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· July, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2009

Russia: Riot Police Break Up Opposition Rally

Some 100 protesters gathered for an unsanctioned opposition rally in central Moscow on Friday. At 6 PM, hundreds of riot police broke up the rally, detaining 47 people, some of...

Russia: Vasily Krima, aka the “Volgograd Obama”

Sean's Russia Blog writes about Vasily Krima, “the first Afro-Russian to run for public office” – here and here.

Moldova: Election Updates

Notes on Moldova's repeat election – at Scraps of Moscow, Eternal Remont and Robert Amsterdam's Blog.

Russia: Putin on Solzhenitsyn

Eternal Remont writes about PM Vladimir Putin's recent interaction with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's widow.

The Balkans: Mladic Update

Foreign Policy Association's War Crimes blog posts an update on Ratko Mladic.

Russia: Unsold iPhones

Profy writes about the situation with iPhone sales in Russia.

Ukraine: Q&A with Hryhoriy Nemyrya

EurActiv.com visits Kyiv and talks to Hryhoriy Nemyrya, Ukraine’s vice PM, in charge of relations with Europe: questions are here, Nemyrya's responses – here, a shorter summary – here.

Russia: Activists Appeal To Iranian Opposition

On July 26, LJ user dobrokhotov wrote (RUS) about a rally in front of the Iranian embassy in Moscow, organized by the Russian democratic youth movement “We” in support of...

Moldova: Repeat Elections

Updates and resources on the repeat election in Moldova – at Scraps of Moscow, here and here.

Belarus, Russia: Bloggers React to Graphic Chechen War Video

On July 3, Belarusian blogger Tatsiana Elavaya posted a provocative video showing the assassination of captive Russian soldiers by Chechen guerrillas during the 1999 war in Chechnya. The video had...

Russia: Oleg Yankovsky

Mumin Shakirov of OpenDemocracy.net writes about actor Oleg Yankovsky, who died of cancer in Moscow earlier this year.

Czech Republic, Russia: “Putin Goes To Pikalyovo”

CzechFolks.com and Scraps of Moscow write about a Russian YouTube rendition of a 1970s Czech song, which mocks PM Vladimir Putin.

Russia: “Russian Software” Project

Profy writes about the Russian Software project, whose “idea is to provide high-quality alternatives to proprietary international software titles and to make sure that these alternatives will also be much...

The Balkans: More on EU Visa Rules

More on the new EU visa rules for the Balkans – at A Fistful of Euros.

United Nations: Video contest for 9-25 year olds about migration

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is organizing the Plural+ video contest about building a more inclusive, tolerant society. The contest is open for any participant between the ages of...

The Balkans: Language Issue

Gray Falcon writes about the language issue in the former Yugoslavia – here and here.

Europe: “When East Becomes West”

Raf Uzar is wondering whether “the definition of Western Europe [is] the same now as it was in 1945.”

Poland: Forests

Polandian writes about Poland's forests.

Czech Republic: New Mosque in Brno?

The Czech Daily Word reports that “Christian Democrats oppose plans to build a new mosque in Brno.”

Europe: “EU Terminology for Dummies”

“EU Terminology for Dummies” – at Kosmopolito.

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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