Session: Blogospheres in Russia and Belarus II: Pluralistic Playground or Launch Pad for Democratic Change?

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Are blogs in Russia and Belorus boosting democracy by bypassing censorship? Does the Russian blogosphere today make up for what the traditional media in the nineties failed to provide: an open, pluralistic and politically free debate? Or are the debates in this limited context something that will remain without any effect on the larger public?

The second panel on the Russian and Belorussian blogosphere concentrates on the political and public impact of blogs and their role in the democratic development in the two countries. The panel will be held in English and partly be translated from Russian into English (Translator: Ingrid Müller, Berlin).