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.”

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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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Russian Orthodox Church is efficiently the established church in Belarus

On 4 July the president of the Papal Inter-Religious Committee from the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, met with Alexander Lukashenka in Minsk. During the meeting, Belarusian authorities tried to convince the Vatican’s representative that all 25 religious denominations present in Belarus live in peace and enjoy freedom. However, as Lukashenka made clear, only the Orthodox Church can have a leading role in Belarusian society.

Metropolit Filaret, President Lukashenko and his son Nikolai

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