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· July, 2016

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from July, 2016

9 July 2016

With 2 Months Before Parliamentary Elections, Russia's Internet Censor Swings Into Action

RuNet Echo

The Russian government blocked four websites on July 8 that published calls to boycott parliamentary elections this September, along with broader plans for protests to disrupt the voting.

‘Visions From The Inside’ Illustrates the Struggles and Resilience of Migrants Caught in US Detention Centers

Fourteen artists created illustrations based on the testimonies of migrants detained in for-profit detention facilities in the US.

8 July 2016

A Quarter of a Century Ago, the USSR Went Nuts for Its First McDonald’s. Now That Joy Belongs to Siberia.

RuNet Echo

While the world's biggest fast-food chain might no longer thrill the denizens of modern-day Moscow, McDonald's is still breaking new ground elsewhere in Russia.

7 July 2016

A Photo Contest Captures the Stunning Flora and Fauna of Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

Shots capture mute swans, various freshwater fish and crustaceans and even some house furniture at the lake.

6 July 2016

This Is What Happens When You Suddenly Cancel Moscow's Electronic Music Bonanza

RuNet Echo

Nobody likes canceling their plans, and the day Moscow banned an enormously popular music festival was the day Russian Facebook users transformed into apparent experts on event management.

5 July 2016

Swastikas and Porn or: How Russian Cops Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Crackdown

RuNet Echo

According to a Rostov court, Detective Eliseev wanted to advance his career and win bonus pay by faking “time-consuming inspection work” and framing a man for extremism.

#IAmNotAfraidToSayIt: Ukrainian Social Media Users Break the Silence on Sexual Violence

RuNet Echo

A Facebook hashtag started by a Ukrainian activist is overflowing with users sharing their stories and experiences of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and domestic violence.

European Memes, the Hilarious Antidote to the Shock and Uncertainty of Brexit

The Bridge

In the aftermath of Brexit, relations between the UK and EU are in a shambles. The Twitterverse, however, remains united in hilarious transnationality.

4 July 2016

Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Is Stepping Down, But We'll Remember Him for These 7 Things

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo reviews the seven most memorable moments of Pavel Astakhov's career, as we part with Russia's longtime children's rights commissioner.

3 July 2016

Defying Police Harassment, the Macedonian Colorful Revolutionaries Continue to Chant “Freedom”

Detainments, "spectacular arrests" and other forms of intimidation are being used against Colorful Revolution protesters, who refuse to back down in the face of harassment and abuse of power.

1 July 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Brexit, Brexit Everywhere

This week, we take you to the Caribbean, Brazil, Russia, Tanzania and Azerbaijan.

Telegram Bug Leaks Russian TV News Station's Internal Chats to Random User

RuNet EchoAdvox

Telegram's known security flaws do not explain why Anna Gorbacheva, whose device never belonged to anyone associated with TV Rain, suddenly began receiving notifications of the team's private messages.

Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner May Have Finally Landed in a Scandal He Can't Overcome

RuNet Echo

A single, poorly worded question displaying insensitive nonchalance after a tragedy appears to be the downfall of Russia's commissioner of children's rights.

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