Posts Tagged ‘Soviet Union’

Belarus Blocks Twitter, Facebook On Holiday

Published by pratyushkp on July 4th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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The authoritarian government of Belarus blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and a major Russian social networking site Sunday in an attempt to prevent opposition protests on a national holiday. Thousands of police and special forces were deployed in the center of Minsk, the capital.

The respected rights group Vesna said the government also detained dozens of opposition activists, including Stanislav Shushkevich, Belarus’ first post-Soviet leader. Many other activists were called in by the KGB and warned not to protest, Vesna spokesman Valentin Stefanovich said.

The government is trying to contain swelling public discontent as Belarus suffers its worst financial crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union.

President Alexander Lukashenko said Sunday that “an escalation of information intervention is under way” as part of plans drawn up in “the capitals of separate countries” to bring about a popular revolution.

Tags: Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus, Economy of Belarus, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Minsk, , Stanislau Shushkevich, Stanislav Shushkevich

Why Russia’s Social Media Boom Is Big News for Business

Published by pratyushkp on June 21st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Article from Mashable , Written by Dallas Lawrence

Dallas Lawrence is the chief global digital strategist for Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s leading public relations and communications firms. He is a Mashable contributor on emerging media trends, online reputation management and digital issue advocacy. You can connect with him on Twitter @dallaslawrence.

Nearly a century after the October Revolution ushered in Socialist rule throughout the USSR, a new generation of Russians is beginning to step out from behind the Iron Curtain and join the global online marketplace. The millions of 18 to 27-year-olds now poised to drive the next generation of social and economic change in Russia are setting aside previously held perceptions about global engagement and are tweeting, blogging, liking, posting and emailing through a myriad of online social communities.

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