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This tragedy has united Malaysians in grieving, across racial and religious divide as well as political leanings. We see, after a long time, a rare occasion where politicians and their supporters, and even racial and religious bigots, have stopped spouting nonsense and bickering among themselves.

Malaysia’s Parliament held an emergency session and unanimously approved a motion condemning those who are responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 passengers and crew members. The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile in the eastern part of Ukraine on July 17.
The motion also urged for a “comprehensive investigation to be carried out to bring those responsible to justice.” In a rare moment in Malaysian politics, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties have set aside partisan politics to pass this resolution.
The opposition also praised Prime Minister Najib Razak for his success in clinching a deal with east Ukraine rebels that allowed Malaysia to secure the MH17 black box and the remains of the victims.
Malaysia’s Government, Opposition and People Unite to Demand Justice For MH17 Crash

This tragedy has united Malaysians in grieving, across racial and religious divide as well as political leanings. We see, after a long time, a rare occasion where politicians and their supporters, and even racial and religious bigots, have stopped spouting nonsense and bickering among themselves.

Malaysia’s Parliament held an emergency session and unanimously approved a motion condemning those who are responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 passengers and crew members. The plane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a missile in the eastern part of Ukraine on July 17.

The motion also urged for a “comprehensive investigation to be carried out to bring those responsible to justice.” In a rare moment in Malaysian politics, leaders of the ruling and opposition parties have set aside partisan politics to pass this resolution.

The opposition also praised Prime Minister Najib Razak for his success in clinching a deal with east Ukraine rebels that allowed Malaysia to secure the MH17 black box and the remains of the victims.

Malaysia’s Government, Opposition and People Unite to Demand Justice For MH17 Crash


Now, in the Gaza Strip, Israel annihilates six-year-old “terrorists,” and in Ukraine … believe it or not, in Ukraine it’s the same.

The current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn’t arouse as much passion as MH17. It is only tangentially connected to Russian interests, and though Putin is personally sympathetic to Israel, he stops short to condoning the Jewish state’s war on Hamas. Indeed, a perusal of RT coverage of the conflict puts Russia mainly on the side of the Palestinians. Also, the latest back and forth between the Israelis and Palestinians is easily cast off as just the latest round of violence in a never-ending conflict. Despite a mounting death toll on the Palestinian side (at the time of writing, the figure is 620), few RuNet users are writing substantive comments.
This doesn’t mean that there isn’t some chatter about the conflict. It’s common for Russian users of Twitter, for instance, to post regular updates about the conflict. 
Reporting MH17 and Gaza on the Russian Web

Now, in the Gaza Strip, Israel annihilates six-year-old “terrorists,” and in Ukraine … believe it or not, in Ukraine it’s the same.

The current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn’t arouse as much passion as MH17. It is only tangentially connected to Russian interests, and though Putin is personally sympathetic to Israel, he stops short to condoning the Jewish state’s war on Hamas. Indeed, a perusal of RT coverage of the conflict puts Russia mainly on the side of the Palestinians. Also, the latest back and forth between the Israelis and Palestinians is easily cast off as just the latest round of violence in a never-ending conflict. Despite a mounting death toll on the Palestinian side (at the time of writing, the figure is 620), few RuNet users are writing substantive comments.

This doesn’t mean that there isn’t some chatter about the conflict. It’s common for Russian users of Twitter, for instance, to post regular updates about the conflict. 

Reporting MH17 and Gaza on the Russian Web

Someone at VGTRK, a state-run Russian broadcasting company, has edited a Wikipedia entry about the Malaysian Flight MH17 crash to blame the government in Kyiv.
Russian State TV Edits Wikipedia to Blame Ukraine for MH17 Crash

Someone at VGTRK, a state-run Russian broadcasting company, has edited a Wikipedia entry about the Malaysian Flight MH17 crash to blame the government in Kyiv.

Russian State TV Edits Wikipedia to Blame Ukraine for MH17 Crash

Russian officials, politicians, and media personalities were quick to react to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which went down over Eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17. Authorities in Kyiv, Moscow, and Donetsk have all traded accusations, blaming each other for shooting down the civilian aircraft and killing the nearly 300 people aboard. With emotions running high, a handful of particularly calloused statements by figures in Moscow and Donetsk have attracted the Russian Internet’s attention.
The 5 Most Insensitive Reactions to the MH17 Crash in Ukraine

Russian officials, politicians, and media personalities were quick to react to the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which went down over Eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17. Authorities in Kyiv, Moscow, and Donetsk have all traded accusations, blaming each other for shooting down the civilian aircraft and killing the nearly 300 people aboard. With emotions running high, a handful of particularly calloused statements by figures in Moscow and Donetsk have attracted the Russian Internet’s attention.

The 5 Most Insensitive Reactions to the MH17 Crash in Ukraine

An airplane has crashed in Ukraine. With nothing but a few pixelated YouTube videos and a fast-growing mountain of accusations, RuNet users are in the midst of a full-blown hysteria. 

Now the ‘militants’ have really done it with their weapons from Russia.


First Reactions to the Downed Plane in Eastern Ukraine

An airplane has crashed in Ukraine. With nothing but a few pixelated YouTube videos and a fast-growing mountain of accusations, RuNet users are in the midst of a full-blown hysteria. 

Now the ‘militants’ have really done it with their weapons from Russia.

First Reactions to the Downed Plane in Eastern Ukraine

It is nearly a month since Global Voices’ Alexander Sodiqov was wrongfully arrested by Tajik authorities on espionage charges. This “Tajik precedent” should concern Russians, too, argues journalist Igor Rotar.
This Russian Journalist Fears ‘Spy Scares’ May Migrate North from Tajikistan

It is nearly a month since Global Voices’ Alexander Sodiqov was wrongfully arrested by Tajik authorities on espionage charges. This “Tajik precedent” should concern Russians, too, argues journalist Igor Rotar.

This Russian Journalist Fears ‘Spy Scares’ May Migrate North from Tajikistan

When faced with being tactful or truthful, often tact is the more polite of the two. Vladimir Putin, however, chose truth over tact.
Vladimir Putin recently called Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, as a “talented man” in the meeting with an international delegation of rabbis.
Putin Tells Rabbis that Goebbels Was “Talented”

When faced with being tactful or truthful, often tact is the more polite of the two. Vladimir Putin, however, chose truth over tact.

Vladimir Putin recently called Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, as a “talented man” in the meeting with an international delegation of rabbis.

Putin Tells Rabbis that Goebbels Was “Talented”

The number of restrictions placed on the Internet in Russia since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012 is daunting. What’s been outlawed and what’s still legal on the RuNet? To help people keep track of what’s what in Russian cyberspace, RuNet Echo has compiled a chronological list of the most important laws to hit the Russian Internet in the past two years. For each law, readers can find links to the legislation’s full text in Russian, as well as RuNet Echo articles in English describing the details and significance of each initiative.
Everything You Need to Know About Russia’s Internet Crackdown

The number of restrictions placed on the Internet in Russia since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012 is daunting. What’s been outlawed and what’s still legal on the RuNet? To help people keep track of what’s what in Russian cyberspace, RuNet Echo has compiled a chronological list of the most important laws to hit the Russian Internet in the past two years. For each law, readers can find links to the legislation’s full text in Russian, as well as RuNet Echo articles in English describing the details and significance of each initiative.

Everything You Need to Know About Russia’s Internet Crackdown

Ukraine’s new foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, is in hot water on the Russian Internet today, where bloggers are drawing attention to his first subscriptions on Twitter.
Kiev Kowtows to Washington … on Twitter

Ukraine’s new foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, is in hot water on the Russian Internet today, where bloggers are drawing attention to his first subscriptions on Twitter.

Kiev Kowtows to Washington … on Twitter

Aleksandr Dugin, a controversial Russian scholar, says he’s lost his job at Moscow State University, claiming that the President’s alter ego—the Lunar Putin—is to blame.
The Perils of the Lunar Putin

Aleksandr Dugin, a controversial Russian scholar, says he’s lost his job at Moscow State University, claiming that the President’s alter ego—the Lunar Putin—is to blame.

The Perils of the Lunar Putin