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23 May 2016

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

20 May 2016

Leading Russian Independent Newspaper Suspends Deputy Editor After Blackmail Scandal

RuNet Echo

Novaya Gazeta has suspended its deputy chief editor, following revelations that he instructed reporters to blackmail suspects in a recent investigation.

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

RuNet Echo

Only recently freed from prison, one of Russia's most notorious criminals has attacked two suspected bordellos in St. Petersburg, assaulting and humiliating the women inside.

18 May 2016

The Oil Spill in the Adriatic Sea Is a Sneak Peek at Looming Natural Disasters

A malfunction at an oil refinery caused an oil spill in the Adriatic Sea off the coast in Croatia last week, wreaking havoc on the local environment and spreading panic.

17 May 2016

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

The Bridge

Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.

A Group of Anti-Corruption Activists Was Attacked Today in Russia. Wanna Buy Some Plane Tickets?

RuNet Echo

News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.

13 May 2016

Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy

The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."

12 May 2016

Cue the Next Witch-Hunt Against Russia's News Media

RuNet Echo

If Moscow is saddling up for another offensive against “foreign agents,” Ilya Ukhov couldn’t have timed it better when he claimed Dozhd might secretly receive funding from the US government.

10 May 2016

Russia's 11-Year-Old Internet King

RuNet Echo

Last month, a mother living in Moscow felt bad for her 11-year-old son. She felt so bad she turned to Facebook, where she appealed to her friends with a request.

Russian Court Sentences Internet User to Two Years Behind Bars for VKontakte Reposts

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A court in Tver region, Russia, has sentenced Internet user Andrey Bubeyev to two years and three months in prison on extremism charges for reposts on social network VKontakte.

Anti-Impunity Activists Say Skopje Marathon Scuffle Is Example of Government’s Violence

"There hasn't been a major incident, but it's obvious that the regime considers even the use of force as a potential weapon."

6 May 2016

Russian Internet Experts Push ‘Real Name’ Policy for Comments on News Websites

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A new initiative by Kremlin-friendly Internet experts seeks to make anonymous comments on online media websites a thing of the past.

4 May 2016

Why One Macedonian Man Is Breaking His Vow to Never Protest Again

Tome Stankovski was brutally arrested during protests last year and says he still suffers from the trauma of that experience. But he has now joined the Colorful Revolution.

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

1 May 2016

The Soviet Union's Psychedelic Side: Five Animations to Blow Your Mind

Featuring 'Hedgehog in the Fog', 'Wow! A Talking Fish!' and other mood-altering classics....

29 April 2016

Fighting Fear and Hopelessness From House Arrest in Macedonia

A 19-year-old law student placed under house arrest in Macedonia explains why thousands of protesters like him are fed up with the nation's leaders.

28 April 2016

Russia's Vilest Website Grows a Heart

RuNet Echo

One of the vilest, most mean-spirited corners of the Russian Internet is now behind one of the sweetest, most compassionate flashmobs in RuNet history.

27 April 2016

Anatomy of a Macedonian ‘Colorful Revolution’

"Why do I protest, and what is the Colorful Revolution? This is a struggle against the authoritarian and corrupt regime, personified by ex-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski."

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