Eastern Europe

3.9.18

These Chefs Are Showing Manchester There's More to Polish Food Than Pierogi

Lukasz Mazurek and Przemek Marcinkowski run Manchester’s only modern restaurant. Platzki serves new takes on Polish classics, including beef fillet tartare and smoked cottage cheese cakes.

9.8.17

In Search of Poland’s Post-Communist Pizza Baguette

As a kid in Poland, I grew up eating zapiekanki, a loaded cheesy baguette snack popularised by street vendors after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

3.22.17

Heineken Could Be Banned in Hungary for Use of Red Star in Logo

The Eastern European nation hopes to eradicate the usage of communist iconography and Nazi symbology, including the swastika and the red star.

3.22.17

Why Putin Hates Clinton and Helped Trump Win

An expert in US-Russia relations explains how they got to where they are today.

10.14.16

Brexit Has Made It Even Worse to Be an Eastern European Waitress

The Eastern European girls never got a chance to do anything other than take drinks orders, which we were told to do wearing nice dresses and high heels.

2.17.16

Yellow Eyes Draws from the Past to Carve Out Black Metal's Future

"If you buy a tape machine and a Fender Squire, there you have the tools to make the coolest black metal record anyone's ever heard in their life. And that can be like $50 in total. There's no financial barrier to making cool, extreme music.”

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12.29.15

The Silent Protest of Post-Soviet Graffiti

Alexis Lerner's 'Post-Soviet Graffiti' site is like the "Meanwhile, in Russia..." for activist street art.

12.22.15

Photographing the Search for Belarus's National Identity

Belarus's scars and, more importantly, the heroics of war have become the central focus of a government in search of a unifying national identity.

11.1.15

Rediscover Failed Eastern Utopias in Stark Winter Photographs

Exploring Danila Tkachenko's silent and snowy photographs of abandoned buildings in Eastern Europe.

9.30.15

The Eastern European Gay Rights Movement Is Struggling to Be More Than a Western Cause

The region has lagged behind Western Europe when it comes to gay rights thanks to its reactionary nationalist movements and Russia's outwardly homophobic regime.

7.2.15

This Ukrainian Cookbook Is Part Family History, Part Dumpling Heaven

“Cookbooks don’t have to be about recipes from a chef,” says Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & Beyond. “I like recipes because of the stories they might tell about a culture and all these things our grandmothers used to make.”

4.23.15

500 Soldiers Fought Against One AK-47 Wielding Bride in Moldova this Week

The military exercise also included threats such as a band of hooligans armed with sticks and drunk wedding guests engaging in local folk dance.

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