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· September, 2017

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from September, 2017

On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

One of the most popular Telegram channels made the headlines in the Russian press in September 2017 when it was sold for 5.5 million rubles (US$95,000).

#WhereIsMySchool? Parents Fight for Proper Education for Children with Disabilities in Bosnia

"More and more parents...refuse to accept the social stigma that comes with developmental difficulties, and reject the misguided notion that they have to carry all the weight themselves."

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

Macedonia's Former Ruling Party Accused of Inflaming Xenophobia Ahead of Local Elections

The anti-migrant campaign incites fear among the local population which is believed to be intended to mobilize support for the dwindling political base of the former ruling party.

Russia's Social Inequality Is in the Spotlight After an Ex-Senator Gets High, Shoots Up Hotel Room

"Last night an ex-senator Jabrailov shot up a hotel room. He was charged with HOOLIGANISM. However, you are an extremist for liking [a social media post]."

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