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· January, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2013

16 January 2013

Macedonian Activists Collect 10,000 Signatures for Legislative Change

Russian Facebook of Horrors: From Tragedy to Humor

RuNet Echo

Humor is sometimes the only way to deal with a tragedy like the one that struck Russian Facebook over the weekend, when it turned out that Alexey Kabanov, chef and...

15 January 2013

Slovak Netizen Initiative to Redesign State Institutions’ Sites

Interview with Szabolcs Panyi, Editor of Global Voices in Hungarian

Szabolcs Panyi, 26, is the author and editor of a popular Hungarian blog, Véleményvezér ("Opinion Leader”). He joined Global Voices in Hungarian in September 2011, and since March 2012 he...

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions

In August 2012, the Ostrava City Hall issued a 24-hour eviction order to the owner of the 11 buildings at Přednádraží. Approximately 100 families of the local residents refused to...

14 January 2013

Russian Facebook of Horrors: The Murder Trail

RuNet Echo

A Moscow chef, Alexey Kabanov, has allegedly strangled and dismembered his wife and mother of three small children, Irina Cherska. Kabanov and Cherska were tightly integrated into the protest-minded Russophone...

13 January 2013

Russian Internet Easily Distracted by Beavers

RuNet Echo

Amid scandal and legislative controversy the RuNet is sidetracked by quirky recipes and celebrities.

12 January 2013

Pedophilia & Rape Accusations Flood the RuNet with Cruelty

RuNet Echo

The Internet, any way you slice it, is a strange place populated by strange people. In the last few weeks, the Russian Internet—often your typical den of online cliques and...

10 January 2013

Russia's Protest Movement Is Back (to Usual)

RuNet Echo

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year: the Russian protest movement—which sprung to life in December 2011—has collapsed. Trusted demonstration speakers are...

8 January 2013

Snowballs: Russia's Phantom Menace

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg police have dispersed a snowball fighting flashmob in the city center. The RuNet is outraged.

7 January 2013

Dazed & Depardieu'd in Russia

RuNet Echo

On January 3, 2013, Vladimir Putin signed into law nine pieces of new legislation (mostly dealing with immigration) and one executive order to naturalize French actor Gérard Depardieu. Not shockingly,...

6 January 2013

1968 Comes to Today's Russian Universities?

RuNet Echo

Last month, on December 18, students at the Russian State University of Trade and Economics (RSUTE) began a strike and blocked the main door of their alma mater. Controversy surrounds...

Sex Allegations Hound Russia's Top Blogger

RuNet Echo

As RuNet was preparing to celebrate the New Year, Tatyana Delsal, estranged ex-wife of popular blogger and Coordinating Council member Rustem Adagamov, has accused him of statutory rape.

4 January 2013

Vladimir Pozner & Russia's Own Political Correctness

RuNet Echo

Late last month, Vladimir Pozner—one of Russia's best known journalists—spoke out on his television show against the “Dima Yakovlev” law. He criticized the need for such legislation, condemning it as...

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web

RuNet Echo

While suspicions about money and sponsorship plague all Russian politics, the RuNet is a particularly contentious battleground. The rift between the oppositionist and pro-government camps is a hotbed of accusations...

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