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Veronica Khokhlova · May, 2010

I'm a Kyiv native; divide my time between Kyiv, Moscow, Istanbul and the Croatian island of Vis; lived in St. Petersburg in 2003-2005; attended Rutgers University in 1993-94, did my master's in journalism at the University of Iowa in 1996-98.

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Latest posts by Veronica Khokhlova from May, 2010

Russia: “Circassian Nationalism and the Internet”

At, Zeynel Abidin Besleney writes about “the role played by the internet as a lifeline linking otherwise isolated activists and communities and reinforcing the Circassian nationalist cause.”

Russia: Coalmine Disaster Victims’ Families vs Thugs?

Vadim Nikitin comments on “this week’s unprecedented measure to provide each widow of the [May 9] mine explosion victims with police protection to ward off attacks from organised criminals after...

Russia: Last Day of Classes in Moscow

LJ users zyalt, medar, martin-sqare and alex-i1 (RUS) team up to photograph Moscow high school seniors celebrating the last day of classes on May 25. MoscowMom posts this observation: “Most...

Russia: Explosion in Stavropol

Miriam Elder reports at GlobalPost on the explosion in Stavropol, which took place next to a centrally-located concert hall shortly before a Chechen folk dance troupe was to perform there....

Ukraine: Interview With Kyiv Post's Editor-in-Chief

Part 1 of an interview with Brian Bonner, editor-in-chief of the Kyiv Post – by David Brauer, at's Braublog.

Estonia: “A Green Light to Join the Euro”

Edward Lucas, Itching for Eestimaa and AnTyx comment on Estonia's likely adoption of the euro on January 1, 2011.

Latvia: May 9 in Riga

Arnis Balcus posts photos from the May 9 celebrations in Riga and writes: “In Latvia 9 May is more than just a victory celebration, it is also an expression of...

Latvia: Neo-Nazi Cleared of Hate Speech Charges

Free Speech Emergency in Latvia reports that the Latvian Supreme Court has cleared a neo-Nazi of hate speech charges.

Slovenia, Croatia: More on the Border Dispute

Sleeping With Pengovsky posts The Definitive Guide to the Arbitrage Agreement Between Slovenia and Croatia – Part 1 and Part 2. Borut Peterlin posts this comment: “The border dispute with...

Ukraine: Medvedev in Kyiv; Yanukovych & the Wreath

Reactions to the Russian president's visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, last week (which included the Ukrainian president being hit by a wreath during a commemoration ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Monument)...

Slovenia: Student Protest Turns Violent

Borut Peterlin posts photos from the May 19 student protest in Ljubljana, which turned into a riot. Sleeping With Pengovsky writes: “What Ljubljana witnessed yesterday was not an outpour of...

Czech Republic: Update on the Flooding

The Czech Daily Word links to photos and news updates on the floods in the Czech Republic.

Bulgaria: Update on Arevik Shmavonyan's Case

Maya's Corner posts a detailed update on the case of Arevik Shmavonyan, a pregnant Armenian citizen who is still being kept at the Special Centre for Temporary Accommodation of Foreigners...

Ukraine: The Plight of the Crimean Tatars

Paul Goble of Window on Eurasia writes about the 66th anniversary of the deportations of the Crimean Tatars and the current plight of those who have returned to their homeland...

Russia: “Is Khodorkovsky a Dissident?”

Vadim Nikitin shares his thoughts on whether Mikhail Khodorkovsky can be considered a dissident.

Russia: More Victory Day Commentary

A Good Treaty reviews selected blog and media commentary on Victory Day’s 65th anniversary in Russia: “My own feelings on Russia’s WWII past are far from settled, so let me...

Soviet History: “The False Charges of Treason Against the Crimean Tatars”

J. Otto Pohl writes about his new article (.pdf) – “The False Charges of Treason Against the Crimean Tatars” – which was published at the International Committee for Crimea website...

Russia: Photos of Grozny

LJ user greedyspeedy posts the first installment of photos of Grozny, Chechnya, taken in April, and writes (RUS) in the comments: “This photo report is about the glossy Grozny; I'll...

Russia: RT's Gay Pride Coverage

Julia Ioffe writes at True/Slant about RT's coverage of the upcoming gay pride parade in Moscow.

Russia: La Russophobe Interviews Mark Adomanis

La Russophobe interviews True/Slant Russia blogger Mark Adomanis.

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