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· November, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from November, 2009

Video: Worldwide youth express themselves in 60 seconds

The OneMinutesJr project gives young people between 12 and 20 years of age from many corners of the globe the opportunity to express themselves across borders, languages and distances through...

Russia: Thousands Protest Against Trading Center Construction

On November 29, thousands of people in Moscow went out on the streets to protest against the construction of a new trading center. This center would replace the “Cherkizovski” market...

Russia: How Passengers of “Nevsky Express” Tell Their Stories Through Social Media

The crash of the "Nevsky Express" train happened far from any major populated area. It took several hours for reporters to arrive on the spot. Only then the first photographs...

Russian authorities stop application process for domains in new .РФ zone zone

The Russian Coordination Center for the new national Cyrillic domain .RF stopped the application process for new domains. Anti-cybersquatting measures turned out to be infective and the center plans to...

Hungary: Violence “Behind Doors”

This month, Hungarian NGOs joined the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Marietta Le describes the situation with domestic violence in Hungary and translates one blogger's post on...

Russia: At Least 25 People Killed in the ‘Neva Express’ Train Crash

An express train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed at 9:34 PM on Friday, Nov. 27, near the town of Bologoye, killing at least 25 people. Below are some...

Russia: Official Government Web sites Will Be Regulated By Law

A new law “On Ensuring Access to Information about Activities of Government Bodies and Municipal Authorities” [RUS] will require, among other things, creating public Internet terminals all around Russia. But...

Russia: Social Networks Help Find Debtors

Court enforcement officers in Russia actively use social networks to gather information on debtors and their properties, Russian news agency Prime-TASS reports [RUS].

Russia: Tatarstan Blogger Sentenced to Almost 2 Years in Penal Colony

On Sept. 12, 2008, Tatar blogger and journalist Irek Murtazin blogged about rumors of Tatarstan president Mintimir Shaimiev's death. On Nov. 26, 2009, Murtazin was convicted of defamation and incitement...

Russia: Free Wi-Fi To Be Installed At Moscow Railway Stations

The Russian Railroads company announced [RUS] today that free wi-fi hotspots would be installed at every passenger terminal in Moscow by December 7, 2009. The company expects around 1,500 wi-fi...

Russia: Website Administrator Faces Trial on Libelling

Alexander Batalov, a former administrator of the official Web site for the town of Irbit, faces libel charges for anonymous comments left by someone else on the site. Batalov is...

Russia: Defense Ministry Reports “Non-Combat Losses” Online

Russia's Defense Ministry reports on its website that suicides, accidents, murders, and, possibly, manslaughter claimed 297 lives in the country's armed forces from Jan. to Oct. 2009, and that 149...

Russia Begins Registering Domains in Cyrillic

November 2009 will take a special place in the history of the Russian Internet. It is the month when a Cyrillic domain zone was born - .РФ (Russian Federation). Russia...

Slovakia: Mobile Internet Providers Put an End to Internet Neutrality

This month, a second Slovak mobile internet provider has kept its promise and started filtering internet access for its customers. While officially the goal is to block child porn, things...

Russia: Mansion of The President Has A Lot To Offer

The Russian president's mansion became a topic of discussions on the Internet when people found a bidding offers invitation for services at the government Web site [RUS] dealing with different...

Macedonia: Singing Skopjans

An ad hoc choir "Singing Skopjans" performs civic activism through songs, using social media to spread their message.

Russia: Anti-fascists Mourn Murder of Activist Killed By Neo-Nazis

Hundreds of young anti-fascists gathered in the center of Moscow. They mourned the murder of Ivan Khutorskoy, an activist of “Antifa,” Russian anti-fascist movement. A blogger chtodelat claims [ENG] it's...

Russia: Social Network Graffiti Gains Popularity

English Russia writes about the phenomenon of “social network graffiti” [ENG]  that became very popular among the users of the leading Russian social network Vkontakte.ru.

Poland: Catholics Propose Adding Cross to National Emblem

Sylwia Presley reviews the reactions of Polish bloggers to a recent proposal by a Polish Catholic group to include the symbol of the cross in the national coat of arms.

Poland: Online Campaigning for the Rights of Employees

Sylwia Presley writes about the plight of and online campaigning by a group Polish citizens who work for IKEA via another, smaller, company called Solid Security: they claim to be...

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