· December, 2005

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2005

Russia: Corporatism

  28 December 2005

President Putin's economic adviser Andrei Illarionov resigned, charging Russia with corporatism. Sean Guillory examines the charges, looks at capitalism in Russia, and asks how far it is from the global norm.

Armenia: Linux in Armenia

  28 December 2005

Onnik Krikorian has more on localized Linux in the Caucasus, noting that open source software often ends up costing more in developing countries than does proprietary software because of piracy (with a nod to our very own Ethan Zuckerman).

Azerbaijan: Lin.az

  28 December 2005

Blogrel reports on the Azeri government's decision to use Linux as part of a new education initiative to improve technology skills amongst students.

Russia: Gas War

  28 December 2005

br23 blog weighs in on the Ukraine-Russia gas war, calling it one of the most important regional battles since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Albania: Rinia Park

  28 December 2005

Our Man in Tirana reports that the redevelopment of a downtown Tirana park has created opportunities for enterprising businessmen

Armenia: Ooof

  26 December 2005

Zarchka is a new contributor at Oneworld Multimedia, and her first post is on the money and work that goes into celebrating New Year's.

Ukraine: Presidential Market Day

  26 December 2005

Veronica Khokhlova reports on her husband's encounter with President Yushchenko at an antiques market. The president visits the market at least once per month just as he has been for many years.

Ukraine: Ad Copies

  26 December 2005

Russian Marketing Blog reports on how one Ukrainian company has taken its advertising ideas from recognizable campaigns run by other companies.

Russia: Free Product Placement

  23 December 2005

Russia Marketing Blog discusses how free PR and product placement made a certain Russian brand that has never advertised one of the world's most recognizable.

Russia: Not Enough Cows

  23 December 2005

Alistair reports that demand for dairy is on the rise in Russia while the number of cows in the country is falling.

Armenia: Green Light

  23 December 2005

Glendale Chick encourages people to green light a video on the Armenian genocide submitted to appear on Current TV.

Poland: Christmas Carp

  23 December 2005

At p3, the beatroot says that were they given a choice, Polish carp would probably vote against Christmas. Almost all of the 22,000 tons of farmed carp in Poland are consumed around Christmas.

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

Filip Stojanovski
Filip Stojanovski is the Central Europe editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

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