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Navalny smear campaign?

From RT: “Russia’s parliamentary majority party, United Russia, has dismissed as provocation a report that it hired PR specialists and bloggers to discredit popular anti-corruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny. ­The report about United Russia’s alleged activities appeared in the Monday edition of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper. The article quoted a source in a “large Moscow advertising […]

Russia’s Opposition Takes National Fight Local

It appears that the Russian opposition movement has switched its tactics from the national level to a grassroots outreach in generating support for political change. From Voice of America: “The arrival of Navalny and other leaders from Moscow is part of a new opposition strategy to take the fight for clean government to Russia’s regions.  […]

Update: Opposition leaders arrested and detained following election result protests in Moscow

From Reuters: Several news media outlets have reported that hundreds of protestors have been arrested and detained by police during the mass demonstrations following Sunday’s presidential election results.  Among them is Alexei Navalny, main opposition figure and political activist blogger. Read more about Navalny’s arrest, the EU’s criticism of the elections and US pressure to conduct investigations on […]

Putin wins Russia’s presidential election for third term, but digital momentum builds among country’s young people

“’The Internet to me is like a dump,’ said a Putin functionary last Monday. That kind of attitude will be Putin’s downfall – even if Sunday’s results seem to indicate otherwise. Because for today’s Russian (and for today’s Iranian and Chinese) the revolution will be digited, not televised. Through blogs, Facebook posts and YouTube videos, Russians […]

Twitter flooded with Vladimir Putin fraud claims

“…within hours of polls opening, Twitter and other social media were flooded with reports of fraud and vote rigging. Golos, Russia’s leading elections watchdog, said it received numerous reports of “carousel voting,” a ploy used during the disputed parliamentary poll in December in which groups of people vote at several different polling stations using the same […]

Two Russias Will Collide in Sunday’s Presidential Election

Compliments of Voice of America Moscow Bureau Chief James Brooke: “Social networks are making opposition politics very sociable.” With the much publicized presidential elections occuring in Russia on Sunday, will Putin’s projected win come to fruition?  Can he avoid a run-off?  If he does win, what will happen to the opposition movement and how will the organizers re-strategize? Read […]

How Russians Are Tracking Elections on Social Media

What stands out as some of the most useful social media tools to drive the Russian protests? This article features YouTube and Twitter prominently as mobilizing the Russian opposition against election fraud. “’These elections are for the first time taking place in a real situation of parallel information flows – the official one and the […]