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· December, 2007

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2007

Russia: Holiday Charity (via Egoism)

Russia is embarking on a 10-day national vacation: from Dec. 30 to Jan. 8, the country will be celebrating the New Year's and Orthodox Christmas - and should also have...

Czech Republic: New Year's in Prague

The Czech Daily Word provides some stats on the upcoming New Year's celebrations in Prague.

Serbia: “Manufactured Guilt”

Gray Falcon writes that “only by rejecting this manufactured guilt and by understanding who made it and with what purpose can the Serbs begin their path to freedom.”

Lithuania: Blogger-Politician

Lituanica links to an English-language blog of “one of the most PR conscious Lithuanian politicians, ex-Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas.”

Poland: Bhutto's Tractor Scam

the beatroot writes about a 1990s Polish-made Ursus tractors scam, in which Benazir Bhutto was allegedly involved: “Benazir had launched the Awami Tractor Scheme for the welfare of poor farmers...

Ukraine: Tymoshenko's Budget

Foreign Notes reports on the article in a Ukrainian daily that accuses Yulia Tymoshenko of going against her election promises and approving the 2008 budget that includes “a multimillion INCREASE...

Russia: Duma Cossacks

Window on Eurasia writes about the Russian Duma's Cossacks.

Russia: Messina Earthquake and Russian Sailors

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Russian sailors’ participation in the rescue operations following the 1908 earthquake in Messina, Sicily.

Ukraine: Politics Update

LEvko of Foreign Notes thinks that president Yushchenko – like Margaret Thatcher before him – should get himself a “voice coach.”

Slovenia: Dimitrij Rupel

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about Slovenian foreign minister Dimitrij Rupel and the stuff he's written for Sinfo, a PR magazine issued monthly by the governmental Communications office”: “(great choice of...

Poland: Christmas

the beatroot cites an opinion poll that shows that Christmas in Poland “is a time where family and traditions take precedence over the religious nature.”

Hungary: Things to Love & Hate in Budapest

Pestcentric shares 10 things to hate and 10 things to love about Budapest.

The Balkans: B92 and Milošević

In a somewhat roundabout way, Alan Jakšić of Balkan Anarchist tells of how B92 radio, site and blogs have helped him to change his mind about Slobodan Milošević.

Ukraine: House on Anthrax

Ukrainiana writes about a house being built on the mass burial site for victims of a 19th-century anthrax epidemics in Kyiv.

Russia: Ded Moroz Ad Banned; Yolki in Moscow

James of Robert Amsterdam's blog writes about the government's ad on “a TV ad from an electronics retailer which poked fun at the existence of this mythical gift giver on...

Slovenia: Janez Drnovšek's Legacy

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about the political legacy of Slovenia's ex-president Janez Drnovšek.

Romania: Dracula

Csíkszereda Musings re-reads Bram Stoker's ‘Dracula’ and writes about his surprising ethnic origins as well as Romania's flourishing Dracula-centered tourism industry.

Ukraine: Hotels

Our Man in Gdansk suspects there's a difference between Kyiv hotels and those outside Ukraine's capital.

Poland: Ecology, Coal Mines, Iraq

Our Man in Gdansk comments on the coverage of Poland's ecology, coal mines and involvement in Iraq.

Poland: “Troll” Sues Wikipedia

The beatroot reports: “Arnold Buzdygan […] – sometime wannabe presidential candidate, and a regular on usernet sites in Poland – went to court in Wroclaw, southwestern Poland, last week, to...

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


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