Tag Archive | social media

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 […]

LiveJournal: Russia’s unlikely internet giant

thebigfivenews: As Russia prepares to elect a new president this weekend, voters are more fired up than they have been for a decade. It’s partly due to an internet revolution that has challenged the state’s power to control public opinion – and to the blogging platform LiveJournal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17177053

The Role of Social Media in the Moscow Opposition Demonstrations in December 2011

This briefing paper examines the role of social media in organizing political protest in Russia, where the leeway for civic activism has been on the wane under the Putin-Medvedev tandem. The author argues that the emergence and mobilization of the street demonstrations was greatly facilitated by social media, which functioned both as an arena for […]

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 […]

Russian Activists Turn To Social Media (article from NPR)

“Russia’s largest anti-government demonstrations since the Soviet breakup of 1991 are being organized and driven by a force that didn’t exist two decades ago — social media. In recent years, protests have been relatively rare, and Russians who got their news from state-run television essentially saw one narrative — one that relentlessly extolled the virtues […]

McFaul Epitomizes Embrace of Social Media

U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul took to Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday in an attempt to refute charges that he’s promoting regime change in Russia. In doing so, he also highlighted the embassy’s unprecedented reliance on Twitter and Facebook to connect with the Russian public and fight an onslaught of negative reports in the state-run media. McFaul called foul on Russia Today over a Tuesday op-ed by analyst Igor Panarin accusing him of plotting to turn anti-corruption […]