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Belarus

Perhaps Europe's least-visited nation: a parallel universe of Stalinist spooks and horse-drawn carts.
May 27, 2009
On the Prpiyat river in southern Belarus, the village of Golbitsa is one of the myriad nothing-ever-happens villages spread across the immense Russian plains, yet each provides a world and a life to its inhabitants.

Oct 2, 2008
Belarus' capital city brings the USSR to today. A destination for connoisseurs of political history and lovers of paranoia.

Aug 6, 2008
Seeing the River Dniepr (or Dnieper) kindles childhood memories of dusty classrooms and brings to mind the the great trading journeys made by the Varangians linking northern Euope with Byzantium.

May 27, 2008
Belarus - Brest and Pripyat Marshes (Turau, Pinsk and district): a Soviet hero city and the quieter, hidden pleasures of Europe's largest swampland during spring flood both explored.

May 21, 2008
Minsk, Belarus (Belorussia). I visit a city still stuck in the grip of old-style Soviet Communism on Victory Day. Poignant memories and mass celebrations are set against an architectural backdrop of Stalinist pomp.