When asked to be photographed, 64-year old Svitlana Kliuyeva says: "Oh please, not with this on the background," and moves away from the momument to national hero Taras Shevchenko stands behind her back in the central square of Luhansk [more]
Anastasia Vlasova, Kyivpost
Crimea's Vice Premier Rustam Temirgaliyev was all smiles as he spoke to journalists near the autonomous repbulic's parliament building in Simferopol, boasting that some 82 percent of people here will vote for joining Russia in today's referendum. [more]
Anastasia Vlasova
With one exit poll showing that 93 percent of Crimeans voted to join Russia, and street celebrations under way, the peninsula's pro-Kremlin prime minister and a Russian nationalist politician pledged quick integration. [more]
Anastasia Vlasova, Kyivpost
Even before the official results of the referendum were announced on March 16, hundreds of people were walking around Simferopol, the Crimean peninsula capital, and celebrating. They waved Russian flags and chanted “Russia! Russia!” [more]
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While preparing materials for the Belarusian Review, I am regularly following English language news about Belarus from various news agencies, including, the official Belarusian news agency BelTA, which claims to be the "national source of news." [more]
“Belarus? at Christmas? You can forget it. No way!” – this was my girlfriend’s predictable response when I first suggested going to Europe’s least-known and probably least fashionable travel destination sometime in early 2012, perhaps fancifully imagining a romantic, alternative festive holiday to the usual over-indulgence. [more]
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