Around the Bloc

2 October 2014
Blasts Rock Bulgarian Explosives Plant, Russian Claim of Huge Mass Graves in Donetsk Unravels

Plus, an investigative reporter faces charges in Baku and NASA marks a milestone in Aral Sea shrinking.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Klein Aleardi, and Anders Ryehauge
 
1 October 2014
Ukraine Gears for a Tense Election, Germany Relives a Key Moment of 1989

Plus, stolen art from Yanukovych’s collection turns up in Belarus, and Tajikistan’s chief mufti outlaws criticism of the secular regime.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, Jack Nicholson, and Anders Ryehauge
 
30 September 2014
Nine Ex-Ministers Charged in Romanian Graft Probe, Jailed Azerbaijani Activist Honored

Plus, Balkan states target absurdly high roaming charges, and Russia moves forward on a giant Crimea bridge project.

By Ky Krauthamer, Klein Aleardi, Ioana Caloianu, and Anders Ryehauge
 
29 September 2014
A Prisoner Swap in Ukraine, Closing Arguments in Karadzic Trial

Plus, Obama reassures NATO allies but rejects Russia-NATO confrontation, and Bucharest defends its treatment of civil society.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Jack Nicholson, and Anders Ryehauge
 
26 September 2014
Uzbekistan’s Political Prisoners in Spotlight, Russian Fighter Jets in North America

Plus, politicians in one of Bosnia’s divisions get a shellacking and Uzbekistan’s teachers head for the cotton fields.

By Piers Lawson, Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, and Anders Ryehauge
 
25 September 2014
Turkmenistan’s 'Medieval' Prison Exposed, Ukraine Reporter Threatened

Plus, Belgrade's Gay Pride Parade may finally happen, and Uzbekistani activists and journalists get special passports.

By S. Adam Cardais, Anders Ryehauge, and Klein Aleardi
 
24 September 2014
Moscow Tightens Media Noose, Skopje Dump Expose Elicits Legal Threats

Plus, Russia will bolster its navy over ‘NATO expansion’ and Georgia denies offering to host a camp for Syrian rebels.

By S. Adam Cardais, Jack Nicholson, and Anders Ryehauge
 
23 September 2014
Industry Group Probes Azerbaijani Crackdown, Romania’s Premier Survives Parliament Vote

Plus, thugs keep a Crimean Tatar scholar from a UN conference and winter gas supplies become the subject of talks.

By Timothy Spence
 
22 September 2014
Ukraine Economic News Is All Bad, IMF Holds Bosnia’s Fiscal Feet to the Fire

Plus, Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania strengthen defense ties, and work starts on a key Russia-bypassing gas pipeline.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, and Anders Ryehauge
 
19 September 2014
Kyiv Gets Aid and Promises from Washington, Sikorski Gets the Boot

Plus, Bulgaria is accused of abusing Syrian asylum seekers, and Turkmenistani troops stake out turf in Afghanistan. 

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu and Anders Ryehauge
 

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