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· June, 2017

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from June, 2017

28 June 2017

A Czech Nuclear Plant Held a Swimsuit Contest to Choose Its Next Female Intern

The move quickly faced accusations of sexism: "What a joke! Do we make men pose in swim suits to get hired as interns?"

27 June 2017

Satirical Cartoonists Take Aim at Bulgaria's Media Distribution ‘Monopoly’

"When holding this newspaper is a reason for jealousy. There is expression, but no freedom. #Prass-Press"

A Win for Citizen Activism After UNESCO Asks Macedonia to Stop All Construction Projects on Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the oldest lake in the European continent but the previous Macedonian government wanted the natural heritage area to be converted into a mega resort.

26 June 2017

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

25 June 2017

Romania Seeks to Draw Lines Around Notions of Family

The Bridge

But as shown by the increasing numbers of children with parents working abroad, the lines are already being redrawn by economic pressures.

24 June 2017

Transgender Woman Speaks on Chechnya's Persecutions and Life Pre-Kadyrov

"The man ran away. The women called an ambulance. I learned at the hospital that I had two stab wounds in my right lung."

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

14 June 2017

How Much Money Did Macedonian Railways Make From the 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis?

"There were days when over 10,000 human beings would cross the border, and everyone (except small children) had to buy the tickets...Where are the money gone, you f*cking thieves?!"

12 June 2017

Hungary's LEGO Love Affair Began with an Animated Cartoon

Move over, Lego Movie. These short films are literally blockbusters.

11 June 2017

Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests

RuNet Echo

On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.

9 June 2017

Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps

RuNet Echo

The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.

What YouTube Comments on Two Cover Songs Reveal About the Irish and Sámi Languages

Rising Voices

The music videos for popular songs translated into minority languages can create spaces for joy, solidarity, and pride—as well as scorn, social divisions, and nationalism.

8 June 2017

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.

6 June 2017

Tens of Thousands in Croatia Decry Government Failure to Reform the Education Sector

“We don't want patriarchal upbringing and education”; “Put religious education in driving schools”; “Put sexual education in schools”.

Russia's Biggest Social Network Now Allows Political Ads, But Not For Everyone

RuNet Echo

Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment.

5 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

4 June 2017

‘Justice for All’ Initiative Seeks Judicial Reforms and an End to High-Level Corruption in Bulgaria

About 2,000 people gathered in the center of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, demanding judicial reforms. Protests were also held in the cities of Plovdiv and Varna.

2 June 2017

Inside Russia’s National Liberation Movement With Pavel Merzlikin

RuNet Echo

Lincoln Pigman translates Pavel Merzlikin's opus on how he joined and escaped Russia’s far-right National Liberation Movement.

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