Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The pen is mightier than the sword'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Requiem for a recorder'

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government?

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan's Political Turmoil: Can Imran Khan's PTI Party Depose the Government? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2013-01-15

Russian opposition blogger accused of paedophilia

A Russian opposition blogger is accused of paedophilia: the web reacts. The story of Buck, an abused dog, touches US net users. And the White House explains why it will not build a "Death Star".

Russian opposition blogger accused of paedophilia

Rustem Adagamov, one of Russia’s most influential opposition bloggers is currently being investigated for paedophilia. Legal proceedings opened on Friday after his ex-wife, Tatyana Delsal accused him on his blog and in a video posted on Youtube, of abusing a young girl when he lived in Norway 15 years ago.

After returning to live in Russia, the photographer gradually established himself as an anti-Putin opposition figure, regularly documenting anti-government protests in Moscow.

Upon the opening of the investigation against him, Adagamov reacted on Twitter by implying this could be a set-up, however, he refused to criticise his former partner, with whom he lived for twenty years.

A guilty silence in the eyes of his political adversaries and particularly for pro-government bloggers, who are monopolising his ex-wife’s accusations. On the other hand, opposition supporters are convinced this affair is a set-up, orchestrated by the Kremlin in an attempt to neutralise him.

A case which comes about just as another opposition leader, blogger Alexey Navalny, is also being investigated in the framework of several criminal investigations, including misappropriation of funds and money laundering. Accusations the activist denies, after making fighting corruption his central priority.

Buck, "the dog who would not die"

The life of Buck, a 3 year-old dog, could have ended last week alongside his road in Texas if he hadn’t crossed paths with Tami Augustyn. As the animal lover explains, in this video diffused online, the dog had been left for dead here, fastened in a bin bag after being shot in the head with a pellet gun. Alerted by a neighbour, who discovered the dying animal, Augustyn rushed him to a vet who was able to save his life.

The story of Buck, nicknamed ‘the dog who wouldn’t die’ in the media, touched many Americans who were outraged by this case of cruelty. A Facebook page was launched to raise funds and pay for the animal’s healthcare. And while donations continue to flood in, the generosity of some net users has already enabled fundraisers to gather almost 40,000 dollars. More than enough to cover the vet’s fees according to Augustyn, who hopes to use the left-over money to set up a charity to help mistreated dogs.

As for Buck, his injuries are healing. He recently underwent surgery to remove the pellets left in his eyes. And even though he may never see again, he has already started to love life once more, as shown in this video, in which we see him out shopping with his new owner. As for his tormentors, they are currently sought by police.

Now trending on social networks

The White House will not build a ‘Death Star’ like in the Star Wars series as its estimated cost is much too high and also because the US government does not envisage blowing up other planets. These are just two of the very amusing arguments put forward by the Obama administration as an official answer to a civic petition recently launched on the Presidency site and signed by over thirty four thousand net users to urge authorities to build a real ‘Death Star’. A wacky answer which has circulated online, with many users applauding the White House’s humour.

Monopoly to replace game token in online vote

Will it be the car, the boot or the hat? Among the six historic Monopoly pieces, one will soon disappear, to be replaced by a new, more modern piece. And to decide which will be chosen definitively, fans of the famous board game are called to vote up until February 6 for their favourite piece. The counter obtaining the least number of votes will sink into oblivion, and for now it appears that the iron and the wheel barrow are the least popular.

Video of the day

Making a fake car seat behind which to hide to trick fast food restaurant employees into thinking the vehicle is being driven by a ghost. A highly amusing initiative dreamt up by Rahat, a US net user, specialising in schoolboy jokes diffused on YouTube, and which seems to have worked particularly well as illustrated by this video currently visible online.

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-08-20 USA

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

In this edition: web users divided over the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown; an attack on a teen with autism sparks outrage online; and a British photographer's...

Read more

2014-08-19 Facebook

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

In this edition: the "Ice Bucket Challenge" sweeps the web, raising money for charity; the online campaign to reunite a little girl with her lost cuddly toy; and a French...

Read more

2014-08-18 USA

Michael Brown's death continues to cause fury online

In this edition: Net users continue protests over US teen’s death; a clothing advert shocks the web; and film maker Devin Graham introduces an unusual sport.

Read more

2014-08-16 Air Algérie Flight AH5017

Web users discuss crash of Air Algérie flight in Mali

On July 24 an Air Algérie flight crashed over Mali, killing all 118 people on board, at a time of general crisis across the region, with military presence in Mali, an unstable...

Read more

2014-08-15 Ebola

African web users plead for Ebola serum

In this edition: African web users plead for Ebola serum; Reddit helps grieving father remember his son ; and a piano playing dog.

Read more