Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from August, 2006
Russian-Language Blogs: Miscellanea (3)
Israeli blogger pilka writes (RUS) about a surreal experience of eating next to three clowns at a hospital in the wartime Haifa: […] I had breakfast with clowns today. I work at the children's department, okay? So strange, a clown on the right, a clown on the left, a vegetable...
Ukraine: Maidan Now
Robert Mayer of Publius Pundit visits Kyiv's Maidan, takes pictures and talks to its current inhabitants, nearly two years after the Orange Revolution.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Conflict With Gazprom
Adrian J. Erlinger of Leopolis writes that the Russian Gazprom is now exerting pressure on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Hungary: Bridge-Naming Vote
Henrik of Hungarian Accent writes about Stephen Colbert and the bridge-naming affair – and summarizes what Hungarian bloggers think about it.
Hungary: Budapest Problems
Vandorlo of Central Budapest Blog writes about what Budapesters find annoying about their city – and introduces a relevant Hungarian word that describes one of the problems.
Russia, Ukraine: News Roundup
Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog summarizes the news: cathedral on fire; good citizen enriches himself by not robbing the state; Ukraine's former prime minister sentenced for money laundering in the United States; kids sexually abused at a Black Sea summer camp.
Global Food Blog Report #29
#1: Maika's Blog on Haitian Food: "Griot" (pronounced: greee-yo ) a popular Haitian original. Which is fried pork shoulder accompanied with a spicy hot as habanero cole slaw like condiment called “Picklese” (s pronounced like a z). And served with a side of fried flatten green plaintain "bunan passe" (...
Russia: FSB in Ryazan
Sean of Sean's Russia Blog remembers his unpleasant encounter with the Russian Federal Security Service in Ryazan.
Russia: Pyatigorsk Mayor and Reckless Driving
“Pyatigorsk Mayor Charged with Reckless Driving; Five People Dead,” reports Russia Blog.
Russia, Lithuania: Oil Refinery Quarrel
Copydude writes about no druzhba between Russia and Lithuania – all because of an oil refinery that used to belong to Yukos.
Ukraine: Frustrating Ways of Doing Business
Petro of Petro's Jotter has formulated Ukrainian Business Law Axioms #1 and #2.
Ukraine: Chornovil Monument
Stefan of Dykun strolls around Kyiv and walks into the opening ceremony of the monument to Vyacheslav Chornovil.
Russian-Language Blogs: Miscellanea (2)
Victoria Shcherbina (LJ user saint-autere) reacts to the news of the August 22 TU-154 crash in eastern Ukraine, which killed all 170 people on board, by writing (RUS) about the death of her father – IL-86 navigator Valeriy Shcherbina – in a crash at Moscow's Sheremetyevo four years earlier, on...
Romania: Facing Same Bigotry as the Poles?
Andy H of Csikszereda Musings writes (here and here) about the problems faced by the Polish migrant laborers in Britain – and whether the same awaits Bulgarians and Romanians.
Poland: Miss World and the Topless Mermaid
The beatroot writes about the upcoming Miss World contest (to be held in Warsaw Sept. 30) topless mermaid controversy: “Not want to attach what to the Miss World contest? Erotic? Oh, I see. It's a contest that is without any sexy bits at all – it's a contest to promote...
Ukraine: On To Poland on the Tuk Tuk
Jo and Ants The Tukkers of Tuk to the Road share their impressions of Odesa, Lviv and Poland, and the Ukrainian traffic police: “We’d been warned that the police here could be even trickier than the Russian or Kazakh ones -who turned out to be more nosey than tricksome –...
Belarus: What Is Tyranny?
Robert Mayer of Publius Pundit returns from a trip to Ukraine and Belarus and launches a discussion on the “varying degrees and intensities of tyranny.”
Belarus: Lukashenko's Hand Reading
TOL's Belarus Blog translates a reading of Aleksandr Lukashenko's hand published in a Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Belarus: Interview With John Dunn
TOL's Belarus Blog presents its first podcast featuring an interview with John Dunn, author of “Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy.”
Russian-Language Blogs: Miscellanea (1)
On August 19, LJ user sapojnik (39 years old, Moscow) wrote this (RUS) about the 15th anniversary of the 1991 August Putsch: The Day of Victory Over the CPSU It's necessary to have a clear understanding of what happened in August 1991. It wasn't the “collapse of the [Soviet] Union,”...
Russia: Market Explosion and Plane Crash
Russia Blog writes about two August tragedies: an explosion at a Moscow market and a Russian plane crash in eastern Ukraine.