By its flag, its emblems, its large plants of tractors, its sovkhozes, its urban grey, his impassive officials and its president authoritarian Alexandre Loukachenko, Belarus retains much of the Soviet Republic that she was between 1919 and 1991. And yet, a new wind seems to blow on the country.
In this March 25, 2018, under the sky blue, once is not custom, Minsk, its capital, twenty-five thousand people gathered in an atmosphere of jubilation. They were celebrating 100 years of the People’s Republic that declared the independence of Belarus to a Russia Bolshevik then in the civil war.
This is a century that these some three – hundred thousand km2 forest, swamp, and peat, stuck to the edge of the Poland and Russia, declared themselves free and sovereign: the culmination of a cultural and political, both national and social renaissance, company a few years earlier. This was short-lived. The German occupation troops which had tolerated this declaration of independence, … Read More