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Online gambling under threat in Russia

This week President Putin introduced a new bill to clamp down on the gambling industry in Russia. The new bill entitled “About the State Regulation of Activities on Gambling” in currently in the project stage and has yet to be … Read More

Home-grown Adsense killer for Russia

The race is on to see which engine will deliver a contextual advertising program for ordinary webmasters in Russia to rival Google. Well it was only this Tuesday when I wrote that, and it seems that race has started in … Read More

Russian Rambler Announces 1st Half Results

Rambler, the No.2 search engine in Russia with a 20% share in the market, have released their financial statement for the 1st half of 2006 [LSE: RMG] Report Highlights: Total revenue up nearly 100% period on period to US$ 16 … Read More

Russian Yandex goes after the Long Tail

Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, has reduced the minimum cost per click from $0.10c to 0.01c (30 kopecks) in their contextual advertising program. This should allow users to start using Yandex more effectively for the PPC long tail, as they … Read More

Personal wealth in Russia to grow at 12%

The Boston Consulting Group has released a report showing that the personal financial wealth of Russians will grow faster than anywhere else on the planet, save India. Buoyed by a flood of cash from oil and gas exports, the value … Read More

Russian Yandex opening St. Petersburg office

Yandex opened a new office in St. Petersburg today, expanding out of their Moscow base. Andrey Ivanov, who previously led the Russian branch of the Borland company, will be head of the operation. In the first months the tasks of … Read More

Clampdown continues on Russian gambling

Times have got harder for the online gambling industry in Russia as Rambler, the No.2 search engine has decided to stop accepting PPC advertising for the gambling/poker sector. Earlier this year I reported on the new law introduced to restrict … Read More

5th Birthday for Yandex Direct in Russia

Today is the 5th Birthday of Yandex Direct, the leading contexual advertising system in Russia (think Adwords). The service was born on 31st July 2001 and powers both the Yandex search engine as well as several other leading Runet sites. … Read More

Russian President Putin on Yandex

The Russian search engine Yandex is partnering with the BBC to collect questions for a special interactive session with President Putin to be held on the 6th July 2006 at 1400BST. “We understand that the number of question will greatly … Read More

Google signs with Russian mobile provider

Google signed its first accord with VimpelCom, a Russian mobile phone company today, making the search engine available to users on their handsets. “This partnership is very exciting. We are making more of a commitment to Russia,” Dennis Woodside, Google’s … Read More

Moscow Wi-Fi Network to reach 4m homes

Information week is carrying the news that Nortel and Golden Telecom, a large Russian Internet service provider, are teaming up to build a large Wi-Fi mesh network in Moscow. The companies said that the network will provide access to about … Read More

Yandex pushing Russian internet access

As anyone who studies the Russian internet market knows, internet access is a key problem. While ADSL/SDSL high speed connections overtook dial-up for the first time this March this growth primarily reflects the situation in the large cities, such as … Read More