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Yandex Hides Backlink Count

Yandex, the leading search engine in Russia has now decided to hide the true number of incoming links to each domain, known as backlinks. There were previously two ways of finding out this information in the engine, the first was by using the command in the search bar (link=””), the second was by using the […]

Server Meltdown in Russian Heatwave

The 36C heat wave that hit Russia last week seemed to bring chaos to several internet systems and routers, with connections to Moscow grinding to a halt for most of the day. Russian search engine Rambler was one of the sites that seemed to get hit particularly hard. Worse yet, the server dealing with payments […]

Burton Learns That Translation Matters

The UK clothing chain Burton gives us marketers a timely reminder about the importance of correct translation. Full story via the Guardian. When Bristol university student Paddy Shuttleworth spotted an unassuming grey cotton T-shirt in his local Burton menswear shop, he was, to say the least, surprised; not by the price (a modest £12) but […]

Multilingual SERPs from Google Translate

Andy over at the Multilingual-SEO forum brought this to my attention. You can now browse translated SERPs for Google in several languages, included Russian. Check out a search for online poker. Very clever.

Russians Go Crazy for Ralph Lauren Handbags

The Moscow Times reports that Polo Ralph Lauren opened their first stores in Russia last week. Including one a 720-square-meter, three-story outlet amid the luxury shops in Tretyakovsky Passazh. On opening day all the "Ricky" handbags were sold out, a example of the growing success of the luxury goods market in Russia. The Ricky handbag, […]

WHOIS Privacy for .Ru Domains Causes Panic

The Russian Registry (Ru-Center) is considering plans to allow .ru domain owners to maintain anonymous registrations, otherwise known as WHOIS privacy. This will allow users to hide their personal details from public access. According to Andrei Vorobiev, head of the Public Relations at Ru-Center, they planned to maintain public access only to the domain owner’s […]

European Wages for Russians

Rossiskaya Gazete reports that Russia has caught up with Europe for the first time in terms of wage-to-GDP ratio. At the end of 2006, the ratio of the total wages of those employed to national GDP reached an all-time high of 33.3%, up from 23.6% in 2000. According to EuroStat figures, the wage-to-GDP ratio in […]

Google Celebrates Space Day

April 12th is the day Yuri Gagarin made his historic flight in 1961 and Russia won the space race. As you can imagine it’s still a source of some pride for Russians, and it’s quite amazing to me how many remember this holiday. Research by the The Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) found that 73% of […] Video Broadcasting Space Launch will be broadcasting live footage of the upcoming space shuttle launch on their new video service. On 7 April at 21.00 Moscow time a live audience of millions of television viewers and Internet users can watch the launch of the manned spacecraft [Soyuz] from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. “We are happy to give Internet users […]

O Begun API, where for art thou? have led the API race in Russia to date, announcing that their API was open for testing in early January 2007. However that seems to be as far as they got – testing. Although features have been added to the test environment, the API is still not available in live mode. That’s left many […]