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· April, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2013

30 April 2013

Potty-Mouthed Russian Blogger Faces Prison for Ethnic Slurs

RuNet Echo

A blogger from the Republic of Bashkortostan (a small autonomous republic neighboring Tatarstan in southern Russia) was recently charged with hate speech for a post she published on her Facebook...

29 April 2013

Ukraine's TVi Saga: 31 Journalists Resign

Ukrainian Lawmakers Propose to Ban Abortions

In early April, three MPs from the opposition political force “Svoboda” registered a bill that would ban abortions in Ukraine. Tetyana Bohdanova reports on the online reactions to this legislative...

27 April 2013

Russian Conspiracy Theories About Boston Bombings Abound

RuNet Echo

"Bush blew up the Twin Towers, Putin blew up [the towns of] Buinaksk and Volgodonsk. Obama blew up the marathon." The RuNet, just like the Internet at large, has always...

RSF Addresses the Situation at Ukraine's TVi Channel

22 April 2013

“Manipulative” Coverage of Macedonia's Media Law

“TrashOut”: RuNet's Interactive Map of Illegal Dumps

RuNet Echo

A new 'illegal dumps' interactive map has been launched in Russia for iOS and Android devices. The first of its kind in Russia, it allows users to mark unauthorized landfill...

20 April 2013

The Russian Opposition “Snake Pit”

RuNet Echo

The Russian opposition is at war with itself, and it’s thanks to more than the usual ideological tectonics. The various fault lines that infamously allow the Kremlin to “divide and...

19 April 2013

The Boston Bombings Come Home to Russians

RuNet Echo

Initially a distant story of bombs and American blood, the Boston Marathon bombings came home to Russians today. The RuNet had been following the investigation into the attacks with great...

Russian Journalist and Election Observer Speaks about Her Arrest

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, RuNet Echo published an article about Svetlana Lokotkova, a Russian journalist and election observer who was arrested and removed from an overnight train for alleged intoxication. Lokotkova...

18 April 2013

Snow, Charity, Football: Scottish Fans Earn Praise in Serbia

The fans of the Scottish national football team, who came to Novi Sad to root for their team in the March 26 game against Serbia, ended up being praised by...

17 April 2013

Before Trial, Navalny Nominated as Russia's “Political Enlightener”

RuNet Echo

As Alexey Navalny is gearing up for his embezzlement show-trial in Kirov, there is at least one silver lining: he made it on the short-list of the Russian award Politprosvet...

16 April 2013

Beer & Twitter Prove Toxic Mix for Russian Journalist

RuNet Echo

Trains are a cheap and reliable way to get around Russia, particularly compared to the country's famously poor roads. Russia is a big country and journeys between cities can take...

“Wanted Dead or Alive”: Slovak PM Dodges Court Summons

Former Slovak PM Iveta Radičová is suing the current PM Robert Fico, demanding an apology for his offensive statement. Fico, however, has been ignoring the trial for a whole year...

14 April 2013

Russia's #1 Netizen Heads to Trial

RuNet Echo

Pussy Riot, eat your heart out. Later this week, Russia’s most polarizing blogger, Alexey Navalny, will stand trial for embezzling roughly half a million dollars from a state-owned timber company...

Fancy Cars and Booze Fuel Russian Online Petitions

RuNet Echo

A Russian government online petition platform went live on April 2. RuNet Echo takes a look at how it works in practice.

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