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· January, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2010

Ukraine: Salo

The Pickle Project writes about salo, “the adored raw pork fat enjoyed on its own and in many of timeless Ukrainian dishes.”

Ukraine: UK Ambassador's Ukrainian Vocabulary

Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, writes on how the Ukrainian phrases he is learning reflect the political, economic and social situation in the country.

Russia: Miss Virtual Yakutia 2010

eYakutia posts an update on the ongoing Miss Virtual Yakutia 2010 contest.

The Balkans: “Six Reasons for Marrying a Balkan Man”

Ruth Platt-Stavrik's “Six Reasons for Marrying a Balkan Man” – at MladiInfo.com (via Belgraded).

Serbia, Russia: Author Awarded for Book on Ratko Mladić

A Slice Of Serbian Politics reports on the award given by the Union of Russian Writers to Ljiljana Bulatović for her book “Report to the General”: “Ljiljana was awarded in...

Belarus: LGBT Issues

BelarusDigest quotes from a chapter on Belarus that was included in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide earlier this year.

Ukraine: Involvement in Afghanistan

Leigh Turner, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, writes about Ukraine's involvement in Afghanistan, now and then.

Ukraine: “Bring Your Skates”

Greetings from Kyiv posts an update on the situation on Kyiv's sidewalks: “This year, Kyiv City Services decided not to clean up the snow so the snow on the sidewalks...

Serbia: “No” to NATO

Belgraded believes that “Serbia does not need to have a military at all, and therefore does not need to join NATO.”

Russia: Consumerism

St Petersblurb sees “the whole EU exactly through the eyes of a Russian” ex-girlfriend: “It’s just a retail chain with branches in different languages.”

Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky

St Petersblurb and Leopolis pay tribute to Vladimir Vysotsky, who would have turned 72 on January 25.

Russia: CJR Piece on the Media

Robert Amsterdam recommends Adam Federman's article on the Russian media, published in Columbia Journalism Review: “[…] Federman focuses on the remaining mechanisms and political dynamics for freedom of press and...

Russia: Potential iPad Pricing and Sales

Svetlana Gladkova of Profy writes that “representatives of one of the local retailers that is now negotiating iPad sales in Russia expect to be able to sell iPad at the...

Russia: Opposition Blogger Finally Gets Permission To Leave Country

An opposition blogger Oleg Kozlovsky tells his story [EN] on how his blog helped his to finally receive a passport allowing him to leave Russia. The country's Federal Security Service...

Haiti, Poland: “Lost Polish Tribe on Haiti”

“Poland and Haiti – who would have thought…?” Raf Uzar writes about “the most intriguing group of people among Poland’s huge diaspora” – the “Poles of Haiti.”

Russia: How To Dress In Yakutia In Winter

AskYakutia.com explains “how to dress in Yakutia in the middle of winter.”

Poland: Anglophone Blogs

Polandian reviews Poland's Anglophone blogosphere.

Hungary, Slovakia: Open Borders, Assimilation, Nationalism

Hungarian Spectrum writes about nationalism, assimilation, open borders, Hungary's minorities and the Hungarian diaspora in the neighboring countries.

Russia: Book Written Using Collective Efforts Online

Russian writer Evgeny Popov decided to create his new book using online input from readers of his blog. The author publishes every chapter of the book [RUS] online with several...

Russia: Newspaper Blog Covers Practices Of Trolling

A recent post on the blog [RUS] of a famous Russian oppositional newspaper “Novaya Gazeta” covers general practices of political trolling on the Russian Internet.

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


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