Category: Belarus

Strengthening local independent media in Belarus

     

Interested in strengthening local independent media in Belarus, aka ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’? The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for… Read more »

Homo Sovieticus mentality impeding democratic change in Post-Soviet space

     

The prospects of democracy in Belarus and Russia may be bleak, but pessimism is no excuse for inaction or apathy, according to Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. Vladimir Putin is able… Read more »

Russia’s Homo Sovieticus nostalgia colliding with ‘newer, darker forces’ – Svetlana Alexievich

     

Russia is taking refuge in ideas from its Soviet past, but this nostalgia collides with newer, darker forces, according to Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich. In an interview with The… Read more »

Nobel Laureate depicts ‘history of the Russian-Soviet soul’

     

A citizen of Belarus who was born in Ukraine and writes in Russian, Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich takes as her subject the “history of the Russian-Soviet soul”, The Times Literary… Read more »

Nations in Transit: Europe & Eurasia – grim portrait of decline, small reasons for hope

     

While economic downturns are threatening the stability of the former Soviet Union’s “entrenched dictatorships,” the migration crisis is fueling populism in Eastern Europe, and reforms in the Balkans are in… Read more »

Belarus at a crossroads

     

Despite the slow pace of market reforms, the Belarusian economy recorded quite impressive growth until recently, notes Marek Dabrowski, a Non-Resident Scholar at Bruegel, the Brussels-based think-tank. However the Belarus… Read more »