Around the Bloc

Chingiz Aitmatov
27 September 2012
Romania Pitches Health Tourism, Czechs Ease Alcohol Ban

Plus, Ukraine slaps tariffs on a range of imports and an unpublished novel by a late, beloved Kyrgyz-Russian author surfaces.

By Ky Krauthamer, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze
26 September 2012
Kazan Police Sentenced in Torture Case, Kazakh Leader Rewards Loyalist

Plus, Russian officials denounce the Sakharov Prize nomination for jailed punkers, and Uzbekistan’s first daughter gets further embroiled in mobile phone scandals.

By Ky Krauthamer, Joshua Boissevain, Andrew McIntyre, and Nino Tsintsadze
24 September 2012
Observers Blast Belarus Elections, Rights Court Raps Kyiv over Roma Killings
Plus, Medvedev and Putin kick sand at each other, and is another Iron Curtain drawing around Russia?
By Barbara Frye, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze
21 September 2012
Yoko Ono to Honor Pussy Riot, Bishkek Calls Russian Partnership Crucial
Plus, West Nile kills five in the Balkans, and a rights group says Russia flouts international law with pre-Olympics evictions.
By S. Adam Cardais and Nino Tsintsadze
20 September 2012
Ukraine Set to Criminalize Libel, Serbs Might Get to Choose: Kosovo or the EU

Plus, Polish prisoners help preserve the country’s Jewish heritage and Belarusian students are forced to vote.

By Jeremy Druker, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze
19 September 2012
USAID Gets the Russian Boot, Abuse Scandal Rocks Georgia’s Prisons

Plus, police nab journalists and protesters in Minsk, and Bucharest mulls using tax informers to boost collections.

By Barbara Frye, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze
18 September 2012
Support for Belarus Election Boycott Builds, EU and Macedonia in Reform Talks
Plus, Russia launches $5 billion bank sale, and Kyrgyz anti-corruption official's son is arrested for corruption.
By S. Adam Cardais and Ioana Caloianu
17 September 2012
Russia Hands Moldova an Ultimatum, Bucharest Targets Gold Mine Project

Plus, a Budapest theater cancels an anti-Semitic play and Macedonia persists with a controversial compensation bill for soldiers.

By Barbara Frye, Joshua Boissevain, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze
14 September 2012
EU Slams Baku Over Safarov, Madonna ‘Gay Propaganda’ Suit Continues

Plus, Bosnia makes a big organized crime bust and an independent Ukrainian TV channel faces a crippling blow.

By S. Adam Cardais and Nino Tsintsadze
13 September 2012
Orban Downplays Role in Azerbaijan Case while Medvedev Says Free Pussy Riot

Plus, a witness describes gruesome organ harvesting in the Balkans and gas starts to flow between Uzbekistan and China. 

By Jeremy Druker, Ioana Caloianu, and Nino Tsintsadze


--  Announcement: Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students - Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!


Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees. Applicants should be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, international relations or other. One of the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.


Apply or check our website for more info. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.



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.

© Transitions Online 2018. All rights reserved. ISSN 1214-1615
Published by Transitions o.s., Baranova 33, 130 00 Prague 3, Czech Republic.