A guide to the new east


Russia bans music portal Last.fm

Russian alternative rock band Psychea (Image: Aleksandr Samoylik)

Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has banned online music portal Last.fm for offering the song Kill a cop (Ubey menta) by Russian alternative rock band Psychea.

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Hundreds of bonfires to light up Baltic coastline

(Image: Muinastulede Öö/Facebook)

Saturday 29 August marks the Night of the Ancient Lights, an annual celebration in which hundreds of bonfires are lit along the Baltic coast.

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Russian TV channel RT refused right to set up Latvian outlet

Russian state-funded television network RT (founded as Russia Today) has been refused permission to establish an outlet in Latvia.

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International “Nomad style” contest to take place in Kyrgyzstan

A yurt within a Kyrgyz nomadic community by Lake Issyk Kul (Image: Xavi under a CC licence)

Fashion designers from a range of countries are set to take part in the “Nomad style” competition as part of the World Festival of Epics of the Peoples of the World, which will take place from 3 to 7 September in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.

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Controversial Warsaw rainbow dismantled

Saviour Square in Warsaw (Image: Adrian Grycuk under a CC licence)

A controversial rainbow installation in Warsaw has been removed by the city authorities.

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Russian TV channels to be launched in Latin America

(Image: Nayu Kim under a CC licence)

Digital Television (Tsifrovoe Televidenie), a joint venture between Rostelecom and Russian state broadcaster VGTRK, is set to launch a set of TV channels in Latin America, which will broadcast Russian programmes to viewers in the region.

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Kazakh history computer game set for release

Kazakhstan landscape (Image: mariusz kluzniak under a CC licence)

Kazakh history is soon to be presented in the form of an interactive computer game, as part of a locally developed cloud computer gaming strategy.

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Uzbekistan avant-garde art museum head controversially sacked

The Savitsky Karakalpakstan Art Museum at Nukus, Uzbekistan (Image: ChanOJ under a CC licence)

The director of the renowned Savitsky Art Museum, which houses the second largest collection of Russian avant garde art in the world, has been abruptly sacked, sparking fears about the fate of the museum’s art.

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KROK International Animated Film Festival to set sail in Moscow on 20 September

MS Konstantin Simonov (Image: Karl Lukas under a CC licence)

The KROK International Animated Film Festival will open in Moscow on 20 September. The festival will take place on board the Konstantin Simonov, a large motor ship that will transport the festival along the Volga River from the Russian capital to St Petersburg, stopping off also in Dubna, Cherepovets, Goritsy and Petrozavodsk.

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Game of Thrones to stop filming in Croatia

Dubrovnik, the backdrop for “King’s Landing” in Game of Thrones (Image: Daniel Ortmann under a CC licence)

HBO has dropped Croatia as a filming location for season six of the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.

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