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Men write to me often, saying that, as a woman, I shouldn’t be writing about politics. But I consider this unfair. Politics isn’t like dragging bags of cement. Both men and women can discuss politics… so I consider phrases like “you’re a women, don’t write about politics” to be obsolete chauvinism.

She’s had a LiveJournal account for years, but Polina Dubinina, who runs the blog Politichanka, only began updating regularly last February, when the aftershocks of the revolution in Kyiv reached Crimea. Dubinina chose LiveJournal in a conscious attempt to connect to the Russian speaking world, where LJ is widely popular.
There’s a Woman in Crimea Showing the Men How Blogging Is Done

Men write to me often, saying that, as a woman, I shouldn’t be writing about politics. But I consider this unfair. Politics isn’t like dragging bags of cement. Both men and women can discuss politics… so I consider phrases like “you’re a women, don’t write about politics” to be obsolete chauvinism.

She’s had a LiveJournal account for years, but Polina Dubinina, who runs the blog Politichanka, only began updating regularly last February, when the aftershocks of the revolution in Kyiv reached Crimea. Dubinina chose LiveJournal in a conscious attempt to connect to the Russian speaking world, where LJ is widely popular.

There’s a Woman in Crimea Showing the Men How Blogging Is Done

In the United States, Barack Obama celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday. In Moscow, an anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy and hung a banner mocking the American President. The sign, pictured above, read, “I see nothing, I hear nothing, and I speak the truth to no one,” featuring three caricatures of Obama, likening him to the “three wise monkeys” of the Japanese proverb. 
Moscow’s Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

In the United States, Barack Obama celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday. In Moscow, an anonymous group of young people climbed atop the U.S. embassy and hung a banner mocking the American President. The sign, pictured above, read, “I see nothing, I hear nothing, and I speak the truth to no one,” featuring three caricatures of Obama, likening him to the “three wise monkeys” of the Japanese proverb. 

Moscow’s Birthday Card to Barack Obama. Is This Racist?

The Russian government has tightened control over all media platforms, but it’s been especially active in corralling the Internet. News programs and other video content from state Russian television will soon flood top news websites in Russia, creating a monolithic news agenda in a market where independent media outlets have all but disappeared.
According to a new agreement between Pervyi Kanal (state-owned Channel One) and the media holding Rambler & Co., websites like Gazeta.Ru and Lenta.Ru will carry the government-controlled channel’s daily news bulletins, while other websites from the holding might rebroadcast Pervyi’s films, documentaries, and sports programming.
TJournal.ru points out that examples of embedded video content from Pervyi Kanalare already available on Lenta.ru, like this conspiratorial piece about U.S. and U.K. ‘agents’ in Germany. The 34-second video is dropped squarely in the middle of the news story, cutting it in half.
The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up

The Russian government has tightened control over all media platforms, but it’s been especially active in corralling the Internet. News programs and other video content from state Russian television will soon flood top news websites in Russia, creating a monolithic news agenda in a market where independent media outlets have all but disappeared.

According to a new agreement between Pervyi Kanal (state-owned Channel One) and the media holding Rambler & Co., websites like Gazeta.Ru and Lenta.Ru will carry the government-controlled channel’s daily news bulletins, while other websites from the holding might rebroadcast Pervyi’s films, documentaries, and sports programming.

TJournal.ru points out that examples of embedded video content from Pervyi Kanalare already available on Lenta.ru, like this conspiratorial piece about U.S. and U.K. ‘agents’ in Germany. The 34-second video is dropped squarely in the middle of the news story, cutting it in half.

The Kremlin Is Fighting the Internet by Buying It Up


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”