· February, 2008

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2008

Serbia: Bloggers Discuss Rally and Rioting in Belgrade

  22 February 2008

Yesterday, Kosovo is Serbia rally was held in Belgrade. According to unofficial sources, 150,000-200,000 people attended it to protest against unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo. The rally went peacefully but was followed by rioting. Buildings of the American, Croatian and Turkish embassies were set on fire. Many people were injured, at least one person was killed. Sinisa Boljanovic translates reactions by several Serbian bloggers who blog at B92's blog portal.

Ukraine: Fancy Cars

  22 February 2008

Foreign Notes writes on how Ukrainian officials’ fancy cars don't really belong to them.

Serbia: Political Unrest, Now and 17 Years Ago

  22 February 2008

Anegdote watched the rioting in Belgrade from his balcony and wrote about how history seems to be repeating itself: “Many people were injured in Belgrade today, and one person died. But that feels like nothing compared to knowing that lunatics are once again politicians and that people are capable of...

Serbia: “People's Protests”

  22 February 2008

Hugh Griffiths writes on his B92 blog about the history of the “so-called ‘people’s protests'” in Serbia – “which are in actual fact not organised by the people themselves, but by those working in state institutions.”

Serbia: Belgrade Riots

  21 February 2008

Limbic Nutrition on the situation in Belgrade: “The violence tonight was fully expected. Western embassies were texting and emailing their citizens all week warning us to stay away from the demonstrations. Since Monday, the day after rioters attacked the US and Slovenian embassies in response to Kosovo’s declaration of independence,...

U.S.: 50 Russians for Obama

  21 February 2008

Russia Blog writes about the results of “its own humble, non-scientific poll”: Yuri Mamchur asked 50 Russians about which U.S. presidential candidate they would have preferred – and all 50 said it was Barack Obama.

Europe, Canda, U.S.: Serbian Protests

  21 February 2008

Byzantine Sacred Art Blog invites Diaspora Serbs to protests “against illegal amputation of Kosovo” that are planned to be held in North America and Western Europe this coming weekend.

Russia: Adamov's Case

  20 February 2008

Siberian Light reports on the case of Russia's former Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov.

Kosovo: “Western Protectorate” Tradition

  20 February 2008

“Kosova’s status as a Western protectorate, replete with a banal, EU-style flag, is therefore entirely in keeping with the tradition of earlier Balkan states that successfully achieved their independence under Great Power guidance,” writes Greater Surbiton.

Albania: Kosovo/Serbia Cartoon

  20 February 2008

Albanian Blogger posts an image “portraying Kosova’s declaration of independence from Serbia” – along with a “personal disclaimer.”

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