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· December, 2008

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2008

Russia: A Muslim Trade Union?

Window on Eurasia writes that Central Asian migrant workers in the Urals are considering forming a “Muslim trade union.”

Serbia: Blogger Krugolina Borup Wins Disruption Prize

On Dec. 18, Sinisa Boljanovic wrote about Serbian blogger Krugolina Borup and her "Mother Courage" initiative. A few days later, Krugolina Borup (whose real name is Branka Stamenkovic) became the...

Ukraine: Top ten bribes 2008

Wu Wei draws attention to a Kyiv Post story on the top ten bribe cases uncovered by Ukrainian authorities in 2008.

A Review of Global Voices in 2008

Nearly 3 million people visited Global Voices in 2008, and here are some of our most popular stories of the year.

Russia sets list for companies of strategic interest

Robert Amsterdam comments on the Russian governments recently published list of companies of strategic interest.

Ukraine: “A Democratic Question”

Ukrainiana writes about president Yushchenko's answer to the question that got over 85,000 online votes: “A straight question needs a straight answer. Instead, we got a rambling lecture, replete with...

Ukraine: Explosion in Yevpatoria

Ukrainiana writes about the explosion in an apartment building in Yevpatoria, Crimea, which has killed at least 27 people.

Serbia: Christmas in January

Belgraded explains the advantages of celebrating Christmas in January.

Russia: The New York Times’ LJ is One Year Old

The New York Times‘ Clifford J. Levy writes on The Lede about the first anniversary of the paper's interactive Russian-language LJ blog: “The results far exceeded my expectations. The blog...

Russia-Georgia: The value of Russian passports

Eternal Remont refers to an Al Jazeera news story on South Ossetia to argue that Russian citizens’ passports handed out to South Ossetians in practice are used rather as Russian...

Ukraine: Political chaos and economic crisis

A Fistful of Euros analyses Ukraine's mounting political chaos and economic crisis.

Macedonia Timeless

On December 24, 2008, there was a presentation of a promotional video for Macedonia – “Macedonia Timeless.” The video is written and directed by Milcho Manchevski (an Academy Award nominee...

Caucasus: 2008 Blog Review

Last year ended with a state of emergency declared in Georgia, but few could imagine that the events of 2008 would eclipse those of 2007. Three presidential elections, a war,...

Central and Eastern Europe: A Christmas Roundup

A holiday season roundup: Tanja of Czechmatediary recalls family Christmas celebrations of her childhood, writes about the Czech Christmas Mass, and shares a recipe of Vanocka (“Christmas bread”); CzechFolks.com writes...

Czech Republic: A Politics-Free Roundup

Politics-free posts from the Czech Republic: a charity project to help orphans organized by Czech model Tereza Maxova, bankruptcy of one of the largest Czech glass companies, and Karel Gott's...

Ukraine: Hutsuls and Crimean Tatars

My Simferopol Home writes about her dissertation plans to compare histories of exoticism in the Ukrainian Hutsul and Crimean Tatars cultures: “So, why these two groups? While distinct in ethnogenesis,...

Romania: Revolution's Anniversary

A note on the anniversary of the 1989 revolution in Romania to overthrow Ceausescu – at Eternal Remont.

Ukraine: Yushchenko's Press Conference

Tetyana Vysotska of What's Up, Ukraine? writes about the Ukrainian president's annual press conference and his response to one of the most popular questions posed to him via the internet:...

Ukraine: Holiday Season Update

Ukrainian holiday season update: music – at Natalia Antonova's blog; sights – at Greetings from Kyiv; politics – at Ukrainiana.

Moldova: Transnistria Updates

Updates on Transnistria – at Scraps of Moscow and Eternal Remont.

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


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