Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2008
Reluctant Dragon and Gray Falcon offer two different perspectives on what it feels like being a Serb in the United States following Kosovo's declaration of independence.
Window on Eurasia writes about the Russians’ reaction to the news of Prince Harry's military service in Afghanistan.
A roundup on Russia's upcoming presidential election: Mark MacKinnon writes on the 72 percent “target” for Medvedev; Megan Case writes about the reasons NOT to vote; Robert Amsterdam writes about betting on the Russian election, writer Victor Erofeyev's pro-Putin and pro-Medvedev op-ed in the New York Times, and more election...
Balkan Anarchist writes at length about “the utter lack of inter-ethnic dialogue between Serbs and Albanians” in Kosovo.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about “February 29 in Russian history. Not an everyday day.”
The Czech Daily Word writes about the Czech foreign minister, whose full title is “His Serene Highness The Prince of Schwarzenberg, Count of Sulz, Princely Landgrave in Klettgau and Duke of Krummau.”
East Ethnia reposts a photo of a new window presented to the Slovenian embassy by “the students of Belgrade.”
Foreign Notes writes about Yulia Tymoshenko's illness and other problems.
Belgrade 2.0 posts a selection of photoshopped Kosovo-related parodies and writes: “If there’s one thing I always appreciated about Serbia and it’s turbulent times, it’s the people’s strenght to find something humorous in all that, no matter how bad the times are. It was like that during the sanctions, during...
Window on Eurasia writes about the Russians who can't afford medical care.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about the Russian middle class.
The Czech Daily Word writes about how the Czech health minister's saved a pedestrian's life.
Ukrainiana writes about president Yushchenko's views on Ukrainian public education.
The beatroot reports on Maciej Giertych's fear of feminism.
Robert Amsterdam links to a YouTube video of Hillary Clinton trying to pronounce Dmitry Medvedev's last name.
The Czech Daily Word links to a Czech-language blog of a Czech soldier stationed in Iraq.
According to Belgrade 2.0, Serbia's capital has mysteriously disappeared from Facebook: “Anyway, there are couple of groups now fighting to get Serbian cities back on the list of hometowns, since about 70 thousand Serbs that are already on Facebook just lost that option. Unfortunately, the protesters are not being very...
Moscow Through Brown Eyes reviews the coverage of a recent surge in ethnically-motivated violence in Moscow: “A month ago in my relatively sleepy bedroom community, a young Tadzhik citizen was stabbed thirty-six times. He died in the courtyard that my bedroom window looks out onto. I read about his attack...
While some of the foreign embassies were being set on fire in Belgrade in protest to the unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo, Serbian embassies in Belgium and Russia were having diplomatic activities of a different kind - and Serbian bloggers took interest in them. Sinisa Boljanovic translates.
Leopolis reports on what looks like yet another Russian-Ukrainian gas war.
The Czech Daily Word and The Reference Frame report on the signing of a U.S.-Czech agreement on visa-free regime.