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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

16 September 2019

A professor's self-immolation puts the spotlight on the fragile future of Russia's minority languages

RuNet Echo

Many people discussing Razin's death seem bewildered that anyone would use minority languages in daily life, let alone die for them—an attitude by no means limited to Russia.

14 September 2019

New finance minister of North Macedonia faces sexist attacks online

The spokesperson of the main opposition party wrote a Facebook post about the new minster's appointment that was filled with misogynistic language.

13 September 2019

Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

RuNet Echo

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

12 September 2019

As Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners, the RuNet reacted

RuNet Echo

The return of Ukrainian political prisoners might be a win for president Zelensky. But the decision to hand a key witness to the MH17 tragedy to Russia attracted fierce criticism.

Serbian member of pro-Kremlin biker club under investigation for assaulting a female journalist

Advox

Journalist Verica Marinčić was stalked and attacked by a member of the 'Night Wolves' biker group, after posting a photo of his car, parked illegally.

6 September 2019

Bosnia-Herzegovina to hold first ever Pride parade in Sarajevo on September 8

The parade is taking place in an atmosphere of threats of violence and homophobic rhetoric by traditional and social media, but organizers are determined that the show will go on.

‘I want a chance to prove my innocence': Formerly jailed Macedonian journalist denied retrial

Advox

The case against investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski is considered an example of judicial corruption during the country’s democratic backsliding between 2006 and 2017.

Serbian journalists expose anonymous doxing site's ties to pro-government media coterie

Advox

Istraga became notorious for its smear attacks against voices critical of the Vučić regime, including journalists and non-governmental organisations.

29 August 2019

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

Advox

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

26 August 2019

Inspired by the 1989 ‘Baltic Way,’ Hong Kong protesters form human chain to demand freedom and democracy

"The light of freedom transcends time, place. Truly magnificent. #StandwithHongKong #BalticWay"

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

RuNet EchoThe Bridge

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

24 August 2019

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

RuNet Echo

The 51-year old Yakut shaman calls his quest divinely ordained, insisting that Putin is a manifestation of dark forces which must be banished to save Russia from ruin.

23 August 2019

In Prague, a bleeding monument reopens old wounds

The statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev is often targeted by protestors on the anniversary of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, but this year the controversy is more heated than...

21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

19 August 2019

Here are some of Moldovan pop music's contributions to global meme culture

Few people remember this, but two popular memes known around the world are actually Moldovan in origin.

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

16 August 2019

How Hungary-funded news sites helped a false story travel all the way from Slovenia through Greece to North Macedonia

Fact-checkers in North Macedonia have traced the original source of the bribe article and uncovered a complex trail of disinformation spanning at least four countries.

9 August 2019

Who turned off Moscow’s internet during recent protests?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Evidence suggests that law enforcement agencies pressured mobile network operators to get part of the capital offline for the duration of the protests.

8 August 2019

Dubious CIA plot theory by former Yugoslav army colonel finds a platform in Serbian media

“Fake news, fake media, fake journalists, fake analysts – they have flooded the Serbian media space.”

6 August 2019

Three naïve questions about Belarus

The Bridge

Why do so few people know about Belarus?

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