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Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

6 March 2015

Macedonia’s Massive Illegal Wiretapping Operation Allegedly Monitored Journalists and Diplomats

Global Voices Advocacy

As a four-year-long wiretapping scandal unravels in Macedonia, online users draw attention to the lack of media coverage and the history of the characters behind the story.

5 March 2015

Blogger Law Violations Go Unpunished in Russia

RuNet Echo

Since the infamous 'blogger law' came into power in Russia seven months ago, Roscomnadzor documented 67 violations, but not a single blogger has been punished for swearing or religious offenses.

1 March 2015

Hearing Out Russia's Patriotic Bloggers on Nemtsov's Murder

RuNet Echo

As it grows increasingly popular outside Russia to dismiss Russians’ political attitudes as “Kremlin brainwashing,” it becomes more important than ever to stop and listen.

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

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.

Anonymous Twitter Account Blows the Whistle on Wounded from Ukraine in Russian Military Hospital

RuNet Echo

An anonymous account on Twitter claiming to be a Russian soldier at a military hospital in Russia is providing undercover reports on the wounded brought from the frontlines in Ukraine.

Police Raid the Lesbians Who Trolled Russia's Leading Anti-Gay Politician

RuNet Echo

Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights.

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 EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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

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