A Moscow-based foreign reporter has complained to me that much of the stuff found in the Russian blogosphere seemed "juvenile."
Boris Nemtsov, who's been a "blogger" since Oct. 2007, seemed to have been as disappointed after posting his first entry - which drew more than 350 comments. In his second post, he wrote (RUS, my very rough translation):
Have read through the comments. Turns out there are so many mentally ill people in LJ. Well, but I'm not going to ban anyone - SPS is for freedom of speech, for everyone including the mentally ill. Also, the insanity of some is being lavishly sponsored from the state budget.
This, I guess, might be useful when I'm asked to write my job description or something.