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Navalny Sets Up New Project to Improve Communal Services

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MOSCOW — Prominent anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has set up a new Internet-based project to help Russians fight poor service and corruption in communal services.
"The idea is very simple: Do you pay for utilities? Of course. We will help you get what you have already paid for," Navalny wrote on his LiveJournal blog Thursday.
Navalny reminded readers that about half of their monthly utilities bills goes toward the upkeep of communal areas in residential buildings, while the actual state of many entrances, stairs and lifts across Russia is often below standards.

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I'm posting this here because Yandex is a Russian search portal. If necessary I accept that it may be moved to the Barracks section.

I have recently started using the Yandex browser and was wondering if any other members had thoughts about or maybe even tips for its use.
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That's in essence a slightly modified Google Chrome browser, everything about Chrome must apply to it.
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I use Chrome and never have used Yandex, but here is some perspective: my brother-in-law works on the development team. He uses Chrome on his PC.
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I use Chrome and never have used Yandex, but here is some perspective: my brother-in-law works on the development team. He uses Chrome on his PC.
I can understand that - working on software all day you wouldn't want to go home and use it because you'd feel like you were still at work.
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So far it looks good. It's as fast as Chrome. The turbo works well when needed. I use a redirected DNS firewall so I don't think I'll need the extra protection from the built-in Kaspersky software but it's good to know it's there. I like the drop-down tableau that is filled with my most used websites when I open a new tab.

I had a look at the Yandex website - it's a pity they don't have an English version because it looks like it would be useful.
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Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia’s largest social network VKontakte, is the country’s version of Mark Zuckerberg. And like the Facebook founder, he will soon be immortalized on film – a biopic movie about Durov’s life has just been announced.

The film on the St Petersburg born entrepreneur will be based on the book ‘Durov Code’ by journalist Nikolay Kononov according to his website Hopes & Fears.

According to the author, the “VKontakte story is very powerful and cinematic, and that’s why decided to write it.”

“This social network is a virtual state with a population of over 100 million users; and Durov’s path is most interesting for the new generation of entrepreneurs, everyone who would like to build their business on the internet,” Kononov says.
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MOSCOW, January 14 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Justice Ministry denied registration to the country’s Pirate Party over gripes with its allegedly misleading title, the party said on Monday.


Piracy is defined in Russia’s Criminal Code as maritime or riverside robbery, the ministry said in its refusal note.


The title “Pirate Party” thus fails to match the party’s goals of promoting e-democracy, the freedom of information and the protection of personal privacy, the ministry said in a note dated Dec. 29, published on the unregistered party’s website.


The ministry also cited 12 procedural violations in the party’s charter, though chief pirate Pavel Rassudov said the complaints were “unfounded, to put it mildly.”


“If the decision is judicially flawed, it means it is politically motivated,” Rassudov told RIA Novosti.
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MOSCOW, January 21 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to create a system designed to detect and prevent cyber-attacks against information resources in Russia, according to a copy of a presidential order posted on a government website on Monday.
The move to boost Internet security comes on the heels of a recent discovery by Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security company, of a powerful virus that has infected government and private websites across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for five years.
The virus, dubbed “Red October,” was created to “gather sensitive documents,” including geopolitical intelligence, access to classified computer networks, and personal data, according to a report released January 14 and posted to the company’s website.
Russian government officials have not publicly addressed the virus, but Kaspersky Lab researchers say the majority of the affected computer systems were based in Russia, and some of the perpetrators appeared to be “Russian-speaking operatives.”



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MOSCOW, January 24 (RIA Novosti) - Yandex, known as the Russian equivalent of Google, has launched Wonder, a voice social search app, on Apple’s iOS platform for the United States, the Russian internet company said Thursday.

The app allows owners of Apple iPhones from the US to search data on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare.
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Last October, the number of active users of the world’s most popular social network Facebook reached 1 billion, accounting for more than half of the world’s Internet population. But in Russia, Facebook is unable to overcome the country’s homegrown copy, VKontakte.

“Our long-term aim is to reach a certain level of penetration in the market: Fifty percent of Internet users, but what percentage of users we have now I’m not allowed to tell you,” said Yekaterina Skorobogatova, Facebook development director for Russia.

According to research by the Sarafannoye Radio social marketing lab, Facebook, which launched a Russian-language version in 2008, occupied eighth place in the rating of the 20 most popular social networks in Russia in 2009, and climbed up to the fourth position the year after that.

“Russia is one of the few countries where there is a local search engine that occupies first place in the country, and its own top-ranking social networks,” said Roman Frolin, an Internet expert and blogger, in an interview with Golos Rossii radio station.

“I think that in the next three to five years, foreigners will be able to claim only third or fourth place on the Russian market,” he added.

Experts agree that many people in Russia prefer VKontakte to Facebook due to the fact that the former allows users to share music and videos — often in contradiction of copyright legislation — and for its simpler interface.

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Activists from Russia's unregistered Pirate Party said their new hosting site will block visitors from IP addresses belonging to government agencies and other state bodies, and vowed to create a “blacklist” of persons known for pro-copyright stances.

The Pirate Party announced the initiative in a press release; in it, they claimed that there is no such thing as illegal information, but there is information that some state officials or corporate executives want to hide or restrict.

The activists also argued that the deteriorating state of freedom of information in Russia demanded immediate action, and announced a plan to “clean the web of parasites.” This includes the blocking of all IP addresses associated with state agencies and pro-copyright organizations, especially Russia's Safe Internet League.

The main idea behind the project is that if potential opponents of the freedom of information cannot access sites that are hosted by pirates, they will not have the legal justification to demand their closure.

The new hosting will offer services to anyone except those that the Pirate Party considers cyber-criminals – those who use it for spamming, phishing, carding and child pornography. The party vowed to ban such accounts without warning.

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MOSCOW, February 5 (RIA Novosti) – More than 90 websites registered in Russia have been closed so far in 2013 for containing child pornography, the Interior Ministry said.

“We have shut down over 90 websites in Russia for the dissemination of illicit content. Those are the websites that have been confirmed as carrying child pornography,” Tatyana Shishova, a spokesperson for the Interpol National Central Bureau at the Interior Ministry said at an Internet security conference at RIA Novosti on Monday.
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