Masha Gessen’s Facebook Fuckup

Throughout the entire debacle that’s unfolded on Masha Gessen’s Facebook page over the past 24 hours, a phrase keeps coming to mind that I’m not sure how to explain: “You’ve got to hand it to her.” But why exactly? For what? There’s something awe-inspiring about Gessen’s sloppy, malicious attack on Anna Arutunyan, just as I’m …

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Pissing into an Ocean of Piss: Max Seddon, Jen Psaki, & the Kremlin’s Trolls

Over the past few weeks, the Internet group Anonymous International has leaked several hundred hacked emails belonging to people who apparently work at a marketing firm called the “Agency of Internet Research” (Агентство Интернет Исследований). I downloaded this stolen data (just kidding, law enforcement officers!), and the vast majority of the emails are excruciatingly boring. …

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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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Blocked by Navalny

Who’d have thunk it? Russia’s top netizen—the brightest star in a shiny galaxy of Internet-charged oppositionists—has blocked me on Twitter. Navalny, who has collected over 339 thousand followers, blocked me sometime late last week, probably on March 19, after I published a short Global Voices update about his controversial attendance at an Aeroflot banquet hosted at …

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The Best of the ASEEES 2012 Conference for Russia Watchers

Dear readers, though my Russia blogging has moved to Global Voices, I’m always looking for things worth posting to AGT, which I haven’t abandoned, and will one day undoubtedly return to. This Friday thru Sunday, I’ll be attending the 44th annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in New Orleans. This is …

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Catherine Fitzpatrick: Hero Blogger

Everyone enjoys reading about himself. This wretched egomania fuels the celebrity phenomenon that is the lifeblood of modern society, and why not! So you can imagine my delight to awake this morning to Catherine Fitzpatrick’s latest four-thousand-word-long masterpiece — an attack on me, my sinister Kremlin sympathies, and the outfit (Global Voices) where I recently signed on as …

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AGT is dead. Long live AGT!

Today marks my first day as Global Voices RuNet Echo Project Editor. My inaugural post went live this morning: a report on an online petition that emerged last week advocating expanded controls on foreign-funded Russian NGOs. You can read it here at GV’s site. ‘A Good Treaty’ has been my primary blogging platform for more …

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Ballad of the Bloggers

In the aftermath of last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, several large-scale opposition demonstrations are scheduled across Russia. The largest is expected to be the “Rally for Honest Elections,” planned for December 10th, Saturday afternoon, in Bolotnaia Square, not far from the Kremlin in Moscow. As I write this now, nearly 33,000 people have RSVP’d for the …

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