Belarus in agony

Since a few weeks, there have been numerous protests rolling from one city to another in Belarus. This is quite an extraordinary development as last time people went on the streets was during the president elections in 2010. People were fearless and determined but they achieved absolutely nothing (they actually harmed themselves instead). It took…

Got a present – pay taxes!

New taxes in Belarus! Again! If withing a year you got a present or presents the overall cost of wich exceeds 2,083 €, you have to pay a 13% tax on the summ that remains when you deduct this 2,083 €. I have two questions here 1. How on earth do they want to control this? 2. Is it…

Unemployment in Belarus: Work or Die

According to the official data, the unemployment rate in Belarus is only 0.5 %. Falsified data, you might assume? I thought so too but after I’ve discovered the following data I realised that these numbers don’t necessarily lie too much. Look at this: * Subsistence level in Belarus = 77.76€ (ridiculously low) * Unemployment benefit…

Why am I not married yet? A Viewpoint from Belarus :)

Today I was about to leave house dressed like that –> when my dad looked at me and said the phrase that so very well illustrates the Belarusian mentality, to be precise, the importance of faminity in women and the need to get married in early twenties. He said: “The moment you put on high heels, you…

“Fashion Yard”

Observations: On the outskirts of Belarus I noticed this brilliant shop named “Модный Дворик” (Eng: FASHION yard). Gosh, I begged the bus driver to pull over and let me visit this high-fashion paradise but he wouldn’t. He said I would not pass face-control 😀

Billboards “I love Belarus”

As I’ve mentioned in the previous post there are lots of billboards in Belarus that are made with a goal to inject some love in people’s hearts by reminding them of how beautiful their country is. Here you can see the most popular of them.

12 Things to Expect from Belarus

It’s not a dithyramb on my country. It’s the way I perceive it now when I come there as a visitor. Of course, a lot more can be said or written, and probably I should have focused on positive stuff but, well, I didn’t. So that’s what I feel like sharing right now. p.s. I don’t…