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· February, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2014

28 February 2014

Macedonians Prepare to March Against Poverty in Skopje

Macedonia, the most miserable country on earth according to The Economist, will unite in the fight against poverty on March 1, 2014 in Skopje.

27 February 2014

Chechen Dictator and Russian Nationalist NOT Taking Over Ukraine

RuNet Echo

As conflict in Ukraine's province of Crimea escalates, Internet hoaxes muddy the waters.

26 February 2014

Yanukovich's Fabulous Palace Familiar to Russians

RuNet Echo

Russians, admittedly, are already familiar with examples of their own politicians' wealth and bad taste, as photos of their residences regularly leak onto the Internet.

25 February 2014

Iran Watches Ukraine With Envy and Dismay

Iranians who once staged mass protests against their own regime were reminded of a revolution that eluded them in 2009.

From Kiev to Moscow: Russia's Tired Protest Antics

RuNet Echo

As a futile gesture of defiance Russian protesters brought several tires to a Moscow protest against political prisoners.

24 February 2014

Big, Bad Bullies of the Russian Media

RuNet Echo

Last week, popular journalist Vladimir Solovyov dedicated an entire radio show to dissecting and denouncing the Maidan-supportive tweets of a handful of students from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Why?

Ukrainian Revolution Rattles Russian Nationalists

RuNet Echo

Russian nationalists worry Russian-speaking Ukrainians will be "derussified."

23 February 2014

Macedonian Court Fines Journalist and Magazine for Quoting Source

Fokus magazine, considered to be the last print edition critical of the Macedonian government, has once again been financially burdened by the government, this time for quoting a source.

22 February 2014

Ukraine's President Yanukovych Ousted and Parliament Reshuffled

Following this week's deadly crackdown, an original deal calling for end-2014 elections left protesters unsatisfied. Parliament then ousted Yanuckovich.

South Korean Figure Skater Yuna Kim's ‘Robbed’ Sochi Gold Becomes Photoshop Meme

Russian figure skater Adelina Sotnikova took gold in the free skating event, but many, not limited to South Koreans, questioned the result.

#EuroMaidan Medic Shot in Neck Lives to Tweet: “I Am Alive!”

Olesya Zhukovskaya, was shot in the neck by a sniper and managed to tweet "I am dying". Great relief was felt worldwide when she survived.

Pro-Maidan Video Goes Viral Thanks to Pavel Durov, Russia's Zuckerberg

RuNet Echo

Given the political climate in Russia now, Durov's willingness to stake such an unabashedly pro-opposition position on the Ukraine crisis is rather astounding.

21 February 2014

Russian Politicians Stick to Their Guns as Ukraine Burns

RuNet Echo

For Russia's politicians, the battle lines over Ukraine have already been drawn, and now there can be no compromise.

20 February 2014

#Euromaidan Protests Spread Throughout Ukraine After Explosion of Violence

After almost three months of constant protests in Ukraine's major cities, President Yanukovych's government declared de facto martial law in the country. Violent clashes have spread beyond the capital.

Ukraine: “A Young Man Died in My Arms” #EuroMaidan

A student in Kyiv, Ukraine tweeted from morning till past midnight on the day of a violent standoff between protesters and police led to as many as 25 deaths and...

Russians Eye Ukrainian Turmoil with Hope, Fear

RuNet Echo

"Seriously, 13 wounded armed cops equals urban warfare"

19 February 2014

The Journalistic Purgatory of Eastern Europe

The Bridge

Central and Eastern European media is less free now than at any point in the past 20 years and the internet is no safe haven either.

Follow the Escalation of Ukraine's #Euromaidan Protests Live

Protests took a deadly turn on February 18, and Ukraine is now the scene of a tense stand-off between hundreds of thousands of citizens and government forces.

18 February 2014

To Hell with the Games: Russians Turn from Sochi to Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Today, after a relative lull, violence returned to Kiev’s streets, causing a dramatic shift in RuNet activity. Indeed, the images coming out of Ukraine depict something like a civil war.

Shadow of Olympics Evictions Looms Over Tokyo

Japan has already seen people evicted from their homes and homeless people evicted from parks for past mega-events.

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