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· December, 2011

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2011

15 December 2011

Poland: Change to Drug Law, Change in Policy?

On December 9, an important change was introduced to Poland's drug policy: an amendment to the law on illegal drug possession came into force, which would allow prosecutors to abandon...

14 December 2011

Russia: December 10 Opposition Rally in St. Petersburg

RuNet Echo

Russia hasn’t seen such a mass political rally in almost twenty years. On Dec. 10, thousands of Russians all over the country hit the bricks to participate in peaceful demonstrations....

Slovakia: The Most Expensive Apple Computers

University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) has recently signed a contract to acquire electronics and software for its Faculty of National Economy for a total price of over 1.8 million...

Hungary: Public Media Trade Union Leaders on Hunger Strike

13 December 2011

Russia: Post-Election Protest in Vladivostok on December 10

RuNet Echo

Prior to the national protests that took place on December 10 in various Russian cities, Vladivostok internet community has been actively discussing the necessity to protest. Masha Egupova reported the...

Ukraine: Grand Theft Auto

Brazil/Russia: The Struggle for Democracy in the Aftermath of Elections

Russia: Gregory Shvedov on Braving the Putin Regime Online

RuNet Echo

The wave of popular, peaceful and nationwide protests in Russia has spread hopes of piecemeal reform. Gregory Shvedov, who heads the online news agency Caucasian Knot, is optimistic—but state pressure...

12 December 2011

Ukraine: Football Fans Consulates

Russia: A Critical Eye on Protests

Estonia: Language and History

Belarus-Poland: Ex Presidential Candidate Arrested in Warzaw

Russia: Holy Relic Visits Nation Emerging From State-Sponsored Atheism

RuNet Echo

People from across Russia traveled great distances and endured hardships in order to view the Virgin Mary's belt - a relic believed to promote fertility. In the decades since the...

Poland: Netizens Debate Proposal to Re-Introduce Death Penalty

The leader of Poland's largest opposition party has announced his support for re-introduction of the death penalty for "the gravest crimes." Although this announcement may be treated as a way...

11 December 2011

Russia: 13 Protest Tweets, 6 Photos “Storified” (Updated)

China: Why Didn't Putin Come Pick Up His Confucius Peace Prize?

A renegade operation by Chinese leftists aimed at winning China some soft power points has backfired: Not only has the Chinese government tried to shut them down, but now a...

Russia: “Why Are Russians Protesting Now?”

RuNet Echo

On Saturday, the world watched the biggest show of political activism seen in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is hardly the first time Putin's Russia has...

Russia: An “Ethical Revolution”

Russia: Interview With an “Overseas Filipino Worker”

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