Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2006
Russia: Amber Room
Copydude writes about Kaliningrad and the mystery of the Amber Room.
Ukraine: Relying on Contradictory Reports
LEvko of Foreign Notes points out a serious problem one encounters when attempting to follow Ukrainian politics: “Tracking events in Ukrainian politics is often confusing because of conflicting and contradictory reports and comments given by the media, and by leaders and spokesmen from differing political parties.”
Russia: Blogger's Critique of Boston Globe Editorial
Konstantin of Russian Blog argues with certain points made in a Boston Globe editorial on Shamil Basayev's death.
Belarus: Blogosphere Digest
TOL's Belarus Blog posts a “Belarusian blogosphere digest” for July 18-26.
Belarus: Milinkevich Detained
Andrei Khrapavitski reports that opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich got detained by the traffic police in the town of Polatsk. [UPDATE: Milinkevich has been released.]
Belarus: A Youth Movement and Other Enemies
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about a new oppositional youth movement, Bunt, and the current regime's actions against its activists. Also, there's an entry about an attack on a Latvian diplomat in Minsk.
Bulgaria: Travelling From Romania
Andy H of Csikszereda Musings writes about his travel to and in Bulgaria.
Albania: Death Notices
David in Albania writes about Albanian ways of grieving.
Our Man In Tirana writes about Albania's potential as a tourist destination.
Serbia: Macedonian Gastarbeiters
Dictionary of the Serbian Mess writes about Macedonian miners working at Serbian mines.
Serbia: Promotion Slogan
Desperate Serbwife suggests a slogan to promote Serbia abroad: “It's Springtime in Serbia.”
Poland: “Rightwards Shift”
Europhobia suspects something wrong may be taking place in Poland's politics.
Russia: Disagreements Over Beslan Memorial
Founder of PravdaBeslana.ru Marina Litvinovich (LJ user abstract2001) writes (RUS) about one of the problems that survivors and relatives of those who died in Beslan in September 2004 have to deal with now: Orthodox Christianity in Beslan I've always been amazed by how the local authorities in North Ossetia and...
Venezuela, Belarus: Chavez Meets Lukashenko
Daniel Duquenal tries to make sense of Chavez's visit to Belarus where he met with Lukashenko. Duquenal also translates an excerpt about Western Hemispheric leaders from a recent interview with Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes.
Latvia: More on Gay Pride/No Pride
All About Latvia exposes nopride.lv, a homophobic Latvian group that claims to be not responsible for Saturday's attacks. Stefan of Dykun provides links and comment on “Riga's Gay Pride and Latvia's Shame.”
Serbia: Ceca the Pop Star
Florian Bieber of East Ethnia writes about Ceca, a Serbian pop star, and her new album, Ideally Bad: “From gangster bride to heroic widow and Serbian J-Lo, she demonstrated a better sense of where Serbia is going than some political analyst.”
Ukraine: Parking and Driving on Kyiv Sidewalks
The Humble Observer writes about Kyiv's sidewalks: not just a walking place for pedestrians, but also an “optional lane” and a parking lot for cars.
Romania: Celebrity Wedding, Fashion
Owlspotting writes about a Romanian celebrity wedding, and answers a reader's question about how Romanian women like to dress.
Serbia: Belgrade Beer Festival and Accomodation
Belgrade Blog writes about the upcoming Belgrade Beer Festival. Desperate Serbwife describes a possible accomodation option: a nice, tiny hotel in Belgrade's center.
Estonia: Tallinn Vs Tartu
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa writes about two Estonian city, Tallinn and Tartu: “Tartu is like a confectioners paradise compared to Tallinn.”
Belarus: Youth Activists Attacked
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about what seems like the beginning of a wave of attacks on youth activists.