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  • Russia Protests War Memorial Removal In Poland
    Moscow has warned Warsaw of the "most negative consequences" after a town in western Poland tore down a Soviet war monument.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:23:34 +0000.
  • Two Czech Tourists Shot Dead in Northern Albania
    Two Czech tourists were shot and killed on a mountain road in northern Albania, police said Saturday. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:55:42 -0400.
  • Ukraine far-right in war march
    A 1,000-strong rally called by Ukraine's ultra-nationalists is held in the capital, Kiev, demanding a formal declaration of war on rebels in the east.
    BBC News.  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:38:42 GMT.
  • Mindful of Greece, Ukraine Is in a Rush to Line Up Debt Relief
    In a bid to avoid continuous negotiations with creditors, the Ukrainian government (with the I.M.F.’s support) is deep in debt talks, pressing investors to accept a bailout deal — but investors are resistant.
    Andrew E. Kramer.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:12:30 GMT.
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  • Ukraine LGBT Activists Worry About Future
    As members of the LGBT community in the United States celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages nationwide, gay-rights activists in Ukraine say they fear their country is headed in the opposite direction. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:44:27 -0400.
  • Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children From Holocaust, Dies at 106
    A London stockbroker in 1938, he rescued the youngsters from Czechoslovakia but then said nothing about his deeds for 50 years.
    Robert D. Mcfadden.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:05:39 GMT.
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  • Muzzling the Media: Defying the Kremlin Crackdown on Press Freedom
    Against the backdrop of the bloody conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin is seeking to harness the Russian media and increasingly clamping down on critical voices. But some journalists are refusing to deliver pro-Putin propaganda.
    Spiegel Online.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:56:30 +0200.
  • Russia slams Ukraine's proposed constitutional changes
    Russia on July 2 criticised proposed changes to Ukraine's constitution, saying Kiev authorities "absolutely" ignored the demands put forward by Moscow-aligned separatists.
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:53:00 +0200.
  • VIDEO: Sir Nicholas Winton 'saved my life'
    Lord Dubs, a Czech-born British Labour Party politician, recalls how Sir Nicholas Winton rescued him from the Nazi regime.
    BBC News.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:28:03 GMT.
  • E-Cig Start-ups Missing An Opportunity In Eastern Europe
    Could e-cigarette firms be missing a trick by not paying attention to an Eastern European market about to take off?
    By Freddie Dawson.  Forbes.  Wed, 1 Jul 2015 00:30:00 GMT.
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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