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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

26 February 2015

How I Helped Get Zoja's Law Approved By Serbia's Parliament

The Bridge

Vuk Visnjic is too young to vote. But when politicians in Serbia's National Assembly ignored a law that would help sick children, he found a way to make a difference.

25 February 2015

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Women Under 40 from Smoking

RuNet Echo

“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

RuNet Echo

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

Remembering Ukraine's ‘Heavenly Hundred’

"It's dangerous and frightening, and today one must be [in the east], like one had to be in Kyiv a year ago. Maidan has moved. It's now at the frontline."

Here Is What You Can Do in Kyiv if You Have One Dollar

RuNet Echo

What can a dollar buy you in Kyiv, Ukraine? Quite a few things, actually! An enterprising social media user collected the most interesting ideas in a blog post.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

23 February 2015

The Stale Catch in Croatia's “Fresh Start” Debt Erasure Program

The Bridge

Croatia's government has received praise for its decision to wipe the debt of its poorest citizens. But will this "Fresh Start" really help Croatians?

22 February 2015

High Hopes and Mixed Feelings About Russia's Oscar Nominee

RuNet Echo

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film "Leviathan" has been a critical darling abroad and a key Oscars contender, but in Russia, it has generated a polarizing national discussion.

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