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
Latest posts by Yelena Osipova
Russia: Sex, Women, Putin and Videos
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: Women ‘Rip For Putin’ As Election Campaign War Begins
Russian 2012 presidential candidate Vladimir Putin is quickly catching up with his supposed rival Dmitry Medvedev in engaging guerrilla marketing techniques and new media to boost his campaign.
Russia: Sochi Mascots, Politics, and Some Twitter
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."
@MedvedevRussia, Are You Listening? A Story of 6 Months on Twitter
Since first appearing on Twitter in June 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has become one of the most prominent tweeters on Russian Tweet-o-sphere. Yelena Osipova looks back at some of the highlights and key moments of the past six months.
Russia: The Twitter Craze. This Time, It's a Worm…
Russian officials in a tweet-o-drama over... a worm.
Russia: Medvedev Addresses the People of Belarus via Video Blog
Two weeks ago, Belarus' current leader and future presidential hopeful (yet again) bashed the Russian President's blog. Medvedev responded by sending a video blog message to the people of Belarus. Yelena Osipova looks at the details of this exchange.
Russia: “Web of Justice”
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! ;)
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.
Russia: Officials Embrace Twitter. By mistake
Yelena Osipova reviews some notable examples of the use of social media by Russian politicians.