This wasn`t my first visit to Belarus. This time I visited capital city Minsk, Gomel city and Gomel region in the south east of the country. I haven`t much time for photograpghy though...
OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission HQ in hotel Belarus - highest building in the center of Minsk
Svisloch river and Sports Palace
Hotel district - hotels "Yubileinaja" and "Planeta"
Hotel Belarus from Hotel Yubileinaja
Poster "For "Belarus" - this administrative campaign started in autumn 2004, unofficially promoting leader of the country
Typical voter information point in the countryside
Typical "back to USSR" information stand
Rogachov town, Gomel region
Rogachov, local power centre and territorial election commission, I experienced some brainwashing there during election night and met Olympic champion (1972 Munich) Nikolay Gorbachev
Candidates, not in alphabetic order, opposition candidate is in the far right side
Odd entrance into the polling station; signs "bar", "toilet", "wardrobe"
Polling station in the quiet countryside, it`s not allowed to take any photos inside
Soviet style fast-food eatery
Commieblock for everyone
Each town and village has a club of its own - this was a brand new one
Authoritarian leader himself
Day after, City of Gomel (2nd biggest in Belarus)
Milinkevich - opposition leader
Ministry of Information and Ministry of Culture
Central Minsk, view from hotel Belarus - Afghanistan memorial, Old Town (that`s what`s left from it after the WW2), Palace of the Republic, October square and presidential residence - all in one
Tent city in the October square - first hours of 80 hour long protest
Founder of the KGB - Felix Dzerzhinsky - there are hundreds and hundreds of Dzerzhinsky and Lenin monuments throughout Belarus
Luka loyalist government and puppet parliament HQ in the (Soviet Belarus) Independence square
Minsk City council in the same square, square itself and underground mall is under construction now
Heart of the Old town
Hotel Belarus and Svisloch river from the Old Town
Central Election commission HQ - police officers ordered to erase this photo...
Typical grand Stalinistic architecture from the 1950s, two central streets of Minsk are monuments to Soviet 1930-1960 monumentalism