Close

Donate today to keep Global Voices strong!

Our global community of volunteers work hard every day to bring you the world's underreported stories -- but we can't do it without your help. Support our editors, technology, and advocacy campaigns with a donation to Global Voices!

Donate now

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

28 May 2015

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

23 May 2015

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

19 May 2015

The Profitable Patriotism of Vladimir Putin's Biker Bromance

RuNet Echo

Putin’s biker bromance admittedly isn’t radically new, but the prominence—both in Russia and abroad—of the "Night Wolves" motorcycle gang is exploding like never before.

16 May 2015

Mr. Bureaucrat, Russia's ‘Wrinkled’ Young Women Would Like a Word

RuNet Echo

In response to a sexist outburst by a ranking government official, young women have started posting selfies with the hashtag #WrinkledWoman while scrunching up their faces to lampoon the remark.

15 May 2015

PayPal Blocks Donations for Printing Boris Nemtsov’s Ukraine War Report

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

PayPal has informed the "Putin.War" report team the service cannot be used for "collecting funds to finance the activities of political parties or for political aims in Russia.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

13 May 2015

How the Internet Both Facilitates and Challenges Rape in Russia

RuNet Echo

The explosion of online social networks makes it easier than ever for sexual predators, but the Internet also presents women with new weapons against a legal system stacked against them.

12 May 2015

Fed Up With ‘Political’ Blocking, Russia and Ukraine Appeal to Facebook

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are unhappy about Facebook allowing "politically motivated" takedowns of posts they say are being reported for violations by masses of "Kremlin supporters."

9 May 2015

Russia's Indefatigable Absurdists

RuNet Echo

Every year on May 1, thousands of Russians stage a public celebration of absurdity in a handful of cities across Siberia called "Monstration."

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site