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· May, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2014

31 May 2014

Russian Internet Users, Putin is After Your Digital Wallets

RuNet Echo

The offices of Yandex.Money, the popular online payments system associated with Russia's largest search engine, were searched by Russia's Investigative Committee.

Police in Macedonia Strong-Arm Journalists Into Erasing Riot Arrest Footage

The riots, sparked by the murder of a 19-year-old, created tension between ethnic Albanian and Macedonian populations of the capital city Skopje.

30 May 2014

Information Hub for Humanitarian Aid for Bosnia and Herzegovina Floods

Now Russia Wants to Tighten the Noose Around News-Aggregation Sites

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers are taking steps to classify news-aggregating websites as mass media, which would require companies like Yandex to register with the government and face stricter regulations.

27 May 2014

Ukraine War in Real Time

RuNet Echo

Last Friday Ukrainian violence became even more viscerally evident on the Facebook account of one of the cyber-punk, post-state, viral-citizen-armies operating in the region.

25 May 2014

Serbian Bloggers Censored for Criticizing Flood Relief Efforts

Bloggers, journalists and rights-conscious Internet users have flooded the Serbian web with republications of a blog post condemning the government for stifling free expression during the country's state of emergency.

23 May 2014

Russia's Hashtag Activism in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Russian activists are capitalizing on #BringBackOurGirls by framing in analogous terms Ukraine's capture of two Russian journalists, hoping for a similar groundswell of awareness and public outrage.

Russian Special Forces Blogger Throws in the Towel

RuNet Echo

Russian Digital Sovereignty Is Here and, Yes, It Includes Schoolgirls

RuNet Echo

No sooner than Basov announced the search engine's moral superiority did Russian bloggers begin posting screen captures of curious search queries conducted using Sputnik.ru.

22 May 2014

GV Face: People Powered Flood Relief in Serbia

GV Face

This week we talk to friends in Serbia involved in relief efforts. What are next steps for citizens and government? And why is social media under threat?

Euromaidan Six Months Later, Remembering What Was Won

Whatever happens next, participants of Euromaidan events will forever preserve memories of these months, both the good and the bad.

Escape from Ukraine, or Return of the Tomato Terrorist

RuNet Echo

After coming in contact with separatists, Morozov was arrested and accused of being a spy: "I don't hold it against the militia who tortured me in Antracite" he later wrote.

21 May 2014

In Eastern Ukraine Conspiracies Believe in You

RuNet Echo

Several Russian journalists made connections between Eastern Ukraine separatist leaders and Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev.

Persecuting Russian Bloggers Doesn't End with Censorship

RuNet Echo

Pro-Kremlin Internet activists are now targeting tech volunteers working for Russia's top blogger, who is already blocked online and under house arrest.

19 May 2014

Tens of Thousands Stranded, Serbians Take Flood Relief Into Their Own Hands

As Serbia and Bosnia live through the worst floods the region has seen in 120 years, relief and aid efforts are mostly being led by civilians and civic movements.

17 May 2014

Sultan Suleimanov on the RuNet's Last Chance

RuNet Echo

Suleimanov attended an invitation-only meeting at Roscomnadzor, the Russian government's chief censorship agency, which is tasked with enforcing a series of recent laws that limit the freedom of information online.

16 May 2014

Countdown to the End of Twitter in Russia

RuNet Echo

The deputy director of Russia’s chief censorship agency, Roscomnadzor, has threatened to order a block on Twitter or Facebook entirely, in a matter of minutes.

Macedonian Site Takes Satirical Stance on Freedom of Expression Issues

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