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    Belarus, March 2006

    This wasn`t my first visit to Belarus. This time I visited capital city Minsk, Gomel city and Gomel region in the south east of the country. I haven`t much time for photograpghy though...


    OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission HQ in hotel Belarus - highest building in the center of Minsk


    Svisloch river and Sports Palace


    Hotel district - hotels "Yubileinaja" and "Planeta"


    Hotel Belarus from Hotel Yubileinaja


    Poster "For "Belarus" - this administrative campaign started in autumn 2004, unofficially promoting leader of the country


    Typical voter information point in the countryside


    Typical "back to USSR" information stand


    Rogachov town, Gomel region


    Rogachov, local power centre and territorial election commission, I experienced some brainwashing there during election night and met Olympic champion (1972 Munich) Nikolay Gorbachev


    Candidates, not in alphabetic order, opposition candidate is in the far right side


    Odd entrance into the polling station; signs "bar", "toilet", "wardrobe"


    Polling station in the quiet countryside, it`s not allowed to take any photos inside


    Soviet style fast-food eatery


    Commieblock for everyone


    Lenin kolkhoz


    Each town and village has a club of its own - this was a brand new one


    Authoritarian leader himself


    Day after, City of Gomel (2nd biggest in Belarus)


    Milinkevich - opposition leader


    Ministry of Information and Ministry of Culture


    Central Minsk, view from hotel Belarus - Afghanistan memorial, Old Town (that`s what`s left from it after the WW2), Palace of the Republic, October square and presidential residence - all in one


    Tent city in the October square - first hours of 80 hour long protest


    Founder of the KGB - Felix Dzerzhinsky - there are hundreds and hundreds of Dzerzhinsky and Lenin monuments throughout Belarus


    Luka loyalist government and puppet parliament HQ in the (Soviet Belarus) Independence square


    Minsk City council in the same square, square itself and underground mall is under construction now


    Heart of the Old town


    Hotel Belarus and Svisloch river from the Old Town


    Central Election commission HQ - police officers ordered to erase this photo...


    Typical grand Stalinistic architecture from the 1950s, two central streets of Minsk are monuments to Soviet 1930-1960 monumentalism




    Tent city

    Information has become a place (NSA)

    Kāpēc vairot sāpes ? Lai labāk vairojas prieks ! (K. Skalbe)

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    Paldies par loti labas foto
    Mano galerija Flickr'yje

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      #3
      Very interesting thread, it seems that time has stopped in Belarus.

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        #4
        Aciu, Mari!

        How utterly depressing ... although you bring a sense of humor to things.

        Via est vita ... thanks a lot, but no, thanks! I reject their via because it leads to a miserable vita.
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          Aciu, Mari!

          How utterly depressing ... although you bring a sense of humor to things.

          Via est vita ... thanks a lot, but no, thanks! I reject their via because it leads to a miserable vita.
          Yes, actually centre of Minsk in the evening (contrary to grey morning) is not depressing at all, what`s most depressing is the political system there (I feeled more free and happy in Russia afterwards).

          More interesting threads are coming - I will visit Konigsberg soon (never been there so far - need to close this gap).
          Information has become a place (NSA)

          Kāpēc vairot sāpes ? Lai labāk vairojas prieks ! (K. Skalbe)

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            #6
            Wonderful reportage Maris, thanks a lot! And I look forward to your next visit to Kaliningrad, another very interesting place as well as whole Belarus... places where time seems to have stopped... but at the wrong moment!

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              #7
              It's always interesting to see pictures from rarely seen places.


              These houses look awfully cute and just awful at the same time

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                  #9
                  Nice photos I'm glad that Lithuania passed this sh.t

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                    #10
                    Parašė satama Rodyti pranešimą
                    It's always interesting to see pictures from rarely seen places.

                    Atvaizdas

                    These houses look awfully cute and just awful at the same time
                    I'd say dat they're apartments rather than private houses....u no how poor this country is like (no offense 2 Belarussians, i'm just telling the truth)

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