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Belarus internet ban targets foreign websites

Belarus internet ban targets foreign websites Jan 5th, 2012 at 10:30AM: A new internet ban in the former Soviet country Belarus will make the usage or browsing of many foreign websites illegal and punishable by a fine of up to $125. The Library of Congress reports that all Belarusian companies and entrepreneurs will be required to use only locally-hosted websites for conducting business, sales, or exchanging emails. Additionally, e-commerce websites without a local...

Get to know Belarus through the art of motion timelapse

Dec 29th, 2011 at 10:00AM: This timelapse video, One Day in Life, was created by professional photographer and Minsk native, Artem Sergeevich. It shows the country of Belarus in a way that will put any negative eastern Europe stereotypes out of your head and have you booking a one-way plane ticket there. Vibrant colors wash over a mix of countrysides and cityscapes, making the factories look just as beautiful and...

Minsk in late summer

Minsk in late summer Sep 15th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Let's get one thing out of the way first. Minsk is not for everyone. It is, very likely, not for most. But for some visitors, it's a terribly interesting place. And Minsk in late summer, with just a hint of autumn in the air, is a very pleasant place to spend some time. Why is Minsk not for everyone? Hassle, mostly. Your average tourist doesn't want to put that much effort into researching...

Getting to Minsk

Getting to Minsk Sep 8th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Getting to Minsk seemed like a complicated process from the very beginning. The Belarusian entrance requirements were one thing; as it turned out, there were delays, unexpected developments, and last-minute machinations on top of the basic visa application process. Prospective US visitors need to do several things before visiting Belarus: obtain an invitation from a recognized travel...

The Death Star in Minsk

The Death Star in Minsk May 28th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Star Wars fans, put Minsk on your destination list. The Death Star has totally landed there. This is no ordinary poly-dimensional structure; it also lights up. This is the most disco-loving, pimped-out car imitating, Force using library ever. That's right. It's a library. This library was built as the result of a 1989 contest, and it took 13 years to build. According to, The...

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