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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

22 January 2015

Russian Politician Tells Public to ‘Eat Less,’ As Food Prices Rise

RuNet Echo

“If you’re short on money,” Gaffner said, “just remember that we’re all Russian citizens. We just need to give some thought to our health and eat a bit less.”

America's Digital Diplomacy in Russia After Michael McFaul

RuNet Echo

McFaul's commentary spanned both his professional and personal life, and he was not afraid to engage with his online audience, even when that meant fighting a "Twitter war."

21 January 2015

Georgians Show Solidarity after Family is Massacred in Armenia

Joseph Smith documented a Facebook-organized event held in Georgia in support of Armenia, currently suffering following the massacre of a family by a Russian soldier near a Kremlin military installation.

16 January 2015

Antarctic Misadventure Sparks Scandal for Russian MPs

RuNet Echo

When two Duma deputies set off to plant the Russian flag atop the highest mountain in Antartica, they probably did't expect their trip would spark a political scandal.

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Global Voices Advocacy

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

14 January 2015

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

Croatia Makes History With First Woman President, But Her Politics Worry Some Voters

Croatia is deeply divided politically. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović managed a narrow win over incumbent President Ivo Jospović in the runoff in January 2015 with 50.74% of the votes.

What Snow Can Tell You About Russia's Local Politics

RuNet Echo

Russia is notorious for having a weak civil society and an oppressive government, but that reputation isn't equally deserved throughout the country.

13 January 2015

Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine Apparently Fire on Another Civilian Vessel by Accident

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time separatists have boasted of an attack online, quickly followed by an assertion that the attack was actually carried out by the Ukrainians.

What Do Twitter Users in Ukraine and Russia Say About Their Presidents? An Introduction

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo collaborates with MITH to investigate how Russian and Ukrainian Twitter users talk about their presidents—Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko.

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