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· August, 2019

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from August, 2019

21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

19 August 2019

Here are some of Moldovan pop music's contributions to global meme culture

Few people remember this, but two popular memes known around the world are actually Moldovan in origin.

18 August 2019

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

16 August 2019

How Hungary-funded news sites helped a false story travel all the way from Slovenia through Greece to North Macedonia

Fact-checkers in North Macedonia have traced the original source of the bribe article and uncovered a complex trail of disinformation spanning at least four countries.

9 August 2019

Who turned off Moscow’s internet during recent protests?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Evidence suggests that law enforcement agencies pressured mobile network operators to get part of the capital offline for the duration of the protests.

8 August 2019

Dubious CIA plot theory by former Yugoslav army colonel finds a platform in Serbian media

“Fake news, fake media, fake journalists, fake analysts – they have flooded the Serbian media space.”

6 August 2019

Three naïve questions about Belarus

The Bridge

Why do so few people know about Belarus?

5 August 2019

How protesters are ‘deanonymising’ Russia's riot police

RuNet Echo

Activists are identifying the men behind the helmets, truncheons, and riot shields, and sharing their names, dates of birth, and links to their social media profiles.

2 August 2019

Russia's LGBTQ+ community reels after murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva

RuNet Echo

Police say Yelena Grigoryeva died in the course of a “domestic dispute” with her killer, but activists dispute that account; her name had recently appeared on a homophobic hit-list.

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