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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

18 September 2014

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

RuNet Echo

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

17 September 2014

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

RuNet Echo

The number of criminal cases opened on extremism charges in Russia doubled during 2014, and the Internet is responsible for the growth, as more political activity and activism happen online.

12 September 2014

Queer Tango Instructor Murdered in St. Petersburg, Throat Slashed

RuNet Echo

St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.

North Caucasians’ Sad, Paradoxical Fight in Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

In the North Caucasus, the long-deteriorating security situation and repressive local regimes have long burdened the population. Sadly, the region's structural violence is now spreading beyond, into Ukraine, too.

10 September 2014

Russian Nationalists Grasp at Straws with ‘Scottish Solidarity’ Campaign

RuNet Echo

Russians' connections between the Scottish and Eastern Ukrainian independence movements are, for the most part, thoroughly imagined, but the fantasy has produced several funny pictures.

Russian Email Giants Yandex and Mail.Ru Bleed Passwords, Deny Hacking

RuNet Echo

Russia's largest email services, Yandex and Mail.Ru, were both hit with password leaks, resulting in millions of passwords published online, but denied their servers had been hacked.

9 September 2014

News of the Latest McDonald's Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

RuNet Echo

When current events inspire Russia's satirists, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. Russia's ongoing assault on the McDonald's food chain is having such an effect.

The Ukrainian Officer Tweeting from the Frontlines of the War in Donbas

RuNet Echo

Sergei Misyura, whose twitter account has over 15,000 followers, spent four months with the 72nd Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, fighting in the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' (ATO) in Luhansk region.

Debating the Nature of Macedonia's Failing Political System

Political analysts, but also bloggers and social media users, have been debating Macedonia's backslide from democracy.

8 September 2014

Pussy Riot's Dynamic Duo Launches a New Media Portal

RuNet Echo

"A view from behind bars gives the best view of how the government process works,” says a new website from Pussy Riot's best known members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

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