Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from November, 2014
29 November 2014
“The media space in Russia has narrowed to just a couple hundred people who gossip about each other. Sometimes these people don’t get enough self-irony,” TusovochkaNews’ creator told RuNet Echo.
28 November 2014
A new Twitter account, Maidan Day by Day, allows social media users in Ukraine and beyond to relive the history of Euromaidan protests as they happened.
26 November 2014
Serbian authorities have increasingly been calling online activists in for questioning. Now activist Marko Živković is being called into court for publicly complaining about milk regulations 20 months ago.
25 November 2014
The controversial grand jury decision in the Ferguson case generated much discussion on social media in the US. Turns out, the RuNet users had opinions as well.
"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."
Some believe the strange videos and images are the work of pro-Kyiv activists trying to smear Ukrainian rebels with ISIS affiliations. Or is it the other way around?
24 November 2014
The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.
22 November 2014
Nineteen representatives of the Serbian National Assembly filed a proposal for a new law that would guarantee Serbian citizens freedom from fear. While freedom from fear is allegedly a right...
Over 2000 students went into the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country's universities.
21 November 2014
Anton Korobkov-Zemlyansky has worn many hats in the Russian news media. Russia experts in the West are inclined to dismiss him, but RuNet Echo tried to learn more.
On November 21, the official start of Euromaidan a year ago, Ukrainians flocked to social media to remember and reflect on the protests and their aftermath.
20 November 2014
When singer Valeriya arrived at the Royal Albert Hall for her concert, which she was supposed to perform with Iosef Kobzon, she was met with over one hundred anti-Putin protesters.
19 November 2014
A new investigation of Russia's information war has revealed fake 'Ukrainian' news sites are actually hosted, operated, and staffed in Russia without any local correspondents.
18 November 2014
"There [was] no reason [given], and it is not indicated on the termination (statement). Therefore, I conclude that it has something to do with plays."
The Russian government seems to be saying LGBT teens are a threat to each other—that they require the attention of medical professionals, who will explain that being gay precludes bravery.
"#G20Brisbane will be remembered for Abbott's crushing failure to convince the rest of the world to ignore #climatechange"
Lugansk News Today has been blogging about Eastern Ukraine in English since August, to inform people about events in his hometown, and to knock RT off the Google top results.
17 November 2014
A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.
15 November 2014
Brisbane, Australia, hosts the 2014 G20 summit on 15-16 November. Netizens are speculating about what should be priorities on the agenda.
A purportedly new satellite image presenting unbeatable 'proof’ of Ukraine’s fault in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash has garnered ridicule on the RuNet.