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· March, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2009

Ukraine: Yushchenko's Constitution Proposal

Kyiv Scoop and What's Up, Ukraine? comment on the constitutional changes proposed by president Victor Yushchenko.

Russia: Igor Sechin in WSJ

Streetwise Professor and Robert Amsterdam's Blog comment on a WSJ piece based on an interview with Russia's deputy prime minister Igor Sechin.

Russia: The Durnovo Memorandum

A Fistful of Euros writes about a document known as the Durnovo Memorandum: “What’s striking about the memo is how, six months before World War One started, [Pyotr Durnovo] absolutely...

Macedonia: Student Protest Ends in Violence

Recently, the Macedonian government decided to build an Orthodox church with public financing on the main square of Skopje, a decision that the citizens of the city disapproved of. On...

Ukraine: Relations With Russia and Romania

Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop writes: “While Russian strategists declare Ukraine “a failed state” on the verge of losing its sovereignty, some Romanian officials and media are suggesting that only...

Estonia: Lennart and Arnold Meri

Itching for Eestimaa writes: “One Meri cousin, Lennart, just had an airport named after him to coincide with the annual foreign policy conference that bears his name. […] The other...

Poland: “Krakow's Lost River”

Polandian writes about “Krakow's lost river.”

Hungary: Ferenc Gyurcsány, Part I

“The rise and fall of Ferenc Gyurcsány, Part I” – at Hungarian Spectrum.

Water: One Take International Video Contest

“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”. That is the question One Take is asking for you to answer in your...

Russia: The Oligarchs’ “Debt-Go-Round”

Copydude writes that Russia's “debt-go-round has become so huge and interwoven that it seems to be taking all the oligarchs down together”: “For the most part though, it’s looking like...

Hungary: Avoiding an Early Election?

Hungary Economy Watch writes that “Gyurcsány plans to use the constructive vote of no-confidence to install another Socialist-led cabinet, and his government […] appears to have resorted to this unusual...

Albania: Snow

A Nevada Yankee in King Zog's Court writes about Albania's high mountain villages isolated by snow.

Germany: Berlin Wall Murals Destroyed

IZO writes about “an act of extraordinary cultural vandalism”: “a section of the Berlin Wall that had been preserved with its post-fall graffiti, including the iconic painting by Dmitri Vrubel...

Ukraine: History of Carpatho-Ukraine

History of the short-lived Carpatho-Ukraine – at Ukrainian Policy Daily.

Russia, Italy: Putin's Namesake Arrested For Shoplifting

Vilhelm Konnander writes about a namesake of Vladimir Putin who was arrested for shoplifting in Italy.

U.S., Russia: “Peregruzka Meets Perestroika”

In a post titled “Peregruzka Meets Perestroika,” Eternal Remont writes about Barack Obama's unscheduled meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Ukraine: Chernobyl Photos

Photos from a 2008 trip to Chernobyl – at GRcade.

UAE: Russian Photoblogs From Burj al-Arab

LJ user sergeydolya posts pictures and shares impressions (RUS) of his stay at Dubai's Burj al-Arab, one of the world's most expensive hotels.

Russia: “Cut-and-Paste” Journalism

Eagle and the Bear writes about “cut-and-paste” TV journalism in Russia: “Over the course of dinner tonight, no less than two stories on the Vesti television news came directly from...

Poland: Justice System

Eternal Remont writes that, according to a study, “only 37 percent of Poles rate their justice system positively.”

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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