Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2006
Notes from Hareinik writes on Hovik Babakhanyan's one man show, “Contrabass.”
Jessica of neweurasia discusses HIV/AIDS in Eurasia.
Armenia: Temporary Anthems
Zarchka writes about Armenia's temporary anthems, the songs that suddenly become popular and are played everywhere.
Armenia: Notes from the Armenian Blogosphere
Oneworld Multimedia has roundups of the Armenian-language blogosphere and the English-language Armenian blogosphere.
Polish Blogosphere Update
Upon news of the arrest of 17 pedophiles in Poland, part of a worldwide Internet child porn sting started in Spain, Peter Gentle of the beatroot ponders whether looking at such images is also a crime. Polish bloggers, while in agreement that looking at such images is perverse, are mixed...
Latvia: Russo-Latvian Border Dispute
All About Latvia links to a year-old entry still relevant today: on a proposed Russo-Latvian border argeement and Russia's objections to it.
Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus: Swedish Blogs Covering the Region
Vilhelm Konnander reviews Swedish blogs – some in English, others in Swedish – that cover Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. His own English-language blog – Vilhelm Konnander's Weblog – belongs to this group as well.
Turkmenistan: Strange Priorities
Peter of neweurasia reports on the Turkmen government's strange spending priorities.
Kyrgyzstan: The Best Skiing
JJ reports on skiing in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, which is claimed to be the best in Central Asia.
Armenia: Protesting Cultural Destruction
Rupen at Life in the Armenian Diaspora writes on preparing for a protest at the Azeri embassy and in front of UNESCO in Ottawa.
(South) Azerbaijan: Blogs
Onnik Krikorian takes a look at blogs from South Azerbaijan, the ethnic Azeri region of Iran.
Serbia & Montenegro: Kosovo Update
As the talks on the future of Kosovo have begun in Vienna, Balkan Update sums up the history of the conflict and looks at the possible outcome and the future of this Serbian province seeking independence.
Ukraine: Self-Immolation Attempt
David McDuff of A Step At A Time has translated a report about a Ukrainian woman's recent self-immolation attempt as a way to protest her Chechen husband's imminent deportation to Russia.
Ukraine: Politics Via Mother-in-Law
Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine shares some valuable political commentary from one of his favorite sources: his Ukrainian mother-in-law.
Ukraine: Two Babushkas
Stefan of Dykun continues with his Ukrainian grandmother‘s story: how the languages and dialects Baba Omaha can speak – Ukrainian Poltava and Ukrainian Galician, Polish, Czech, Russian, German and Belarusian – reflect her life experiences. The Ranger of NVASHAG tells of his Ukrainian mother-in-law: Babushka Maria is turning 70 next...
Ukraine: ‘Gangs of Donetsk’
LEvko at Foreign Notes writes about ‘Gangs of Donetsk’ and what appears to be a criminal connection of a major Ukrainian party.
Mongolia: Japan's Chingis Khan Craze
Mongolia Matters has the latest evidence of Japan's Chingis Khan craze.
Kazakhstan: Sarsenbaiuly Summary
Matt Jay has a valuable summary of the murder of the opposition politician Altynbek Sarsenbaiuly in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan: Investigation Heats Up
Registan.net notes that things seem to be heating up in Kazakhstan in the investigation of the murder of an opposition leader. The head of the Senate administration has been arrested in connection with the murder, and the opposition is calling for investigation of the president's daughter and her husband.
Georgia: Dangerous Destination?
Susan of SueAndNotU takes issue with Forbes listing Georgia as one of the world's most dangerous destinations.
Russia: Political Jokes
Sergey Belyakov of RUBLog posts six political jokes, which target Vladimir Putin, Joseph Stalin, George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Adam and Eve.