The meteorite fall in Chelyabinsk and the divorce of the President Vladimir Putin were the main topics of the outgoing year, according to “Yandex” Internet search engine.
The top-list of events most frequently mentioned in the search requests of “Yandex” also included the plane crash in Kazan on November, 17, the birth of children in the family of Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin and the “situation” in Biryulyovo (a series of fights provoked by the murder of a local resident Yegor Shcherbakov happened in the Moscow’s Western District Biryulevo on October, 13).
The list of the most popular women by the version of the search engine was headed by the TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak. Her husband, actor Maxim Vitorgan (Sobchak and Vitorgan got married in early 2013) came in second in the same men’s list. The most popular man was called the actor Andrei Panin who died in the beginning of March.
Besides, “Yandex” collected statistics on the requests for Russian and foreign television series, films, television projects, gadgets, music, games and memes. The first place among the search requests for films was taken by the movie “Fast and Furious 6”. The most popular gadget became the iPhone 5s released by Apple. The music category was “won” by the song of the Russian singer Natalie “O bozhe, kakoi muzhchina” (“Oh my God, what a man”) released in late 2012. The most popular meme was the “talking hamster”.
Yandex is a Russian Internet company which operates the largest search engine in Russia with about 60% market share in that country. It also develops a number of Internet-based services and products. Yandex ranked as the 4th largest search engine worldwide, based on information from Comscore.com. The company's mission is to provide answers to any questions users have or think about. Yandex also has a very large presence in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, providing nearly a third of all search results in those markets and 43% of all search results in Belarus. The Yandex.ru home page has been rated as the most popular website in Russia.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina