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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

10 April 2017

Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help

RuNet Echo

In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their savior: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Thaw Is Over: The Next Wave of Repression in Belarus

RuNet Echo

The regime in Belarus hasn't changed; it’s just pretending to be democratic to get what it wants.

5 April 2017

Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Kids From Social Media, Require ‘Real Name’ Registration

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Lawmakers in the St. Petersburg area want to purge online social media of all children under the age of 14, and eliminate Internet anonymity.

4 April 2017

Hungary Fast Tracks Legislation to Boot Out Central European University

On April 4, the Hungarian government adopted an amendment to new legislation on higher education that might bring an end to the Central European University.

After Moving Servers to Russia, LiveJournal Bans ‘Political Solicitation’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LiveJournal releases a new user agreement, revealing what steps it's taking to adjust to its new existence as a blogging platform in full compliance with Russia’s stifling Internet laws

Meet Russia’s Warrior-Writer and Bloodthirsty Priest

RuNet Echo

In the month of March, Zakhar Prilepin and Vsevolod Chaplin treated Russian Internet users to some extraordinary displays of what they'd no doubt call patriotism.

3 April 2017

Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack

RuNet Echo

After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.

Five Years at Global Voices and RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo editor Kevin Rothrock celebrates five years at Global Voices with this retrospective on covering news about Russia's Internet and civil society.

2 April 2017

International Fact-Checking Day Celebrated Worldwide: #FactCheckIt!

Fact-checkers around the world have declared April 2 as a day dedicated to verification and truth. Are you with them?

1 April 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Russian Embassy

RuNet Echo

It's April Fool's Day, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought its A-game.

31 March 2017

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

28 March 2017

Russia's Youngster Uprising

RuNet Echo

Russian youths have invigorated Alexey Navalny's anti-corruption campaign by challenging educators in classrooms and sharing footage of teachers and administrators trying to indoctrinate students against political activism.

RuPaul on the RuNet: ‘Drag Race’ Catches on in Russia

RuNet Echo

It’s dramatic, it’s campy, it’s gay, and it comes with Russian subtitles: meet the translators bringing RuPaul's Drag Race to the Russian-language Internet.

25 March 2017

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

23 March 2017

‘Zelyonka': the Anti-Putin Antiseptic

RuNet Echo

"Brilliant green" is becoming the unofficial color of Russia’s opposition movement.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

RuNet Echo

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

21 March 2017

Don’t Make Russia’s Anti-Kremlin Opposition Angry. You Wouldn’t Like It When It’s Angry.

RuNet Echo

What started out as a playful response to an attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny quickly turned into an online protest.

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

RuNet Echo

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

18 March 2017

A Visit to a Moscow Mental Health Center

RuNet Echo

Vera Shengelia, a Russian journalist and a mental health activist, recently visited a young man at a residential care center for adults in Moscow. The experience shook her.

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