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· February, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2012

10 February 2012

Russia: “Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill” Passes Second Reading

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg is getting closer to signing into law the notorious "anti-gay propaganda bill." "Will talking about Tchaikovsky be banned?" tweets British writer and actor Stephen Fry. Some of the...

9 February 2012

Russia: DDoS Attack Puts Down Several Political Websites As Cyberwar Escalates

Russia: Three Conversations With Parents of Young Neo-Nazis

Macedonia: Pondering Future Consequences of ACTA

Macedonia: Problems With Transparent Online Reporting of Air Pollution in Skopje

The city-owned "Skopje Breathing" online system, which informed residents of air pollution levels, stopped functioning in early January 2011. Filip Stojanovski translates a local NGO's explanation of why this important...

8 February 2012

Russia: New .Ru Domain Registration Rules Allow Easy Domain Seizure

Russia: The Anonymous Hacks and Publishes E-mails of Pro-Kremlin Youth Group

Hungary: Goodbye, Malév!

Malév, Hungary's state airline since 1946, ceased operation on February 3, 2012, due to bankruptcy. Marietta Le reports on the reactions in the blogosphere, explaining what Malév meant for the...

Bulgaria: Human Rights Organizations Against a Neo-Nazi March

Slovakia: Stop ACTA Protest

7 February 2012

Bulgaria: Severe Flooding Emergency

Ukraine: Netizens React to Popular File-Sharing Website's Shutdown

RuNet Echo

The news of the shutdown of Ukraine's most popular file-sharing website caused quite a stir online. Tetyana Bohdanova reports on the netizens' varied reactions to the controversy.

Balkans: Online Platform Tracks Reports From Areas Hit by Record Snowfall

Since last week, the Balkans have been hit by massive snow storms, the likes of which have not been seen in over a decade, if not longer. Danica Radisic reports...

6 February 2012

Russia: Practice of Compulsory Military Service Comes Under Attack

RuNet Echo

Russia's compulsory military service practices are under attack due to a variety of reasons, including economic inefficiency, governmental corruption, and brutal hazing rituals that incite young conscripts to take their...

5 February 2012

Russia: Day of Protests Divides Citizens

RuNet Echo

Despite temperatures of -20 degrees, thousands of Russians went out to the streets to participate in election manifestations. Some, organised online, were protesting against the elections and possible re-election of...