The Russian blogosphere has been transformed beyond recognition in the last three years. The current spread of various social media is providing a new challenge to the Soviet regime. GIS expert, Professor Stefan Hedlund examines what this means for Soviet media policy

RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev is on Twitter. But Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin insists the internet is nothing to be concerned with, consisting of 50 per cent pornography.

This striking contrast between the two members of Russia’s ruling ‘tandem’ may at first glance be seen as a generational difference. While 58 year-old Putin has preferred to ignore the emergence of new social media, his younge...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Boris Yeltsin presided over a post-Soviet order which granted freedom of association as well as freedom of speech
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