Around the Bloc

17 April 2015
Yet Another Activist Sentenced in Baku, Bosnian Crime Gang Gets 95 Years

Plus, Russians drop off the richest-of-the-rich list and a patch of ground in the Balkans becomes a libertarian mecca. 

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
16 April 2015
Another Yanukovych Ally Dies, Russian Environmental Activist Loses Early Release Bid

Plus, a court ruling smoothes the way for a war crimes tribunal in Kosovo and the G7 scolds Russia.

By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
15 April 2015
Ukraine Fighting Intensifies, Albanian Insurgent Group Resurfaces in Macedonia

Plus, Tajikistan bans under-35s from making the pilgrimage to Mecca, and Internet giants reportedly begin transferring data to Russian servers.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
14 April 2015
Fires Ravage Siberia, Hungarian Far-Right Party in Landmark Election Win

Plus, Russian bikers rile Poles with a planned rally to Berlin, and associates of dead Kazakhstani dissident Rakhat Aliev go on trial in Vienna.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
13 April 2015
Arms Spending Surges in Ukraine, Baltics; Turkey Slams Pope’s Armenian ‘Genocide’ Mass

Plus, no invite for Putin to G7 summit, and Kaczynski accuses the Polish government of deceit in the Smolensk crash probe.

By Timothy Spence
 
10 April 2015
Kyiv Sets Goal of NATO Membership, Latvia Set to Host Gay Pride Festival

Plus, the UN tells Kazakhstan to clean up its filthy environment; support for Russia’s takeover of Crimea sees Yugoslav star Goran Bregovic dumped by Polish music festival.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
9 April 2015
More Pressure on Ukrainian Oligarchs, Russia Tightens Conditions for Migrants

Plus, Moldovan authorities seek more than $1 billion in missing bank loans and a Dutch museum challenges Crimea’s claim on Scythian gold artifacts.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 
8 April 2015
Romania Cuts Taxes, Serbia Blasts Albanian ‘Unification’ Talk

Plus, new fighting breaks out near Mariupol; Georgian Chechens plead for help to stop IS recruiting.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, and Casper Frederiksen
 
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7 April 2015
Poroshenko Open to Autonomy Referendum, Poland to Build Towers on Russian Border

Plus, Belarusian leader signs decree fining the unemployed; Czech politicians slam president over planned Moscow trip.

By Brian Kenety, Ioana Caloianu, and Casper Frederiksen
 
3 April 2015
End of EU Milk Quotas Worries Bosnia, Cull of Crimean Tatar Media Continues

Plus, Bulgaria and Westinghouse restart talks on nuke plant upgrade; Tajikistan asks allies for more help on restive Afghan border.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Evgeny Deulin, and Casper Frederiksen
 

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