Around the Bloc

11 January 2018
Yanukovych Cronies Gifted Him $1.5 Billion: Report

A secret court order details the brokers and companies which allegedly schemed to sell bonds on behalf of the former Ukrainian leader.

10 January 2018
Georgian Terror Probe Escalates After Teenager’s Death

The fallout from the most recent Georgian anti-terror raid continues amid accusations of excessive police violence, and conflicting narratives. 

9 January 2018
Oligarch Akhmetov in Legal Hot Water

Asset freezes, extradition proceedings are crimping the style of some of Ukraine’s most powerful tycoons.

9 January 2018
Smog Chokes the Balkans

As heating is turned up to beat the mid-winter cold, the Balkan peninsula is grappling with a well-known foe: suffocating levels of air pollution. 

9 January 2018
Grand Visions Meet Grim Reality on Kazakh-Chinese Border

No visas are needed, but logistical and psychological issues are hampering development of a major trading zone.

8 January 2018
Ukraine’s Farmland Dilemma

Opening up millions of family plots to the free market would boost growth, but the social cost could be incalculable.

8 January 2018
Past Misdeeds Cost Two Albanian MPs Their Jobs

The latest sanctions against politician-crooks may improve the country’s tarnished image – or blacken it even more.

8 January 2018
Moscow Livid as Latvia Expels Journalists
Riga says the two TV reporters posed a threat to national security.
5 January 2018
Ski Resort Expansion Plan Riles Bulgaria

Campaign to protect UNESCO heritage area finds support in Sofia and cities throughout Bulgaria.

5 January 2018
Kosovo War Crimes Court Gains Pace

President and ruling party show signs of nervousness as tribunal readies first indictments.



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Moldovan diaries

The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.

This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes. 

It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.

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