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· December, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2009

Russia, U.S.: Billy Joel in 1987

  31 December 2009

Siberian Light writes about Billy Joel, “who stumped up $2.5 million of his own cash, and became the first American rock star to tour the Soviet Union with a fully staged show” in 1987.

The Balkans: Sarajevo-Belgrade Train

  31 December 2009

Balkanology Blog reports on the recent launch of a direct Sarajevo-Belgrade train, the first one “in almost two decades.” CAFÉ TURCO recalls Serbia's recent history in a post titled “Serbia through the eyes of a train traveller (me).”

Hungary: Faluház/”Village House” in Budapest

  31 December 2009

BudapestZin writes about the renovation of Faluház/”Village House,” Budapest's largest apartment building: “In 844 apartments, more than 3000 people live in this building. That is approximately the population of an average Hungarian village.”

Russia: Stroganina in Yakutia

  31 December 2009

AskYakutia.com writes about stroganina, “the first traditional dish that will be offered you to try in Yakutia in winter.”

Lithuania: Buying Lithuanian (in Poland)

  31 December 2009

With a Grain of Druska reports on the Delphi portal users’ “quotation of the year” choice: “I follow the slogan ‘buy Lithuanian products’, but I buy them in Poland. There Lithuanian products are about half the price.”

Russia: Livejournal Shuts Down Putin's Critic

RuNet Echo  30 December 2009

Russian popular blogging platform Livejournal has suspended an account of a historian Yuri Felshtinsky [ENG] after he had published a link to a Russian translation of his book “The Age of Assassins: The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin” [ENG].

Ukraine: Election and Freedom of Speech

  30 December 2009

Foreign Notes writes about the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine and the impact that its outcome may have on the freedom of speech: “It must be dispiriting for journalists to know how little impact is made by their revelations of Ukraine's leaders’ systematic abuse of power, and a worry to...

Poland, China: Lack of Response to Akmal Shaikh's Case

  30 December 2009

Polandian writes about Poland's lack of response to the execution of Akmal Shaikh in China: “[…] Akmal spent quite some time in Poland, was married to a Pole and is survived by two Polish children. The question was therefore raised as to why Poland did not join in the call...

Russia: Yeltsin's Daughter Blogs About Oligarch

RuNet Echo  30 December 2009

Tatyana Yumasheva (LJ user t_yumasheva), daughter of the former Russian President Boris Yeltsin , recollects [Google Translation in EN] on her blog the  early years of  Roman Abramovich, Russian oligarch and the 51st richest person in the world.

Russia: “Criminalisation of Tourists”

  29 December 2009

St Petersblurb describes a recent misadventure at the Russian-Polish border and explains that “the criminalisation of tourists is just another huge nail in the coffin of Russia’s tourist industry.”

Slovakia: Coal That Does Not Burn

  25 December 2009

Tibor Blazko writes about Slovaks being fooled into buying coal from Poland that does not burn, but not taking legal action to fight fraud, and translates a few comments that show how differently Slovaks view what has happened.

Ukraine: The Pickle Project

  25 December 2009

The Uncataloged Museum introduces The Pickle Project, “an ongoing effort to document and share traditional foodways in rural communities in Ukraine as a way of understanding issues of sustainability, change and community.”

Moldova: Public Menorah Crushed in Chisinau

  25 December 2009

Eternal Remont writes about the destruction of a public menorah in the capital of Moldova and cites a response issued by the Russian Orthodox Church: “We believe that this unpleasant incident could have been avoided if the menorah had been placed near a memorial for victims of the Holocaust.”

Belarus: Santa & Snow Maidens Protest in Minsk

  25 December 2009

Belarus Digest reports on a protest rally against “restrictions on the public activities of unregistered organizations” that was held in Minsk on Dec. 22 by “one Santa, 14 Snow Maidens, and 5 New Year’s Bunnies.” Andrei Khrapavitski posts a few pictures from a Belarusian village on the eve of the...

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