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· February, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2014

16 February 2014

The Hilarity of Murder Among Russians

RuNet Echo

Where do you draw the line between a joke and a death threat? That question has been on Russians’ minds this week, after a controversial tweet by blogger Alexey Navalny.

Ex-South Korean Skater Viktor Ahn Wins Two Medals at Sochi for Russia

Star speed-skater Viktor Ahn, formerly a South Korean, runs as a Russian player and won two medals in Sochi Olympics so far. Koreans seem happy for this under-appreciated star's success.

15 February 2014

Blood on the Ice, Fury on the Tubes

RuNet Echo

Drama is never far behind when the Russian and the USA national hockey teams meet on the ice.

Gold Medal Winner's Touching Gesture with Peruvian Skier at Sochi 2014

14 February 2014

A Visitor Describes How it Feels to be Mugged by Bulgarian Police

Political scientist and blogger Anastas Vangeli used social networks to describe his experience of extortion by Bulgarian policemen on his way from Macedonia to Poland.

Bosnian Protesters Demand Bread, Social Justice and Freedom of Speech

When the citizens of Bosnia’s second largest city, Tuzla, went out to protest on February 4, 2014, few expected to witness the countrywide unrest that erupted a week later.

GV Face: This Valentine's Day, Love and Courtship Across Borders

GV Face

Happy Valentine's Day! This February 14 we bring you GV's very own love story told by the beatiful couple Sylwia Presley and Dan Braghis.

13 February 2014

Welcome All to Russia's 2014 Olympic Hunger Games

RuNet Echo

Another way to poke fun at Russia's hosting of the Winter Games has emerged: comparisons between the Olympics and the wildly popular Hunger Games franchise.

12 February 2014

VIDEOS: Argentina's Melting Pot of Culinary Traditions

A large diversity of migrants in Argentina allows us to enjoy a wide array of international dishes often shared in feasts for the various immigrant communities throughout the country.

11 February 2014

Prisoners Lists Stir Informbiro Memories in Former Yugoslav Republics

Publishing of the lists of Goli Otok prisoners, victims of 1949-56 communist purges, reignited dormant debates and opened some old wounds, throughout the former Yugoslav republics.

Russia's Patriotic Overdrive in Sochi?

RuNet Echo

The Soviet Union may have defeated Hitler, but modern-day Russia’s war against fascism wages on. And the Sochi Olympics have amplified the fight.

9 February 2014

Media Overblowing Extreme Right's Role in Ukraine's #Euromaidan Protests

Protesters include liberals and conservatives, socialists and libertarians, nationalists and cosmopolitans, Christians, non-Christians and atheists, according to a group of scholars pushing back against the media's misrepresentation of Euromaidan.

8 February 2014

I've Got 99 Sochi Problems

RuNet Echo

Russian bloggers debated the necessity of criticizing the Olympic games.

The Dependence of Russian Independent Television

RuNet Echo

For some Russians online, a recent press conference has turned attention away from political repression toward questions about the television business and TV Rain’s troubled past in that industry.

7 February 2014

A Riot Within Pussy Riot?

RuNet Echo

"Since we are now on opposite sides of the barricades with Nadya and Masha, separate us. Remember, we are no longer Nadya and Masha, they are no longer Pussy Riot."

Meet the Hard-Working Ukrainians Helping to Keep #Euromaidan Alive

Euromaidan participant and Global Voices author Alya Shandra describes in detail some of the profiles of fellow Euromaidan protesters and citizens of Ukraine.

6 February 2014

Moscow School Shooting: Firsthand Accounts and Mistaken Identities

RuNet Echo

"The MPs are thinking small. To avoid school shootings, you shouldn't ban guns, you should ban schools"

5 February 2014

Forget What You Know About Visiting Kosovo

Think that Kosovo is country still in tatters from its war-torn past and not ideal for a holiday? Think again.

3 February 2014

Will Orcas Be Put on Display at Sochi?

How do you hide something that weighs as much as six tons, is 20 feet long and requires hundreds of pounds of food every day?

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