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A Referendum on Fear
On Sunday, Hungarians will express just how much they fear an influx of refugees.
By Martin Ehl


September 30

New Report Documents ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Crimea
IHPR points to evidence of enforced disappearance, torture and murder in Russian-annexed Crimea, as well as the forcible displacement of tens of thousands.

Kyrgyzstan’s Crumbling Democracy
A trend of growing authoritarianism continues in Central Asia with Kyrgyzstan’s new referendum.

Chinese Top Belarus List of Foreign Workers
More and more Chinese are working in Minsk and beyond, as Beijing extends over $5 billion in loans to fund major Belarusian projects.

September 29

Loved Ones of Silent Protesters at OSCE Meeting Targeted in Tajikistan
Mobs, led by Russian-style youth group Avangard, have attacked relatives of IRPT and Group 24 movement members.

Art and Politics Do Mix
A showcase of artists in Prague provides a reminder that art can be a powerful political tool. 

Israeli President Criticized for Repeating ‘Soviet Myth’ of Babi Yar at Ukraine’s Commemorations
Ukraine’s involvement in the WWII massacre and how to honor all the victims remains a contentious topic. 

Bokova Out, Gregoriova In?
Bulgarian government nominates EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate for UN chief, drops support for UNESCO chief Irina Bokova.

September 28

Russia Outrages Romanians with Measly Donation to Buy Brancusi Statue
The 100 euro donation, and a video accompanying it, brought back memories of a Romanian treasure yet to be returned from Moscow.


The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin
Dozhd TV chief editor Mikhail Zygar’s account of Russia under Putin lets the facts speak for themselves.
By Vladimir Kozlov

Dear Facebook, Please Don’t Hand Our Data to The Kremlin
Activists are calling for the world’s biggest tech companies to resist Vladimir Putin’s demand that they their host servers – and users’ personal data – in Russia.
From the Guardian.
By Andrei Soldatov

Romania Looks to Public to Fund Art
Government launching a donation drive to help pay for classic Brancusi sculpture.

Romania Unveils Massive Sculpture
A recently inaugurated monument commemorating the victims of Communism has divided public opinion, with some criticizing its location and style.


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