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· December, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2012

28 December 2012

Russian Politicians Doom Orphans as Orthodox Christmas Approaches

RuNet Echo

On December 26th, 2012 the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of Parliament, upheld a controversial new law banning adoptions of Russian children by Americans. The unanimous vote throws into stark...

Slovak Blogger Promotes Fairness in State Support for Businesses

25 December 2012

This December, Russia's Kids Aren't Alright

RuNet Echo

As billions of people across the world awoke today to open gifts and be with their families, three of Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Zhelezniak's four daughters rolled out of bed...

Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests

On Monday, Dec. 24, the Macedonian capital Skopje was shaken by a violent protest - and a counter-protest - related to the Parliament's approval of the 2013 state budget. Filip...

24 December 2012

Macedonia: Nude Art Twitter Calendar for Charity

Promoting Recycling in Macedonia

Who Supports Russia's Ban on American Adoptions?

RuNet Echo

A slight majority of Russian internet users support the ban on adoptions by Americans. 50% do not understand the motivation for international adoptions, and 60% think that such adoptions endanger...

21 December 2012

Russians Prepared for the Post-Apocalypse with Parties, Stockpiling, & Orgies

RuNet Echo

That the world failed to come to an end today, "21-12-2012," must come as a relief to many Russian bloggers who have spent the past several weeks obsessing over the...

Hungarian Protesters Occupy Bridge, Three Students Arrested

Student protest rallies continue in Hungary. On Wednesday night, the protesters occupied a Budapest bridge, and three of them ended up getting arrested.

20 December 2012

Lobbying and Transparency: Pressuring the European Union

In the European Union, there is considerable political resistance to the culture of transparency. NGOs and bloggers stand up for citizen rights and for participatory democracy.

Tempers Flare As Court Frees Dagestani Boxer Who Killed Russian Teenager

RuNet Echo

Rasul Mirzaev, a 26-year-old mixed martial arts world champion from Dagestan, is a convicted killer. His victim was a 19-year-old Russian man, Ivan Agafonov, whom he murdered in a scuffle...

Macedonia Fails to Honor Victims of 1911 Terror Campaign

Reflections on the Croatian Generals’ Acquittal

18 December 2012

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike

Hungarian high school and college students, who are demanding that the government set university admission quotas to a reasonable level and help those from lower income households to access higher education, are...

17 December 2012

Snow Emergency in Western Ukraine

On Sunday, hundreds of vehicles were trapped on the roads of western Ukraine due to severe snowstorms. According to various mainstream and citizen media reports, the situation was critical, as...

15 December 2012

“Kosovo 2.0 Talks Sex” Launch Party Cancelled Due to Attack

Kosovo 2.0 was planning to launch its new print issue at the "Kosovo 2.0 Talks Sex" event, on Dec. 14. However, shortly before the launch party started, a group of...

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