Reblogged from FuturisTrendcast
In this rare post we are offering you an unusual glimpse of the many facets of Belarus. There has been a stigma attached to Belarus in the West, while the real understanding and truthful assessment of what’s happening in those parts is non-existent. West-dominated global media has simply accepted the claim that Belarus is a dictatorship and until recently it was generally accepted in the West that if Belarus hasn’t fallen apart yet, it surely soon will.
The truth is entirely different, of course. Just to give you an idea of a typical Western MSM bashing approach, here is an excerpt from UK’s ‘Independent.’
WARNING! This 2012 piece from UK’s publication ‘Independent’ will probably make you roll your eyes and shake your head due to how badly it misses the mark and because in 2016 WE KNOW what subsequently happened to the countries and leaders mentioned in it. But I want to assure you that it’s not the focus of our article. The only reason I mention the ‘Independent’ piece is to provide a perspective and so you could understand fully what Belarus is up against and what kind of madmen we are dealing with in the West.
After this, we will proceed to our today’s Belorussia feature. FT contributor Stanislav Sokolov – whom many of you know as Nemo – and I have prepared a real treat for you!
And did I mention that Stanislav is also an awesome photographer? Check out a treasure trove of his Minsk pics! Along the way of his travels Stanislav also visited Helsinki, Finland, so we have thrown in a couple of images of Helsinki as well.
In the end, I’ll have a few notes and clarifications of my own.
Travelogue: DISCOVERING BELARUS
by Stanislav Sokolov (Nemo)
Bakery shop (Pekarnia) “Karavai”, Minsk, Belarus
Detail of the right building on the Railway Square, Minsk