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]
Scandal has erupted in Belarus after it was revealed the winner of the Miss Minsk beauty contest worked as a stripper and lived a life far removed from the shy and demure lifestyle portrayed in the competition. [more]
Taras Maliy
The most hardcore Ukrainian soccer fans known as “ultras” became the focus of attention during the recent EuroMaidan revolution. The events showed that we indeed know too little about them, relying instead on stereotypes while their opinions have often been ignored. [more]
Despite the unquiet political situation, an unquestionable fact remains: those deaths became the political death knell for Viktor Yanukovych, whereas Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev not only remained in his post but was also able to persecute his opponents with impunity [more]
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