When Worlds Collide: Russia, the Internet, and Nothing to Hide (or, Интернет в России)

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  1. Matt says:

    The dirtiest election in the country’s post-Soviet era

    I’d be interested to hear if you think this is accurate, Jeffry- my impression is that it wasn’t that much dirtier, if any, than several other recent ones- the Moscow Times several years ago provided pretty persuasive evidence that Putin would have been forced into a run-off in his very first election if not for serious fraud (and was nearly shut down over it, and was more tame after that), and there was, I recall, pretty significant evidence that both Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces were cheated out of Duma representation (never to get it back) several years back. As bad as this election was, it doesn’t seem obviously worse than other recent ones to me. (A short attention span by journalists seems more likely) but I’d be curious to hear what you think.

    (On the “cyber” front, it’s also interesting that a blogger is one of the most important opposition figures.)

  2. Monica Eppinger says:

    For Russian cyberspace/i.p. aficionados, one hand of the state takes away while the other gives.

    As some parts of the state apparatus were busy this week restricting internet access to electoral opponents, Pres. Medvedev signed into law implementation measures for getting a patent court up and running. http://rapsinews.com/legislation_news/20111208/257962116.htm.