Russia’s busy Web 2.0 week: Singing police, currency votes, and Olympics in space

November 12, 2013

It’s been a busy Web 2.0 week in Russia!

Ever thought you could have done a better job coming up with a symbol for the U.S. dollar sign? Well, here’s your chance to weigh in on a currency symbol. The Russian central bank is crowdsourcing (or at the very least allowing Internet voting) on five option for the symbol for the ruble. Here they are as listed on the Russian Central Bank’s Web site:


The complication here is that the cyrillic letter “R” is written like the latin letter “P”. So the first two symbols build off the cyrillic letter for R, whereas the latter three are based on the latin letter “R”. Of course, as has been previously noted, these last three options may be doubling as thinly veiled advertisements for the ski events at the coming Sochi Olympics.

If currency design is not your thing, you can always sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the Russian Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of the Interior Ministry (aka the Russian police) as they prove it is never too late to add another item to your “didn’t see that one coming” list in performing Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky“.

And, oh yes, Russia also livestreamed the launching of the Olympic torch into space:

(Credit: Associated Press)
(Credit: Associated Press)

Normally I’d end a post like this with some sort of outlandish prediction for what they might do next, but honestly can’t top the Russian police singing Daft Punk…


[h/t to Josh Gordon and Greg Horowitz]


Joshua Tucker is a Professor of Politics at New York University. He specializes in voting, partisanship, public opinion, and protest, as well as the relationship of social media usage to all of these forms of behavior, with a focus on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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