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· January, 2016

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2016

18 January 2016

The Creeping Politicisation of Theatre, Film and Public Media in Poland

Censorship of a play by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek calls attention to the precariousness of state-funded art in Poland.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

14 January 2016

Triangulating Sources to Thin the Fog of War

RuNet Echo

Even with the flood of information created and made accessible by the Internet, the fog of war is still thick. But it's not impenetrable.

Ukrainian Separatists Block 100+ News Websites in ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’

RuNet Echo

News websites in the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" are being censored as separatist authorities seek to minimize the "destabilizing" influence of the Ukrainian media.

13 January 2016

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

RuNet EchoAdvox

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.

12 January 2016

Macedonia's Highest Court Confirms Fine for Journalists Who Quoted Statements Alleging Corruption

Fokus magazine had quoted Macedonia's former ambassador to the Czech Republic, who accused ex-head of the secret service Sasho Mijalkov of corruption. Mijalkov sued for defamation and won.

11 January 2016

Who Protects the Rights of Russian Internet Users? Not These Guys.

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.

10 January 2016

‘Russian Ebola': Civic Project Tracks Russians’ Deaths in Police Custody

RuNet Echo

Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.

The Macedonian Nude Twitter Calendar Is Back

After a break for 2015 Macedonian Twitter users have recommenced the tradition of making a nude calendar for charity.

8 January 2016

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine's Power Grid, Researchers Claim

RuNet Echo

US cybersecurity experts claim the December cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the power grid in western Ukraine is the work of Russian hacker collective the Sandworm Team.

4 January 2016

Social Media Users Get Creative in Response to Ukrainian President's Fake Magazine Cover

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided to tweet a doctored cover of The Economist magazine with his face replacing Putin's, he got some image editing help from social media users.

3 January 2016

Turkish Hackers Claim Credit for Hijacking Top Russian Official's Instagram

RuNet Echo

Hackers identifying themselves as Turkish took control of the Russian communications minister's Instagram account earlier today, posting a dozen images depicting Turkish patriotism and falling aircraft.

2 January 2016

‘The Dress’ Is Back, But This Time It's A Debate About Censorship on Russian TV

RuNet Echo

The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?

1 January 2016

Politician Invites TV Cameras to Film Him Buying a Russian Car. They Also Filmed His Watch, Which Is Worth More Than the Car.

RuNet Echo

When Vitaly Milonov brought along a TV crew to film him buying a Russian-made car, he probably didn’t expect his wristwatch to be the story. But that's precisely what happened

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