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Not-So-Phantom Menace
Reporters Without Borders warns of increasing oligarch control over the media and the effect that is having on journalism in Eastern Europe and beyond.
By Peter Gross

Into the Mainstream
As Czech students headed back to class this fall, their schools started implementing a long-awaited law that could finally end the de facto segregation of Roma students – though activists remain skeptical.
By Barbara Levin


October 4

Romanian Ex Mayor, Minister Jailed in Microsoft Case
The high-profile corruption case ended yesterday with stricter sentences than initially imposed by a lower court.

Activists Condemn Sentencing of Top Independent Kazakh Journalists
The imprisonment of Seytkazy and Aset Matayev could spell the end of an institution that had served as a haven for independent reporters and activists.

Chechens Plead Not Guilty to Nemtsov Murder
Suspect and alleged accomplices deny being contracted to kill the Russian opposition politician, who was slain in Moscow.

October 3

Polish Women Protest Planned Abortion Ban
Millions of Polish women are expected to take part in strikes – and to the streets – to protest a new anti-abortion proposal.

Orban Proclaims Victory in Hungary’s Anti-Migrant Quota Vote
Although low turnout rendered the referendum invalid, Hungarians all but unanimously rejected EU quotas for resettling migrants.

Rebels Operating ‘Gulags’ in Eastern Ukraine
Human rights activists claim some 5,000 people are being forced to work in self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic.


Farmers Versus Truckers
The Greco-Bulgarian border issue is a metaphor for Europe.
By Boyko Vassilev

A Family Reflects on the Chernobyl Disaster
Three generations explain how their lives were transformed by the nuclear explosion in 1986. From The Guardian.
By Olga Tsvetkova

A Different Kind of Role Model
The Brexiting UK is likely to acquire a capacity to further befog International relations, not least those concerning new and prospective EU members.
By Tihomir Loza

A Healthy Future?
A team of photographers will soon set off to find out if Soviet-era sanatoriums can survive the modern age.
By Allison Tretina


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