Around the Bloc

Adamantios Vassilakis
5 November 2013
New Counter-Terror Measures Ahead of Sochi Games, New Refugee Fears Hit Bulgaria

Plus, a former UN mediator says talks on Macedonia’s official name have failed, and Balkan police smash a drug ring.

By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Karlo Marinovic, and Alexander Silady
 
4 November 2013
Violence Mars Kosovo Poll, Baku Targets Civil Society Groups
Plus, students breathe new life into Bulgarian protests and Kazakhstan releases a crusading lawyer from a psychiatric hospital.
By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, and Karlo Marinovic
 
1 November 2013
Poland's Government on the Edge, Mass Grave Could be Bosnia’s Largest

Plus, another long backup at the Russia-Ukraine border, and Washington says a popular Russian crooner has mob ties.

By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Barbara Frye
 
31 October 2013
Putin More Mighty than Obama, Ukraine Gets Another Fracking Partner

Plus, Bulgarian authorities take children from Maria's biological mother, and some Estonians need toilets.

By Erik N. Nelson, Ioana Caloianu, and Alexander Silady
 
30 October 2013
St. Jude Rolls Into Russia, Tajikistani Reporter Jailed for Bribery

Plus, fears of a new ‘gas war’ as Gazprom pressures Ukraine to pay its bills, and a Polish archbishop may face trial for abusing boys in the Dominican Republic.

By Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, and Ky Krauthamer
 
29 October 2013
More Losers Than Winners in Czech Elections, Georgia Jails Saakashvili Ally

Plus, Romania’s ethnic Hungarians march for greater autonomy and Bosnian Muslims stage a sleep-in protest over school curricula.

By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, and Alexander Silady
 
28 October 2013
Saakashvili Critic to be Georgian President, Poland’s First Post-Communist Premier Dies

Plus, a dwindling number of marchers in Moscow demand the release of political prisoners, and Uzbekistan’s first daughter runs into legal trouble at home.

By Barbara Frye and Alexander Silady
 
25 October 2013
Klitschko to Seek Ukrainian Presidency, Pussy Riot Spotlights Russian Prison Conditions
Plus, Kyrgyzstan's lawmakers reject a new Kumtor gold mine deal and the Black Sea lures energy firms.
By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Alexander Silady
 
24 October 2013
Belarus Wants Ransom for Potash Exec, No More Pirate Talk for Arctic 30

Plus, Washington washes its hands of an air base in Kyrgyzstan, and a mullah in Tajikistan is charged in a fertility fraud.

By Erik N. Nelson, Ioana Caloianu, Alexander Silady, and Martha Tesema
 
Zurab Zhvania
23 October 2013
Romanians Plead Guilty to Art Heist, Georgia May Reopen Zhvania Death Probe

Plus, a new bridge over the Danube springs leaks and a report delves into the many roots of corruption in Armenia.

By Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, and Ky Krauthamer
 

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