· September, 2006

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from September, 2006

Ukraine: Lviv is 750 Years Old

  30 September 2006

Dominican Cathedral in Lviv, built in the late 18th century. In the Soviet times, the building housed Lviv's atheism museum, which has now been transformed into the museum of religion; also, organ music concerts and religious services are being held in the cathedral. (Photo by Lyncis/Cyril Kalugin.) The wonderful Western...

Poland: Coalition-Building Crisis

  29 September 2006

The beatroot reports on Poland's government crisis: “So even the Peasants don’t want to get into bed with PiS, it appears. Which shows how bad the image of the government has become: in the past 17 years since parliamentary democracy began in Poland PSL have been known to get into...

Belarus: Protest Diaries and Opposition Leader

  29 September 2006

Ivan Lenin of Rush-Mush reports that the online diaries of a Belarusian protester Dasha Kostenko have been published in Moscow. He also criticizes the opposition leader Milinkevich: “It's a big shame that the brave Belarusians who were risking their health, their freedom, and their very lives didn't have a better...

Serbia: Torture Story Retraction

  29 September 2006

Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic has found out that a heartbreaking story about “the Sri Lankan-American Buddhist who was tortured by her Serb captors while on an aid mission during the Bosnian war, [was] fictional“: “I regret posting the story when my verification was incomplete. But I also believe that...

Russia: Open Letter on Orphanage Child Abuse

  29 September 2006

Russia Blog posts an open letter from an American mother of three adopted Russian children: “While looking for articles about the orphanage abuse that occurred in late July, 2006 in Krasnoyarsk, I came across your story about the “Boys for Sale“. It has had a profound affect on me. Thank...

Serbian Blog Roundup

  29 September 2006

A house at the Golija Mountain – by Bogdan Cirovic At English section of Serbiancafe discussion board, Toshiba blogs out: Village of Rudno at Golija mountain is at altitude of 1200 meters. You would need four hours from Belgrade to get here by car. Beauties of one region are not...

Russia: Sakhalin Housing and Other Problems

  28 September 2006

Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert posts pictures from Sakhalin Island and writes about housing and other problems he's encountered there: “We have managed to find a very nice apartment to rent for three months until we find somewhere permanent, which is costing my employers a mere $2,700...

Russia: Media Stereotypes Discussion

  28 September 2006

Yuri Mamchur's recent post on Russia Blog about media stereotypes has drawn some media response in Russia and the blogger has been interviewed on Radio Liberty (RUS).

Russia: Conflict With Georgia

  28 September 2006

David McDuff of A Step At A Time writes about the recent escalation of the Russian-Georgian conflict: “The Russian government is expending a great of aggressive rhetoric on this new campaign, accusing Georgia of being a “bandit state”, and talking of preparations for war.”

Ukraine: Babiy Yar Massacre's 65th Anniversary

  28 September 2006

Stones and flowers were laid at the Babiy Yar Memorial in Kyiv Wednesday, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1941 massacre – by Veronica Khokhlova In 1941, at least 33,771 Kyiv Jews were shot by the Nazis on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, in the Babiy Yar ravine of...

Russia: Two Bike Trips

  27 September 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about Herman Veldhuizen, a Norwegian bicyclist: “Herman has made and chronicled two bicycle trips in Russia. His first trip was a 20-day trip in 2004 from Helsinki to Kazan. Having said that he would definitely do such a trip in Russia again, he...

Serbia: Oscar Nomination

  27 September 2006

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia writes about this year's Serbian nomination for the Oscars and reveals his own role in the production of the film.

Poland: “The Polish Watergate”

  27 September 2006

The beatroot has posted three entries so far about the beginning of a major corruption scandal, already labeled the “Polish Watergate”: one, two, and three. “It looks very bad for a government that has fashioned itself as the ‘anti-corruption’ government.”

Cuba, Russia: Cold War days

  27 September 2006

Luis M. Garcia comes across a Russian news service article which states that Cuba was effectively run by the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.

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