Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from August, 2014
29 August 2014
Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.
28 August 2014
As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.
27 August 2014
At the wrong ends of bullets and bombs, people have been dying in Ukraine for months already. Now there are new signs that Russian soldiers are joining in the bloodshed.
26 August 2014
Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.
25 August 2014
24 August 2014
"Behind the Wheel" is a short film about migration and an extraordinary woman named Nigora, who overcame betrayal and local gender stereotypes to set up shop fixing car tires.
23 August 2014
These days, Crimean photoblogger Natalya Golovan is more likely to document a military ceremony or a celebratory fireworks display than the cats she photographed before.
Analysts warn of the high risk of ethnic clashes in Macedonia that began earlier in 2014 when protesters questioned the sentencing of six Albanian Macedonian men for a "terrorist killing".
22 August 2014
Armchair military experts, social-media archive spelunkers, and ideologues all work together in creating conflicting versions of events in eastern Ukraine, making disinterested analysis and verification very difficult.
The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.
21 August 2014
The race to desecrate national symbols seems to be taking its toll on Moscow officials, who found it necessary to arrest several painters for using the colors yellow and blue.
Macedonians are marking two years since the beginning of the "AMAN" protests that called for an end to social disparity and corruption in the country, one of Europe's poorest.
Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.
20 August 2014
Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.
19 August 2014
One of the RuNet's latest attacks on the U.S. State Department spokesperson reveals how even Russia’s noblest patriots seem to rely on American resources when deriding the White House.
A Ukrainian guerrilla artist who has been stealthily putting up artworks mocking the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic in the occupied city of Donetsk was captured by the rebels.
18 August 2014
Sabina Šabić, executive producer of Sarajevo War Theater, stirred comments when she appeared with her daughter at the famed Sarajevo Film Festival in gowns made from the Palestinian flag.
17 August 2014
The information war and the real one have almost become synonymous for a Ukrainian Twitter blogger from Slovyansk, and he is sick of both.