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· March, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2012

20 March 2012

Hungary: An Eventful Celebration of the National Holiday

The prime minister compares the country to a frog; a rapper is elected as "the alternative president"; far-right protesters break into the IMF office; a techno party is held at...

19 March 2012

Russia: “Anatomy of a Protest” Film Causes “NTV Lies” Scandal

RuNet Echo

On Sunday, March 18, there were old TV sets, a mock coffin, and plenty of flowers and cookies outside the Ostankino TV tower in Moscow, where a few hundred protesters...

18 March 2012

Slovakia: Corruption, Parliamentary Elections, and SMER's Comeback

The March 10 victory in the Slovak parliamentary elections is not the first one for the SMER-Social Democracy party. Formerly a communist, now a social democrat, the party's leader Robert...

17 March 2012

Belarus: The 2011 Minsk Metro Explosion – A ‘Hall of Mirrors’

RuNet Echo

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Vladislav Kovalev and Dmitry Konovalov - the men convicted and sentenced to death for their actions surrounding the April 2011 explosion in a Minsk subway station...

Macedonia: Peace March – Enthusiasm, Controversy

The upcoming March for Peace in Skopje has overwhelming support, evident through the positive uproar in social media. Lone voices, however, warn the initiative is used as a PR opportunity...

15 March 2012

Macedonia: “Who Wants War in Macedonia?”

Macedonia: Fuel Prices Continue to Rise

Continuous increase of fuel prices is a cause of much concern for citizens of Macedonia, and some vent the tension through humor.

14 March 2012

Macedonia: March for Peace Scheduled for Saturday, March 17

The people of multi-ethnic Macedonia are organizing a March for Peace this Saturday as an expression of concern that the recent hate crimes are a harbinger of civil war. Filip...

Europe: Will ACTA Treaty Pass After Protests?

The ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty (ACTA) by the European Parliament has been delayed in expectation of an opinion from the European Court of Justice on its conformity with fundamental...

13 March 2012

The Balkans: Debating Angelina Jolie's Film and the Legacy of War

Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, has received much publicity, both positive and negative, in the Balkans, adding fuel to the ongoing debate on the...

10 March 2012

Poland: Szczekociny Train Crash, Yet Another Tragedy

Ukraine: Eurovision, Gaitana, and Racism

Russia: First Woman in Space Turns 75 Years Old

RuNet Echo

Just days before the world celebrated International Women's Day last week, Valentina Tereshkova - the first woman to enter space - celebrated her 75th birthday.

8 March 2012

Russia: “The Way Forward”

Macedonia: ‘Academic Solidarity’ Against Free Speech and Scientific Method

A young woman, gender scholar, human rights activist and blogger, who dared to speak truth to those in power in Macedonia and stood up against entrenched homophobia, ended up with...

Macedonia: Blogirame.mk, a New Blog Aggregator

7 March 2012

Georgia: The return of Vladimir Putin

Russia: Anglophone Bloggers Discuss Election Fraud and Post-Election Future

RuNet Echo

Veronica Khokhlova reviews the most recent Anglophone blog discussions of the March 4 presidential election in Russia.