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Russian parliament to be advised by morality council

17 May 2017 · Russia
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Still from Matilda (2017, dir. Alexey Uchitel)

Russian lawmakers will soon get their very own council to advise them on moral issues.

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Street artists take over Croatian city of Vukovar

17 May 2017 · Vukovar · Croatia
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  • Bloomorphosis, Juandres Vera. Image: VukovArt / Facebook

  • Take me to the bridge, Filip Mrvelj. Image: VukovArt / Facebook

  • The unexpected guest, Nikolaj Arndt. Image: VukovArt / Facebook

  • I’ll be back later… I think, Eduardo Relero. Image: VukovArt / Facebook

  • The Owl, Cuboliquido. Image: VukovArt / Facebook

  • Twisted road of Artists, Alex Maksiov.  Image: VukovArt / Facebook

Over the past two weeks the streets of the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar have been transformed by street artists from around the world, as part of the VukovART festival.

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Could Telegram be blocked in Russia?

17 May 2017 · Russia
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(Image: Yuri Samoilov under a CC licence)

Telegram could be under threat in Russia, after the popular messaging app refused to hand over data to Russian authorities.

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Bucharest Art Safari opens on Friday

17 May 2017 · Bucharest · Romania
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Grey Floor, Laurian Popa, 2016. Image: Art Safari Bucharest / Facebook

Art Safari, Romania's biggest art event, opens on Friday in Bucharest.

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Former Playboy editor wants to get Latvian kids listening to local music

16 May 2017 · Latvia
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Latvia's youth radio station Pieci.lv may be forced to play exclusively Latvian-made music if ex-Playboy editor Ivars Āboliņš gets his way.

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Follow of the week: heartwarming illustration from Ukraine

16 May 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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Is your Instagram feed overdue an injection of warmth? Follow @vskafandre, a Ukrainian illustrator whose drawings went viral last year.

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Former Leningrad star Alisa Vox hits out at protesters in new track

16 May 2017 · Russia
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  • Video: Alisa Vox / YouTube

A former vocalist for Russian rock group Leningrad, Alisa Vox, released the music video for Baby boy yesterday, a new pop track cautioning young men against attending political protests.

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Concrete: help fund photographer Gábor Kasza’s book on coldness and closeness

16 May 2017 · Hungary
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  • Video: Concrete photobook by Gábor Kasza / Bálint Bíró / Vimeo

  • Video: Concrete passages Photobook Overview / Bálint Bíró / Vimeo

Hungarian photographer Gábor Kasza is crowdfunding for his latest photo book Concrete — a poetic exploration of relationships, encased in concrete.

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Ukraine to block Russian social media sites VKontakte and Odnoklassniki

16 May 2017 · Russia · Ukraine
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Two of Ukraine's most popular social networking sites, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, are to be blocked in the country after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an order imposing sweeping sanctions on Russia, including the Mail.ru Group which owns the two platforms. 

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Azerbaijani court blocks Radio Free Europe website

15 May 2017 · Baku · Azerbaijan
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Image: Yuri Samoilov under a CC licence

On Friday Baku's Sabail district court ruled in favour of blocking access to the website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Azerbaijani Service, sparking criticism at what is seen as an increasing crackdown on media freedom in the country.

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