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· October, 2016

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from October, 2016

28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

27 October 2016

Instagrammers’ Photos Document the Smog Enveloping Khabarovsk

RuNet Echo

Residents of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East have been staying indoors or wearing masks when they go outside since a thick smog blanketed the city on Tuesday.

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name and You Don't Even Get It

RuNet Echo

It's too soon to know if this creature will make a good ambassador for Russia or the World Cup, but it's fair to say already that “Zabivaka” has gone viral.

25 October 2016

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn

RuNet Echo

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

Hackers Publish Kremlin Aide's E-Mails, Allege Plan to Destabilize Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian hackers say Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov's leaked e-mails reveal a plan to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

24 October 2016

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

RuNet Echo

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

21 October 2016

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

RuNet Echo

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

20 October 2016

What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

19 October 2016

Macedonia's Lake Ohrid Awaits You

The Bridge

Far from the frenzy of the capital, the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Bitola in southern Macedonia's offer history, culture, cuisine, biodiversity and some truly astounding landscapes.

One of the Richest Political Parties in Europe Rules One of the Poorest European Countries

A recent documentary reveals that Macedonia's ruling party VMRO-DPMNE has amassed more wealth than its counterparts in the richest countries on the continent.

17 October 2016

WhatsApp and Viber Blocked on Election Day in Montenegro

Global Voices Advocacy

Parliamentary elections in Montenegro had been marred with allegations of irregularities, reported via social networks, and a temporary ban on use of Viber, WhatsApp and similar messaging apps.

14 October 2016

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

13 October 2016

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

RuNet Echo

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

New Abortion Ban Proposals in Poland Mean the ‘Black Protest’ Movement Isn't Over Yet

"I am counting on another Black Protest against the barbaric statement of Kaczyński who wants to create a hell. A protest that will defeat him."

12 October 2016

Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest

The concert took place in Tetovo, the largest city in western Macedonia, and one of the most polluted cities in Europe.

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

9 October 2016

Hibernating Bears and Iced Bilateral Cooperation: the New US-Russian Relationship

RuNet Echo

Phony proverbs and escalated saber rattling are setting the tone for dangerous new tensions between Russia and the United States.

7 October 2016

Russia Remembers Slain Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, Ten Years On

RuNet Echo

Today Russians remember Anna Politkovskaya, one of the country's leading investigative journalists who was shot and killed in the elevator of her apartment building ten years ago.

Atomweight MMA Fighting Comes to Chechnya, and the Local Ruler's Children Are Already Title-Holders

RuNet Echo

Despite his regular publicity on social media, Kadyrov still managed to shock people, when his three young sons appeared as participants in a recent mixed martial arts tournament in Grozny.

5 October 2016

‘September': A New Platform for Leftists Across the Former Soviet Union

RuNet Echo

"It's not October yet, but it's coming." That's the tagline for "September," a new website that aims to be a platform for leftist thought across the former Soviet Union.

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