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· October, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from October, 2013

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

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who was in this office as Croatia's second President from 2000 to 2010, recently gave an interview for Serbian weekly NIN, in which he claims...

Meetup with Global Voices!

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

Russia's Demagogues Just Can't Get Along

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

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.

An Overview of Volgograd Bombing Anglophone Blogging

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

Luštica Bay, near Tivat on the Montenegrin coast, is being developed by Swiss Orascom Development into a large-scale resort bay and marina. The resort is a colossal undertaking in the...

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

Some members of the Croatian parliament, all of different opposition parties, have voiced their concern in past days regarding safety issues that Croatia Airlines has had in recent weeks and,...

Hungarian Student Bloggers Win Lawsuit Against University

Bloggers of Átlátszó Oktatás (Transparent Education) sued the largest Hungarian university ELTE's Law Faculty in winter 2012, in order to obtain documents on how state scholarships and bonus payments were...

A Muslim Schoolgirl and the Volgograd Suicide Bombing

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.

Wearing Putin's Insult as the Badge of Honor

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.

Overwhelmed by Syrian Refugees, Bulgaria Seeks EU Aid

Bulgaria, as the closest EU country to Syria, is seeing more than its fair share of the average 5,000 refugees that are fleeing Syria every day. Unprepared and inexperienced in...

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

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

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

Slovakia's Roma Communities Significantly Bypassed by Development

Despite Slovakia's economic growth and integration into the European Union, the majority of the country's Roma population continues to live in abject poverty, receiving little to no education.

Tajiks Note that “Moscow Has Changed”

As Russians try to make sense of ethnic riots rocking Moscow, these developments are also carefully watched in Tajikistan where more than half of the population depends on money that...

The Crowd in the Machine

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

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

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

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

Tanya Lokot is the Eastern Europe editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Filip Stojanovski is the Central Europe editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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