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· February, 2011

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from February, 2011

Russia: Blogger Pays for Badmouthing Putin Online

Rapid development of RuNet in recent years has only stared testing the limits of what one can say online. But the army of bloggers and their enthusiastic efforts to defend...

Hungary: A New Blog on EU Council Presidency

Russia: “Danilkingate” – or “Parfyonov/Volochkova Syndrome”

Russia: 2011 State Budget Funding for Media Companies

Russia: Government Officials Dismissed for Compromising Online Photos

Russia: Reactions to the “Safe Internet League”

Russia: Old and New Media Censorship Tactics

Macedonia: Violent Inter-Ethnic Incident on Skopje Fortress

Two large groups clashed around the old Skopje Fortress around noon on Sunday. The police failed to effectively separate an ethnic Macedonian and an ethnic Albanian mobs, which came to...

Russia: Blogger Detained for Spreading Bombing Rumors

Masha Egupova analyzes the cases of Ilya Korol, Far East blogger who got detained for a terroristic act rumor, and the new government initiatives that are aimed to monitor and...

Slovakia: Deaflympics 2011 Controversy

Slovakia may fail to hold a successful Deaflympics this month, due to problems with funding and unfinished facilities, which were known to exist as far back as last spring -...

Ukraine: Netizens Criticize Chaotic Construction in the Nation’s Capital

Tetyana Bohdanova reviews online and offline debates and initiatives inspired by the chaotic construction in Kyiv’s historical center.

Ukraine: Facebook's Popularity Grows

Belarus: 2,600 People Vouch for Political Prisoners

Belarus: House Arrest, with KGB Officers Stationed Inside

The Balkans: Turbo-folk and Rock Mashups

Belarus: Photos of Turau and Other Locations

Russia: Artyom Charukhin's Truth-Telling Case

Russia: Guardian's Luke Harding Expelled From Russia

Russia: Doku Umarov's Belated Statement on Domodedovo

Russia: Citizen Bloggers of 2010

After a decade in the wilderness, Russian civil society is finding a powerful voice online. Alexey Sidorenko and Oliver Carroll profile seven citizen bloggers who are leading this charge. A...

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