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29 August 2019

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

Advox

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

26 August 2019

A study of Bulgarian far-right proto-militias dismantles the theory of the lone-wolf extremist

Research shows that the members of far-right extremist groups don’t necessarily believe the narratives promoted by their networks about “migrant invasion” or “islamization,” but consider hate speech as useful weapon.

Inspired by the 1989 ‘Baltic Way,’ Hong Kong protesters form human chain to demand freedom and democracy

"The light of freedom transcends time, place. Truly magnificent. #StandwithHongKong #BalticWay"

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

RuNet EchoThe Bridge

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

24 August 2019

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

RuNet Echo

The 51-year old Yakut shaman calls his quest divinely ordained, insisting that Putin is a manifestation of dark forces which must be banished to save Russia from ruin.

23 August 2019

In Prague, a bleeding monument reopens old wounds

The statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev is often targeted by protestors on the anniversary of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, but this year the controversy is more heated than...

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.

31 July 2019

As Siberia burns, Russia chokes

RuNet Echo

While forest fires are no rarity in Siberia, climate scientists stated that this year’s fires spread particularly aggressively due to a combination of strong winds and the unusually hot summer.

30 July 2019

Disappointment with the West is crucial for growth of pro-Russian narratives in the Balkans, says researcher

"Although all countries in the region have been targets of pro-Russia disinformation efforts recently, there has been no recognition of this trend as a security issue at the political level"

29 July 2019

Threatened with demolition, Albania's National Theatre continues to resist despite a police raid

In Tirana, an ongoing protest against the planned demolition of the National Theatre reveals deep social and political divisions that polarize the Albanian society.

26 July 2019

Poland's artistic and architectural contributions remembered in 2019 commemoration of the 1963 Skopje earthquake

This year's annual commemorations of the earthquake include an exhibition in Poland of artworks sent to the city of Skopje by Polish artists in a show of solidarity.

25 July 2019

Media in North Macedonia claim a Russian band has plagiarized a song by Balkan superstar Toše Proeski

A series of online articles in North Macedonia have blamed the Russian rock group Zemlyane for plagiarizing a 2007 song made by authors from Croatia for the late Macedonian pop...