· July, 2008

Stories about Belarus from July, 2008

Belarus: Failed States Index

  30 July 2008

Belaruskaya palityka LJ community recounts (RUS) this year's Foreign Policy Failed States Index and notes that Belarus ends up on 53rd place out of 60.

Belarus: The Blast, the Arrests, and Bloggers’ Solidarity

  11 July 2008

A week ago, a homemade bomb packed with bolts and screws tore through a crowd of thousands of people who had gathered for the Independence Day concert in the Belarusian capital. Following the blast, police arrested four ex-members of the White Legion, the youth wing of the Belarusian Union of Military Personnel, banned in 1996. To show their support for the former activists, many Belarusian bloggers now exhibit the White Legion's emblem on their userpics.

Russia: Farewell to “Khrushchevki”

  5 July 2008

Earlier this week, LJ user drugoi, one of the most popular and prolific Russian bloggers, posted 17 photos from a Moscow neighborhood of Khrushchev-era apartment blocks, commonly known as khrushchevki, pyatietazhki, or khrushchoby. The neighborhood is about to disappear, to make room for more up-to-date residential high-rises. Below is some of the text that accompanies drugoi's photos, and a few of the 331 comments that the post has generated.

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