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· May, 2012

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2012

11 May 2012

Russia: Yavlinsky Stir Reveals Opposition Rift

RuNet Echo

True to Yabloko's troubled past and present, Yavlinksy's May 10 blog post criticizing protest escalations has upset many and pleased relatively few. Current developments in the opposition have widened the...

10 May 2012

Europe: Economic Crisis Fuels Rise in Anti-Immigration Politics

The French presidential election may be over, but the fact that outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy chose immigration as the core theme of his campaign is still the subject of much...

Russia: Ustream.tv Attacked Over Russian Blogger

RuNet Echo

On May 9, unknown parties launched a DDoS attack on the live feed website Ustream.tv. The attack was carried out from thousands of unique IPs based in Russia, Kazakhstan, and...

9 May 2012

Russia: Charity Crowdfunding

RuNet Echo

There is no lack of successful 'people' projects, financed by private philanthropy. While much activity exists only in cyberspace, the effects of charitable organizations' work is quite tangible and real,...

Russia: Putin's Return Rouses Online Polemics

RuNet Echo

In the wake of protests against Vladimir Putin's inauguration, the reactions of Russian bloggers demonstrate a wide spectrum of opinion online. That oppositionist activism has suddenly taken on a more...

Hungary: “Oligarch” is the New Buzzword of the Hungarian Net

József Ángyán, the former Hungarian State Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, resigned in January and since then has been trying to draw attention to the shady relations between...

8 May 2012

Macedonia: Protest Announced in Support of Environmental Activist on Trial

Russia: Open Hostility in Moscow Surrounding Putin's Inauguration

RuNet Echo

Both civilians and those charged with keeping order in the city displayed open hostility on May 6 when protesters took to the streets of Moscow in anticipation of Vladimir Putin's...

7 May 2012

Russia: Violence Plunges Opposition into Debate About Tactics

RuNet Echo

Yesterday, the Russian opposition's mass protests against Vladimir Putin for the first time produced mass violence. Dozens of protesters and police officers alike reported injuries, with several on each side...

Russia: Surprise Resignations Threaten New Governor Elections

RuNet Echo

On April 25, the Russian Duma passed a law that restored direct elections of federal governors, reversing a policy of direct presidential appointments. A few days later, Medvedev accepted the...

6 May 2012

Serbia: Monitoring the Elections Via Citizen Media

Rayna Stamboliyska reports on the May 6 elections in Serbia and the online monitoring initiatives that have been set up recently to ensure the transparency of the election process.

4 May 2012

Russia: Varlamov's Failure in Omsk

RuNet Echo

Ilya Varlamov, the Moscow photographer and popular blogger whom an online primary nominated last month to run for mayor of Omsk, has ended his election campaign. Varlamov provoked a serious...

Russia: Tolstoy's ‘War and Peace’ Legacy Today

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo continues its series examining the 200th anniversary of Tsarist Russia's Victory over Napoleon by examining Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' and the role it plays today online....

Global Voices in Bulgarian Lauded on World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2012

Russia: Crowdsourcing to Solve Local Urban Problems

RuNet Echo

Solving problems at the local level, the kind encountered by inhabitants of big cities and regional centers, is becoming more and more feasible thanks to projects based on crowdsourcing technology....

2 May 2012

Ukraine: “If Prison Acquires a Voice, Everything Will Change”

The documentary about Kyiv's Lukyanivska prison, which has caused much outrage and debate in Ukraine in the past month, is now translated into English and available with subtitles on YouTube.