Around the Bloc

26 August 2013
Azerbaijan’s Opposition Takes Out Insurance, Hungary’s Left Struggles to Unite

Plus, Pristina says it’s time for the UN's Kosovo mission to close, and Cossacks protest a show by their hip-swaying namesakes.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, and Sintija Treimane
 
23 August 2013
Gay Olympians Will be Safe, Russia Promises, Georgians Release Tajik Journalist
Plus, Amnesty faults Armenian gay and media rights, and the EU warns Croatia over an extradition law.
By Erik N. Nelson, Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, and Sintija Treimane
 
22 August 2013
New Czech Coalition May Include Communists, Russia Lets Ukraine off With a Warning

Also, Azerbaijan's new libel law’s first conviction is a bank whistleblower, and Bulgaria’s refugee authorities throw up their hands.

By Erik N. Nelson, Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, and Sintija Treimane
 
21 August 2013
Nine Killed in Dagestan Shootout, Albania Cracks Down on Illegal Buildings
Plus, UNESCO will assess Lake Ohrid development plans and the secret NSA document that uncovered a mole at the very top of Yugoslavia’s communist regime.
By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Vladimir Matan and Sintija Treimane
 
20 August 2013
Belarus Nuke Plant Meeting Angers Vilnius, Sargsyan Backs Arch-Enemy Aliev

Plus, the deposed ‘gray cardinal’ of the Kremlin may be poised for a comeback and a Czech girl makes history at the Little League World Series.

By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Vladimir Matan and Sintija Treimane
 
19 August 2013
Kazakhstani Lawyer Locked Away in Psych Hospital, Mongolia Mine Dispute Spooks Investors

Plus, Russian church leader says the floods have been good for business, and Serbia looks to rein in private security guards.

By Barbara Frye, Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, and Sintija Treimane
 
16 August 2013
Central European Economies Rebound; A Russia-Ukraine Trade War?
Plus, Israel extradites a Bosnian Serb to face Srebrenica charges and a Russian business files a crushing lawsuit against Montenegro’s government.
By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Vladimir Matan
 
15 August 2013
Ceausescus’ Execution Spot Open for Tourism, Bomb Hits Balkan Journalist’s Car
Plus, a Russian arms merchant faces U.S. prosecution and Serbia blocks independence language in Kosovo’s elections.
By Erik N. Nelson, Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, and Sintija Treimane
 
14 August 2013
EU Freezes Hungarian Funds, Russians Deal Heavy Blow to Belarus Economy
Plus, Russian prosecutors level another charge at Aleksei Navalny and Czech Catholics file claims on 11,000 properties.
By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Vladimir Matan and Sintija Treimane
 
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13 August 2013
Holocaust Crime Suspect Csatary Dies, Russian Spying Scandal in Estonia

Plus, Latvia's Ask.fm social networking site is hit over teen suicides and the Mongolians who seek fame and fortune as sumo wrestlers.

By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Vladimir Matan and Sintija Treimane
 

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