Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from November, 2006
Serbia: Kosovo and Albanian Flag
One Missionary in Kosovo writes about Kosovars’ claim to the flag of Albania: “The flag itself is one of the challenges to imminent Kosovar statehood. When you ask any Kosovar what the flag of the future state of Kosovo would be the answer is always the same…the ‘shqiponja’ or double-headed...
Albania: Flags and Skyscrapers
Our Man in Tirana writes about Albania's Flag Day and the capital's amazing new skyscraper.
The Balkans: EU Hopes
Neretva River writes of what may be “the end of Turkey's EU accession hopes” and the “implications for the Western Balkans.”
Montenegro: James Bond Connection
East Ethnia writes about the fake and the real Montenegro – and the James Bond connection.
Belarus: Kozulin Turns 51 in Jail
A former presidential candidate, Aleksandr Kozulin, has celebrated his 51st birthday in prison, in relative obscurity, and with no food – because he's been on hunger strike for over a month already, writes TOL's Belarus Blog.
Russia: Gas Policies
Ruminations on Russia writes about gas policies of the Russian government.
Poland: On Borat, Election, and Russia
The beatroot writes on Borat's Polish connection, a hungover election official, and the current “Polish-Russian meat war.”
Russia: Image Abroad
ZheZhe [dot] us posts a lengthy entry on media discussions of Russia's image abroad.
Serbia: Fear of Avian Flu
Pustolovina: Adventure in Serbian cites a paranoid letter on avian flu that the U.S. embassy in Belgrade is sending American expats.
Ukraine: Was the Famine Genocide?
Petro Rondiak of Petro's Jotter writes a letter to the editor of a Kyiv English-language publication, disagreeing with his view on the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33; the editor responds.
Russia: Berezovsky and Litvinenko's Death
Boris Berezovsky's figure in the background makes Copydude skeptical of some aspects of Aleksandr Litvinenko's poisoning story.
Croatia: The Angry Baba
The Glory of Carniola posts audio of an old lady cursing violently in Croatian – and a music video created from the soundbite.
Russia: Unusual Protest
The Turkish Invasion and Very Russian write about today's very unusual demonstration in Moscow. LJ user 50×50 posts photos.
Belarus: Lukashenko Rigged Election
According to TOL's Belarus Blog, Aleksandr Lukashenko admits to having rigged the last election. Well, sort of.
Serbia: Patience for Kosovo
Independence-seeking Kosovo is told to be patient, reports Neretva River.
Russia: Litvinenko's Death
Aleksandr Litvinenko, a 43-year-old ex-KGB/FSB lieutenant-colonel and a harsh opponent of the Kremlin, died Thursday night of radiation poisoning in London, where he lived under asylum since 2000. In his deathbed statement read out by his friends, Litvinenko was addressing (and implicating) Vladimir Putin: […] You may succeed in silencing...
Slovenia: Army Recruitment Video
The Glory of Carniola links to the English-language Slovenian army recruitment video.
Serbia: Tribute to Dragan Maksimovich
Serbian public and bloggers pay tribute to a well-known Serbian actor Dragan Maksimovic, who died in 2001 after having been beaten by skinheads, reports Belgrade 2.0.
Russia: Putin's Piece in the FT
Ruminations on Russia reads an article by Vladimir Putin in the Financial Times.
Poland: Coal Mining Accidents
The beatroot writes about the most recent mining accident in Poland, which killed 23 people, and provides a chronology of other coal mine tragedies.
Belarus: Nasha Niva Ordeal
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about one Belarusian newspaper's ordeal.