Around the Bloc

24 June 2013
Albanian Opposition Claims Election Win, Serbian Church Faces New Scandal

Plus, Latvia bans Nazi and Soviet symbols and Amazon eyes the East European online marketplace.

By Ioana Caloianu, Ky Krauthamer, Vladimir Matan, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
21 June 2013
U.S. Slams Russia, Uzbekistan on Trafficking; The First Female Czech Premier?
Plus, Russia is set to ink a massive Chinese oil deal and to take over Armenia's natural gas industry.
Lukashenka is a “violent and comical reminder of communist leaders that have been extinct since 1989.
By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Vladimir Matan
 
20 June 2013
Obama Pushes Russia on Nuke Cuts, Greenpeace in Hot Water in Poland
Plus, Georgian police arrest five in a sordid conspiracy case, and Macedonia’s proposal to regulate media draws fire.
By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Vladimir Matan
 
19 June 2013
Repression Rises in Eurasia, No Defense Witnesses for Navalny

Plus, the UN slams Bosnia in a missing-prisoners case and Hungary charges a World War II-era war-crimes suspect.

By Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, Erik N. Nelson, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
18 June 2013
Tajikistan’s Airlines Get a Deadline, Georgia Aims to Destroy Illegal Tapes

Plus, a Bosnian official holds up a key border agreement and Kyrgyzstan struggles to solve the ‘Batken question.’

By Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, Vladimir Matan, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
17 June 2013
Scandal Leads to Czech Leader’s Exit, Hague Judge Questions Court’s Judgment

Plus, an infant caught in Bosnia’s ID imbroglio dies and protesters in Bulgaria continue to call for change.

By Barbara Frye, Vladimir Matan, Erik N. Nelson, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
14 June 2013
Prokhorov To Sit Out Moscow Mayoral Race, Anti-Corruption Raids in Prague

Plus, a Roman relic is at risk in Albania, and Bulgarians protest a controversial appointment to a key security post.

By S. Adam Cardais, Ioana Caloianu, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
13 June 2013
Thousands March Against Putin, Bosnian Protests Prompt Government Shutdown

Plus, EU sentiment is dampened by a threat to Poland and Kazakhstan bans U.S. adoptions over an ‘orphan ranch.’

By Ioana Caloianu, Vladimir Matan, Erik N. Nelson, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
12 June 2013
Duma Passes Anti-Gay Law, Kremlin Would Consider Asylum for NSA Leaker

Plus, Georgia is said to be the source of a ‘Taliban’ video and phone codes bedevil Serbia-Kosovo talks.

By Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, Vladimir Matan, Erik N. Nelson, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 
11 June 2013
Budapest Battles the Danube, Skopje Tightens Abortion Law

Plus, a Kosovo mufti calls some women ‘sluts’ and ‘garbage,’ and Turkmenistan becomes a two-party country, barely.

By Ioana Caloianu, Barbara Frye, Erik N. Nelson, Vladimir Matan, and Molly Jane Zuckerman
 

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