A Note on a Belarusian Stalinist

David Marples Several Belarusian newspapers have noted that August 9, 2017, is the 115th anniversary of the birth of Panteleimon Ponomarenko (1902-84, a native of Krasnodar, Russia), the party leader of Belarus during the Stalinist repressions and war years. Ponomarenko has a mixed reputation but there seems to be a consensus that he was always […]

Days of Freedom in Belarus

David Marples On Saturday, Belarusians will commemorate March 25, the Independence Day of 1918 or as it is more simply known, the Day of Freedom. This year the march has unusual significance because it takes place following a series of protests and mass demonstrations across the country. How serious is unrest in Belarus and what […]

An Interview with Śviatłana Aleksiejevič

David Marples and Yulia Shymko In 1998, we interviewed Śviatłana Aleksiejevič, at that time best known as one of Belarus’ dissident writers though beginning to achieve prominence. In 2015 she achieved instant world fame by winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. The interview still contains much of relevance to contemporary Belarus and thus it seemed worthy […]