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· January, 2018

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2018

31 January 2018

‘Buy a New SIM Card’ and Await Further Interrogation: Russia's Security Services Detain and Question a Reporter

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's FSB security services searched journalist Pavel Nikulin's apartment and seized laptops, documents and copies of his independent magazine.

Russians are Baffled by the United States Treasury's Latest Sanctions List

RuNet Echo

Russia’s political elite registered a collective smirk at the seemingly toothless report.

27 January 2018

Polarized by Populism, Czech Society Braces for a Second Round of Presidential Elections

The election has driven ardent debates among citizens on and offline. As a parliamentary republic, the president has very limited executive powers, yet the election has polarized the nation.

23 January 2018

What is More Convincing for World Cup 2018 Fans? Russia's Edgy New Tourism Logo or Their Governments’ Dire Warnings?

RuNet Echo

With the World Cup fast approaching, will Russia live up to its new “The Whole World Within Russia” tourism brand campaign?

21 January 2018

Macedonia Has Its Own #MeToo Movement — #ISpeakUpNow — and It Is Gaining Momentum

Despite the backlash from trolls, the #ISpeakUpNow movement has mostly drawn support and applause for the survivors of sexual abuse who refuse to stay silent any longer.

20 January 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

16 January 2018

Gold Mining Threatens Communities in Macedonia's Agricultural Heartland

"We've given mining concessions on top of water springs to dig out an insignificantly small amount of gold. Someone has decided to poison us with arsenic, sulfuric acid, and cyanide."

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

RuNet EchoAdvox

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

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