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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

2 April 2015

Your Russian History Professor Is Basically James Bond

RuNet Echo

As scholars debated the ethics of writing about their troubles in Russian archives, yet another British graduate student working in Nizhny Novgorod was ordered to leave the country.

30 March 2015

An Interview with Anna Nemtsova About Being a Russian Journalist

Independent Russian journalist Anna Nemtsova talks to Global Voices about the assassination of Boris Nemtsov (no relation), Putin's recent unexplained disappearance, and censorship in Russia.

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

RuNet Echo

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

27 March 2015

Russian Girls Show Conservative Beauty Contest Just How ‘Modest’ They Can Be

RuNet Echo

Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.

26 March 2015

Belarus Tightens Grip on Internet With New Data Retention Decree

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The new data retention demands are just the latest in a string of restrictive Internet measures employed by Belarus in the wake of the next presidential election.

25 March 2015

Russian Social Media Users Write 30 Million Daily Posts

RuNet Echo

For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)

24 March 2015

American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

RuNet Echo

Ironically, Swanson and his blog actually support pro-Russian views, which seems to have made the incident doubly disappointing in his eyes.

23 March 2015

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

22 March 2015

Thousands of High School Students Protest throughout Macedonia

Thousands of high school students gathered across Macedonia to protest controversial educational reforms. Authorities hit back with every dirty trick available.

20 March 2015

8-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl Is War's Latest Victim

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian armored vehicle ran onto a sidewalk on Monday, killing a eight-year-old girl in a terrible tragedy that led to rioting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka.

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