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· January, 2019

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2019

Once-beloved youth magazine is accused of whitewashing legacy of Serbian Nazis

How did a magazine that enjoyed a cult status all over Yugoslavia seems to have betrayed its progressive values.

Guinea has struggled under President Condé, but Russia backs his quest for a third term

"The question of political succession is a question of sovereignty. And sovereignty belongs to the people. It is not part of an ambassador's role to dictate Guinea's fate."

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

Local radio station in Russia cancels interview with LGBT activists after threats to editor

Homophobic abuse online didn't put the editor off, but anonymous calls threatening violence against her guests did.

Mayor of Odessa could face criminal charges after his security attacked a local reporter

This is only the most recent episode in which Trukhanov or his subordinates have attacked journalists.

Pro-Russia biker club admits participation in protests leading to violent attack of Macedonian Parliament

The revelations of the Night Wolves involvement are important because it flashes out the right-wing populist party VMRO-DPMNE's connections with the Kremlin.

Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films

The generation of Russians now in their mid-30s is finding their parents' TV and film role models disappointing by the modern standards of relationships and gender equality.

Protests against President Aleksandar Vučić spread from Belgrade to cities across Serbia

For the first time since the 1990s, protests have united both left-leaning and right-leaning opponents of the ruling government under shared fears that it is descending into dictatorship and fascism.

Singled out for search at a Serbian supermarket, Roma opera superstar accuses the store of racism

Ms. Knežević was stopped and searched in public while onlookers heckled her. In her backpack, security only found sheet music, books, and a wallet.

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