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11 July 2019

Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

In the video, the Russian pranksters pretend to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

10 July 2019

This is how Hungarian villages fought back against planned nuclear waste repositories in the 1980s

"We've done a lot of things that were very new at that time."

Russia's north still up in arms over Moscow's trash exports

RuNet Echo

Resistance to a remote landfill has grown into a nationwide environmental protest movement.

7 July 2019

Death of a fighter: Post-Yugoslav civil society bids farewell to dissident playwright Borka Pavićević

"Lack of reading is lack of Eros. And then it translates into lack of freedom."

5 July 2019

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

RuNet Echo

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

21 June 2019

For Albania and North Macedonia, are the European Union's doors half-open or half-closed?

Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.

19 June 2019

Handcrafting behind bars: Women inmates in Albania create ‘made in prison’ accessories

"I feel like a normal person again. I have been sentenced 3 years in prison and everything was hard, but now you are helping me to see a hopeful life."

13 June 2019

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

RuNet EchoAdvox

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

12 June 2019

Racing down socialist memory lane: a classic Yugoslav cars video goes viral

The cars include three brands produced by Yugoslav factory Zastava from Kragujevac, Serbia, that were based off models by Italian manufacturer Fiat.

11 June 2019

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

RuNet Echo

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

5 June 2019

Publisher of Macedonian edition of Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ releases book by former PM Nikola Gruevski

Gruveski led North Macedonia's right-wing government from 2006 to 2017, a period of sharp democratic decline.

4 June 2019

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

3 June 2019

Czechs demand new justice minister's resignation in nationwide challenge to PM Andrej Babiš

Protesters say the PM is seeking to interfere with his prosecution and demand measures to protect the judiciary's independence.

27 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

RuNet EchoAdvox

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

North Macedonia to hold first-ever pride parade in June 2019

North Macedonia’s first pride parade is yet another testament to the country's recent political transition. Homophobic violence was markedly tolerated by the previous government.

23 May 2019

Russian website attempts to impersonate established news outlet covering the Balkans

"The purpose of publishing under the name Balkanist in Russian is to confuse readers at home, in Russia and elsewhere into questioning our sincerity, what and who we support."

North Macedonia vows to remedy injustices against NGOs, closes legal loopholes abused by former government

"NGOs were penalized and unjustly fined for mistakes they had not made," said Deputy Prime Minister Radmilla Šekerinska.

20 May 2019

Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

Among the participants at the Venice Biennale are the Western Balkan countries, which see it as an excellent opportunity to showcase the art and promote their artists, beyond their borders.

15 May 2019

Dear European Commission: Don't let political parties use our data to manipulate the vote

Advox

Rather than protecting individuals’ rights, exceptions to the GDPR in some countries are limiting freedom of expression, eroding privacy, and abetting the spread of disinformation.

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

RuNet Echo

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

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