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Photo Samples, Belarussia

 

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Europe is becoming increasingly "westernized". Back in the 70'ies, the difference in between Western Europe and the Eastern Block was huge, both economically, politically and culturally, however, these days most of the Warzawa Pact Countries have been assimilated into the EU, and the differences have gradually become much more invisible. Well,almost, because somewhere in the Central East, one country stubbornly sticks to the good old days of Lenin and Stalin: Belarussia.

Belarussia (or Belarus) has never gotten out of the deep and dark Communist forrest and still believe on the Leninist one-party state. Alexander Lukashenkos stubborn regime has really made sure that Belarus never gets even close to the West, and as such the country has become a kind of time capsule, showing us how life was "then".

 Consequently, you should expect that Belarus is a very dysfunctional country full of corrupt officers and nasty thieves, but nothing can be further from the truth. Belarus is a truly great and harmonic place, full of friendly people who's only "fault" is the lack of a non-Russian foreign language. Apart from that, Belarus is a surprisingly easy and photogenic country to negotiate, and once you get out of concrete-glass-like Minsk, it's a virgin place with lots of history. Very much recommended!

As any other photo on my site, all photos are, of course © Claus Qvist Jessen, and don't even think about using them without asking my permission.

Lenis is still the bosse, here from the central part of Minsk, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Union building, classic "Sovjet style"; Minsk, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The top of the obelisk marking the "Great Fatherland War" with Hitler Germany; Minsk, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Beautiful mosaic on the facad of an apartment building; northern Minsk, Belarus. Most of these have some sort of religious or military agenda. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunday line-up in front of an Ortodox church, central Minsk, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Catholics constitute a large but very visible minority in Belarus, here shown by the portrait of the late, saint-to-be JP2 in Minsk. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy road workers; northern Minsk, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The famous, medieval Mir Castle is deservedly on the UNESCO list; Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Looking out from inside Mir Castle Complex; Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A bit outside the "center" of Mir, this cemetary reminds me a bit of old spaghetti western movies. Don't know why....
Mir, Belarus.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

A major industrial product of Belarus are tractors. I believe so - they are everywhere :-)
 Mir, Belarus.
© Claus Qvist Jessen

Ready to harvest: barley; Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling fresh blueberries at the roadside; Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Garlic for sale at the weekly market in Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The national sport of any ex-Soviet country: drinking. And, admittedly, their beer is seriously good. Here from Mir, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Hello! Merchant the weekly market at Korelichi, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

"Wanna buy something?"; Korelichi market, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy vendor; Korelichi market, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling cucumbers; Korelichi market, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Onions for sale; Korelichi, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bye-bye; the bus station of Korelichi, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Waiting for the train at Staubcha Station, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The "Memory Park" in Brest, south-western Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Posing for the photographer in an old WW2 uniform; Brest, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Vladimir still rules; Brest, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Despite decades of Communism, both the Oortodox and the Catholic churches are quite powerful in Belarus; here from an icon museum; Brest, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The "Sunday waiting list"; Brest, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Newly-weds; Brest, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Grodno / Hrodny is a very "open" and leafy town with lots of flowers everywhere. Very pleasant indeed. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Jesus statue outside the Catholic cathedral in Grodno / Hrodny, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the train station of Grodno / Hrodny, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Cheers; Grodno / Hrodny, Belarus. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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