· March, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from March, 2014

The Daily Lives of Sub-Saharan Immigrants in Prague

  21 March 2014

Chadian blogger Réndodjo Em-A Moundona [fr] writes about the daily lives of African immigrants in Prague [fr] :  Une petite discussion avec ces Africains suffit pour se rendre à l´évidence que la communauté n´est ni menacée, ni totalement intégrée. Comme fille africaine, il est quasi impossible de trouver un travail conséquent [..] En général, les...

Macedonian Government to Introduce Internet Filtering

  18 March 2014

Airborne blog commented on the Macedonian government's plan to set up a new company to provide online betting and other gambling to residents of Macedonia: The plan will involve “disabling of betting/gambling online games on foreign web sites”. This blockade is set to last two years beginning in March 2014....

Activists Add Female Heroines to Wikipedia in Macedonian

  18 March 2014

The informal citizens’ group “Fight Like a Woman”, (@borisezenski), organized a mini marathon with the purpose of adding articles about notable women from Macedonia to Wikipedia in Macedonian to raise awareness about women's rights and gender equality. The campaign involved activists working within the site of International Women's Day celebrations...

Russia's Crimea Ballot Fraud that Wasn't

RuNet Echo  15 March 2014

A scandal surrounding a ballot photo suggests that Russians are pessimistic about Crimea's Sunday referendum. Many are ready to believe the worst now, even on laughably circumstantial evidence.

Russia Blocks Four Opposition Media Portals

RuNet Echo  13 March 2014

"I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore." - Putative opposition leader Alexey Navalny in his blog which was blocked today by order of Russia's Attorney General's office.

Russia’s Best News Portal Decimated

RuNet Echo  12 March 2014

In Russia’s jingoist climate today, it is now much easier for corporate owners and state authorities to meddle in the politics of the country’s news websites.

Macedonian Students Campaign Against Unlivable Conditions in Dormitories

  11 March 2014

Macedonian students demanding better life conditions in public university dormitories published a blog entitled “Operacija studentski” [mk] (“Operation Dorm”) displaying photos of everyday life in the facilities and urging students to contribute. Many of the photos show highly inadequate living conditions in the student dormitories. The blog and photos have...

Russia's Crackdown Ahead of Crimea's Referendum

RuNet Echo  11 March 2014

Amidst the crackdown, eyes now turn to March 15, when Muscovites will demonstrate against Russian intervention in Ukraine, a day before Crimean voters decide between secession and expanded autonomy.

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Filip Stojanovski is the Central Europe editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

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