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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

29 May 2020

Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Advox

Data publicly provided by Facebook about the adverts' reach indicate they have traveled far beyond North Macedonia, activists warn.

27 May 2020

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

22 May 2020

Slovenian protesters channel Katie Melua to explain anti-corruption bicycle movement

"There are 10,000 bicycles in Ljubljana. That's a fact. That's how mad the people are."

21 May 2020

Fighting and writing for Moldova's place in the pantheon of world literature

"Foreign publishers doubt the literati of this small and little known place. Can they really write something remarkable? Of course they can!" exclaims Moldovan novelist Iulian Ciocan.

20 May 2020

COVID-19-themed Global Voices story stars in Czech translation competition

GV Community BlogCOVID-19

Moderator Jan Faber spoke with GV about record-breaking participation in this year's edition, the future of translation and common errors that foreigners make when writing in Czech.

18 May 2020

Journalists in Russia's regions catalogue the ‘unseen victims’ of COVID-19

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

The wider social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have destroyed livelihoods and sometimes ended lives. Coronavictims.ru exists to catalogue what its founders call the "unseen" victims of the pandemic.

17 May 2020

‘We're staying home today’: The unexpected anthem of Russia's COVID-19 lockdown

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

"We're staying home today," a 2017 song by Moscow band Hadn Dadn, has captivated a country cautiously emerging from lockdown.

15 May 2020

Former Yugoslavia's brutalist architecture shines in new Star Wars fan film

"If it was gonna be a 'Serbian' story, or an 'ex-Yugoslav' story, let's face it -- it couldn't be a story about royalty."

Russia's World War Two diplomacy scores a win in North Macedonia

"Eternal glory to the heroes, the fighters of the anti-Hitler coalition who vanquished Nazism and freed the peoples of Europe!"

13 May 2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

"Did in fact all Czechs then realize what kind of Russians saved their city?"

‘Corona Ciao': Parody of old revolutionary song goes viral in the Balkans

COVID-19

Insult to revolutionary heritage, paean to middle-aged tavern-going privilege or just a bit of fun?

11 May 2020

Russians in lockdown celebrate a subdued Victory Day online

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

There were no parades this year. But the RuNet's resourcefulness prepared Russia well to commemorate Victory Day in lockdown — seamlessly converting the largest public holiday into a mass online event.

8 May 2020

Life's a beach: How COVID-19 is changing tourism on the Albanian coast

COVID-19

Albania's tourism minister believes the season can be saved, but it will be a very different kind of season.

27 April 2020

Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

The Izoizolyatsiya photo challenge has become a national obsession. To the RuNet's delight, thousands of Russians are recreating famous artworks using ordinary household items — in hilarious and often bizarre...

25 April 2020

Out of 20,000 COVID-19 cases in the Balkans, more than a third are in Serbia

COVID-19

In Serbia, the government first ignored COVID-19 and even made fun of it.

24 April 2020

Prosecutions mount as Russia intensifies fight against COVID-19 ‘fake news’

RuNet EchoAdvoxCOVID-19

Russia has made sharing "fake news" a criminal offence. Rights activists fear that charges will be brought against anybody questioning the state's account of the coronavirus pandemic.

22 April 2020

Six false statements by Serbian government officials on COVID-19

Government officials are helping spread disinformation about the pandemic.

20 April 2020

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

RuNet EchoCOVID-19

People across Russia are logging onto a popular satnav to launch virtual protests. Within hours, the Yandex.Navigator app was showing empty squares and streets of cities in lockdown as "congested"

14 April 2020

From Brazil to Kosovo to the Philippines, confined citizens protest from their windows

COVID-19

People all over the world have been banging pots and pans to attract the attention of politicians and decision-makers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

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