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Category: Belarus

Hope and repression – A weekend at the protests in Minsk

Peaceful protests and police violence, hope and fear, courage and apathy – on my trip to Minsk, I encountered the different shades of Belarus in turmoil. While the young generation seems like a guarantee for change, there is a danger that apathy might return to Belarus. Supermarkets where you could…

A Soviet military’s biography: moving around from Vladivostok to Leipzig and facing stinger rockets in Afghanistan

Bogdan is a pensioner living in Minsk, Belarus. He was born in Lviv, Ukraine. His grandfather still lived during times when Lviv (formerly known as Lemberg) was a part of Austria before WWI. He always used to tell Bogdan that those were the best times when everyone was living well…

Discrimination, Arbitrariness and Kidnapping: Homelessness in Belarus

In Belarus gibt es keine Obdachlosen und keine Armut. So lautet zumindest die Staatsdoktrin der autoritären Regierung von Präsident Alexander Lukaschenko. Die Realität ist davon allerdings weit entfernt, wie eine Reise in das osteuropäische Land sowie Treffen mit Betroffenen und Vertretern von Hilfsorganisationen zeigen.