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Space and Identity in Modern Belarus: Assessing the “Minsk Phenomenon”
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“Minsk Phenomenon” was the title of a 2013 Russian-language translation of University of Giessen historian Thomas Boehn’s book, which addressed the dominance of the city of Minsk in the development of contemporary Belarus. In many ways the Belarusian capital is...
13 November 2014
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Is Communism Still Alive in Belarus?

At first glance, Belarus may appear to be a Communist state thanks to its overt fondness of the Soviet Union and its soviet-red tinged state flag. In practise, however, the country has little to do with the far-left ideology. On...

21 June 2013
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10 Years Without Bykau

On 22 June, ten years will have passed since the great Belarusian writer Vasil Bykau passed away. Bykau’s works have become regarded as masterpieces of world literature. Foreign publishing companies translated his books into more than 40 languages, and...

11 January 2013
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Minsk Toponymics: Communist Street Names in a Medieval City

In today’s Minsk most of street names refer to the Communist period. The streets named after Lenin, Komsomol, Marx, Communism dominate the historical centre of the city founded in 1067. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union Minsk cultural landscape was...

12 June 2012
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The European Myth of Belarusian Socialism

Last weekend, the Party of the European Left held a conference in Minsk. Some delegates were denied entry to Belarus although the party has frequently taken a moderate position on the European Parliament's resolutions on Belarus. In the past, the...

18 October 2009
Belarusians in Washington Mark 16th with Film Screening Documenting Soviet Atrocities
Belarusians in Washington Mark 16th with Film Screening Documenting Soviet Atrocities

On October 16, 2009, a screening of "The Soviet Story" followed by a reception was organized by members of the DC chapter of the Belarusian-American Association (BAZA) as part...