Stories about Belarus from July, 2011
Pyotr Kuznetsov mentions [ru] a Belarusian police officer who interpreted a Schengen visa in the passport of one of the women detained at a protest rally as a solid proof that she was not a law-abiding citizen. He said this to a colleague who used to know the woman and...
An overview of the political and economic situation in Belarus – by Natalia Leshchenko at OpenDemocracy.net.
"East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." This chronically misused Kipling phrase seems to catch the realities for an increasing number of Belarusians, who, waking to a wild and hostile world, are asking: "Who cares about Belarus?"
Update: Access to the Vkontake site is now restored. Vkontakte, Russian social network, is unavailable for Belarus Internet Users. The network hosts “Revolution Through the Social Network” [ru] group used to organize non-violent protests, telegraf.by reported [ru]. Individual Belarus-based users told GV that the page loads only header but the...
Memory At War translates Andriy Portnov's text on post-Soviet monuments to Holocaust victims.
Kyle Keeton of Windows to Russia ridicules Belarus president's, Lukashenko, proposal to send all political prisoners in the country to the West, if Europe will have them.
LJ user budimir claims [RU] that Michail Myasnikovich, Prime Minister of Belarus, has announced that employees will be fired if they or members of their family participate in protests against the Lukashenko regime – a measure the blogger “supports”.
At OpenDemocracy.net, an overview of the situation in Belarus, by Janek Lasocki.
Tetyana Bohdanova of Good Girl Gone Ukrainian draws attention to the occurrence of purportedly home made videos warning for the consequences of revolutionary developments in Belarus and the potential overthrow of president Lukashenko.
Streets of several Belarusian towns and cities were flooded with people on Belarus Independence Day on July 3, 2011. People just stood there, clapping. They showed up for the clapping protest, even though clapping was officially forbidden on that day. As they said, they came not even to protest, but rather to fight the fear inside them.