The Internet in Russia

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The Internet in Russia Russia has always been a country full of contradictions, as it was said once in a movie: “They weep when getting married, and sing going off to war.” Large cities, such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, are showing off the latest models of executive cars (always full option) and open up new boutiques of top couturiers almost daily. Nevertheless as soon as one gets outside the urban area, running water is considered a luxury. Technology as a whole was never Russia’s strongest asset. This means that some technological advances considered a “must-have” in the west are still ignored in this country. For example, the quality of agricultural machinery is almost at the pre-historic level. While at the same time the range of household technological supplies is greater and more advanced than in most European countries. It is only what is heeded prosperous to have, that is being developed and spent money on. Computers were known as “a tool for the wizard” for quiet some time in Russia. University students used typewriters for their papers up to 1996 at least. Even nowadays, lots of government organisations and some students still don’t use computers for the paperwork. Internet was literally unheard of in the masses until around 1995. I find it ironic that one of the first and most scandalous hacker incidents happened in Russia. In the early nineties a young man from St. Petersburg broke into a Swiss bank computer system. The crook ended up messing with millions of dollars. When the incident went public, the people didn’t understand the concept of online communication or Internet services, the only thing that was talked about was the dollar amount that could have been stolen. The first spread of Internet use ... ... middle of paper ... ...er to use a Russian web browser, because it is more advanced, and will base their email on the Russian net, who knows? Works cited: www.aport.ru “AIF Liubov’”. Moscow, 2000: vol. 3: pg. 9. www.mumiitroll.ru www.gorussia.about.com Plemnek A., Sokolova N., ‘RUSLAnet – a New Generation Library System Project in Russia”, The Electronic Library, Vol.14, No. 4, August 1996. Plemnek A, “Current and Perspective Tasks of the Open Library Systems Center”, Transactions of SPSTU, No. 1, 1996. www.au.ru www.aport.ru “AIF Liubov’”. Moscow, 2000: vol. 3: pg. 9. www.mumiitroll.ru www.gorussia.about.com Plemnek A., Sokolova N., ‘RUSLAnet – a New Generation Library System Project in Russia”, The Electronic Library, Vol.14, No. 4, August 1996. Plemnek A, “Current and Perspective Tasks of the Open Library Systems Center”, Transactions of SPSTU, No. 1, 1996. www.au.ru
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