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· October, 2013

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from October, 2013

20 October 2013

Fake Beating Stunt on Serbian TV Draws Criticism from Journalists

The phony beating of a journalist appearing on Serbian sports TV network SOS Channel was meant to "raise awareness" of Serbia's football-related issues, according to the channel.

19 October 2013

Race Riots Remind Russians About Political Divide

RuNet Echo

This week’s reactions to a riot that took place outside Moscow are a reminder that the subject of ethnic nationalism deeply divides Russians.

16 October 2013

Infant Girl Who Sparked Bosnia's ‘Babylution’ Dies

Seven-month-old Belmina Ibrišević passed away in a hospital in Germany. A lapse in Bosnian passport law prevented her earlier treatment.

Asylum-Seekers Continue Hunger Strike in Hungary

On Blog Action Day, Thousands of Blogs on Human Rights

Bloggers around the world, including Global Voices contributors, are highlighting this year's #BAD13 topic: human rights.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup Qualifying Win Unites Region in Celebration

Bosnia-Herzegovina is headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Congratulations are pouring in from Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin fans online.

Léonarda, 15, Arrested During a School Trip and Deported

15 October 2013

Russian Muslim Websites Defaced by Hackers During Eid

RuNet Echo

On Eid al-Adha (Kurban-Bairam in Russian), several websites of the Russian Muslim community were defaced with a photo of a severed pig's head holding the Koran in its mouth.

Can the Kremlin Control Moscow Ethnic Violence?

RuNet Echo

A poverty-stricken industrial Moscow neighborhood has erupted in ethnic violence last week, after a local man named Egor Sherbakov was stabbed to death by an alleged "migrant."

13 October 2013

The Kremlin's Internet Takeover: A Surefire Flop

RuNet Echo

When it comes to technology, the Russian government makes up in ambition for what it lacks in competence. Earlier this week, state-controlled telecom Rostelecom announced a government-sponsored Internet search engine.

12 October 2013

United Russia MP Scorned for Public Debauch

RuNet Echo

A United Russia deputy and his aide were thrown off an Aeroflot flight, accused of being intoxicated, threatening the crew, and delaying the flight.

Nobel Peace Prize Fails to Pacify

Assad for Nobel Peace Prize 2014? This is one of many reactions after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was named as this year's Nobel Peace Prize...

10 October 2013

Russians Remember “The Day Democracy Died”

RuNet Echo

20 years after Russia's constitutional crisis, many bloggers criticizes Yeltsin's decision to fire on the Supreme Soviet, characterizing the moment in post-Soviet history as a turn for the worse.

9 October 2013

For the Russian Opposition Olympic Flames Burn Cold

RuNet Echo

Over a million people have watched a YouTube video of an Olympic torch being lit with a lighter, after the flame went during the 2014 torch relay.

5 October 2013

Are Russian Pensions Robbing Peter to Pay Paul?

RuNet Echo

As the Russian government scrambles to boost available short-term funds for pension payments ahead of economic troubles, ordinary Russians have denounced the move as “confiscatory."

4 October 2013

Toppled Mayor Leaves Serbia's Capital Without a City Government

The mayor of Serbia's capital city, Dragan Djilas, was fired from his post on 24 September 2013, after a 5-hour debate at which he was present and a secret vote...

New Romanian Law Takes Aim at Bucharest's 65,000 Stray Dogs

A deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy last month spurred Romanian legislators to pass a law legalizing euthanasia after stray animals spend 14 days in public shelter.

The Trouble with Being Elected Mayor in Russia

RuNet Echo

After a hard-fought campaign in Yekaterinburg, Evgeny Roizman has encountered a new challenge: pesky procedural complications in his confirmation by the local State Duma.

3 October 2013

Slovakia, Where Receipts Double as Lottery Tickets

In an attempt to collect more taxes, Slovakia has started a national lottery using purchase receipts to combat under the table deals that skirt around the country's value-added tax.

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