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The Vostok Report

The news to 24 November 2013 Large protests in Kyiv over failure of EU-integration path. Unverified reports put numbers at 100,000. pic.twitter.com/UmYJl2AyMW — Vostok Cable (@VostokCable) November 24, 2013 Ukrainians protested in large numbers at the decision of the country’s government to suspend negotiations with the European Union over the signature of an Association Agreement. … 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

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The news to 26 August 2013 Belarus arrested the Russian Chief Executive of Ukrali, a potash producer. Vladislav Baumgertner was traveling to meet Belarus’ Prime Minister when detained. A video of him being searched later appeared on state television, suggesting that the arrest was revenge for the affront caused when Russia withdrew from a cartel … Continue reading

Belgrade
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Belgrade

Josh Black finds that Serbia’s capital always has something unexpected round the next corner. It is while trying to catch a train to Belgrade that I realise a ticket is a luxury not a necessity. However, if you do have to circumvent the normal procedure, keep plenty of hard currency on you. The markets may … Continue reading