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.”

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Soviet Identity and War Myths in Belarus

There is a tired old cliché that Belarus is a Soviet theme park, a phrase overused in the West, most often on Internet tourist sites. Most Belarusians do not want a return of the Soviet Union, but they do have some ties to a Soviet identity, one that has been consciously and deliberately fostered by the Lukashenka presidency and linked to the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany.

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Mogilev (Mahiloŭ) Region (Oblast) – the Homeland of President Lukashenko

In Belarus politics, Mogilev (Mahiloŭ) region (oblast) is associated with its most famous figure – the present President of Belarus. Apparently, the region has greatly influenced Lukashenko’s identity and politics. It lies in the east of Belarus on the border with Russia, and is, for all appearances, the least Belarusian-speaking in the country.

* This article used Belarusian transcription of names

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