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· November, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from November, 2010

Russia: Leading Activist Blogger on How Internet Changes Politics

Marina Litvinovich, is one of the most influential activist bloggers in Russia. In an interview with Gregory Asmolov, she shares her vision of the future role of the Internet in...

Caucasus: Revelations & Confusion over Cablegate

As the media worldwide reveals revelation after revelation with the gradual release of over 251,000 leaked U.S. Embassy cables over the coming weeks, there were also some items of specific...

Russia: Competing Models of Internet Politics

RuNet becomes an arena of the competition of at least two concepts of the usage of the cyberspace: "United Russia"'s formula "Internet instead of democracy" and independent, grass-roots formula "Internet...

Central & Eastern Europe: Initial Reactions to WikiLeaks’ Cablegate

While other regions feature a lot more prominently in the collection of U.S. embassy cables published by WikiLeaks thus far, a few countries of the CEE region do appear in...

Russia: Online Cartoon Against Corruption in Road Construction

Antimult studio published [RUS] an informative and entertaining cartoon on corruption in road construction in Russia. Together with usage of the old technologies, corruption causes 4 times higher price of...

Russia: Phenomenal Growth of Facebook and Twitter in 2010

Facebook and Twitter audience in Russia grew 3-4 times since the beginning of the year, Vedomosti cites [RUS] comScore data. By the end of 2010, almost 6 mln of Russian netizens...

Russia: 25% of Registered Cyrillic Domains Suspended

Coordination Center for .rf (.рф) domain (ccTLD) has temporarily suspended [RUS] all domains registered by Ru-Center registrar following the scandals with the closed auctions for the most lucrative Cyrillic domains....

China: Time for a new conversation about privacy invasion

With a broader and perhaps global view of more pervasive privacy issues, poet and professor Rui Shen asks: "Some people disagree with airport security measures that display people's bodies, feeling...

Serbia: Air India Pilot's Family Reacts to Leaked Media Report

Six months after the May 22 Mangalore plane crash, which claimed 158 lives, an investigation report blaming Serbian pilot Zlatko Glusica for the country’s worst air disaster of the last...

Ukraine: Entrepreneurs Renew Mass Protests

@Matteush reads tweets marked with the #kat_ua hashtag, concludes (UKR) that “the whole country has risen to protest bandit tax code”: rallies and strikes by entrepreneurs are taking place in...

Russia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky's Facebook Account Banned and Un-Banned

On November 20, 2010 Facebook has suspended Mikhail Khodorkovsky‘s private account allegedly due to usage violations. It took four days to convince the social network to un-ban it. Anton Nossik...

Russia: Bashkortostan President Meets Loyal Bloggers

JournalUfa comments [RUS] on the recent meeting of Rustem Khamitov, the new president (governor) of Bashkortostan republic, with the bloggers. Only loyal bloggers were allowed to come, plus several controversial...

Russia: LiveJournal Suspends Another Independent Blogger

LiveJournal abuse team has suspended account of Stanislav Sadalsky, an actor and a popular independent blogger. Sadalsky claims he can access his account but can't post new posts at stanis-sadal...

Ukraine: Social Media Play Crucial Role in Covering Anti-Tax Code Protests

On Nov. 22, several thousand Ukrainian entrepreneurs from different regions gathered in Kyiv to protest against the new tax code approved by the Ukrainian Parliament last Thursday. While the country’s...

Russia: New Portal Launches WebCam Discussion On Police Reform

“Talking heads,” a new socio-political portal, presents a debate on police reform in an unusual format: expert webcam chat. The idea of the website is to make a cultured, person-to-person...

Serbia: Abuse of Stray Animals Continues

The Serbian President is willing to adopt a severely mutilated dog called Mila, which became a symbol of the suffering of Serbia's stray animals. However, despite all the publicity, horrifying...

Ukraine: “Revolution 2.0″

Andriy Kachor (@Ka4or) reports (UKR; #kat_ua) that Khreshchatyk, Kyiv's central street, has been “blocked” by the protesters and that “the number of cops is growing proportionally to the number of...

Ukraine: Protests Against New Tax Code in Kyiv

Thousands of representatives of the Ukrainian small and medium business community are protesting against the new tax code in Kyiv. Live Ustream broadcast is here (over 5,000 viewers); Twitter tag...

Bulgaria: Reactions to Hate Speech Against Arabs and Islam

Kapka Siderova, the wife of a far-right nationalist politician in Bulgaria, made some controversial statements about Arab women on a popular talk show yesterday, sparking outrage and allegations of racism...

Macedonia: Skopje Zoo Improvements

Basic improvements at the Skopje Zoo have brought new quality of life for the captive animals and the visitors, who regain confidence in this public enterprise.

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

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