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    Anonymous

    Belorussian President Lukashenko Farming Potatoes

    All presidents have their PR agencies and they use their spare time to enjoy themselvesĀ and send a m…

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    #428918
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    Jesus Christ, i have same shorts as Lukashenko šŸ˜®

    #428919

    Anonymous

    I want to ask slavorumers from Belarus something. How much of what we hear in media about Belarus is true? Is it in any sense “European last dictatorship”? I have a feeling those are mostly lies.

    #428920

    Anonymous

    If dictatorship means putting pressure on the opposition and controlling media , then it exists in Belarus. Other than that Belarusians can travel freely and can read and watch any source of information. Belarusians get more Schengen visa per capita than citizens of any other country. There are local opposition newspapers. There is TV channel and radio station covering Belarusian affairs in Belarusian located in Poland. There are Russian channels in Belarus. There is Internet with newspapers from every country in the world.

    I’ve never known anyone who was afraid to say something bad about Lukashenko and his government. But I have not tried going to the government building with a poster ā€œLukashenko! You are a dictator and a moronā€. :D

    Demonstrations have to be coordinated with the local authorities, which is similar in many countries. If a group of people decides to go to a demonstration without following certain administrative procedures and coordinating with municipality authorities
    then they can be stopped by police.

    During last presidential election there was an attempt to orchestrate maiden in Minsk. Something similar was witnessed in Kiev, Armenia, Moldova recently. Some people from the opposition sponsored by western governments began to break doors of government buildings in an attempt to take control of administration building. There were cameramen of western media ready to show to film the events. Police arrested responsible, who happened to be people from the opposition. They were taken to court and sentenced in accordance with state laws. These people were labelled as political prisoners immediately and government officials were sanctioned by western governments. . As if the government officials themselves jailed those who were breaking state laws.

    Another common criticism is the existence of capital punishment. As if it does not exist in greatest democracies such as USA. If one gets caught with a tiny amount of drug in Singapore he or she will be sentenced to death.

    There is a lot of power vested in Lukashenko and he is authoritarian, but not a dictator. Belarusian intelligentsia does not like him. He is a moron. A charismatic and outspoken
    moron appealing to many common folks in Belarus and Russia too. I don’t like him and his government for the economy model he created . It’s a failure in my opinion. Also the treatment of Belarusian language and schools . Historic symbols of Belarus and other things.

    There is a lot of propaganda in western media because Lukashenko is a good friend of Russia. Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia is of great geopolitical interest. Thesee countries are seen as a new buffer-zone between Russia and Europe. Any pro Russian government in Belarus will be demonised in western media.

    #428921

    Anonymous

    @Sviatogor thanks. I though situation was similar, he just does what he wants, not what west wants :D I don’t know if you were sarcastic, but USA certainly isn’t greatest democracy, money wins elections there, they have legalized bribe, rule of the rich.

    #428922

    Anonymous

    @DuŔan

    I was sarcastic about USA being democratic.

    All in all Belarus is social state with an authoritarian president. Belarus is not a rich country but common folks are looked after. People have jobs, housing, food on the table , affordable healthcare and education. There is law and order in the country and no social unrests as witnessed in some former USSR republics. This is important for common people. This is probably the main reason why Lukashenko remains in power.

    There’re things he could do to make more people happier . Economic reforms to promote small business. Also, Belarus has magnificent history and rich cultural heritage. What we get is monuments of Lenin in every city and the likes. Also. Belarusian language should be supported by the state. The fact that people don’t speak Belarusian hurts many people.

    #428923

    Anonymous

    @Sviatogor I read about law and order, about Minsk in particular. I read that Minsk is the cleanest city in Europe and that it has one of lowest crime rates in the world.
    When I first read about Belarus, I was surprised how many people actually speak Russian as their mother tongue, I thought it was similar to Ukraine, but it turn out to be vast majority of Russian speakers.
    Small business concept sounds good and it works out good for families. It might seem like it’s not very good now, but trust me it’s going to get much worst we he steps down, and west “introduces democracy” to you. First you’ll have corrupt privatization of your companies, that is legal robbery of Belarus. We in the Balkans have been in “transition” for 25 years, we never had higher dept and we are literally taking loans to pay off loans :D
    Anyway, I’m very interested in your culture and I’m planning on visiting Belarus, I don’t think that will happen any time soon. Your history is somewhat mysterious to us down here and we don’t know much about it. If there wasn’t for recent joint military drill of Russia, Belarus and Serbia people here would never talked about Belarus, now they’re all like “Slavic brothers, just like Russians….” :D

    #428924
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    @Sviatogor How much does a week in Belarus cost for a tourist in Euro? Is it expensive as Russia/Moscow or cheaper?

    #428925

    Anonymous

    @Perun It depends how much you are willing to spend. Tourist trip in Belarus is cheaper than Moscow. Moscow is an expensive city.

    #428926

    Anonymous

    There no casinos, luxury shopping or beaches. Belarus is best suited for families. Many families are visiting Belarus.

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