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· April, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2010

18 April 2010

Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

RuNet Echo

Two days passed since Mother Nature showed its power to mankind letting the Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name “Eyjafjallajökull” fill the European aerospace with ashes. As the ash cloud went...

17 April 2010

Poland: Social Network Criticized for ‘Black Ribbon’ Gifting Option

Sylwia Presley translates online reactions to a new gifting option that a popular Polish social network has introduced this week: black ribbons.

14 April 2010

Russia: New Book About Livejournal Announced

Poland: Controversy Over Polish President's Burial‎ Location

Today's announcement that the Polish presidential couple, killed in the tragic aircraft accident over Smolensk last Saturday, would be buried in Krakow's Wawel Castle has raised a lot of controversy....

13 April 2010

Macedonia: Blogs and Other Web Sources on Cooking

A short overview of the current situation regarding availability of gastronomical information within the Macedonian blogosphere.

12 April 2010

Hungary: A Long Election Day

Marietta Le reports on Hungarian bloggers' reactions and observations, following the first round of the parliamentary election, which took place on April 11.

Russia: Facebook to Open Office

Macedonia: Ridiculous Advertising Songs

Filip Stojanovski writes about an amusing overlap between Macedonian pop music, advertising and education, and reviews Macedonian bloggers' reactions to some of the "ridiculous advertising songs."

11 April 2010

Russia: Eyewitness Story Of Polish Plane Crash in Smolensk

Poland: Online Grief After 10.04.2010

Sylwia Presley reports that all major Polish online news portals, social media services, governmental websites and portals of Polish organizations abroad have changed their color palettes to gray, black and...

Russia: Reactions to the Polish Tragedy

RuNet Echo

April 10, 2010, the day that should have started a new era in the Russian-Polish relations, brought tragic news instead. Airplane with the highest Polish establishment on board crashed in...

Poland: Video Reactions to the Deadly Plane Crash

Following the shocking news of the death of President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other officials, Poland starts the official week of mourning. Next to an enormous amount of reactions in...

Poland: R.I.P. Black Saturday 10.04.2010

As we live through the first 24 hours of the tragedy of the Polish nation, social media in Poland present various reactions to this morning's events, when the country lost...

10 April 2010

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Andrzej Wajda's “Katyń” Movie

RuNet Echo

For the first time in Russian history, Andrzej Wajda's “Katyń” (2007) has been aired on Russian public television channel “Kultura” -- thus leading to online discussions on Stalin regime, historical...

Poland: President Kaczyński is Killed in Plane Crash in Russia – Initial Reactions

Sylwia Presley reports on the initial reactions of the Polish social media users to the shocking news of the plane crash, which killed the Polish president and many other top...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Media Create and Fight Information Overload

RuNet Echo

The coverage of recent bloody events in Kyrgyzstan by online and traditional media caused information overload that made it very difficult to create a consistent picture. That is why bloggers...