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Blogging Bares Byzantinism

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High-ranking state officials should be banned from having their own blogs, said Alexey Chadayev, head of the political department of Russia's ruling United Russia party. The current fab for blogs among state officials cannot lead to anything good, the party's chief ideologue said.

Speaking at the Russian Internet Week 2010 conference in Moscow, Mr Chadayev reminded his listeners of a phrase from Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel, The Brothers Karamazov: "There are three powers, three powers alone: miracle, mystery, and authority."

In Mr Chadayev's words, blogs of state officials "deconstruct" the miracle and mystery of power; in such a situation, it is very easy to lose authority as well, he said. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is known to be an active user of various internet services, even in his official duties.




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