Tag: russia

by Sarah Lange

Since the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, civil society has been losing ground, largely without its knowledge, in its ability to effectively organize and mount a non-violent civil resistance movement against corrupt and authoritarian regimes. Its recent government, like many throughout the world, had overwhelmingly gained the power advantage in controlling and monitoring communication through […] more »

by Ryan Thornburg

The Russian punk band Pussy Riot must have done something really bad to merit a possible seven years in prison, I figured. Finding all descriptions of their behavior to be filled with euphemism, I wanted to see their offensive behavior myself. Who do you turn to when you want to see the world as it […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

2010 was a very good year for us at SochiReporter. In late December we took time to analyze the year’s achievements and, to be frank, I was excited about the list of various activities SochiReporter initiated or participated in. Of course, I try to be cautious about praising myself and our team too much, as […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

On Monday, September 27, SochiReporter will begin publishing in English. From that point on, every Monday will see us publish new exclusive stories about ongoing preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and about life in four of the Big Sochi main areas: Central Sochi, Adler, Khosta and Lazarevskoye. (We will be translating the Russian posts […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I recently spoke with a friend of mine here in Sochi, Russia. She is a specialist in modernizing the technological infrastructure of sanatoriums, which were the places where lucky Soviet working class heroes would be sent to rest and relax. (Think of them as health spas.) It’s a challenge to transform the Soviet-era sanatoriums. For […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

I am entering the large movie theatre hall where the conference dedicated to the social networks is just about to start. A prominent web expert is commenting on the Russian President’s decision to launch a Livejournal account and the first post on the Internet development in Russia. Someone is talking about the recent You Tube […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

According to the Council for Research Excellence, created by the Nielsen Company, an adult is exposed to screens – TVs, cellphones, even G.P.S. devices – for about 8.5 hours a day, the NYT reports. It seems like those last five weeks I was spending twice more time in front of my Mac and iPhone screens […] more »

by Alexander Zolotarev

On the web, choosing the mascot of the Sochi Olympics was probably the most discussed topic around the 2014 Winter Games. What is great with the Olympics is that being a global, international affair, each time it presents the local quintessence of the hosting city. Simply put, the symbol reflects the local Olympic dream as […] more »