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Last Weekly Focus!!! Esperantujo, Georgia, Tatarstan and Turkey

Sadly, the last week of CEE Spring 2017 has arrived 🙁 Fret not though, last week’s communities are awash with fascinating articles about (far away) places and people with stories to tell.


Finding Esperanto in the CEE Spring list may be at first surprising. It is a language designed to be spoken by people from all over the world and as that it does not have a location. So how come we place it in the Central and Eastern Europe? It is because of it’s origins – CEE region is where Esperanto was born. Created by a Polish medical doctor Ludwik Zamenhof. Zamenhof had witnessed many quarrels between people of different nationalities, living in the multicultural city of Białystok. That made him dream of a common language which would bring an end to prejudices and misunderstandings between people from different cultures. Esperanto, the language born out of this dream, has grown big and is now used by up to two million people worldwide.

There is literature being written in Esperanto, there are Esperanto movies being made and there is music with esperanto lyrics being recorded. And quite a lot of Esperanto mentions in popular culture. Esperanto is a language spoken by many notable people from the CEE region, including Julio Baghy, a Hungarian actor and an author of great Esperanto poetry, Odo Bujwid, the first Polish bacteriologist and Robert Biedroń, Polish politician and LGBT activist. There is a lot of publishing of Esperanto – let’s just remember that one of the world’s biggest collections about and in Esperanto Montagu C. Butler Library contains more than 4000 pieces in it’s catalogue. And it is only one of many Esperanto libraries! And according to the Montevideo Resolution passed on December 10, 1954 by the General Conference of UNESCO Esperanto is supported by UNESCO as an international language.

No wonder that the inventor of this successful language is praised by all Esperanto lovers from all around the world. Every December 15h Esperantists celebrate Zamenhof Day,organizing meetings, parties and buying an esperanto book. But if you feel like celebrating this interesting language and it’s creator there is no need to wait till December – you can already do so by writing an Esperanto related article for the CEE Spring!


On the eastern shores of the Black Sea, with mountains as high as 5000 meters, lies Georgia. On the edge of Europe, but very much closely associated with the European Union, it contains some interesting sights, buildings and people.

Take Salome Zurabishvili for example, a former foreign minister of Georgia. Today she is the coordinator of the panel of experts that assist the United Nations Security Council in overseeing the Iran sanctions program.

In Georgia’s capital, the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, built in 2004, is one of the largest religious buildings in the world and the third tallest building in Eastern Orthodoxy. The city contains many other religious buildings from many different faiths, including the Zoroastrian temple Atashgah of Tbilisi.

Last but not least, Georgian folk dances have a various number of purposes depending on region and style, but dazzle with their variety and splendor.


Here we have another participant, late on the party. Tatarstan is another republic of Russian Federation, along its neighbors Bashkortostan (featured last week). The capital of Tatarstan is Kazan where UNESCO World Heritage Site Kazan Kremlin is located. There are also impressive nature with Nizhnyaya Kama (river) National Park and Volga-Kama Nature Reserve.

Historically Tatarstan has been part of Khanate of Kazan, a medieval Bulgarian-Tatar Turkic state that existed between 1438 and 1552 till the Siege of Kazan.


Written by User:Basak:
As you may know, access to Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey since Saturday, April 29. Now, there is an appeal filed aganist this decision on the Constitutional Court and Turkish wikipedians are waiting for the developments. We are people who voluntarily puts their time and effort into this Project and of course it’s very disappointing to see that our volunteer work is not accessible and also it is so sad that we can not make much contributions any more. We believe this would be solved sooner or later.

I know that many people from other wiki communities would like to support Turkish Wikipedians. I think the best way to this is creating the missing articles on their wikis about Turkish culture, art, nature, tourism, cuisine, while thinking about those Turkish Wikipedians who do not have access to Wikipedia and are unable to share such information with the world. Well-researched, high quality articles on this beautiful country would be the best answer to those who claim that the Wikipedians have been involved in a “smear campaign” against the country. Members of Central Eastern European Wikimedian Community have already shown support by creating very nice articles in the last weeks. I believe that CEE Spring is also a great opportunity for such contributions. Thanks everybody for their good wishes and support.

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