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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

Slander campaign threatens Serbian civil society and independent media

Accusations of complicity in a coup d’état and assassination of the president, as well as death threats have been voiced against prominent civil society organizations, drawing European Parliament's condemnation.

‘Our homeland is where the money is': pragmatic citizenship in Tajikistan

Every year, thousands of Central Asian citizens try to overcome the restrictions attached to the citizenship they acquired at birth and apply for a Russian passport.

Macedonians race to buy ‘Euro 2020′ sticker album for local footballers’ collection

The tradition of collecting and swapping the self-adhesive Panini cards is part of the common culture in the former Yugoslavia, but this year's 'Euro 2020' creates a special buzz.

Can the Eurovision Song Contest change Russia's views on migrants from Central Asia?

Russia has nominated Tajik-Russian singer Manizha as its representative for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. But many Russians reject her as the chosen face of their country at the international...

North Macedonia forced to re-edit Eurovision music video following nationalist rage

North Macedonia's nationalists have weighed a campaign against singer Vasil Garvanliev for "spreading Bulgarian propaganda" -- as two frames in the original video showed an artwork with the colors of...

LIVE on April 7: The other health crisis—breaking the taboo on abortion

Unsafe abortions result in 30,000 deaths each year. Join us to hear women from Uganda, Thailand, Brazil, Pakistan and Poland talk about the reproductive rights situation in their countries.

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan's indigenous languages

Kaitag, a language variant of the Dargwa family, is spoken in Dagestan's mountainous villages, but has a limited digital presence. Digital activists like Magomed Magomedov are working to change this.

Ukrainian Central Election Commission official resigns after criticism over Facebook sex toys post

Anzhela Yeremenko faced a barrage of judgmental comments after blogging about a faulty vibrator on her personal Facebook page, igniting a discussion about the line between impropriety and professionalism.

Rape case involving major film star and senior politician reignites Serbia's #MeToo movement

The scandal comes on the heels of a similar development that sparked a new #MeToo movement in Serbia in January 2021.

Twitter could be fully blocked in Russia within the next month

Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor says it is prepared to block Twitter completely if the platform continues to ignore its requests to take down content flagged as illegal.

Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor throttles Twitter loading speeds

Twitter has a small audience in Russia, but more popular platforms such as Facebook and YouTube could also see slower loading speeds if they fail to address state takedown requests.

Called a prostitute by the prime minister, a Slovenian journalist tells her story

"The space for civil society and media in Slovenia has been in decline since Prime Minister Janez Janša’s government came into power in March 2020."

‘Pandemic Big Brother': Highlighting impact of COVID-19 restrictions on digital freedoms in Eastern Europe

Digital rights activists fear that digital surveillance has become so normalized during the pandemic that it may be hard to roll these measures back once it's over.

Activists demand action over slow pace of online sexual predators case in North Macedonia

A private messaging group was used by thousands of people to share stolen photos and personal data of women and girls from North Macedonia, Serbia, and possibly other countries.

Bloggers, journalists and creatives in the crosshairs of the Belarusian state

As the space for free expression in Belarus narrows, many journalists and artists who covered the protests are awaiting trial.

After grisly murder, women hold protest in Baku

The demonstration was given impetus by the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman.

In unrecognized Transnistria, a retiree faces criminal charges for ‘anti-Russian’ rhetoric

A 70-year-old Transnistria citizen faces a five-year prison term for critical statements about Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway Moldova region.

Serbia expels US neo-Nazi after investigative website Bellingcat outed his location

Queens, New York native Robert Rondo bragged about helping local neo-Nazis restore Serbian nationalist graffiti that had been defaced by anti-fascist activists.

Capturing the mood on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donbas

A new survey finds that Donbas citizens hold little trust in state institutions and are divided on the future of the region, but strive for economic stability.

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