Russian Internet users’ most popular topics in 2014 according to Yandex, Vkontakte and Google

In the middle of December, Russian internet search engine Yandex published a study that analyzed users’ queries to learn which people, events and phenomena stirred their interest the most in 2014.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi came in first, followed by the events in Ukraine and Crimea, the Ebola epidemic, the change to wintertime (this fall Russia switched to “eternal” wintertime), the growth of the dollar against the ruble, which lasted all year (although the study was published before “Black Tuesday” in which the ruble lost a quarter of its value to the dollar), the July 15 accident on the Moscow metro, the arrival of the Gifts of the Magi in Moscow from Greece on Jan. 7 and celebrity photographs published by hackers.

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