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· May, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2013

30 May 2013

Journalists Fight Hired Hooligans and Police Indifference in Ukraine

May 18 was an eventful day in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. But of all the highlights of that day, only one incident - an attack on journalists that the police first...

Cheat.org: What's Wrong with Russia's Online Petitions?

RuNet Echo

The Russian government-sponsored initiative to increase public participation in policy making through a petition process, was met with suspicion even before its launch in April. Now, almost two months later,...

29 May 2013

The “Brave” Democrats of Russia's Growing Civil Society

RuNet Echo

Last week, when Surkov-ally Alexey Chesnakov quit United Russia and publicly criticized the party, few in the English-speaking world noticed, but the event—like Surkov's ouster weeks earlier—could just as easily...

Former Croatian PM Tweets on Parliament's Discussion on Marriage

Former Croatian PM Jadranka Kosor decided to use her Twitter account to express her dissatisfaction with one of the debates taking place in the Parliament these days: the definition of...

25 May 2013

After Probing Chemical Lake, Eco-Blogger Attacked in Russia

RuNet Echo

Environmental protection has become a dangerous area of public activism in Russia—at least where industrial pollution is concerned. This is because eco-activists often directly oppose regional business interests, who sometimes...

“When a Burglar Enters Your Home”: Debating Serbia's Self-Defense Law

Saško Bogeski killed a burglar in his home in Belgrade on Tuesday and was immediately arrested. The authorities believe this to be the case of excessive self-defense. Serbian netizens have...

24 May 2013

Russian Non-Profit “Mercy Island” Helps Stray Animals

RuNet Echo

In an April 2013 interview with Evgeny Voropai of Social Technologies Greenhouse, Tatiana Nikitina, president of the charity group Mercy Island, discussed why public organizations are interested in social media...

As Croatia Marches Towards the EU, Skepticism Meets Excitement in the Balkans

As Croatia prepares to enter the European Union officially on July 1 of this year, and Serbia awaits to finally receive a date to begin talks about EU entry, citizens...

22 May 2013

How Big Is Alexey Navalny's Army?

RuNet Echo

As Navalny's show-trial for lumber embezzlement continues, such questions are perhaps more important than ever. Here are some data-points which could be used to make a rough approximation:

21 May 2013

Laughing at Russia's Eurovision Shooting Spirit

RuNet Echo

Earlier today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on his country's fifth place finish in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. At a press conference, Lavrov denounced supposed voting irregularities, claiming...

69th Anniversary of Crimean Tatar Deportations: Memory and Politics in Crimea

On May 18, some 30,000 people gathered at a rally in Crimea's capital Simferopol to honor the memory of the victims of the 1944 Crimean Tatar deportations and to demand...

20 May 2013

Russian Sociology Under Assault

RuNet Echo

Science isn’t safe in Russia today. That, anyway, was Lev Gudkov’s message in a public statement today, announcing that prosecutors in Moscow contacted him five days ago, to issue an...

18 May 2013

Tinker, Tailor, Compass, Wig: Russia's Amusing American Spy Scandal

RuNet Echo

Fogle's alleged letter (written in awkward if grammatically correct Russian) looked like "Nigerian spam run through Google translate".

17 May 2013

In Wake of Brutal Murder, Questions About the Roots of Russian Homophobia

RuNet Echo

Are Russia's members of parliament, who have fostered a climate of homophobia over the past year, to blame for a man tortured to death by drunk hooligans in Volgograd?

16 May 2013

Dirty Words Russian Girls Can’t Say on the Internet

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, opposition figure Maria Baronova penned an open letter to writer and political dissident Eduard Limonov, wherein she dropped a sexual bombshell. Her text unabashedly refers to “masturbating...

Ukrainian Blogger's Bobs 2013 Award Revoked

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