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· June, 2015

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from June, 2015

11 June 2015

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

RuNet EchoAdvox

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

Samsung Allegedly Agrees to Comply with Russia's Data-Localization Law

RuNet Echo

Speculation that Samsung will bow to Russia’s new data-localization demands comes amid rumors that other prominent tech companies have agreed to move users' data to servers in Russia.

10 June 2015

The Question Plaguing Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina: Who Am I?

Rising Voices

After a violent battle for independence in the 1990s, Bosnia-Herzegovina remains one of Europe's most ethnically diverse countries. What does it mean to be Bosnian-Herzegovinian in Bosnia and Herzegovina today?

Speculation Flares Online as Huge Fuel Depot Fire Burns Near Kyiv

RuNet Echo

As firefighters battle a massive fuel depot fire near Kyiv, Ukrainians have been sharing photos of the disaster, conspiracy theories, and survival tips on social media.

9 June 2015

Facebook Responds to ‘Stop Political Blocking’ Petition by Russians and Ukrainians

RuNet Echo

In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies

That Rare Moment When a Moscow Opposition Leader Visits Siberia

RuNet Echo

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny made a rare trip outside Moscow on Sunday, arriving in Novosibirsk for a boisterous public meeting ahead of primary elections.

7 June 2015

Veterans of Croatia's War of Independence Are Still Knocking on the Government's Door

Veterans from the Croatian War of Independence remain a significant lobby in the Balkan country, and one with some sticking power.

LGBT Pride Parade in Dalmatia Smaller but Without Incidents

6 June 2015

Russian Activist Dons Stilettos and Dog Collar to Protest ‘Sadists’ Law’

RuNet Echo

Submitted to the Duma in late May, the legislation would expand the circumstances under which guards can use force when confronting anything from a prison break to a disobedient prisoner

3 June 2015

How Ukrainian Activists Are Fighting Corruption in Courts Using YouTube

RuNet Echo

"Open Court," a group of lawyers and human rights activists, are taking it upon themselves to fight pervasive corruption in the judiciary with online videos, live streams, and legal expertise.

2 June 2015

Tor Use in Russia Spiking in Response to Kremlin's Censorship Efforts

RuNet EchoAdvox

As the Kremlin steps up its efforts to enforce Internet censorship, search engine data shows a growing number of Russians use Tor to circumvent content blocking.

Taking Russia’s Troll Factories to Court

RuNet Echo

Last week, a woman named Lyudmila Savchuk announced that she is suing Russia’s most famous “troll factory." Savchuk says she worked for this office until March as an undercover reporter.

1 June 2015

Russia Claims Another Victory Against Twitter, But Here's What Really Happened

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time Russian censors claim to have persuaded Twitter to comply with takedown requests. As before, Moscow’s claim today that Twitter “deleted 32 links” is inaccurate.

How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.

Is Vladimir Kara-Murza's Hospitalization a Fluke or Part of a Violent Pattern?

RuNet Echo

A Russian political activist remains in critical condition after suddenly collapsing in his office last week, the day after his organization aired a hard-hitting exposé on lawlessness in Chechnya.

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