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· May, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2013

14 May 2013

Russia's State-Contracted Revolutionaries

RuNet Echo

When Vladislav Surkov left the government last week, it triggered an avalanche of speculation about what the loss of “the grey cardinal” means for Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in particular...

13 May 2013

Is Ukrainian Right-Wing Blogger Eligible for the Bobs 2013 Award?

Ukraine was having a trouble-free debut at this year's The Bobs, Deutsche Welle's international blogger contest, until blogger Olena Bilozerska became the User Winner in the Best Blog Ukrainian nomination....

Ukraine's Freedom Party Crusades Against Gay Pride Parade

On May 25, Ukraine will once again attempt to hold its first gay pride parade ever. The previous attempt failed a year ago, when the event was cancelled shortly before...

10 May 2013

RuNet Apprehensive over Surkov's Dismissal, End of Political Era

RuNet Echo

"Before there was trickery, now it has been replaced with criminal charges and prison sentences. Surkov, whatever you may think of him, is, first of all, a political aesthete, who...

8 May 2013

Police Raid Navalny's HQ in Kirov

After Fatality, May 6 Displays Troubles & Resilience of Russian Protest Movement

RuNet Echo

The Russian opposition, it seems, can't catch a break. Sometimes, this is because the Kremlin's political technologists outmaneuver them. Other times, it is thanks to internal bickering. On May 6,...

7 May 2013

Crowdsourcing a Fair Election in Bulgaria

In less than five days, on May 12, Bulgarian citizens will elect a new parliament. There are doubts, however, about the fairness of the upcoming vote. To help monitor the...

Wiretapping Scandal, Voter Disillusionment Ahead of Bulgaria's Elections

Bulgarian citizens will have to make some difficult choices as they go to the polls on May 12, 2013, to vote in the parliamentary election. Nevena Borisova reports.

6 May 2013

RuNet Speculates on Protest Rally Size, Again

RuNet Echo

Every Russian opposition rally and march attracts wild online speculation about the numbers of the participants -- both by observers and the participants themselves.

3 May 2013

From Russia with No Love .. for Central Asia

Migrants from Central Asia and the Caucasus are the usual victims of racist sentiment in Russia. Aware of deepening anti-migrant feelings, many of Moscow's politicians promote right-wing policies. But there...

Absurdity Takes to the Streets in Russia

RuNet Echo

"A Monstration is a parody of a traditional demonstration, with absurd demands and slogans, where every participant says what they want."

2 May 2013

The Kremlin Defeated the Russian Opposition?

RuNet Echo

“Do you really have the feeling that the old system collapsed after the December 2011 protests? The system defeated the opposition. It’s a fact.” Vladislav Surkov delivered this line earlier...

Blaming the Blind Dog: Hungarian Politician's Domestic Violence Case

József Balogh, a Hungarian ruling party politician, has allegedly beaten his partner so badly that she had to be treated at a hospital. He claimed she had tripped over the...

1 May 2013

Tensions Grow at Moldova-Transnistria Security Zone

Tensions increased during the night of April 26-27 in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova, as the Transnistrian authorities unilaterally installed two checkpoints between the village of Varniţa...