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, 2006
Konstantin of Russian Blog argues with certain points made in a Boston Globe editorial on Shamil Basayev's death.
TOL's Belarus Blog posts a “Belarusian blogosphere digest” for July 18-26.
Andrei Khrapavitski reports that opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich got detained by the traffic police in the town of Polatsk. [UPDATE: Milinkevich has been released.]
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about a new oppositional youth movement, Bunt, and the current regime's actions against its activists. Also, there's an entry about an attack on a Latvian diplomat in Minsk.
Andy H of Csikszereda Musings writes about his travel to and in Bulgaria.
David in Albania writes about Albanian ways of grieving.
Our Man In Tirana writes about Albania's potential as a tourist destination.
Dictionary of the Serbian Mess writes about Macedonian miners working at Serbian mines.
Desperate Serbwife suggests a slogan to promote Serbia abroad: “It's Springtime in Serbia.”
Europhobia suspects something wrong may be taking place in Poland's politics.
Founder of PravdaBeslana.ru Marina Litvinovich (LJ user abstract2001) writes (RUS) about one of the problems that survivors and relatives of those who died in Beslan in September 2004 have to deal with now: Orthodox Christianity in Beslan I've always been amazed by how the local authorities in North Ossetia and...
All About Latvia exposes nopride.lv, a homophobic Latvian group that claims to be not responsible for Saturday's attacks. Stefan of Dykun provides links and comment on “Riga's Gay Pride and Latvia's Shame.”
Florian Bieber of East Ethnia writes about Ceca, a Serbian pop star, and her new album, Ideally Bad: “From gangster bride to heroic widow and Serbian J-Lo, she demonstrated a better sense of where Serbia is going than some political analyst.”
The Humble Observer writes about Kyiv's sidewalks: not just a walking place for pedestrians, but also an “optional lane” and a parking lot for cars.
Owlspotting writes about a Romanian celebrity wedding, and answers a reader's question about how Romanian women like to dress.
Belgrade Blog writes about the upcoming Belgrade Beer Festival. Desperate Serbwife describes a possible accomodation option: a nice, tiny hotel in Belgrade's center.
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa writes about two Estonian city, Tallinn and Tartu: “Tartu is like a confectioners paradise compared to Tallinn.”
TOL's Belarus Blog writes about what seems like the beginning of a wave of attacks on youth activists.
All About Latvia and Stefan of Dykun discuss the gay pride parade that failed to take place in Riga.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about the daily routine at the Nashi movement's summer camp: “To older Russians the similarities to the Soviet era are striking. They should be. It seems that all that is missing are the little red neckties.”
Vilhelm Konnander writes about a Russian fast food chain, Russkoye Bistro: “There is a well-known popular story on how the Russian troops that defeated Napoleon in the 19th century, sat about the Paris cafés and restaurants urging the waiters for food by shouting “быстро, быстро!” (fast, fast!). Thus, the world-renowned...