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The Russian Debate online

The RuNet Award (full name

The Russian segment of the Internet, usually referred to as "RuNet" in Russia, has been growing rapidly since its inception in April 1994 (the official "birth date" refers to the registration of the domain .ru assigned to Russia, replacing the older domain extension .su for the Soviet Union).

While television remains the most popular means of mass communications in Russia, the number of internet users has been growing at a fast rate, particularly in large urbanized areas. According to research by the Public Opinion Foundation, in 2008 the internet audience in Russia reached 30 percent of the adult population (and significantly more in large cities

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