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  • Lawyer Says Captive Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Enjoys Support At Home
    The attorney for captive Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has told RFE/RL his client enjoys the support of voters back in Ukraine, where she was recently elected to a seat in parliament.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:05:27 +0000.
  • Gazprom to resume gas supply after Ukraine pays $2.2 billion
    Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe.
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:47:00 +0200.
  • Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan After Surge of Protests
    The proposal had been seen as a move by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to choke off one of the last sources of information not controlled by him and his allies.
    By Rick Lyman.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:25:24 GMT.
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  • Hungary scraps controversial web tax
    Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:00 GMT.
  • Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests
    Hungary’s prime minister said the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:45:52 GMT.
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  • Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas
    Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:08:33 GMT.
  • Ukraine, Russia Extend Gas Deal Talks After Impasse
    Trilateral talks in Brussels to restart the delivery of Russian gas to Ukraine will continue on Thursday after the parties failed to reach an agreement on the first day of negotiations. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:14:50 -0400.
  • Russia may have repeated Ukraine scenario in Baltic states, warns Europe President - The Baltic Times
    Russia would have repeated a Ukraine style scenario in the Baltic states were in not for EU enlargement, outgoing European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso has said. Asked if the ...
    Baltic Times.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT.
  • EU: 50-50 Chance Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks Will Succeed
    Russia, the European Union and Ukraine have resumed talks aimed at ending a Russian natural gas supply cut as winter approaches. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:48:12 -0400.
  • Vice President Biden to Travel to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey
    Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey during the week of November 17th, 2014. In Morocco, the Vice President will lead the U.S. delegation to the Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:45:16 +0000.
Czech map, showing Prague, its capital city, as well as other cities in the Czech Republic
Poland map, showing Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, and parts of adjoining eastern European nations
Ukraine map, showing Kiev, its capital city, and other Ukrainian cities

Facts About Eastern Europe

Eastern European States include Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova as well as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  The government websites listed below provide official news and travel information about each of these Eastern Europe countries.

The Republic of Belarus' capital city is Minsk, and its national currency is the Belorusian Rouble.  Belorusian and Russian are the primary languages used in Belarus, and in 2007, the population of Belarus was estimated at 9,725,000.

The Czech Republic's capital city is Prague, and its national currency is the Koruna.  Czech is the nation's official language, and in 2007, the Czech Republic's estimated population was 10,229,000.

The Republic of Hungary's capital city is Budapest, and its currency is the Forint.  Magyar is the primary language used by Hungarians, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 9,956,000.

The Republic of Moldova's capital city is Chisinau, and its currency is the Leu.  Moldovan's official language is Moldovan, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 4,329,000.

The Republic of Poland's capital city is Warsaw, and its currency is the Zloty.  The primary language used in Poland is Polish, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 38,518,000.

Romania's capital city is Bucharest, and its national currency is the Leu.  Romania's official language is Romanian, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 22,276,000.

The Slovak Republic's capital city is Bratislava, and its currency is the Koruna.  Slovakia's official language is Slovak, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,448,000.

Ukraine's capital city is Kiev, and its currency is the Hryvnia.  Ukrainian and Russian are Ukraine's primary languages, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 46,300,000.

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