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3 Feb

Katerina Przybylska (Belarus)
Transitions Online, Sept 4, 2013

Belarus: No Beggars Allowed361

The luckless and their helpers face persecution for threatening the myth of a prosperous country.

21 Jan

Matthew Holehouse (United Kingdom)
The Daily Telegraph, Oct 19, 2013

EU passes British aid to Belarus dictator342

Millions of pounds in British aid money is given to security forces of last dictatorship in Europe, investigation reveals

21 Jan

Bartłomiej Pograniczny (Poland)
Cogito magazine, Dec 5, 2013

Ucieczka do Polski [Escape to Poland]309

Chechnya, Syria, Belarus. This is where they were born, but war, terror, and slavery forced them to leave their home countries.

21 Jan

Interview with jury member Pavel Sheremet (Belarus)

'We have a new wave of fighting for freedom, for Europe'431

21 Jan

Natallia Vasilevich (Belarus)
The Bell: Belarusian Info Letter, Oct 3, 2013

Orthodox Church in Belarus: Between the Russian Orthodox Church and Belarusian Society368

Natallia Vasilevich takes a deeper look into relations between Orthodox Church and the regime. She finds out that there are different groups among the Church branches, which position ranges from pro-Russian to pro- Nationalist wings. All in all, it is mostly influenced by authorities in Moscow and the political regime of Belarus.

20 Jan

Natallia Vasilevich (Belarus)
Pro et Contra magazine, Dec 9, 2013

Православная церковь в Беларуси: между государством и обществом [Belarusian Orthodox Church in the Shadow of the State]399

The Orthodox Church in Belarus is simultaneously trying to side with state and stand up for its own values.

20 Jan

Katarzyna Kwiatkowska (Poland)
Wprost, Aug 1, 2013

Koniec dyktatora [End of the Dictator]291

W klatce o powierzchni mniejszej niż jeden metr kwadratowy siedzi smutny 57-letni pan. To Sasza Warłamow, najsłynniejszy białoruski projektant mody.

20 Jan

Hanna Vasilevich (Belarus)
The Point Journal, Dec 29, 2013

Belarus: a second-tier partner of the EU?372

The planned or actual existence of the association agreements were seen as a sort of pale that marks progress in the EU relations with the countries of the Eastern Partnership initiative. Accordingly, Belarus and Azerbaijan were located beyond this pale.

20 Jan

Indre Vainalaviciute (Lithuania)
Balsas.lt, Aug 17, 2013

Waiting for nuclear paradise: the nuclear ghost of Chernobyl wanders the streets of Ostrovets366

In addition to their common history, folklore and neighbourly love that Lithuanians and Belarusians have for one another, there is one more very relevant issue which both peoples share – nuclear power plant construction.

20 Jan

Viktoriia Zhuhan (Ukraine)
Korrespondent, April 23, 2013

Фільм «Жыве Беларусь»: свобода, що має кордони [The film “Viva Belarus!”: a freedom that has its borders]313

Beatings, dirt, mites, shower once a week and prohibition to swear allegiance to Belarus – in Belarusian. The movie premiere and the action

20 Jan

Diana Nachiło (Poland)
BIZNES meble.pl, July 1, 2013

Kraina z czarną perłą [The land with a black pearl]288

When hitting the road to Belarus in search of economic treasures, it is worth taking a good guide. Otherwise, you can get lost in the dense forest of regulations or lose balance on slippery bureaucracy ground.

20 Jan

Diana Nachiło (Poland)
BIZNES meble.pl, Aug 1, 2013

Otworzyć granicę [Open the border]348

Interview with Ksenia Kaniewska, promoter of young design from Eastern Bloc countries.

20 Jan

Christina Karchevskaya (Belarus)
Transitions Online, May 22, 2013

Belarus’ Accidental Crusader421

In 2010, if you asked Belarusians who Iryna Khalip was, many would have said she is a muckraking journalist who works for independent media. Her stories, they would have said, provoke many of the online discussions in Belarus.

20 Jan

Evgeny Kaprov (Belarus)
New Eastern Europe, April 1, 2013

The Hidden Fruit of the Underground401

In Belarus, the most vivid, original and interesting music is based solely below the surface of society. It is not supported by government institutions and is often completely ignored. Yet, dig a little deeper and a thriving underground music scene can be found, with bands that are more often recognised outside of Belarus than inside.

19 Jan

Kiryl Kascian (Belarus)
The Point Journal, Sept 28, 2013

On People Mobility in "the State for the People347

The recent stance of Moscow towards Kyiv proves that Russia is trying to convince Ukraine take the path Belarus has been following for number of years.

19 Jan

Annabelle Chapman (United Kingdom)
The Economist, Prospero Blog, June 5, 2013

Political theatre: Dying on stage333

The Belarus Free Theatre’s new play, "Trash Cuisine", is a take-down of the death penalty dressed up as a macabre cooking show.

18 Jan

Andrzej Tichomirow (Belarus)
The Point Journal, June 21, 2013

On the current “West-Russian” ideology in Belarus343

Since the mid-1990s, the “Renewal” of the West-Russian historiography school and ideological trend in Belarus has become a specific phenomenon in “our” part of Europe.

18 Jan

Andrzej Tichomirow (Belarus)
The Point Journal, Nov 25, 2013

West-Rus'ism and the politics of memory in today's Belarus321

The actualization of the ”West-Rus’ism” ideology in today’s Belarus took place in the mid-1990s. The fact that it has gained a “second” life is a sufficiently unexpected phenomenon for a country in this part of Europe.

18 Jan

Hanna Vasilevich (Belarus)
The Point Journal, March 29, 2013

Belarus' abnormal bilingualism368

While unveiling a commemorative plaque for Janka Kupala in Riga on March 14th, the Belarusian minister of culture, Barys Sviatlou, underscored that the Belarusian language does not face any problems in Belarus. But are the Belarusian authorities unfriendly to this language? And are the Belarusians reluctant to use it?

18 Jan

Kiryl Kascian (Belarus)
The Point Journal, May 7, 2013

Belarusian history à la BelTA or a few words about the lack of national self-respect364

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."

18 Jan

Stuart Wadsworth (United Kingdom)
New Eastern Europe, Dec 27, 2013

A Christmas Trip to the Land That Time Forgot371

“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. So, for a while, I forgot it.

17 Jan

Matthew Day (United Kingdom)
The Scotsman, July 4, 2013

Ex-stripper beauty queen scandal rocks Belarus344

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.

17 Jan

Piotr Gadzinowski (Poland)
Tak Po Prostu, Dec 1, 2013

Nieznośność lekkości bytu [The Unbearable Lightness of Being]446

Belarus can draw you in, right from the start. Picturesque villages surrounded by forests. Charming wooden houses with beautifully carved window frames. Nature untouched by commercialization.

16 Jan

Michał Potocki (Poland)
Nowa Europa Wschodnia, Nov 1, 2013

The one that never sleeps has slept for a long time301

Minsk, city of dramatic history and tough present

16 Jan

Katarina Panić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
SRNA news agency, Feb 6, 2013

Reunited with a Chernobyl child after 22 years330

After 22 years, Vesna Maric from Bosnia Herzegovina will go to meet her temporary stepdaughter Olga Lagutenok in Belarus this spring.

15 Jan

Raluca Besliu (Romania)
The Digital Journal, Dec 29, 2013

In Russia's backyard — Belarus’ partnership with China471

The article analyzes Belarus’ growing partnership with China and Russia’s potential reaction to it.

15 Jan

Florian Bauer (Germany)
ARD Sportschau, March 31, 2013

Weißrussland, die Eishockey-WM und die Menschenrechte [Belarus, Ice Hockey World Championships, and Human Rights]315

Major sporting events in a totalitarian country?

15 Jan

Torben Villwock (Germany)
Nation – Ausgrenzung – Krise, July 1, 2013

Belarus und die Krise [Belarus and the Crisis]395

A closer look at history, society and politics in Belarus that tries to correct the countries’ image given in German mass media and illustrate the manifestations of the global crisis in Belarus

13 Jan

Marta Kisialova and Alena Matsveyeva (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Aug 7, 2013

Humanitäre Hilfe für Polozk [Humanitarian aid for Polotsk]364

Social aspects of the partnership

13 Jan

Hanna Yankuta (Belarus)
Kultura Enter, April 3, 2013

Discovering a town370

The relations between Belarusian literature and town have always been very complicated. In this unequal marriage, literature escaped many times to its numerous lovers — settlement, homestead, village — and left the town in poor condition. But the town waited.

12 Jan

Eva Vieżnaviec (Belarus)
Kultura Enter, March 2, 2013

Heart of the City366

Cities were put near the water. But not less than water the city needed a legend. Cities stand on water and legends. Rome – on the Tiber and iron she-wolf, London – on the Thames and fires of Boudicca, Polotsk – on the Dvina, the Polota and Useslaw the Sorcerer. Minsk – on the Svisloch, bones of Nemiga and the Menesk mill. Without a legend and water, a city is only a set of houses and factories, settlement, turf-settlement, urban-type settlement, Malinovka-34.

11 Jan

Oxana Dorz and Alesia Kudelko (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Aug 7, 2013

Auf der Suche nach deutschen Spuren in Polozk [Looking for German traces in Polotsk] 277

Similarities between Germans and Belarusians

11 Jan

Anastasija Kazjanina (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Aug 9, 2013

Keine Angst vor dem Alter [No fear of getting older]312

Senior citizens in Polotsk

11 Jan

Kristina Jorgic (Serbia)
Vaseljenska TV, Dec 24, 2013

Destiny of a museum – destiny of all of us644

The struggle to save the Maxim Bogdanovich museum in Minsk

11 Jan

Iryna Vidanava (Belarus)
Eurozine, Nov 8, 2013

Living in the Matrix361

In Belarus, a digital dissident generation that was born after 2006 came of age during the political and economic crisis of 2011. The country is in the midst of a digital revolution. However, bridging the gap between virtual and real-life activism remains one of the most serious challenges facing Belarus’ democratic movement.

11 Jan

Kristsina Danilenak and Maryna Bekish (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Aug 7, 2013

Polozk und Friedrichshafen: heute und morgen [Visions of the future]292

The partnership between Polotsk and Friedrichshafen

11 Jan

Eva Vajtouskaja (Belarus)
Kultura Enter, July 1, 2013

'Tractor' à la bohème in the shadow of the new order 338

The Minsk city authorities plan to ’tidy up’ yet another historical area of the Belarusian capital

10 Jan

Silja Schultheis (Germany)
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Dec 1, 2013

Ahead of the EU summit in Vilnius: Belarusian civil society hopes for a more consistent EU policy 329

Before the EU summit in Vilnius, all eyes were on the Ukraine and the Tymoshenko case. The political tug of war between the EU and Russia dominated coverage of the summit.

10 Jan

Julija Novizkaja (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, May 7,2013

Der Hering kommt im Pelzmantel daher [Herring comes in a fur coat]303

Belarusian national cuisine

10 Jan

Sam Patten (United States)
New Eastern Europe, Sept 17, 2013

Fertilizer Wars Point to New Fault-line in Moscow’s Planned Eurasian Trade Union329

Behind the arrest of a Russian CEO in Belarus lies a complex political situation

10 Jan

Alena Matsveyeva (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, July 24,2013

Neue haben wirklich keine Ahnung [Freshers really have no idea]311

Student rituals in Belarus

10 Jan

Argemino Barro (Spain)
Frontera D, Dec 31, 2013

Belarus is Peace416

Lukashenko’s strategy

10 Jan

Argemino Barro (Spain)
La Cité, May 10, 2013

Looking for Red October329

An abandoned village lost in the farthest lands of Belarus. Two young dreamers in a wooden cabin: Kiril’s and Pasha’s life is carved on the quotidian backside of their country’s censorhip and propaganda, within the last European dictatorship.

10 Jan

Marina Tscherbitzkaja (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, April 3, 2013

Gleichgültigkeit ist die falsche Taktik [Indifference is the wrong tactic]301

Volunteering for Animal Welfare in Polotsk

10 Jan
9 Jan

Helen Scharan (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Sept 4, 2013

Lehrer zu sein, ist harte Arbeit [Hard work to be a teacher]284

Problems of teachers in Belarus

9 Jan

Irina Loktewa (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Nov 6, 2013

Für einen Tag Prinzessin [Princess for a day]291

Wedding traditions in Belarus

9 Jan

Marija Tarassowa (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Oct 5, 2013

Durchstarten statt am Herd stehen [Give gas instead of standing at the stove]290

Emancipation in Belarus

9 Jan

Izabela Meyza (Poland)
Kontynenty, Dec 1, 2013

The hidden life of a dead roe deer300

Other forests have been cut down, but the Białowieża Forest hasn’t been touched. Why? A tourist can feel the spirit of the forest only collectively. Why? Lukashenko has built a ring road around the forest, but nobody uses it. Why?

9 Jan

Interview with jury member Andrei Aliaksandrau (Belarus)

'Belarus has a glorious and tragic history'357

8 Jan

Julija Tararako (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Aug 22, 2013

Kann man Gesundheit kaufen? [Can you buy health?]301

The Belarusian health system

8 Jan

Eva Coronado Alonso (Spain)
FronteraD, Dec 26,2013

The awaiting revolution of Belarus and the mirror of Ukraine373

Thousands of Ukrainians are filling the streets of Kiev. Citizens of Belarus have been one of the first to support citizens of Ukraine. Inside Belarus some marches have been organized, but it is not easy.

8 Jan

Marina Baranowskaja (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, March 6, 2013

Studieren als reines Pflichtprogramm [Studying as pure compulsory program]287

No self-reliance of Belarusian students

8 Jan

Vitalina Trofimtschuk (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, July 6, 2013

Die Quelle der Inspiration [The source of inspiration]305

Literary circle in Polotsk

7 Jan

Iryna Hutar (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, Feb 12, 2013

Heißer Mini oder abgewetzte Jeans? [Hot mini or shabby jeans?]538

Fashion taste in Belarus and in Germany

7 Jan

Aliaksei Krytau (Belarus)
SÜDKURIER, June 3, 2013

Zerreißprobe auf 54 Quadratmetern [Power struggle in the apartment]342

Power struggle in the apartment

5 Jan

Brigitte Geiselhart (Germany)
SÜDKURIER, Dec 3, 2013

„Polozk schreibt für Friedrichshafen“ feiert Abschluss [Media project strengthens twinning] 310

As the media project ’Polotsk writes for Friedrichshafen’ comes to an end, all participants are agreed on this: the media project has strengthened the link between the two towns.

5 Jan

Łukasz Grajewski (Poland)
Nowa Europa Wschodnia, Sept 1, 2013

Cinematic Revolutions322

A not-so-small revolution has taken place in Belarus. Not a political one, but cultural: three feature films telling about Belarus is a break-through event for their culture. It’s not only the pictures which talk about the state of the Belarusian soul, but also how they came to be made. This could be the topic of a separate film. Or an article.

4 Jan

Brigitte Geiselhart (Germany)
SÜDKURIER, April 9th, 2013

Gute Noten für „Polozk schreibt für Friedrichshafen“ [Students get the profit]289

Interview with Tatjana Gordejonok, University of Polotsk

3 Jan

Dr. Irving Wolther (Germany)
Asphalt Magazin, Dec 30, 2013

Belarus – das unbekannte Herz Europas [Belarus - the unknown heart of Europe]292

Belarus is torn between Russia and the European Union. The insular, authoritarian state still suffers from the heavy damages done throughout centuries of war.

3 Jan

Annabelle Chapman (United Kingdom)
openDemocracy, Sept 12, 2013

Belarusian Warsaw – ghetto or gilded cage?380

For twenty years Alyaksandr Lukashenka, president of Belarus, has ruled with an iron hand, and ruined the economy; and still there is no sign of the screws loosening. Meanwhile, as Annabelle Chapman reports, his country has seen a brain drain of young talented Belarusians, many of them to neighbouring Poland.

3 Jan

Brendan McCall (United States)
The Nordic Page, Dec 28, 2013

Belarus and Its Metaphors756

The Belarusian Dream Theater project hopes to stand in solidarity with Belaruisan artists , using the tools of metaphor and story to support freedom of expression in the country.

3 Jan

Ewa Zwierzyńska (Poland)
Czasopis.pl, Dec 2013

Us from the Kolkhoz322

Aleksander Lukashenko is the only person in Europe to have kept a network of ’sovkhoz’ and ’kolkhoz’ functioning in a Soviet style.

18 Dec

Iryna Vidanava (Belarus)
The Dwarfing of Europe book series, May 23, 2013

On the Edge of Europe368

If the European experiment is indeed in decline, then there is little evidence of this in Ashmiany, a Belarusian town on the border with Lithuania.

12 Dec

Elena Romanato (Italy)
Millecanali (Gruppo Sole24Ore), November 1, 2013

Belarus and its TV: Minsk’s apparent 'media spring'317

While the Summer was warming up the streets of Minsk, Belarus proceeded towards a complete DTT coverage and strengthened its own radio-television systems with new technology and new channels. But the topic of freedom of the press within the country still remains very much discussed...

4 Dec

Påhl Ruin (Sweden)
Språktidningen, June 15, 2013

Vitryskan är försvarslös [Belarusian Language is Under Threat]308

Since Belarus’ independence, astoundingly few have fought for their own language

3 Dec

Jaume Vinyas (Spain)
Extramurs, November 5, 2013

Kurapati, the Graves Forgotten by the Government of Belarus 378

The relationship between the Belarusian regime and Kurapati is shocking in a city where historical memory plays a very important role.

2 Dec

Jaume Vinyas (Spain)
ARA journal, November 2, 2013

Belarusian Regime Turns its Back on Stalinist Victims 358

Defying prosecution, Belarus’ democratic opposition commemorates repression of Stalinist victims

5 Nov

Laurent Vinatier (France)
Nasha Gazeta, April 12, 2013

Belarus: Harlem Shake(s) in Slow Motion327

At a first glance, Belarus appears to be a calm and empty country, which many consider to be stuck in a Soviet-era time warp. Others describe it as a black hole, a ghost country. But looking more closely, the observer may be surprised to see the stage becoming more colourful and animated, somewhat reminiscent of the classic “Harlem Shake”

18 Oct

Simon Lewis (United Kingdom)
openDemocracy, April 5, 2013

Culture War in Belarus342

In the post-2010 crackdown, cultural expression has become synonymous with political resistance in Belarus. But is it really possible for a regime to fight against its own national culture, and survive, wonders Simon Lewis?