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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

28 September 2015

Serbian Journalists Harassed by Police While Reporting on Controversial Belgrade Construction Site

Global Voices Advocacy

The journalists are not the first to run into trouble reporting on the 3.5 billion Euro Belgrade Waterfront project.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

RuNet Echo

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

Refugees and Police Aren’t the Only Ones At Odds in the Balkans

When it comes to the refugee question, recent friction between EU leaders has done more to rekindle old animosities than resolve the current crisis.

22 September 2015

It Gets Worse for Russia's Most-Prominent LGBT Youth Support Group

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Authorities have ordered the country's most popular social network to ban Children-404, along with four other LGBT groups, or risk being blocked altogether by Russian Internet providers.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

Twitter Users from Around the World Show Off Ukrainian Foods in Their Local Grocery Stores

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s Agriculture Minister asked his Twitter followers to post photos of products made in Ukraine from grocery stores around the world to show the scope of the country's agricultural exports.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

17 September 2015

Netizen Report: Refugee Crisis Inspires Both Love and Hate Online

Global Voices Advocacy

As the refugee crisis spills into digital rights territory, authorities take aim at a leading media freedom NGO in Ecuador, and Austria's parliament proposes new state surveillance regime.

Truth Is Not a Crime: Ukraine Honors Fallen Journalist Gongadze

RuNet Echo

15 years after the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze, those who ordered his killing have still not been found by the investigators.

Resentment Against Hungary Grows After Serbia Border Clashes Injure Refugees and Journalists

Many expressed anger at Hungary and the European Union for their handling of the refugee crisis, including the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border, without consulting their non-EU neighbors.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

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