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· December, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2010

Russia: Internet 2010 Overview

2010 highlighted several important trends of Russian Internet. Online audience grows very fast with people getting more news online and actively using social networks. In a lot of ways, 2010...

Ukraine: Former Interior Minister's Case

Foreign Notes and Ukrainiana write about the case against the former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko.

Belarus: More Commentary on Dec. 19

Commentary on the implications of the post-election events in Belarus – at OpenDemocracy.net, here and here.

Hungary: “Viktor #Censorbán”

Kosmopolito writes about Hungary's new media law and suggests ways to draw attention to the situation; “transforming” PM Viktor Orbán into Viktor #Censorbán is just one of the strategies –...

Hungary: Relations With China

Hungarian Spectrum writes about Hungary's economic and financial relations with China.

Russia: Politics and Justice

At OpenDemocracy.net, Dmitry Travin writes about politics and justice in Russia.

Russia: Media Coverage of Khodorkovsky Verdict

Overview of media reactions to the verdict and sentence in the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev – by Robert Amsterdam, Global Chaos, and Sublime Oblivion.

Ukrainian Blogosphere 2010: Still Enough Room for Everyone

Tetyana Bohdanova translates reports on the state of the Ukrainian blogosphere and the situation with other social media tools in Ukraine.

Russia: Informal Medvedev Election Trailer Realeased Online

An anonymous user created a short à la Guitar Hero video trailer jokingly presenting Dmitry Medvedev as “President Hero 2012.” The video draws attention to the upcoming 2012 presidential elections...

Russia: Regional Minister Hired Through Internet

A new minister for information technologies of Russia's Ulyanovsk region has been found through Internet [RUS]. Elena Balashova, 35,  was one of 2,563 people who submitted their online applications for...

Russia: Author of Wildfires Internet Meme is Prosecuted by Police

A blogget top-lap, an author of a famous blog post [ENG] demanding “rynda” from Vladimir Putin and criticizing the state's response to Russian wildfires closed his blog [ENG] and disappeared....

Russia: How Vladivostok Christmas Tree Craziness Made Me Laugh

People in Vladivostok never lose their sense of humor. Otherwise one would be in the perpetual state of depression. They laugh about everything from nerve-racking traffic jams and alarming snow...

Serbia, Albania, Kosovo: More Info on “Yellow House”

Sasa Milosevic has collected some of the available information about the “Yellow House” and human organ trade in Kosovo on his blog, The Bloody Yellow House (ENG).

Russia: Is Internet Guilty of Organizing Nationalistic Riots?

Russian media and blogosphere ponder who is responsible for the nationalists’ riots in Moscow in mid-December. But the authorities found their own scapegoat – the Internet.

Poland: Blog Forum Gdansk

Arzu Geybullayeva writes about this year's Blog Forum Gdańsk, highlighting Polish bloggers' views on some of the issues discussed at the event.

Christmas Recipes in Global Food Blogs

Christmas means ‘coming home’ to many people - but if this isn’t possible, preparing a magic meal can be a consolation. Bloggers of many continents have shared their favorite holiday...

Russia: List of Regional Governors’ Online Tools

“Vedomosti” newspaper, published [RUS] a detailed list of online tools of Russian regional governors. The list includes links to personal websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook profiles, and even YouTube channels.

Belarus: More on the Post-Election Situation

Democratist and Jamestown Foundation Blog discuss the post-election situation in Belarus; Information Policy writes about the hijacking of “independent media sites” during the election.

Russia: Media Coverage of Manezh Riots

A Good Treaty posts a detailed review of the Russian press coverage of the Manezh riots in Moscow.

Hungary: New Media Law and Censorship

BloggingPortal.eu and Hungarian Spectrum (here and here) discuss Hungary's new media law. According to BloggingPortal.eu, “[u]nder this new law, a National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH) will be set up...

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


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