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· April, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2012

Russia: Gun Rights Advocates Rally Around Tula Hero

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

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...

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...

Russia: Putin Proposes Contentious State Power Grab in Siberia

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

The Faculty of Useless Knowledge tells a story of writer Yuri Dombrovsky‘s brief encounter with Vyacheslav Molotov, and shares a link to a documentary [ru] about Dombrovsky's life.

Estonia: Places to Eat Out in Tallinn

Nami-Nami recommends places to eat out in Tallinn in Spring 2012.

Ukraine: Update on Yulia Tymoshenko's Case

Foreign Notes comments on “the latest twists and turns” in ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko's case.

Russia: Julian Assange's Debut on RT

Mark Adomanis criticizes the critics of Julian Assange's debut on RT (Russia Today) last week.

Bulgaria: Penalty For Getting Pregnant

The blog “Работнически глас” (“Worker's voice”) tells [bg] about a trial scheduled for May 26: a former female employee is suing a company for a discriminatory clause in the work contract,...

Bulgaria: “Big Change Begins With Small Steps”

Various blogs [bg] and mainstream media [bg] were telling [bg] about a student initiative held in the capital city of Sofia on April 24. Many students and members of diverse youth...

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...

Slovakia: Protest Against Construction Near Bratislava Castle

On April 18, 200-250 [sk] people attended a protest against illegal construction near Bratislava Castle, organized by Bratislava Openly [sk]. The west side of a new white house (a continuation...

Bulgaria: May Bicycle Parade

On May 19, the 15th annual May Bicycle Parade will gather thousands of supporters of cycling in Sofia with one clear goal – to count the cyclists and show that...

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

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?”

As many in Bulgaria fear that there are fewer people reading books now than in the past, Ognyan Antov of Anapest offers [bg] three answers to the question “Why should...

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...

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

Radovan Bránik highlights an instance of child abuse in his photo report, Slavery in the streets of Bratislava, 21st century [sk]. His pictures show a girl from Romania who, instead...

Bulgaria: Interior Minister's Controversial Statement

Blogger Nikolay Delchev condemned [bg] the reaction of the Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov to the recent student protests against construction at the National Sports Academy's Black Sea training facility:...

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

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

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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