News Summary

The Vostok Report

The news to 28 July 2013. 

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Ukraine celebrates the 1,025th anniversary of the conversion of Kyivan Rus’ to Christianity. The leaders of prominent Orthodox societies have arrived in Kyiv, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will use the occasion to hold a succession of bilateral talks.

Source: RFE/RL

The two jailed members of Pussy Riot have had their appeals for parole rejected. On July 24 a Court in Perm rejected the appeal of Maria Alyokhina, while on July 26 the Supreme Court of Mordovia upheld a previous decision denying parole to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

Source: RFE/RL

Belarusian foreign minister Uladzimir Makey met EU Commissioners in Brussels. It marked the first senior Belarusian official to visit Europe since the imposition of sanctions in 2010. Makey told journalists afterwards that Belarus was interested in ‘cooperating in all the spheres of the Eastern Partnership.’

Source: UDF

The first gay pride parade in deeply conservative Montenegro brought clashes between anti-gay protesters and marchers. The parade in Budva followed a Gay Pride Week in the country last month.

Source: Reuters

Protests in the Armenian capital Yerevan against price increases on public transport appear to have succeeded. Yerevan’s Mayor suspended the decision to increase fares by 50% following street protests by young activists during the past week. Protesters had implored citizens to refuse to pay the new fares. The Mayor stated that the policy will be reviewed.

Source: Armenia Liberty

Protesters in Bulgaria laid siege to the country’s Parliament on Wednesday, trapping around 100 MPs and staff inside. The subsequent clashes with the police were in contrast to the generally peaceful protests to date.

Source: The Guardian

It is perhaps understandable (if regrettable) that many people confuse Bucharest and Budapest. A Romanian media company has launched an interesting new campaign to educate foreigners.

Source: Balkan Voice

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