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Censorship - live on Russian TV

Could the Kremlin censure an entertainment programme on live TV? According to Russian bloggers, that's exactly what happened on one of the country's national television channels. Indeed, the video of the programme is beyond belief. Read more and watch the video.

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Putin fooled by his own media's disinformation

Putin pounced on a Fox News interview in which an Ossetian woman trying to praise Russia is cut off by the interviewer. Maybe he'd only seen the Russian-dubbed version, when the interviewer, almost comically, coughs and hums loudly over her speech. Read more and see the videos...

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The dark side of South Ossetia

Just after Russian forces stormed the South Ossetian capital, celebrated Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, who grew up in Ossetia, gave a concert to honour the victory. Our Observer there managed to photograph the event with his mobile.  Read more...

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Russian blog review: "Looking for nuclear war? Bring it on!"

A photomontage circulating on russian blogs.The crater is on Poland.

The Georgian War and the subsequent missile defense deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic have stirred up Russian bloggers. Many vent their frustration through hawkish comments and nostalgia of Soviet military might. Read more...

"I want Russians to leave my town"

While the international community waits for Russian troops to complete their withdrawal of Georgia, our Observer in the field tells us that the army is in fact consolidating its position around Poti, her town. According to her, its citizens have begun protesting against this occupation. Read More...

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"I was in Gori when the Russians attacked"

Leli Blagonravova, a Georgian photojournalist, was in Gori on August 8-9 when the Russians attacked. She sent us her personal account. Read more and see the pictures...

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From Poti, a town under Russian occupation

We managed to make contact with our Observer in Poti, blogger Samira Kuznetsova. She tells us about the atmosphere in Poti, a Georgian port on the Black Sea occupied by Russian forces. According to her, and contrary to rumours, the Russians did not loot the town. Read more.
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Amateur video from Poti

Despite the EU coordinated ceasefire, two Georgian towns - Gori (20km south of South Ossetia) and Poti (on the west coast) - remain under occupation by Russian forces. Few images are coming out of the areas, which journalists are not allowed to enter. Bloggers and NGO members however are doing their best to get around the information blockade by putting photos and videos online. See the images.

South Ossetia: "without the Russians we’d all be dead"

Russia has ordered an end to its military operation in South Ossetia, although a date has yet to be set for the withdrawal of Russian troops, which invaded the Georgian breakaway province on Friday. Our Observers in North Ossetia, South Ossetia and Georgia comment on the situation. Read more...

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