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· May, 2017

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from May, 2017

Who's Paying for the Meme War Against Alexey Navalny?

The scheme comes in the wake of news about a major mudslingling campaign that the Kremlin was reportedly planning against Navalny.

Young Slovaks Seem to Have Higher Work Standards Than Previous Generations. Is That Good or Bad?

"...it's not about laziness, but about human dignity if wages for work do not cover the basic costs of the workforce"

WeChat? Not in Russia You Don't.

Last week, Russia’s federal censor blocked WeChat, China’s largest mobile messaging app. According to Russia’s media censor, Roskomnadzor, WeChat failed to register with the federal government.

Nyetflix and Dill: Putin Signs Law Regulating Foreign Online Streaming Services

Netflix and chill is looking more like Nyetflix and dill in Russia after Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that restricts foreign streaming services' access to the Russian market.

Don’t Be Alarmed: This ‘Red Button’ Is Meant to Help Russians

By connecting detainees with friends and human rights organizations more quickly than ever, the “Red Button” app hopes to provide protesters with greater protection from illegal arrests and penalties.

Russian Psychological Center Insults and Then Outs Gay Man Who Called Its Support Line

Be careful when calling the hotline at “FROG,” a psychological help center; you might need more support after the call than you did before you picked up the phone.

Navalny's Army Unmasks the State-Supported Radicals Out to Get Him

Following last week's startling attack, opposition leader Alexey Navalny is proving how useful it is to have millions of supporters among Russia’s young, energetic Internet users.

Life as a Vod, Russia’s Disappearing Ethnic Group

Made up of just a few dozen people, the world’s largest community of Vods lives outside St. Petersburg. Victoria Vziatysheva recently spoke to some of the Vods’ last living descendants.

The Kremlin Is Worried Attacks on Opposition Leaders Are Making Them More Popular

Days after Alexei Navalny was again doused with green antiseptic, the news website Gazeta.ru reported that the Kremlin had instructed regional authorities to crack down such attacks in the future.

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