Yelena Osipova

Working towards my Ph.D. at the School of International Service, American University, in Washington, D.C., focusing on international relations, communication and public diplomacy. Primary regions of interest: Eurasia and the Greater Middle East.
I blog at Global Chaos and Tweet @LenaOsipova

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Russia: Sex, Women, Putin and Videos

RuNet Echo  6 March 2012

Young women calling on co-enthusiasts to rip off their clothes for Putin last summer, seemed to have disappeared from the scene. As the election season draws to a close in Russia, it is worth taking a look back at how that movement evolved, and how it inspired other women - both, for and against Putin - to get creative.

Russia: Sochi Mascots, Politics, and Some Twitter

RuNet Echo  11 March 2011

In an unprecedented move, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee was going to let the Russian people participate in the choice of the mascots, from their creation to the very selection. However, it all got mired by political controversy, "Russian style."

Russia: “Web of Justice”

RuNet Echo  29 September 2010

The Russian Internet is presented, especially in some Western media, as being one of the few democratic forums in the country. However, these reports should be taken with a grain of salt, as it is still unclear just how much of Internet freedom the government is willing to tolerate.

Russia: Happy Birthday @KremlinRussia! ;)

RuNet Echo  15 September 2010

On September 14, 2010, the Russian president celebrated his 45th birthday. It was his third birthday as president. In 2010 wishes and congrats poured in from all over the world, in their hundreds, not only from official phone calls but also from Twitter. Yelena Osipova analyzed the Twitter-o-sphere's reaction.