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· September, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from September, 2012

29 September 2012

Russia: Nation's Top Blogger Headed to Prison?

RuNet Echo

Russia: Ridiculing the Winter Olympics Slogan

RuNet Echo

The just-announced slogan of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics (“Hot. Cool. Yours.”) has spurred a brief episode of merrymaking on the RuNet. At first that may seem surprising, while the...

Ukraine: Protesting the Controversial Defamation Bill

A bill that calls for penalties of up to five years in jail for defamation passed a first reading in the Ukrainian Parliament on Sep. 18. Following the online campaign...

28 September 2012

Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, the media got a sneak peek at a new report on the foreign penetration of the RuNet and the potential manipulation of the country's future elections. The...

Czech Republic: Roma Resist Evictions in Ostrava

This summer, Přednádraží, a small neighborhood in Ostrava, has been the site of an intense struggle against unlawful evictions of the predominantly Roma residents. Daniela Kantorova reports on the history...

27 September 2012

Russia: Yekaterinburg Police Raid Regional Internet Publication

RuNet Echo

Russia: Ominous Predictions of Conflict in Dagestan

RuNet Echo

Dagestan is among Russia’s most impoverished and ethnically diverse republics. Recent tension between Sunni Sufi and Salafi communities suggest more conflict may not be far to come.

26 September 2012

Hungary: Parliament Forced to Take Domestic Violence Seriously

Despite initial setbacks, the Hungarian public has succeeded in convincing the Parliament to treat the issue of domestic violence seriously.

25 September 2012

Russia: Writers Put Down Pens to Stand Atop Soap Boxes

RuNet Echo

Now, nine people who self-identify as writers are running in the elections for the so-called "Coordinating Council of the Russian Opposition," and a tenth strongly considered registering as a candidate...

Ukraine: Localized ‘Yes-butno’ Meme Highlights ‘Most Popular Stereotypes’

The Yes-butno meme "created to break assumptions and stereotypes that everyone makes about various cultures, genders, sexualities, etc", has gone viral on the Ukrainian segment of Facebook, thanks to Lviv-based...

22 September 2012

Azerbaijan: Political Forces United on Pardoned Axe Murderer

Belarus: Early Voting Boosts Turnout Amid Calls to Boycott Elections

The parliamentary election in Belarus is to take place on Sunday, Sep. 23, but the early voting has already begun, and the turnout may end up being high, despite calls...

21 September 2012

Russia: Activist Journalists or Bolshevik Bloggers?

RuNet Echo

Anyone following the Russian protest movement cannot help but notice the degree to which many Russian journalists are involved with the opposition. In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram,...

Macedonia: Activist's Trial to Continue in November

Russia: After the APEC Summit

RuNet Echo

The 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok has come and gone. What remains is discussion of what APEC means to Russia’s Far East and the country as a whole....

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