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· December, 2006

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2006

Russia, Belarus: “Gazilla”

There's a distinct sense of deja vu this New Year's Eve: Gazprom, Russia's largest (and state-controlled) company and the world's biggest extractor of natural gas, is in the spotlight again,...

Russia: A Typical New Year's

Snowsquare guides the readers through a typical New Year's celebration in Russia (a ten-day affair, by the way!) Happy New Year, everyone!

Russia: More On Litvinenko's Death

Aleksandr Litvinenko's case is probably off everyone's radars by now, but Sean's Russia Blog offers a latest news roundup.

Romania: A Fire

Brasov fire department ignores a minor fire, local residents have to cope on their own, Romerican reports: “Without the help of paid city officials, they began dismantling burning objects from...

The Balkans: EU Enlargement

Did Romania and Bulgaria manage “to get on the last train to Europe” or will the EU enlargement continue? More at Neretva River.

The Balkans: Main 2006 Stories

Ed of Balkan Baby lists the most important regional stories of 2006: “Slovenia moves towards Eurozone,” “Croatia and Serbia Disappoint at World Cup,” “Croatia Stop-Start its way towards EU,” etc.

Ukraine: Socialists Against Prosecutor General

Foreign Notes reports on the confrontation between Ukrainian socialists and the Prosecutor General's office.

Hungary: Van Gogh Exhibition

Pestcentric advises against visiting a Van Gogh exhibition in Budapest.

Estonia: A New Republic Piece

Itching for Eestimaa reviews a travel piece on Estonia in the latest New Republic.

Russia: Kalmyk Deportation

Yet another sad anniversary from J. Otto Pohl: “Sixty-three years ago the Stalin regime deported the vast majority of the Kalmyk population from their historic homeland to Siberia.”

Serbia, USA: What Serbs Think About America

In his blog post called “America is shaking”, Neven Andjelic shares his opinion on the United States (SRP): This big country is shaking. A number of events have caused the...

Ukraine: Ruslana Against Human Trafficking

The Natashas – “a blog for those interested in fighting the scourge of human trafficking of women and men, girls and boys, especially for purposes of sexual exploitation” – posts...

Russia: Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Economic Boom

White Sun of the Desert writes about the economic boom in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Russia: Nazism and Anti-Fascism

Daut is guest-blogging at Sean's Russia Blog about Nazism and anti-fascism in Russia and the Russian blogosphere.

Poland: Offensive E-Cards

The beatroot writes about anti-Semitic e-cards and how some Polish politicians confuse protest for political correctness.

Poland: Free Internet

Information Policy blog reports that the Polish government will be offering free internet service “to disadvantaged members of society in a bid to ensure that all citizens can have equal...

Russia: Moscow Half a Century Ago

LJ user fool_4_lifetime found a rare photo album in a Moscow dump – Im Flug nach Moskau, by Erich Einhorn, ARTIA, 1959 – and scanned and posted 60 spreads of...

Latvia: Ahistorical View of History

Marginalia writes about Latvia's WWI battles and the ahistorical approach of some observers.

Hungary: Demography

Hungary Economy Watch writes about the country's demographic situation.

Belarus: Internet and Charity in Grodno

Information Policy blog reports on a charity campaign launched by the Grodno internet community.

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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