One Does Not Simply Report on the Russian Internet!

Sadly, I don’t write very often in this blog any more. Ever since becoming Project Editor of RuNet Echo at Global Voices Online, I’ve devoted my Russia Watching efforts to that website. Still, though, I renew the agoodtreaty.com domain every year, happy to keep AGT alive for the future, and for times when I want …

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Navalny’s Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia’s Invulnerable Candidate?

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. When Alexey Navalny decided to run for the Moscow Mayor’s office, he probably expected to learn a lot about his enemies—the various masters and minions of Kremlin politics. Certainly, that has happened. As regular as clockwork, he has blogged exposés [ru] about incumbent Mayor Sergey Sobyanin’s luxurious apartments, …

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The Moscow Mayor’s Mischievous Viral Marketing

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. Throughout the Moscow mayor’s race, Alexey Navalny’s campaign has taken a beating from all sides on questions about financing, nationalism, and even transparency. A wide array of government actors and pro-Kremlin interests have harassed him with allegations of illegal foreign funding and off-the-books campaign materials, and even …

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Russia’s Soviet Assault on Navalny’s Online Fundraising

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, one of Russia’s zaniest and most profane politicians, declared on the radio yesterday that Alexey Navalny should rot behind bars rather than run for Moscow Mayor. “Let him die there, and be buried in the prison cemetery,” Zhirinovsky fumed [ru] on Ekho Moskvy, Monday, August 12, …

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The Business of Endorsing Navalny

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. One of the mainstays of Russian politics for the last ten years has been that Russian business stays out of politics. Late last week, 37 Russian Internet-industry entrepreneurs tried to shatter that taboo, when they signed a public “social contract” endorsing [ru] Alexey Navalny’s run for mayor of …

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Brutal Attack on Moscow Cop Reignites Russian Ethnic Tensions

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. Thanks to shocking footage of a brief but brutal attack on a Moscow police officer last weekend, Russia’s capital city is again the site of ethnic tensions between native Muscovites and migrant workers. The incident took place outside a market last Saturday, July 27, 2013, when an …

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Has Alexey Navalny Really Changed Russian Politics?

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. Russians are waking up in a new country. Last week’s rollercoaster events—Alexey Navalny’s conviction, sentencing, arrest, and quick release, as well as a large street protest in his defense—are a watershed moment in the evolution of the Russian civil spirit. Indeed, of the Russian psyche. Yes, of …

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Russian Blood on the Asphalt, Armenian Hands on the Wheel

This article was originally published on Global Voices here. It’s not every day in Russia that over a dozen people die in a single traffic collision, so when an Armenian national crashed a freight truck into a bus full of passengers last weekend, killing eighteen, it caught people’s attention. The incident was even captured on amateur …

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