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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

1 March 2015

Duma Deputies Challenge Food Import Ban, and President Putin

RuNet Echo

In a challenge to the power of the Russian presidency, five State Duma deputies recently proposed legislation aimed at rolling back Russia's ban on Western food imports.

28 February 2015

Macedonian Girl Dies Awaiting Grand Opening of Medical Center

Independent media sources have alleged that authorities intervened in the girl’s case because they wanted to open the new medical center and showcase the child as their first successful case.

Russian Opposition Politician Boris Nemtsov Shot and Killed in Moscow

RuNet Echo

Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition politician and one of Vladimir Putin's top critics, has been shot and killed in Moscow.

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."

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