Around the Bloc


1 December 2011
Death Sentence for Convicted Minsk Bombers, Poland Puts Coal-Covered Foot in Mouth
Plus, late Russian murderer gets a monument and Croatia wonders if it has more registered voters than citizens.
By Jeremy Druker, Ioana Caloianu, and Joshua Boissevain
 
30 November 2011
South Ossetia Election Turmoil, Ailing Tymoshenko Treated in Prison Hospital

Plus, dozens injured as NATO troops clash with Kosovo Serbs, and Slovakia prepares for mass walkout of doctors.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, and Joshua Boissevain
 
Ante Markovic
29 November 2011
Ante Markovic Dies, Armenia Rocked by Child Sex Scandal

Plus, a top Czech police officer is caught red-handed and a president’s wayward daughter tries to win back daddy’s affections.

By Ky Krauthamer and Ioana Caloianu
 
28 November 2011
Moody’s Deals Budapest a Blow, Minsk Cuts a Deal with Moscow Premium

Plus, a dire future of unemployment and shortages for Uzbekistan, and Putinmania grips United Russia.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, and Kaitlyn Meade
 
Ales Byalyatski
25 November 2011
European Officials Denounce Byalyatski Sentencing, Kosovo Serbs Attack KFOR Troops Premium

Plus, explosion at Uzbek-Tajik border stops trains and the new Kyrgyz president makes no secret of his Russian sympathies.

By Ky Krauthamer and Joshua Boissevain
 
Rafiq Tagi
24 November 2011
Azeri Journalist Dies After Attack, Poland Warned Over Budget Deficit Premium

Plus, Slovak minister ousted in wiretapping scandal and Ronald Reagan pops up in Tbilisi and Warsaw.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, and Joshua Boissevain
 
23 November 2011
Putin ‘Booed’ Video Goes Viral, Foreigners Gobbling Up Land in Romania Premium

Plus, a petition against execution of alleged Belarusian bombers and Nagorno-Karabakh shootings.

By Jeremy Druker, Ioana Caloianu, and Kaitlyn Meade
 
Basescu
22 November 2011
Kyiv Bans Orange Party, Romanian President Faces Parliamentary Assault Premium

Plus, Hungary asks for more financial aid and an Uzbek swimmer’s tale of woe.

By Ky Krauthamer, Ioana Caloianu, and Kaitlyn Meade
 
21 November 2011
Peace Corps Leaving Kazakhstan, Russians Flock to See Mary's Belt and a Giant Koran Premium

Plus, a U.S. man will face a war-crimes trial in Bosnia, and the Kyrgyz bank no one wants to buy.

By Barbara Frye and Ioana Caloianu
 
18 November 2011
Ukraine to Stop Euthanizing Stray Dogs, Bosnian Leaders in for Criticism Premium

Plus, Belarus deports foundation workers and drug use up sharply in Romania.

By S. Adam Cardais and Joshua Boissevain
 

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