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· April, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2012

30 April 2012

Russia: Gun Rights Advocates Rally Around Tula Hero

RuNet Echo

Russian gun ownership laws are long and restrictive. In early April, when a small-scale farmer in Tula used a kitchen knife to kill three armed robbers that threatened him and...

Russia: The Battle of Borodino Lives On

RuNet Echo

After 200 years, through the works of artists such as Leo Tolstoy (as well as legal disputes about the historic preservation of the battlefield), the Battle of Borodino continues to...

29 April 2012

Ukraine: Netizens Discuss Dnipropetrovsk Bombings

There has been a great deal of speculation about the four bombings that rocked the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, on Friday. The timing of the blasts is key to most...

27 April 2012

Russia: Putin Proposes Contentious State Power Grab in Siberia

RuNet Echo

On April 20, 'Kommersant' revealed an ongoing legislative project to create a state company to oversee the economic development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The schism at...

Russia: Dombrovsky and Molotov

Estonia: Places to Eat Out in Tallinn

Ukraine: Update on Yulia Tymoshenko's Case

26 April 2012

Russia: Julian Assange's Debut on RT

Bulgaria: Penalty For Getting Pregnant

Bulgaria: “Big Change Begins With Small Steps”

Video: Mothers Around the World Share Their Different Experiences

In the International Museum of Women, the current online exhibit is all about mothers. MAMA: Motherhood around the globe explores the different aspects of motherhood through video interviews to women...

23 April 2012

Bulgaria: May Bicycle Parade

Russia: The Tsar's Victory Over Napoleon, 200 Years Later

RuNet Echo

Across Russia, celebrations have commenced honoring the 200th anniversary of Tsar Alexander I's defeat of France's Napoleon Bonaparte. Russian and English language bloggers have been tracking the celebrations and lingering...

Bulgaria: “Why Should We Read Books?”

22 April 2012

Serbia: Upcoming Elections Offer Few Choices, Inspire Apathy and Humor

Much unbeknownst to most people in the world, Serbia is, in many ways, looking at its most important election since the 2000 revolutionary elections that toppled the government of Slobodan...

21 April 2012

Slovakia: “Slavery in the Streets of Bratislava, 21st Century”

Bulgaria: Interior Minister's Controversial Statement

Russia: Anti-Drug Activist Identifies Corrupt Moscow Police in Sverdlovsk

RuNet Echo

Controversial activist Evgeny Roizman originally made a name for himself by establishing a non-profit fund called “A City without Drugs.” The fund both treats drug addiction and targets dealers, albeit...

Russia: Liberal Democrats Join Opposition to Ulyanovsk NATO Hub

RuNet Echo

In the last week, Vladislav Naganov and Aleksei Navalny, two of Russia's most prominent liberal democrat bloggers, entered the debate about a proposed NATO transit hub in Ulyanovsk. The transit...

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