Our daily review of the Web sees bloggers clash over the nomination of Thailand's new prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, while Russian opposition forces continue their online mobilisation following Sunday demonstrations.
A Russian court has sentenced seven members of a racist movement to jail terms of up to 20 years for murdering 20 people between August 2006 and October 2007 and then posting video evidence of their crimes on the internet.
Russia's 21-year-old Kseniya Sukhinova, from northwest Siberia, won the Miss World 2008 beauty contest on Saturday with India's Parvathay Omanakuttan coming second. The event was held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The recession in Russia has begun," announced Moscow's deputy minister of economic development, Andrei Klepach. Indicating that the slowdown could last a long time, he added: "I'm afraid this will not end in two quarters."
The Union for the Mediterranean, Georgia, the financial and economic crises... For the past six months, the EU's rotating president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been fighting on all fronts. What will be left of his mandate?
In this edition: furs and diamonds bring in the roubles for Moscow pawnbrokers as the credit crunch bites; President Medvedev eyes Kaliningrad as the answer to the US missile defence shield; and Transnistria is Moldova's South Ossetia.
Kaliningrad, which lies between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, is a tiny part of Russia surrounded by EU states. Now its strategic position means that it is central to President Dmitry Medvedev's defence plans.