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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

6 July 2015

Russian Law Enforcement Advocates for Safe Selfies

RuNet Echo

Several recent cases of young Russians getting hurt or dying while trying to take selfies have led the Russian Interior Ministry to voice its concern over the practice.

Fines for Violating Russia’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Might Not Be So Stiff, After All

RuNet Echo

Lawmakers suggest that fines will likely be levied only after a search engine refuses to comply with a court order to delete links under the “right to be forgotten” protocol.

4 July 2015

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

3 July 2015

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

29 June 2015

Israel Intercepts International Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla

"It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of 'no tolerance', meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment..."

28 June 2015

How Russia’s Biggest Homophobe Joined an LGBT Social Community

RuNet Echo

One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.

26 June 2015

Muscovites Protest Placement of Giant St. Vladimir Monument

RuNet Echo

In Russia, citizen activism has halted construction, for now, of a gigantic statue honoring 10th century ruler Saint Vladimir atop Moscow's Sparrow Hills.

25 June 2015

The Man Who Supported Ostriches and Other Viral Adventures of Viktor Yanukovych

RuNet Echo

Did Viktor Yanukovych really just happen to live in a private zoo owned by someone else? And what's the deal with those ostriches? Social media users explain.

Russia Bans the Internet Archive's ‘Wayback Machine’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages.

23 June 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

RuNet Echo

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

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