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· April, 2014

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from April, 2014

12 April 2014

Russia Reconsiders Bitcoin?

RuNet Echo

A partial exodus from Russia by MasterCard and Visa has inspired some digital currency enthusiasts to propose Bitcoin, the world's leading crypto-currency, as a solution to the country's monetary problems.

Will Russia Regulate Blogs Like Mass Media?

RuNet Echo

The regulations would require fact-checking, age restriction warnings, and obeying election laws, among other responsibilities.

11 April 2014

Macedonians Promote Donations for Less Fortunate on Social Media

Local humanitarian initiatives from Macedonia are successfully using social media to solicit donations for the country's most vulnerable.

Censorship Forces Navalny to Abandon LiveJournal

9 April 2014

Macedonian President's Interview Blunders Leave Macedonians Laughing

A series of gaffes in a televised interview by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov have provoked widespread discussion among Macedonian social media users as presidential elections approach.

France, the Czech Republic and Greece Under Scrutiny for Their Treatment of Roma Community

Russian Internet Hipsters Are Out For Blood

RuNet Echo

A cautionary tale about the dangers of ill-conceived Facebook status updates, or perhaps about the growing threat of RuNet's epistemic closure.

5 April 2014

Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 14 of 2014

RuNet Echo

At the end of each week, RuNet Echo collects the top ten Russian-language tweets and curates them for Global Voices readers.

A Russian Gulag for American Social Networks’ Data?

RuNet Echo

A Moscow city councilman is promoting legislation that would require all online social networks to house users’ personal data on servers located on Russian soil.

4 April 2014

Donations Prolong Life of Opposition TV Station

RuNet Echo

The week-long telethon that started at the end of March has collected enough funds to maintain broadcasting for just over 53 days.

Campaign to Unfollow “Occupied” Opposition Twitter

RuNet Echo

Many @lentaruofficial fans were incensed at the perceived usurpation, and started a mini-campaign to get people to unfollow the "zombie" impostor.

3 April 2014

Quantifying Russia's Traitorous Media

RuNet Echo

A pro-Kremlin website says it has conducted a quantitative study that ranks Russian media outlets according to disloyalty.

2 April 2014

RuNet April Fools’ Roundup

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo has collected the best gags for your amusement.

1 April 2014

Vkontakte's Pavel Durov Departs: Genuine or Joke?

RuNet Echo

In what is either a bombshell for Russian social media or a daring April Fools' Day joke, Vkontakte general director Pavel Durov has announced his resignation.