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· July, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2012

31 July 2012

Russia: Anti-Church Activist Flees Under Psychiatric Incarceration Threat

RuNet Echo

A blogger and leader of the Youth Human Rights Group in Karelia, has fled Russia to Poland after months of interrogations by prosecutors that included threats of detention in a...

Ukraine: Forest Fires in Yalta, Crimea

Russia: The ‘Mating Rituals’ of Bloggers and Governors

RuNet Echo

"We're not going to go to any more of these meetings, we've decided. From now on, let the suck-ups get together - the Nashists and the 'Stal'evtsy - but we...

Ukraine, Russia: Olympic Athletes’ Birthplace Controversy

RuNet Echo

The official website of the London 2012 Olympics turned out to be not the most reliable source of info on a number of foreign-born members of the Russian team. Demanding...

30 July 2012

Russia: Nepofigism, Free Crowdsourced Legal Consultation

RuNet Echo

The Russian online group "Nepofigism" offers a free legal consulting service. The project's creators designate no particular direction for the consulting. Their aim is to offer real help to people...

‘Small’ Georgia Takes on ‘Big’ Russia with New Media

RuNet Echo

Georgia uses blogging and new media to project soft power in Russia. Even though most Georgians blog in Georgian, there is a sizable contingent of Russian speaking Georgians on Russia's...

28 July 2012

Russia: Senator Wants Criminal Case Against Satirical Blogger

Russia: Paving Political Potholes

RuNet Echo

Say the word "roads" to most Russians, and you are likely to end up with a half-hour discussion. Throughout history, Russia has been infamous for its bad road quality. However,...

26 July 2012

London Olympics: Ambush Marketers Be Warned!

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has taken stringent measures to try to ensure no ‘ambush marketing’ tactics are used during the London 2012 Olympics. A common...

Russia: The Killing of Krutov

RuNet Echo

The June 29 murder of Svetloyarsk Raion administration head Nikolay Krutov was a blip on that day’s news. It was not unprecedented, but unraveling why the crime was committed (and...

23 July 2012

Russia: Hacker Hell, Scourge of the RuNet

RuNet Echo

When noted Russian anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny's email and Twitter accounts were hacked, it came as no surprise that the hacker "Hell" took responsibility. A legendary figure in the RuNet,...

22 July 2012

Russia: The Denver Cinema Shooting As A Case for Gun Rights in Russia

Hungary: Community News Site Takes On Neglected Fire Hydrants

Faulty and out-of-order fire hydrants made it difficult to control a fire that broke out in the Kutya mountain, close to the town of Nagykovácsi in Hungary. This inspired the...

21 July 2012

Moldova: Communism – Is It Really Over Now?

On June 12, Moldova’s parliament condemned the Soviet totalitarian communist regime and prohibited the use of the communist symbols, the hammer and sickle. Diana Lungu reports on the online reactions...

Russia: A Conspiracy Theory Against United Russia in Yaroslavl's LJ Case

Russia, Belarus: Medvedev and the “Belarusian Circus”

RuNet Echo

A picture says more than a thousand words, the saying goes. An Instagram snapshot that the Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev tweeted as a tacit comment to his visit to Minsk...

20 July 2012

MENA: Welcoming Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar has just begun. It is a time when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, try to get closer to God and celebrate...

Russia: Yaroslavl Court Bans LiveJournal

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, a Yaroslavl court responded to a request from local police and ordered Internet provider Netis Telekom to shut off access to a handful of websites, including Russia's...

18 July 2012

Israeli Tourist Bus Attacked in Bulgaria

At least seven people were killed in an attack against Israeli youth on a tour bus in Burgus Airport in Bulgaria. Reports claim the attack was most likely carried out...

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