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· June, 2016

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from June, 2016

30 June 2016

Here's What Macedonia's Colorful Revolutionaries, Armed With Paint, Have Achieved So Far

The Macedonian ruling political party canceled its plan to hold an election that only they were going to participate in, fulfilling one of the eight demands of the Colorful Revolution.

29 June 2016

Belarusians Get Naked and Get to Work. (President's Orders.)

RuNet Echo

Belarusian Internet users have been taking off their clothes in the workplace, after President Lukashenka's video address went viral.

28 June 2016

The Men Behind Moscow's Hidden Bathroom Cameras and the Woman Who's Fighting Back

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo translates a new investigative report by the Russian independent news channel TV Rain about a network of hidden cameras operating in women's restrooms throughout Moscow.

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

After Brexit, Timor-Leste Workers Are Worried About Their Future in the UK

"European leaders must display serenity and begin to re-imagine a Union that is more peoples-based, reconnecting with the real people, less focused on the stifling Brussels-based bureaucrats."

25 June 2016

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

24 June 2016

Vladimir Putin's ‘Favorite Chef’ Is Linked to Attacks on Journalists and Opposition Members

RuNet Echo

Victims believe they're are being targeted because of texts and photos they've shared on social media. This, apparently, has been enough to enrage certain anonymous, self-proclaimed “patriots.”

23 June 2016

Netizen Report: Russian Authorities Step Up Information Controls in the Name of National Security

Global Voices Advocacy

A Global Voices author is assaulted in Indonesia, Tanzania continues to prosecute social media users under the Cybercrime Act, and Singapore pulls plug on Internet access for public employees.

Russian Activists and Industry Speak Out Against New Draconian ‘Anti-Terrorist’ Laws

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new comprehensive amendments threaten Russian Internet users' privacy and anonymity by cracking down on encryption and beefing up surveillance measures.

21 June 2016

Russian TV Journalist Tells Man to Work Harder, If He Can't Afford a Vacation

RuNet Echo

Petr Zamkovoi has almost 13,000 times fewer Twitter followers, but TV journalist Vladimir Soloviev still found the time to lecture him about hard work and providing for one's family.

20 June 2016

Russia Mulls A ‘National Big Data Operator’ to Control Internet User Data

RuNet Echo

Russian officials are considering the creation of a "national big data operator" that would control how Russian Internet users' data is being used, stored and protected.

18 June 2016

Russian State Censor Can Now Un-Delegate Website Domain Names Extrajudicially

RuNet Echo

The Russian state Internet regulator, Roscomnadzor, has been grated the power to un-delegate domain names for websites found to host child pornography without a court order.

17 June 2016

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

RuNet Echo

It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Just Do Your Job, Man.

This week we take you to Russia, India, Madagascar, Venezuela and Singapore.

15 June 2016

Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’

The Bridge

The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.

Helping Refugees in Europe Get Connected to the Internet

Rising Voices

"Connecting with family is a top priority for newly arrived refugees who want their loved ones to know they are safe."

13 June 2016

What It's Like to Be a Lesbian in Russia, the Day After the Orlando Massacre

RuNet Echo

When it comes to LGBT issues, investigative journalist Elena Kostyuchenko is one of the most prominent voices in Russia.

11 June 2016

‘The Day I Became Just a Stupid Number': One Syrian Refugee's Journey to Europe

The Bridge

"It is an experience you would never want to go through unless you are truly desperate," Zozan Khaled Musa writers about her journey through Eastern Europe in search of refuge.

10 June 2016

Hungarian Think Tank Finds Suspicious Device in Office, Raising Fears of State Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Ekint had searched their office after the head of the prime minister's office claimed Hungarian-American businessman George Soros is manipulating the country's politics through organizations funded by him.

9 June 2016

How Russians Learned to Laugh About the End of Money

RuNet Echo

Spontaneous encounters with ordinary citizens are always difficult for politicians, and Dmitry Medvedev—whose greatest political asset has been his absence of charisma—handled a recent incident as awkwardly as you'd expect.

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