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· March, 2011

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2011

Russia: “iPad 2 Smuggling in Full Blossom”

Profy writes about the attempts to smuggle iPad 2 into Russia.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Towards Partition

At OpenDemocracy.net, Bedrudin Brljavac writes about the situation in Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Fifteen years since the end of the war, ethno-nationalist leaders continue to pursue political agendas leading to the...

Bulgaria: Protest Against Belene Nuclear Power Plant

Komitata and Simo Ivanov wrote in Bulgarian and in English, respectively, about their participation in the protest against continuing the construction of Belene Nuclear Power Plant that took place in...

Russia: The Most Fierce DDOS Attack On LiveJournal Analyzed

Ilya Dronov, LiveJournal's head of development, told [ru] some details about yesterday's DDOS-attack on LiveJournal, popular blogging platform in Russia. That was the most fierce attack in the history of...

Russia: Voting For The BOBs Blog Award Has Started

On march 22, 2011 voting for "The Best Of Blogs" Awards, event annually organized by German media corporation Deutsche Welle, started. The award is getting more popular every year. This...

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Facing Hate Speech

Two NGOs, from Macedonia and from Bulgaria, have published an analysis of the Macedonian-Bulgarian hate speech in the traditional and new media.

Macedonia: Early Elections Scheduled for June 5

The biggest Macedonian opposition party announced [MKD] today that they will participate in the early elections in spite of the failure of negotiations with the government on the conditions that...

Russia: Online Media 2010-2011 According to Yandex.ru

New Yandex.ru report "Media sphere of RuNet. September 2010 - January 2011" suggests that Russian online media are growing but still have a long way to go to become a...

Russia: Mapping Bribery Online

Anton Nosik shares [ru] a link to RosKomVzyatka (‘Russian Committee for Bribes’), Ushahidi-based platform that allows users to map bribes (both given and taken) anonymously. It's another transparency project after...

Russia: Real Life Super Hero From Chelyabinsk

Metkere.com shares [ru] a video-address of a real life super hero calling himself “The Avenger.” (see his Vkontakte fan group [ru]) The avenger, a man in a black costume with...

Russia: Blogger Translates Articles on Alexey Navalny

LJ user vadda translates from English into Russian two recent texts about Alexey Navalny, a prominent Russian anti-corruption activist: one text, by Andrew E. Kramer, appeared in the New York...

Serbia: Gaddafi's Cyber Army Oppose Rebels and NATO

A Facebook page entitled "Support for Muammar al-Gaddafi from the people of Serbia" has become a show of support for the controversial Libyan leader, with over 62,500 members. Libyan opposition...

Poland, Lithuania: “The End of the Romance”

Polandian offers “a quick review” of the Polish-Lithuanian relationship over the centuries and notes on the recent changes.

Russia: A Riot Police Officer's Twitter and Blog

A Good Treaty writes about an anonymous Moscow riot police (OMON) officer, who started tweeting in January (@OMON_Moscow, RUS, over 3,000 followers) and also has a blog (LJ user omon-moscow,...

Ukraine: “A War of Monuments”

Back in February, Uilleam Blacker of Memory at War: Blog wrote about “a war of monuments” in Ukraine.

Bulgaria: Adoption of Gypsy Children

Belatedly, a link to the post on “adoption of abandoned Bulgarian Gypsy children by non-Gypsy Bulgarians and foreigners” – at Maya's Corner.

Russia: 2010 Cyber-Crime Market Research

Group IB, Russian cyber-security research company, publishes [ru] Russian Cyber-Crime Market in 2010 report. According to the research, Russian hackers commit nearly 35 percent of all cyber-crimes. DDOS-attacks (from $90...

Macedonia: Personal Steps Against Economic Crisis

Bojana Jankovska blogs [MKD] on how she deals with the economic crisis at a personal level: make a deal with family members to use electrical appliances during “cheaper” hours of...

Macedonia: A Proofreaders’ Five Commandments

Biserka Velkovska of the Lektor blog writes [MKD] about five most common mistakes when writing in the standard Macedonian language, and how to correct them.

Macedonia: No to Violence Against Women

Gordana Angelichin writes on Mladi!nfo about how she and two friends organized the V-Day Macedonia campaign from October 2010 to March 2011, as part of the global activist movement to...

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