Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mapping the Russian Blogosphere

Read the announce of the upcoming report on research I participated in:
Hosted by USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding, experts from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Morningside Analytics will present their new research on the Russian blogosphere, while prominent Russia experts and notable bloggers will respond. The research team mapped this extensive social network, analyzing over 11,000 Russian language blogs to understand how politics is discussed, by whom, and if there is evidence of political and social mobilization in the blogosphere. The team also analyzed the blogosphere’s place within the overall Russian online and traditional media ecology, including discussion of top political YouTube videos.

update: Here's the permanent page for the project which now features Russian translation of the report (in PDF).

Saturday, August 07, 2010

More photos

I have updated my photo galleries with several regional albums. Among the updates are:

and also the updated Phone Stuck Stock featuring Moscow smog photos; see the entire photo collection here

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Myths & Facts

While Russian President Medvedev tells world leaders at Economic Forum in St. Petersburg how modernized and civilized Russia is, see what is going on in Russia in reality:'s_main_airport_faces_high_danger_from_dump_birds

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rostov-on-Don Wiki-Conference 2010 - Meta

Rostov-on-Don Wiki-Conference 2010 - Meta: On May 8 and 9, 2010, the Russian-language IV Wiki-Conference was held in Rostov-on-Don city in the South of Russia. The first day location was Donskaya State Public Library and the second day discussions took place in the Artistic Photography School.

The event was organized with the support from Wikimedia Russia and gathered about 40 participants from different Russian cities. 9 reports were presented and 3 panel discussions held.

Russian language material on the meetup can be found at ru:Википедия:Вики-конференция 2010.

See information on other Russian Wiki-Conferences at Events#Wiki-Conference in Russia.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Did you also know

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Didn’t you know what...

Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport has a special warning at its website with a special plead for passengers to prevent them from jokes.

"While passing pre-flight inspection and answering questions of the Aviation Security Service personnel regarding your possessions and substances prohibited aboard an aircraft, make sure to refrain from irrelevant jokes, such as “It’s a bomb”, “This is acid”, etc. Such answers are treated as a statement that the passenger actually carries dangerous substances and items, and any such passenger may be deplaned and handed over to the transport police for further questioning and prosecution in accordance with the applicable laws of the Russian Federation, including institution of criminal proceedings under Article 207 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Fraudulent message of the act of terrorism”)."

Monday, March 29, 2010

English analysis of Runet reacting to terror

Here is a brief English analysis of how Russian "blogosphere" is reacting to today's Moscow terrorist attacks: (link).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Google Buzz

I think Google Buzz was forcibly developed when they saw the recent last-year enormous growth of Facebook. It has synchronization-wise flaws and is developing on the go (is this a beta?). The same for Google Friend Connect. (see also)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

More India photos: Delhi Main Bazaar

Another my friend, Nicholas Danilov, has also published his series of excellent photos from India. These photos are well worth looking at, and are also placed at LiveJournal with Russian captions but you also can ask for details freely in English using LiveJournal interface.

This is Delhi Main bazaar:

See rest at

Ancient observatory

In a new Indian photo post by my friend Vladimirovich, he presents series of photos of an ancient observatory in Varanasi:

See the rest at and feel free to ask him in English about the details if you like.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Our Varanasi photos

A friend of mine Yan has published his 1st series of excellent photos from our recent trip to India. I’m gonna give now a link to his Russian-language post, and if you don’t speak Russian please see the very photos nevertheless as Yan is a very good photographer and does much of work on each piece before publishing, and the resulting pictures are awesome. Here’s the one, click it for the others!

Varanasi, India, December 2009

Feel free to comment at his journal in English if you like, he will understand and will talk to you. You may also view other great photos at his journal of

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Indian photos at

Starting today, a series of my photos of Indian railways will be published on a daily basis on popular railfan website See the first 4 among other daily ones at this 2-lingual address. More to follow the next day.

Cycle rickshaw in Varanasi