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· May, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2010

Russia: Photos and Live Tweets of the Dispersal of the “Day of Dissent”

Bloggers nl [RUS], zyalt [RUS], Igor Podgorny [RUS] post pictures of the dispersal of today's “Day of Dissent” that is conducted on the 31st day of the month in order...

Russia: Journalist's Blog Hacked

Both LiveJournal (sina-ja-mina) and Facebook accounts of Andrei Maltsev [RUS], journalist and blogger, were hacked on May 31, Vladimir Pribylovski reported [RUS]. This is the fourth blog hack this year...

Russia: Blogger Describes His Experience With E-Gov Portal

Alexey Grigoriev blogs [RUS] about his experience of starting a small business at e-government portal gosuslugi.ru. The portal is still full of technical bugs and even after online application one...

The Balkans: Violent Treatment of Animals

Almost every day, dogs or cats are exposed to torture by cruel people who record their cruelties and publish the videos on the internet. Since the war, crime and various...

Macedonia: Silly Songs Do Politics

The anthem published by the youth branch of the Socialist Party of Macedonia on YouTube was talk of the town on social networks and beyond as part of ridiculous advertising...

Russia: A Study of Local Discussion Boards

Online forums in Russian cities are in a certain sense a unique phenomenon. It's not blogs that became the major platforms for open discussion in the regions, but discussion boards...

Russia: Bloggers Cover Moscow Gay Pride Parade

LJ-user Zyalt published [RUS] pictures from Moscow gay pride parade [EN] that took place despite it the ban by Moscow authorities. The event organizers had to change its location several times....

Russian “Little Blue Buckets” Movement Reaches Ukraine

Ukraine-based feminist organization “FEMEN” [EN] conducted an action [ENG] in support of the Russian online movement “Little Blue Buckets” [ENG] and against the “unification of Russia and Ukraine under Kremlin...

Slovakia: The Fight for Nationalistic Voters

Tibor Blazko writes about the growing nationalistic sentiments driven by some Slovak and Hungarian politicians and translates a related satirical video.

Russia: Blogger and Activist Arrested for Viral Video

Leonid Nikolaev (aka LJ-user nikolaevleo) the main actor in the recent viral video against cars using emergency vehicle lighting had been arrested, lj-user halfaman reported. The blogger suggests the arrest...

Hungary: Facebook vs iWiW

Marietta Le reports on the competition between a popular Hungarian social networking site iWiW and Facebook in Hungary.

Hungary: Bloggers’ Photo and Video Reports on the Flood

The floods of the past weeks affecting Central and Eastern Europe are not over yet, and below are some of the photo and video reports by Hungarian bloggers from areas...

Causes of Hatred in the Russian Blogosphere

Lj-user blondycandy received [RUS] more than 400 comments on the question “Why there's so much hatred in the Russian blogosphere”? Evgeny Gorny summarized [RUS] the most often suggestions: general ‘offline’...

Russia: Taking Children as a New Method of Pressure on Journalists

Children of Galina Dmitrieva, an oppositionary journalist and activist, were taken by Russian police after she published an investigation about Russian car manufacturer Avtovaz [EN], Anatoliy Baranov reported [RUS]. After instant...

Russia: “Circassian Nationalism and the Internet”

At OpenDemocracy.net, Zeynel Abidin Besleney writes about “the role played by the internet as a lifeline linking otherwise isolated activists and communities and reinforcing the Circassian nationalist cause.”

Russia: Coalmine Disaster Victims’ Families vs Thugs?

Vadim Nikitin comments on “this week’s unprecedented measure to provide each widow of the [May 9] mine explosion victims with police protection to ward off attacks from organised criminals after...

Russia: Last Day of Classes in Moscow

LJ users zyalt, medar, martin-sqare and alex-i1 (RUS) team up to photograph Moscow high school seniors celebrating the last day of classes on May 25. MoscowMom posts this observation: “Most...

Russia: Explosion in Stavropol

Miriam Elder reports at GlobalPost on the explosion in Stavropol, which took place next to a centrally-located concert hall shortly before a Chechen folk dance troupe was to perform there....

Russia-USA: Like father like son

Windows to Russia turns attention to the only American soldier in the second world war serving in both the US and Soviet armies, who allegedly was also the father of...

Ukraine: Russia's return or political pragmatism?

Andrei Kolesnikov at openDemocracy analyzes relations between Russia and Ukraine after Russian president Medvedev's visit to Kiev last week.

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


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