released a statement on the ethnic clashes and protests taking place in the town of Pugachev.

9 July 2013

Vigilante Justice & Race Riots in Provincial Russia

RuNet Echo

A bar fight that broke out last weekend between two young men in a small town of Pugachev in Russia’s central Saratov region, ended with racial violence.

8 July 2013

The New Despicableness of Doubting Navalny

RuNet Echo

Alexey Navalny's closing statement in a trial that could land him in prison for up to six years was a stinging, poignant speech against the current government, which he called...

2 July 2013

Russia's Amnesty Proposal Tests Entrepreneurial Attitudes

RuNet Echo

Boris Titov, the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights, has proposed an amnesty program for economic crimes. Under his plan, some 10,000 men and women incarcerated for economic crimes would be...

29 June 2013

Russians Celebrate Number One Political Prisoner's Birthday

RuNet Echo

Nearly 10 years after his arrest and conviction, Russian society remains largely apathetic about Khodorkovsky. Those who do care are divided about both his guilt and its consequences.

24 June 2013

Environmental Issues Drive Russians to Demand More of Their Leaders?

RuNet Echo

Over the last year, “Save Khoper” has held a series of protests to bring attention to a cause against a mining project outside Voronezh. On June 22, the latest demonstration...

19 June 2013

Russia’s Bid For International Prestige: A White Elephant?

RuNet Echo

As Putin continues to pursue his policy of using international events like the Winter Olympics to show that Russia is worthy of investment, the country's taxpayers are coming to realize...

13 June 2013

Russia's Commodification of Political Prisoners

RuNet Echo

Russia’s blogosphere comments on the unexpected release from prison of businessman Alexey Kozlov.