Biryulyovo among world trends on Twitter

Cyrillic hashtags #Бирюлево (“Birulyovo,” the name of a Moscow district) and #скачать (“skachat,” or “download”) are among the world trends on Twitter, as reported on the social network’s website.

Cyrillic hashtags #Бирюлево (“Birulyovo,” the name of a Moscow district) and #скачать (“skachat,” or “download”) are among the world trends on Twitter, as reported on the social network’s website.

The hashtag #Бирюлево ranks first in Twitter trends for Russia. Also in the top 10 is the hashtag #Moskva, or “Moscow,” by which users can find discussions of the events taking place in Moscow’s Birulyovo district.

On the night of Oct. 10, in Birulyovo Zapadnoye, an unknown person killed young Egor Scherbakov right in front of his girlfriend and then fled. On the following Saturday evening and Sunday, residents of the district took to the streets, demanding that the murderer be found.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, protesters began smashing windows in the Biryuza Shopping Center, and one police officer was injured. The police brought an end to the disorder, arrested seven people and started criminal cases under the “hooliganism” article of the law for violation of public order.

Fifth place in world trends for Twitter was taken by the word #скачать, or “download,” on the morning of Oct. 14. RIA Novosti reported, with reference to the vice speaker of the State Duma, Sergei Zheleznyak, that 250,000 references to the movie “Stalingrad” with the tag “watch movie for free” appeared on the Internet on the first day.

Judging by the fact that #скачать was connected with the film “Stalingrad” in many cases, according to observations, many conclude that these were links to the resources where users could download a copy of the film. However, Tweets with #скачать also dealt with downloading keys to the Kaspersky Lab antivirus and drivers for various devices.

Twitter trends — the 10 most popular topics on the social network—include words that have been mentioned in at least 10,000–20,000 messages per hour. The word “Birulyovo” was among the world trends for about half an hour, reflecting continuing discussion of the topic by Twitter users.

Previously, Twitter trends have included other words in Cyrillic: the name of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, prior to the presidential election; #метеорит, or meteorite, after the meteorite fell in Chelyabinsk in February 2013; and the word #дождь, or “rain,” when it rained a little in Moscow after several weeks of drought in 2010.

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