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· January, 2010

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from January, 2010

21 January 2010

Russia: Project Aims To Translate Popular Blogs Into Russian

Poland: Government Approves Proposal to Create Registry of Banned Websites and Services

Sylwia Presley posts an update on the Polish government's controversial decision to create a Registry of Banned Websites and Services, and on the Polish netizens' ongoing protests against Internet censorship.

20 January 2010

Ukraine: Bloggers Discuss Presidential Election

Ukrainians went to the polls on Jan. 17 to choose their president from the 18 candidates running for the post this year. Opposition leader Victor Yanukovich received 35.32% of the...

Russia: Yandex Released Most Popular Search Queries in 2009

Azerbaijan: 20th anniversary of Baku pogrom and Black January

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Black January, the day when the fledgling independence movement in Azerbaijan was brutally suppressed by Soviet troops ostensibly to curtail inter-ethnic tensions in the...

15 January 2010

Russian Bloggers React to Haiti Earthquake

RuNet Echo

Reaction of Russian bloggers to the devastating earthquake in Haiti is diverse and sometimes unexpected. The cataclysm provided an opportunity for sorrow, support, contemplation and self-observance.

14 January 2010

Russia: Businessman in Exile Uses Blog to Answer Questions

Russia: Largest Political Community Online Removed And Restored

RuNet Echo

The recent case of the most popular political online community demonstrated how easy it is to limit free expression on RuNet and revealed the willingness of online audience to defend...

Hungary: Pécs, the European Capital of Culture

Marietta Le describes preparations for a year as one of the three European Capitals of Culture in Pécs and reviews and translates some of the netizens' reactions.

11 January 2010

Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Web Anonymity

Poland: Charity Initiative Criticised by a Catholic Radio Station

Today is the day when Poland unites in an enormous charity event called The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, organized for the 18th time by Jurek Owsiak to help children...

10 January 2010

Poland: Discussions of TOR and Internet Filtering

The end of 2009 in Poland was marked with the beginning of a public discussion of on-line privacy, the government's potential attempts to restrict access to websites and a growing...