· July, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2010

Russia: Reginal Court Blocks YouTube for Extremist Content

RuNet Echo  28 July 2010

Komsomolosk-on-Amur [ENG] city court, at the Russian Far East, ordered local Internet provider “Rosnet” to block access to Youtube and four other websites (including web.archive.org), Cnews reported [RUS]. The decision was made due to a request by the city prosecutor's office. YouTube had been blocked because of the nationalist movie...

Serbia: Belgrade's “Many Patches”

  28 July 2010

NikiBGD of Life in Retro(bel)grade lists things she loves and dislikes about Belgrade: “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – Belgrade is at least 16 cities in one.”

Estonia: Folk Culture

  28 July 2010

Itching for Eestimaa writes about the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and the Estonian “folk culture.”

Poland: Nowy Sacz Logo Controversy

  28 July 2010

the POLSKI blog reports that the pastoral ministry of the southern Polish city of Nowy Sacz thinks that the city's new logo “promotes Satanism and homosexuality.”

Russia: “Putin's Pee Joke”

RuNet Echo  28 July 2010

At The Huffington Post, Simon Shuster explains Vladimir Putin's “manner of winning the public's support”: “Find an issue that annoys a lot of people, find somebody to blame for it, and lace into him, publicly and with some classic village wit. Show on state television how the problem gets fixed.”

Belarus: Election 2011

  28 July 2010

Notes and updates on the upcoming 2011 presidential election in Belarus – at BelarusDigest (here, here, and here).

Serbia, Kosovo: More on ICJ's Ruling

  27 July 2010

More commentary on the ICJ's opinion on Kosovo's independence – at A Fistful of Euros, Belgraded, Gray Falcon, and Jamestown Foundation Blog (a GV translation on the subject is here).

Russia: Blackout of the Social Network Triggers Twitter Panic

RuNet Echo  26 July 2010

The word “vkontakte“, standing for the name of the Russian social network, found itself among top Twitter trends. It happened after millions of Russian users were not able to access [RUS] the social network because of a failure [RUS] of a local power station. Some bloggers started the online panic...

Russia: Privatization revisited

  26 July 2010

The Pipeline discusses the announcement of Russia's biggest privatization drive since the 1990s, departing from an article [RUS] in Vedomosti.

Russia-Ukraine: Putin the biker

  26 July 2010

Siberian Light sums up some reactions to Russian Premier Vladimir Putin's participation in a biker meetup in Ukrainian city of Sevastopol.

Serbia: ICJ Rules Kosovo’s Independence Legal

  25 July 2010

On July 22, the International Court of Justice ruled that the declaration of independence of Kosovo did not violate international law. Sinisa Boljanovic reviews Serbian bloggers' reactions to the ruling.

Russia: Ask a Search Engine About the Weather

RuNet Echo  24 July 2010

“When the heat will pass away?” is this week's most popular search enquiry in the Russian Google. Another most popular search requests include: “How to survive heat wave?”, “How to cool down the room without an air conditioner?” and “Where people swim in the Moscow region?”, RIA Novosti reports [RUS].

Russia: First Cyrillic Word Tops Twitter Trends

RuNet Echo  24 July 2010

Russian heatwave makes history not only in the streets of Moscow but also in the virtual space. The Russian word “дождь” (rain) turned to be the first Cyrillic word in Twitter's worldwide trending topics, RIA Novosti [RUS] reports. It happened after Moscow bloggers witnessed a minor rain, that followed several weeks of unusually...

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