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· October, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from October, 2013

31 October 2013

Former Croatian President Mesic Says Tudjman and Milosevic Set Out to Divide Bosnia

Meetup with Global Voices!

Rising Voices

Throughout the months of November and December, we are organizing six global in-person 'meetups' led and facilitated by Global Voices members.

30 October 2013

Russia's Demagogues Just Can't Get Along

RuNet Echo

Nationalist MP Vladimir Zhirinovsky ranted about natives of the North Caucasus on the popular debate show “The Duel” - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov took offence.

29 October 2013

15-Year-Old Roma Girl's Deportation Shakes Up France's Immigration Debate

In the Leonarda deportation scandal, everything is controversial: the way in which the police acted, the media management of the scandal and the peculiarity of the family.

28 October 2013

An Overview of Volgograd Bombing Anglophone Blogging

RuNet Echo

Misinformation disseminated online about the Volgograd bus bombing (which left at least six people dead on October 21) has raised the suspicions of Russia bloggers both Russophone and Anglophone.

Construction of 1 Billion Euro Resort Begins in Montenegro

Serbia: Jovanka Broz, Widow of Tito, Dies Isolated and Forgotten

Jovanka Broz, widow of Tito, died in Belgrade on October 20, aged 88. In the decades since her husband's death, she led a reclusive life in Belgrade, forgotten and isolated.

Opposition MPs Suspect Foul Play as Croatia Airlines Prepares for Privatization

26 October 2013

A Muslim Schoolgirl and the Volgograd Suicide Bombing

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the Volgograd bus bombing, a Muslim girl wrote a letter to the anonymous blogger hardingush. We chose to translate it in its entirety.

25 October 2013

Wearing Putin's Insult as the Badge of Honor

RuNet Echo

The Greenpeace activists locked up in Murmansk may be suffering the worst luck of anyone in the ongoing scandal surrounding Russia's Arctic drilling, but they aren't the only ones hurting.

23 October 2013

Overwhelmed by Syrian Refugees, Bulgaria Seeks EU Aid

Codeshare Request from Serbia's New Airline Met with US, EU Pushback

The oldest and largest airline trade association in the United States called the request bizarre. Serbian media has so far chosen to ignore the story.

The Suspended Martyrdom of Russia's Alexey Navalny

RuNet Echo

After his tumultuous guilty verdict and five-year prison sentence last July, a court recently suspended Alexey Navalny's sentence, leaving the Russian opposition's most prominent leader on probation but free.

Macedonia Imprisons Investigative Journalist For Reporting On Local Murder

Journalists and watchdog organizations are outraged by the sentencing of Macedonian journalist Tomislav Kezarovski to four and a half years in prison for an article he wrote.

In Wake of Suicide Bombing Russians Question Their Security

RuNet Echo

An explosion aboard a Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) commuter bus caused a stir in Russia’s blogosphere on Monday.

22 October 2013

Slovakia's Roma Communities Significantly Bypassed by Development

Tajiks Note that “Moscow Has Changed”

The Crowd in the Machine

The Bridge

How we create images of crowds affects our understanding of them.

“Let Russians Sweep Their Own Streets”: Minorities Ponder Ethnic Violence

RuNet Echo

Non-ethnic Russians have been keen to express their views on the Biryulyovo riots online, using the language common to many of them - Russian.

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