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· March, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2014

31 March 2014

A Schism Over Ukraine in Russian-owned LiveJournal

RuNet Echo

Igor Bigdan (ibigdan), one of the most popular RuNet bloggers, announced yesterday that he would be leaving his position as Director of LiveJournal Ukraine starting April.

Embattled Opposition Blogger's Insanity Defense?

RuNet Echo

When attempts to silence Alexey Navalny, Russia's top blogger and anti-corruption activist, don't work quite as planned, it's time to shovel the dirt.

30 March 2014

Putin Brings Back Soviet-era Civil Defense Certification

RuNet Echo

Bringing back "Readiness to Labor and Defense" would "pay homage to [Russia's] national historical traditions."

28 March 2014

Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 13 of 2014

RuNet Echo

Every Friday, RuNet Echo collects the top ten Russian-language tweets and curates them for Global Voices readers.

‘Anonymous International’ Leaks Kremlin's Instructions to Russian TV

RuNet Echo

A Russian Internet group called “Anonymous International” has leaked what it claims is a “tyomnik”—a list of prepackaged news stories prepared by the Kremlin for Russia’s central television news stations.

Should Africa Learn From the Crimea Referendum?

The “Happy Voting” Project Encourages Young Europeans to Vote

Creator of Quirky Movement Defends Kremlin Propagandist

27 March 2014

Blogging about Russia's Crimea Annexation? You Could Be an Extremist!

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers are toying with the idea of levying extremism charges against bloggers who “incite xenophobic attitudes” when writing about the Crimea.

‘NATO Air – Just Do It’ Meme Opens Old Wounds for Serbia and Kosovo

On the fifteenth anniversary of the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu retweeted a tweet by Kosovo Minister of European Integration Vlora Citaku, causing controversy and angering many.

Russia's Media Crackdown Spills into Academia

RuNet Echo

Three days ago, MGIMO University fired Professor Andrei Zubov for so-called academic misconduct. His supposed crime was writing an antiwar op-ed criticizing Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

25 March 2014

Ukrainians Desperate to Flip the Script on Fascism

How Russians Are Outsmarting Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

RuNet activists have created a sophisticated system of censorship evasion and counter-attack, which can potentially make life hard for both censors and pro-Kremlin websites.

Ukrainian Paramilitary Leader Assassinated, Moscow to Blame?

24 March 2014

Putin's Alleged “Ukraine Annexation Plan” Surfaces Online

RuNet Echo

Katya Gorchinskaya, deputy editor of the newspaper KyivPost, has published on Facebook photographs of a report that journalists are calling "Putin's plan for annexing Ukraine."

23 March 2014

A Telethon to Save Russia's Independent TV

Ukrainian Women's Sex Boycott Against Russian Men

RuNet Echo

A creative boycott is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex embargo against Russian men.

What Is the Future of Russia's News Media?

RuNet Echo

Now that Moscow has formally annexed Crimea, following a controversial popular referendum, it's possible, if not extremely likely, that Russian journalists will face even greater difficulties.

22 March 2014

Hungarian Far-Right Group Protests Against Fashion Designer

Meet Crimea's New Anime Mascot, Natalia Poklonskaya

RuNet Echo

A definitive fan-art collection of Natalia Poklonskaya, the newly minted Prosecutor General appointed by the secessionist government of Crimea, who has captured the heart of RuNet and Japan.

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