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14 June 2017

How Much Money Did Macedonian Railways Make From the 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis?

"There were days when over 10,000 human beings would cross the border, and everyone (except small children) had to buy the tickets...Where are the money gone, you f*cking thieves?!"

12 June 2017

Hungary's LEGO Love Affair Began with an Animated Cartoon

Move over, Lego Movie. These short films are literally blockbusters.

11 June 2017

Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests

RuNet Echo

On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.

9 June 2017

Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps

RuNet Echo

The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.

What YouTube Comments on Two Cover Songs Reveal About the Irish and Sámi Languages

Rising Voices

The music videos for popular songs translated into minority languages can create spaces for joy, solidarity, and pride—as well as scorn, social divisions, and nationalism.

8 June 2017

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations.

6 June 2017

Tens of Thousands in Croatia Decry Government Failure to Reform the Education Sector

“We don't want patriarchal upbringing and education”; “Put religious education in driving schools”; “Put sexual education in schools”.

Russia's Biggest Social Network Now Allows Political Ads, But Not For Everyone

RuNet Echo

Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, has lifted a ban on political advertisements, albeit with strict limitations that are likely to benefit the country’s political establishment.

5 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

4 June 2017

‘Justice for All’ Initiative Seeks Judicial Reforms and an End to High-Level Corruption in Bulgaria

About 2,000 people gathered in the center of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, demanding judicial reforms. Protests were also held in the cities of Plovdiv and Varna.

2 June 2017

Inside Russia’s National Liberation Movement With Pavel Merzlikin

RuNet Echo

Lincoln Pigman translates Pavel Merzlikin's opus on how he joined and escaped Russia’s far-right National Liberation Movement.

1 June 2017

Global Voices Seeks New Editor for RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo

Global Voices seeks a part-time Project Editor to oversee our ongoing coverage of Russia, analyzing the Russian-language Internet, online speech, and social networks.

31 May 2017

Russia's Internet Censor Asked for a PornHub Premium Subscription. PornHub Gave It 10

RuNet Echo

PornHub has given Russia's Internet watchdog 10 free premium subscriptions, half of which it is giving away "for charitable purposes."

30 May 2017

Macedonian Students’ Photo Project Reveals Scenes From WWI, Then and Now

A photo exhibit combines street scenes in the southern Macedonian town of Bitola during World War I and their situation today.

29 May 2017

Croatians Are Planning a Repeat of Last Year's Massive Protests for Educational Reform

"Anyone who's thinking more than four years ahead knows that investing in education is worthwhile."

27 May 2017

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Global Voices Advocacy

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

25 May 2017

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

24 May 2017

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

RuNet Echo

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

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