Power of worship – 956 kW for Dedushka Frost in Minsk 📷

After Soviet communists abolished God and replaced Christmas with a New Year, this is a major holiday in mostly (by culture and superstition) ‘Christian’ Orthodox Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. In spite of mass revival of that religion, old Soviet worship of Dedushka Frost (who replaced Saint Nicholas) remains unshaken and much stronger than en-masse proclaimed faith: Orthodox Christmas is on 7th of January, and it is preceded by the most strict Nativity Fasting, while the New Year has always been (since the Soviet times) big time Feasting. In spite of no frost and no snow, Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings.

Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings
Dedushka Frost is being made happy with bountiful New Year offerings

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Meet the big beasts of Belarus – The Financial Times about Belarus

Belarus doesn’t feature on many bucket lists. Often subtitled “Europe’s last dictatorship”, it has changed less than its neighbours since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The state has maintained control of key industries, as well as owning all the land, all the collective farming and many of the hotels, the restaurants and the cafés.

One of the symbols of modern Belarus - the BelAZ 75710 - an ultra class haul truck. As of 2016, it is the world's largest, highest payload capacity haul truck.
One of the mascot beasts of modern Belarus – the BelAZ 75710 – an ultra class haul truck. As of 2016, it is the world’s largest, highest payload capacity haul truck.

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Emily Watson about Belarus

Emily Watson: “If you go to Belarus for about two seconds you realise it was probably the worst place to be on the planet in the mid 20th Century and the extinction of the population coming from the East and the West was just astonishing and she would have been a child at that time, so people with incredible strength, survival and toughness and she was just someone who was tough and steams in there.”

See full article at express.co.uk

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