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· July, 2006

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2006

Albania: Reactions to the Sunday Times Article

annabengan of annasblog reposts the Sunday Times Magazine's article on Albania, and the “official reply/explanation from the chief editor of Sunday Times.” annabengan's Albanian friends thought the article was “fair”...

Serbia: Talks of War

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia writes on the talks of war and the pains of forming a viable democratic coalition in Serbia.

Russia: “Mystery Illness” in Chechnya

David McDuff of A Step At A Time has translated a Prague Watchdog/Radio Free Liberty broadcast on the “mystery illness” that affected more than 100 children in Shelkovsky district.

Russia: “List of 17″

Sean's Russia Blog writes about groups present on (and missing from) the FSB's Terrorist Organizations list.

Ukraine: Universal of the National Unity

LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about the Universal of National Unity that president Yushchenko expects the leading Ukrainian politicians to sign, and some of the problems that surround the negotiation...

Latvia: Baltica Festival

Dykun posts footage from the Baltica Festival in Latvia: “More specifically, this is footage of two groups from Latgale. Latgale is a region of Latvia that has long fascinated me;...

Czech Republic: Moravian Folklore

Bored in Brno posts a report from the 49th “annual celebration of local music and folklore in the town of Velka nad Velickou in South Moravia”: “Being a Czech festival,...

Serbia: Yugoslav Film Archive

Belgrade Blog writes about the new storage space for the Yugoslav film archive.

Russia: Brian Grover & Matthias Rust

Copydude writes about two men who became (in)famous after they flew their light planes into Russia illegally: Brian Grover (1938) and Matthias Rust (1987).

Food Blog Report #26

#1: From Denmark, KristianPetersen.com and his original "Peach, chili and garlic soup with chicken" It´s essensial for a starter to have a great, not to spicy taste, to be light,...

Ukraine: Waiting for Yushchenko

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine posts a brief update on Ukrainian politics and offers a few apolitical links.

Russia: Andrei Sychyov's Case

Sean's Russia Blog posts an update on Andrei Sychyov's case and writes about cruelty in the Russian army.

Russia: Chavez in Russia

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about the visit of Hugo Chavez to Russia.

Russia: Kaliningrad Travel Restrictions

Copydude writes about travel restrictions for Kaliningrad residents: “As fast the Berlin Wall came down, the EU has been building it back up. You can’t paint nice murals on the...

Ukraine: Blog in Ukrainian

LJ user laset (UKR) has launched a free WordPress blog service for those who would like to blog in Ukrainian.

Russia, Ukraine: Stories About Words

Below is the translation of three stories about words: in the first one, they are being banned; in the second, they offend; in the third, there aren't enough of them....

Russia & Armenia: Discriminatory Hiring

Nessuna reports on anti-Armenian discrimination in hiring for jobs in Russia.

Croatia: Dubrovnik Now and Then

Edward Lucas, Central and East European correspondent of The Economist, writes about his two visits to Croatia's seaside town Dubrovnik: in 1985 and this year.

USA: Ukrainian Sunflower Festival of Detroit

Greg of Reflections on Ukraine writes about the Ukrainian Sunflower Festival of Detroit, scheduled to take place Aug. 25-27, 2006.

Albania: Little Progress in Anti-Corruption

Our Man in Tirana cites a World Bank study, which declares that in terms of instituting anti-corruption reforms, “Albania remains the worst performer among all transition countries.”

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

Tanya Lokot is the Eastern Europe editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

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


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