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.
Latest posts by Veronica Khokhlova from July, 2011
At Open Society Foundations’ Blog, an interview with Danica Radovanovic of Digital Serendipities, covering “various topics related to digital use, online social interactions, digital divide, social networks and young adults in Southeastern Europe” and the Balkans.
At OpenDemocracy.net, Eric Gordy writes on what there is to expect from the upcoming ICTY trials of Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić.
Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska of Europe of Human Rights writes on BlogActiv.eu about airport body scanners, “human dignity” and the case of Shaminder Puri, a British Sikh who was harassed at the Warsaw Chopin Airport last year.
Pyotr Kuznetsov mentions [ru] a Belarusian police officer who interpreted a Schengen visa in the passport of one of the women detained at a protest rally as a solid proof that she was not a law-abiding citizen. He said this to a colleague who used to know the woman and...
An overview of the political and economic situation in Belarus – by Natalia Leshchenko at OpenDemocracy.net.
Earlier this month, Sarah Correia of Café Turco took part in the March of Peace (Marš mira), walking some “100 kilometres alongside more than 6 thousand people in tribute to the victims of genocide in Bosnia.”
Svetlana Gladkova of Profy writes that “one of the largest Russian mobile carriers [Megafon] and the leading Russian search engine [Yandex] need to explain quite a lot of things to their users […] due to an unspeakable data leak as thousands of SMS messages sent via Megafon website got publicly...
The Pickle Project posts “some mouth-watering photos from two Kyiv markets” as well as photos from a highway-side market in Donetsk region.
The Uncataloged Museum writes about Hutsul Images, an online collection of photos from the Hutsul regions of Ukraine, created and maintained by Volodymyr Kitselyuk, “an ordinary enthusiast from Hutsul region, a doctor by profession and an ethnographer by vocation.”
Polandian writes about what has changed and what hasn't since the ban on smoking in public places was introduced in Poland on Nov. 15, 2010.
Belatedly, a link to a post about Polish poetry displayed on the London Underground, which was published on May 31 by the POLSKI blog.
Hungarian Spectrum reviews news coverage by various Hungarian public and commercial media outlets – here, here, and here.
Memory At War translates Andriy Portnov's text on post-Soviet monuments to Holocaust victims.
With a Grain of Druska writes about Lithuania's worsening demographic situation: “[…] Population has decreased about 19 per cent (the same as if 62.3 million US citizens left the U.S.A.). And best case scenario, another 16.7 per cent of the population will disappear. You would think that supporting families, creating...
Hungarian Spectrum writes about the staff cuts at the three Hungarian public media outlets: “My understanding is that the two television stations [MTV and Dune TV] and Magyar Rádió have a total of something like 3,500 employees. From the little one can learn about the government's plans, most likely 1,000...
Razvigor :-) reports that several Macedonian pro-government media outlets have “revived an old Internet hoax about supposed Macedonian roots of global music star Shakira in order to provide more air time for a local politician.”
At OpenDemocracy.net, Yelena Fedotova writes about Dmirty Prigov – “‘great Russian poet’, postmodern artist, incarcerated ‘madman’.”
Foreign Notes writes about Ukraine's pension reform, which was passed by the parliament yesterday, highlighting the “breathaking arrogance” and disrespect for law by the people who run the country: “248 deputies voted in support of today's [pension reform] motion even though it seems only 143 deputies were actually registered to...
Siberian Light, A Good Treaty and Russia Blog write about the denial of registration to the People's Freedom Party (Parnas); Siberian Light writes about the Medvedev-Putin tandem – here and here and about Putin's “fantasy Duma”; Russia Blog and Natalia Antonova at the Guardian's Comment is free write about Mikhail...
A translation of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi spokeswoman's “rant exploring everything from the death of Osama Bin Laden to the curiously specific and virulent homophobia” – at Robert Amsterdam's blog: “Read below to see the kind of talent and hate speech Russia is spending its taxpayer money on.”
War and Peace reviews Anna Melikian's 2007 film, Rusalka (“Mermaid”).