‘Belarus’ Category

  1. Minsk architecture


    April 23, 2017 by AK

    Peter Pomerantsev, writing about the Belarus Free Theater on the LRB blog: The journey took me out of the unspoilt Stalinist centre of the city. (The architecture is known as ampir in Russian, which sounds like, though doesn’t mean, ‘empire’, and contains the word for ‘feast’, pir. ‘Feast of Empire’ is a good way to describe …
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  2. Mother tongue and ancestral language in Belarus


    November 4, 2015 by AK

    Masha Gessen wrote in The New Yorker three weeks ago: A Belarusian-language literature has been developing, and Alexievich has expressed regret that she cannot write in the language of her country. At present, the language of Belarus appears to be Russian. Belarusian was spoken by the (mostly peasant) ancestors of most of the country’s residents, …
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  3. Belarus: things getting _really_ ugly


    July 14, 2006 by AK

    The BBC reports: Alexander Kozulin, one of two opposition candidates to run against Mr Lukashenko, was jailed for five and a half years at a court in Minsk. He was convicted of hooliganism [BTW, Kozulin is a former university rector] and incitement to mass disorder. Oddly, Belarus seems the best fit for a European-style democracy …
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