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Vadim Isakov

Born in Uzbekistan, I got my MA in Journalism in the U.S. in 2002. That year I came back to Central Asia to work for different local and international organizations. I was fortunate to travel all around the world perfecting my reporting skills and falling in love with complexity and diversity of global culture. I currently teach journalism at the Roy H. Park School of Communication at Ithaca College in the U.S.

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Russia: Two Bloggers Sentenced for Extremism

The Ufa city court in Bashkortostan sentenced bloggers Robert Zagreev and Ayrat Dilmikhametov to three and six years in prison for extremist activities “with the use of media,” Russian news...

Russia: Blogger Found Guilty in Harsh Criticizm of Bashkir Authorities

Alexander Izmailov was found gulty in posting 649 comments online criticizing the authorities and not shying away from curse words, Ufimskij Zhurnal reported. Izmailov also frequently produced photo collages making...

Russia: Medvedev Unhappy With Websites on Drug Preparation

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for shutting down the websites containing the information on preparation of drugs. He said that web hosting providers should be responsible for closing those sites,...

Russia: Penza Prosecutor's Office Investigates Anti-Semitic Comments

The prosecutor's office of Penza region started to check anti-Semitic comments and pictures that had appeared on Penza information portal pnz.ru. After the evaluation of the material, the prosecutor's office...

Russia: Hacker Explaines Why He Broke Website of “Zenith” Soccer Team

Nikita Volgin, a man who hacked the website of Russian soccer team Zenith, writes why he did it. Upset with the lack of criticism of Saint Petersburg administration in media,...

Russian Security Forces Ready to “Crash” Internet

Radio Echo Moskvy refers to an interview in “The New Times” magazine with an officer of Federal Security Service who said that FSS was ready to “crash” the  Internet in...

Russian Silicon Valley Has Unusually Expensive Website

Users and web designers on one of the most popular collaborative blogs Habrahabr.ru discuss the unrealistically high budget cost for creating and promoting the website of “Skolkovo” Innovation Foundation (Russian...

Russian Bloggers Plan Flashmob Against Federal Tax Service

After Russian Federal Tax Service  sent an audit invitation to long-deceased popular Russian writer Vasily Aksenov, bloggers planned a flashmob when people are encouraged to call the FTS and demand...

Russia: Bloggers Debate Military Operation in Libya

The situation in Libya, especially after the start of military operations by Western countries, has become one of the main topics of discussion in the Russian blogosphere. Marina Litvinovich analyzes...

Russia: Life of Migrant Workers in Pictures

Photoblogger zyalt publsed a selection of pictures on the life of migrant workers in Russia. The pictures with English captions are re-posted by English Rusia here.

Russia: Bots To Look For Extremism Online

Lenta.ru reported that Roskomnadzor, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication, intends to use a special software designed to spot extremist content online. The software will...

Russia: 80 Million of Russians to Go Online by 2014

Given current online trends in Russia, the Internet penetration in the country in 2014 will be as high as 71 percent with 80 million of Russians using the Web, the...

Russia: New Website Fights Corruption in Moscow University

New website MGIMOleaks.com is designed to fight corruption at prestigious Moscow State University of International Relations. People are urged to inform the site administration about any cases of bribery, scams,...

Russia: Mobile Users Prefer Traffic Maps

The most popular Russian online map service Yandex Maps conducted a survey among its mobile users. The survey showed that the most Russian use online maps for traffic updates. Searching...

Russia: First Guide on Twitter Released

Russian readers can finally enjoy the first guide on Twitter that was released in the country in March, 2011, Veri.ru reported. All sentences in the guide are no longer than...

Russia: Bloggers Celebrate Gorbachov's Birthday

Russian bloggers celebrate Mikhail Gorbachov's 80's birthday by debating his role in history. Notable posts in English on the subject are here and here.

Russia: Photographer Complains About Illegal Activities in Moscow Metro

Photographer Alexei Vitvitskiy posted pictures of allegedly illegal activities in one of the central stations of Moscow metro “Komsomolskaya.” “Here they opened a market of illegal immigrants,” Vitvitskiy wrote. ”...

Russia: Social Network Initiative Draws Attention to Soldiers Killed in Army

New initiative of “The Right of Mother” foundation uses popular Russian social network Odnoklassniki.ru to feature the profiles of 30 young soldiers who were registered users of the network and...

Russia: Popular Social Platform Identified as Space for “Infringing Materials”

A recent report [ENG] by the Office of The U.S. Trade Representative identifies Vkontakte.ru, the most popular social platform in Russia, as facilitating “unauthorized access to allegedly infringing materials.”

Russia: Popular Social Network Opens Its Profiles to Everybody

Russian popular social network Vkontakte.ru prohibited its users from limiting access to their online profiles. Now everybody is able to view personal information of other users. People started protesting against...

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