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Follow of the week: tattoos for those with a green thumb

18 August 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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Follow Ukrainian tattoo artist Rita Zolotukhina, known as @rit.kit, who can cover you in nature-inspired tattoos of flowers, herbs and plants.

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Brave! Factory Festival takeover: Noizar and Borys prove that two’s a party

18 August 2017 · Kiev · Russia
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  • Noizar and Borys at Схема

Throughout this week we'll be spotlighting the must-see local artists at Brave! Factory Festival as picked by the festival organisers.

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This Polish PlayStation VR project transports you to Chernobyl

18 August 2017 · Poland · Ukraine
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  • Video: The Farm 51 / YouTube

Polish video game developer The Farm 51 is preparing to release a VR tour of the Chernobyl exclusion zone for PlayStation.

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Soviet Zenit camera to make a comeback in 2018

18 August 2017 · Russia
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Image: Image Catalog under a CC licence

The iconic Soviet-era Zenit camera will be back in production next year in the town of Krasnogorsk near Moscow, where it was first manufactured.

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Media in Russia face foreign ownership restrictions, will internet operators be next?

18 August 2017 · Russia
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Russia's Ministry of Сommunications and Mass Media has proposed limiting foreign ownership of internet exchange points to 20 per cent, in line with existing similar restrictions on Russian media outlets.

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Wall of grief: Russia gets first national memorial to victims of Soviet repression

18 August 2017 · Moscow · Russia
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  • Image: Masterskaya skulptora Frangulyana / Facebook

  • Video: Radio Svoboda / YouTube

Russia's first national memorial commemorating victims of Soviet repression is currently being erected beside Moscow's central ring road. The Wall of Grief, created by artist Georgy Frangulyan, is a huge, curved bronze sculpture made up of faceless human figures, largely representing the millions deported, imprisoned and executed under Joseph Stalin.

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Romania fears propaganda from Russian-owned Moldovan channel

17 August 2017 · Moldova · Romania · Russia
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A pre-election broadcast from October 2016 on RTR Moldova. Image: RTR Moldova / Facebook

The Audiovisual Council of Romania is considering whether a Moldovan television channel that airs Russian programmes should be allowed to operate in Romania, amid fears it will broadcast one-sided information. Historically, Romania and Moldova have enjoyed good relations with regards to media collaboration, having established a joint mass media consulting board, with the aim of creating a joint media space in the two countries, back in March 2016.

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Ukraine completes Lenin wipeout

17 August 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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Statue of Lenin in central Cherkasy, Ukraine. Image: Luinfana under a CC licence

No statues of Lenin remain in Ukraine, according to the head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, Vladimir Vyatrovich. 

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Google acquires Belarusian AI startup

17 August 2017 · Minsk · Belarus · Georgia
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Google parent company Alphabet has acquired AIMatter, a Belarusian startup that transforms selfies using artificial intelligence on Android and iOS apps. AIMatter CEO Andrei Kulik, formerly of Google, confirmed the deal yesterday, along with a Google spokesperson. 

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Last Address memorial activist found guilty of damaging cultural heritage site

17 August 2017 · Arkhangelsk · Russia
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A Last Address plaque for Vladimir Abramovich Nikolaev. Image: Posledny Adres / Facebook

A Russian activist in Arkhangelsk has been found guilty of damaging a cultural heritage site, after installing a memorial plaque on the derelict home of a gulag victim as part of the crowd-funded Last Address (Posledny Adres) memorial project.

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