Globally Social: New Media and Policy Change
Colleen McEdwards
Posted by colleenmcedwards On December - 5 - 2011 0 Comment

Blogs heat up as Russia vote winds up.

I have reported from Russia off-and-on since the final throes of the Soviet days, and reporting on the voting issues this weekend from the comfort of a desk in North America, only made me want to go back again and re-learn what I think I know, and to deepen my understanding.  Some are calling the election a game, favoring only the likely players.  Election monitors say the 50 percent result for Putin’s United Russia party are inflated by vote fraud.  Ballot stuffing, no problem in a country whose leadership evolved from a culture of answering to nobody.  But with social media added to the voices trying to expose it– well maybe the oligarchs are going to face a bigger challenge moving forward.

  

http://boingboing.net/2011/11/24/russian-social-media-erupts-as.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/12/05/western-monitors-say-violations-marred-russian-vote/

 

Covering the Kremlin, 2002

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