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· March, 2015

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2015

Municipal Referendum to Preserve Skopje Shopping Centre Scheduled

An Interview with Anna Nemtsova About Being a Russian Journalist

Independent Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova talks to Global Voices about the assassination of Boris Nemtsov (no relation), Putin's recent unexplained disappearance, and censorship in Russia.

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

Russian Girls Show Conservative Beauty Contest Just How ‘Modest’ They Can Be

Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.

Belarus Tightens Grip on Internet With New Data Retention Decree

The new data retention demands are just the latest in a string of restrictive Internet measures employed by Belarus in the wake of the next presidential election.

Russian Social Media Users Write 30 Million Daily Posts

For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)

Documenting the Systematic Decline of Women's Rights in Macedonia

American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

Ironically, Swanson and his blog actually support pro-Russian views, which seems to have made the incident doubly disappointing in his eyes.

Macedonian Journalist Describes How It Feels to Be Subject of State Surveillance

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

Thousands of High School Students Protest throughout Macedonia

Thousands of high school students gathered across Macedonia to protest controversial educational reforms. Authorities hit back with every dirty trick available.

8-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl Is War's Latest Victim

A Ukrainian armored vehicle ran onto a sidewalk on Monday, killing a eight-year-old girl in a terrible tragedy that led to rioting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka.

Outing the Russian Military in Eastern Ukraine

A number of citizen data verification initiatives, both Ukrainian and Russian, specifically focus on tracking down information about the origins and fates of individuals fighting in Donbas.

Google Art Project Now Features Ukrainian Street Art

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Reviews Russia's ‘Homeland’ Adaptation

TJ’s Vadim Elistratov explains why it’s hard to dismiss the Russian adaptation as a failure, though its creators are clearly afraid of deviating too much from the American show.

Government Takedown Requests from Russia Double, Facebook Reports

Facebook restricted access to 55 pieces of content in Russia since July 2014, based on requests from Russian authorities, compared to 29 fulfilled during the first half of 2014.

Inside the Kremlin Troll Army Machine: Templates, Guidelines, and Paid Posts

A new cache of documents on the inside operations of the Kremlin's troll army provides a list of LiveJournal accounts operated by employees and talking points provided to the commenters.

Ukrainian Journalist Detained, Questioned by Russian Security Services in Crimea

Crimean FSB officials detained and questioned a journalist from Simferopol's Center for Investigative Journalism in connection with a criminal investigation on "public calls to separatism."

Croatian Women's Rights Activists Don't Only Take to the Streets—They Rename Them

For International Women's Day on March 8, residents of Croatia's Rijeka woke up to discover activists had changed the names of many streets to honor forgotten female figures.

Who Killed Nemtsov? Chechen Cops or Kremlin Cops?

The charging of Chechens with Nemtsov's murder and comments by Ramzan Kadyrov on Instagram revived speculation that Nemtsov was killed for supporting Charlie Hebdo. But the Russian Internet remains unconvinced.

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