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· January, 2007

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2007

Russia: Amber

Copydude writes about the sorry state of the Baltic ecology and about the amber mines of Kaliningrad.

Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 10

Part 10 of the conversation with Aleksandr Litvinenko's widow is translated and posted at A Step At A Time.

Poland: Politics

“This is not a deeply unpopular government at all. It’s supporters appear to quite like it,” writes Warsaw Station in a lengthy post (followed by a lengthy discussion).

Poland: Sex Scandal and Cronyism

Traveling Life writes about Poland's ongoing sex scandal and about yet another case of cronyism: “I know that each political appointee has an army of advisers to make sure he...

Poland: LOT Airline

“LOT's passenger numbers have risen by less than 2 percent last year at the time when millions of Poles are traveling to work in Irland and Britain.” Polish Matters writes...

Poland: Clothing for the Pope vs G-Strings

A small Polish town is divided: is it a sin to make sexy underwear for a company that used to make ceremonial clothing for Pope John Paul II? The beatroot...

Poland: PM With a Broken Arm

The beatroot writes: “[The Polish president's twin brother] breaks arm after falling on ice. Does that make him a lame duck Prime Minister?” A commenter responds: “He's a right wing...

Poland: Anti-Missile System

The beatroot argues that “the critics of the decision of placing a US anti-missile system in Poland are being as paranoid as the US government.”

Poland: The Soviets’ Nuclear Arsenal

The beatroot writes about the “now unclassified documents which show that Poland was nothing more than a buffer to the West for the Soviets and one that they could afford...

Russia: On Economy

The Russian Dilettante comments on Masha Lipman's recent column.

Russia: Litvinenko a Target

La Russophobe posts parts of a report from the Polish newspaper Dziennik on the use of Aleksandr Litvinenko's image for target practice by the FSB, and links to a video...

Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 9

Translation of part 9 of the interview with Marina Litvinenko is posted at A Step At A Time.

Czech Rebublic: New Arms Race?

NvB: Bored in Brno writes that the “proposed radar stations around the Czech Republic may be a forerunner of the new silent arms race.”

Czech Rebublic: Dechovka Music

NvB: Bored in Brno writes about dechovka music and posts a YouTube video of Eva and Vasek, “the most successful musical group in the [Czech] Republic from the standpoint of...

Czech Rebublic: Straznice Folk Festival

NvB: Bored in Brno writes about the history of the folk festival in Straznice that will be held June 21-24, 2007.

Albania: Petrella Castle

Stepping Stones posts pictures from a trip to Petrella Castle, about 15 km southeast of the capital Tirana.

Albania, Serbia: Views on “Greater Albania”

Our Man in Tirana writes about the views of the international community as well as the Albanian populations of Kosovo and Albania on the idea of a “Greater Albania.”

Czech Rebublic: Return of the Drawings

Four Bees reports on the return of the drawings that were looted by the Nazis in 1939 to the family of a Brno lawyer.

Czech Republic: New Government

The Economist's Edward Lucas writes about the Czech Republic's new government.

Serbia: Mladic and the EU

Neretva River points out some legal issues that might make the transfer of Ratko Mladic to the ICTY impossible.

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

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


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