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The news to 1 December 2013 Protests have taken place in Ukraine following the country’s failure to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. The largest protests were seen in the capital, Kyiv, where students occupied the City Council building and other protestors threatened to topple a Soviet-era statue of Lenin. Organisers continued to call … Continue reading

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The news to 1 September 2013 Four paintings by Russian artist Konstantin Altunin have been confiscated by the police in St. Petersburg for unspecified reasons. One of them shows Russian president Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear. The artist has left the country to seek political asylum in France. Source: BBC News One of Russia’s richest … Continue reading

Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik

Sticking with Croatia as our theme this week, Josh Black describes the scene in Dubrovnik, pearl of the Adriatic. O beautiful, o beloved, o sweet freedom, God has given us all the treasures in you, You are the true source of all our glory, you are the only decoration of this Dubrava. All silver, all gold, all human lives cannot repay your … Continue reading

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News update to 1 July 2013 Today the European Union welcomes Croatia as its 28th member state.  The accession process has had a mixed reception in Croatia, and some in the EU are sceptical about whether the Croatian state has succeeded in its fight against corruption. Source: Reuters Last weekend’s parliamentary elections in Albania were … Continue reading

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News up to 23 March The posthumous trial of Sergey Magnitsky commenced in Moscow on Friday, a few days after Russia’s Investigative Committee cancelled the investigation into his death.  Magnitsky was imprisoned on accusations of defrauding the state through unpaid taxes.  Prior to this Magnitsky, who died in prison custody in 2009, had alleged large-scale … Continue reading