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· January, 2017

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2017

12 January 2017

Ukraine Bans Russia’s One Independent TV Station

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian government has voted to remove Russian independent TV station Dozhd from its list of approved foreign broadcasters, giving providers one month to remove the station from their networks.

11 January 2017

‘Most Efficient Trial in History’ Fines Serbian Magazine for Defamation of Interior Minister

Advox

"How can a journalist be 'unauthorised' to do their job: gathering information and suggesting conclusions based on the gathered evidence?"

As Trash Piles Up in Russian Town, Mayor's Spokesperson Says Locals Are a Bunch of ‘Pigs’

RuNet Echo

There’s a quiet place called Yugorsk. Located in Russia's Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yugorsk is a flat, forested, relatively affluent town. In Yugorsk, the people are as dirty as pigs.

A Young Russian Governor's Fascist Chic

RuNet Echo

The acting governor of Kaliningrad, 30-year-old Anton Alikhanov, has a winter coat with some unusual arm patches. Some unusual fascist arm patches.

10 January 2017

A Conference in Copenhagen Seeks to Build Bridges in Areas of Conflict

A recent conference in Copenhagen brought together a wide cross section of people interested in creating peace in the midst of conflict.

‘The Richest Political Party in Europe’ Gets Its Wealth From Corruption, According to Macedonian Journalists

A documentary states that the party owns pastures and apartments. Macedonian law prohibits real-estate ownership by political parties, with the exception of office space.

All the President's Fishermen: Who's Standing Behind Vladimir Putin?

RuNet Echo

Why is Putin meeting with fishermen from Novgorod so much? Are they really fishermen?

9 January 2017

Remembering David Bowie's Birthday and His ‘Mythical Walk’ Through Warsaw

Culture.pl, an online magazine devoted to promoting Polish culture, marked David Bowie's birthday by recalling his visit to Warsaw.

7 January 2017

How Russia’s Conservative Movement Broke Through Online

RuNet Echo

In the last few years, we witnessed a conservative renaissance on the RuNet, though it's unclear where the community goes from here.

6 January 2017

The Weird and Wonderful Work of a YouTuber Stay-at-Home Dad

RuNet Echo

Today you can find dozens of music videos shared on YouTube by a channel called “Kids Learning Tube,” where an anonymous American man has spent years uploading educational singing cartoons.

3 January 2017

Lenče Zdravkin, a Macedonian Woman Whom Refugees Call Their ‘Second Mother’

"A million refugees who left and their million stories all exist in me, and every one of them left a scar."

2 January 2017

The Best and Worst of Russia's New Year's Laws

RuNet Echo

Every year, the Russian State Duma schedules laws to come into effect on January 1st. RuNet Echo marks the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 New Year's laws.