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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

5 November 2018

Indian ambassador's farewell gift paintings create a media stir in Croatia

Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar bids farewell to Croatia's government officials by giving away some of the paintings he made during his three-year term in the country.

1 November 2018

Sarajevo awards honorary citizenship to UK heavy metal star Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is granted honorary citizenship for the moral support he gave the people of Sarajevo during a 1994 visit to the besieged city.

28 October 2018

‘Voice for the Ocean’ gives European citizens a say on the future of ocean conservation

"It is necessary to connect European citizens and ocean lovers to the political sphere in order to discuss, make progress, and protect the ocean together."

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

RuNet EchoAdvox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

19 October 2018

Serbian authorities clamp down on a health charity after it exposed state negligence

The methods of pressure against Serbian civil society organizations bear resemblance to those used by governments in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in neighboring Hungary and Macedonia.

18 October 2018

Six red carnations and one severed ram’s head: Deadly threats sent to Russian independent newspaper

RuNet EchoAdvox

The recipient of these grisly messages, the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, holds the record for the most of its reporters murdered on the job: six, including Anna Politkovskaya.

17 October 2018

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

Advox

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

29 September 2018

Do Macedonians want their country to join NATO and the EU? A historic referendum will decide

The September 30 referendum explicitly asks: 'Are you in favour of EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?'

The Alliance for the Protection of Theatre fights to preserve Albania's cultural heritage

"Do not erase the collective memory of the generations. Any new theatre is welcome but we do not have to destroy the old one."

25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

24 September 2018

As xenophobic policies sweep Central and Eastern Europe, refugee aid is criminalized

While the numbers of refugees entering Europe decrease, political hysteria against them, and civil society organizations that help them in Central and Eastern Europeis on the rise.

20 September 2018

A film about a Montenegrin freedom fighter seeks to keep anti-fascist values alive

The Bridge

"By sharing the story of an ordinary person's struggle, we wanted to remind younger generations how the rights we now enjoy were won..."

19 September 2018

Serbian president apologizes for ‘stupidly’ citing The Onion, a satirical news platform

'I don't blame my advisers, if I had thought that through and if I wasn't tired I would realize it's odd,' Vučić said, adding that it's normal to make mistakes.

8 September 2018

Google caves in to Russian demands, censors videos promoting a protest rally

RuNet EchoAdvox

This latest scandal is unfolding as Google is in the middle of an existential crisis, with its employees revolting against what they see as embracing censorship by their company.

7 September 2018

Despite parents’ campaign, Bosnia denies schooling to children with learning disabilities

Around 150 children from the Canton of Sarajevo will be out of school in 2018/2019 as, once again, the government fails promises of inclusive education.

30 August 2018

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

24 August 2018

Russian social media giant evades hard questions about privacy failures

RuNet EchoAdvox

One user challenged Vkontakte: "How many times have you challenged the security services in court over their demands to hand over user information? You have that right."

13 August 2018

Romania's paediatrician shortage crisis signals red flags about its healthcare system

Several hospitals in towns outside the capital Bucharest operate with only one pediatrician on duty. When they take a vacation, the unit has to shut down.

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

RuNet EchoAdvox

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

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