Plus, Russians drop off the richest-of-the-rich list and a patch of ground in the Balkans becomes a libertarian mecca.
The Czech president’s ham-handed approach to his Victory Day trip to Moscow causes mirth in the cyber sphere and unease for his Slovak ally.
Plus, no invite for Putin to G7 summit, and Kaczynski accuses the Polish government of deceit in the Smolensk crash probe.
Plus, the UN tells Kazakhstan to clean up its filthy environment; support for Russia’s takeover of Crimea sees Yugoslav star Goran Bregovic dumped by Polish music festival.
Plus, Belarusian leader signs decree fining the unemployed; Czech politicians slam president over planned Moscow trip.
It’s not only mighty militaries that make countries strong.
Plus, Macedonian pupils borrow a protest lesson from university students, and a town in Uzbekistan demolishes a Soviet war memorial.
Plus, Kyrgyzstani leader’s secretive trip to Moldova sets the rumor mill turning, and health experts warn that TB remains a major killer in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Plus, Kazakhstan’s longtime leader hints at retirement, and the Czech president says universities are turning out too many lawyers and economists.
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