Background: After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1995 as the country's first president, Alexander LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion continue.
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- September 29th 2013 Minsk...the European Capital without tourists...
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- May 30th 2013 Minsk - Round Two
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- May 25th 2013 Minsk - Round One
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- January 1st 2013 Минск- Берлин
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- October 20th 2012 Belarus part II - outside Minsk
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- October 19th 2012 Belarus part I - Minsk
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- July 18th 2012 Minsk
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- September 8th 2011 Did I find Rochelle or her Daughter?
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- April 26th 2011 Belarus: Annoying the KGB and enjoying Brest
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- April 26th 2011 Vol 4 - Minsk & the KGB
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- September 7th 2010 The peaceful lull of the vuvuzela
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- September 6th 2010 In Soviet times...
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- September 4th 2010 At the mercy of a Belarusian hipster
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- July 8th 2010 Back in the U.S.S.R.
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- June 25th 2009 Minsk
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- May 9th 2009 Victory Day in Minsk
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- September 21st 2008 Minsk....
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- September 10th 2008 Part 9: Minsk (Days 19, 20, 21, 22)
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- August 15th 2008 Belarus
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- June 4th 2008 So many planes, so little internet.
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