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· February, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2009

Armenia: Remembering the Budapest Murder

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of 26-year old Gurgen Margarian, an Armenian officer attending a NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest, Hungary. Killed in his sleep...

Georgia-Russia: Information War

Writing for the Frontline Club blog, Al Jazeera's Matthew Collin comments on a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists which criticizes both Russia and Georgia of exerting control...

Georgia: Eurovision Controversy

Following its recent war with Russia, Georgia had initially planned to boycott this year's Eurovision Song Contest to be staged in Moscow, but later changed its mind. However, if reversing...

Russia: “Poverty” Photos

LJ user kunstkamera (RUS) posts photos of “poverty in Russia” – and portraits of people posing next to their most expensive possessions.

Ukraine: Obama's and NATO Membership

Ukrainiana notes that Obama seems to no longer support “NATO track for Ukraine” – and posts this comment: “If the Obama administration opts for a ‘Chicken Kiev’ foreign policy, it's...

Ukraine: The Khanenko Museum

The Uncataloged Museum writes about the Khanenko Museum in Kyiv.

Slovenia: Croatia's NATO Entry

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about Slovenia's stance on Croatia's NATO entry.

Ukraine: Giving the Mayor Away For Free

LJ user induktor‘s post (RUS) in the Ukrainian “Will Give Away For Free” LJ community (otdam_darom_ua) has generated three pages of comments: the blogger is giving away Kyiv's mayor Leonid...

Kosovo: First Anniversary of Independence

Cafe Turco congratulates Kosovo on the first anniversary of independence.

Ukraine: Notes on the Crisis

Greetings from Kyiv posts some observations about the crisis: “I see an increase of elderly people begging and wandering the streets with bags of their belongings.”

Serbia: The Parliament

Belgraded describes how the Serbian parliament has been working this past month: “It all started when the national TV said that it won’t broadcast the sessions because they had to...

Russia: Valentine's Day Politics

Window on Eurasia writes: “Like the Russian Orthodox Church, politically active young Russians increasingly view Valentine’s Day as something alien to their country’s national traditions and refuse to have anything...

Former Soviet Union: The Legacy of Afghanistan

Window on Eurasia writes that across the former Soviet Union, “a debate is raging between those who believe the Soviet intervention [in Afghanistan] led to the demise of the Soviet...

Russia, EU: “Policy-Media Interaction” and Blogging

Vilhelm Konnander posts his reflections on Russia-focused blogging and “policy-media interaction”: “So, by the end of the day, there is little room for deviance as the public policy-media discourse evolves....

Russia: Russian National Library

Eagle and the Bear writes about what it's like to be doing research at the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg: “The security at the library is as tight as...

Poland: Warsaw's New Bridge

20 east writes about the beginning of the construction of a new bridge in Warsaw, whose expected completion date is “a few months before Euro 2012.”

Hungary: Attitudes Toward Gypsies

Hungarian Spectrum writes that “it seems that anti-Gypsy prejudice is at least three hundred years old” in Hungary.

Hungary: MTI's 1989 and 1956 News Items Online

Hungarian Spectrum writes that Hungarian news agency MTI has made all its 1989 and 1956 news items available online: “As someone who with great difficulty and and at great expense...

Estonia: “Consolidation” of Tallinn

AnTyx writes about Tallinn mayor's campaign to get rid of the city's boroughs: “Ostensibly this is beneficial to the mayor's Centrist Party, and should allow them to keep control of...

Bulgaria: IHT's Coverage of Corruption

Veni Markovski criticizes the International Herald Tribune's coverage of corruption in Bulgaria.

About our Eastern & Central Europe coverage

Tanya Lokot is the Eastern Europe editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.

Filip Stojanovski is the Central Europe editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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