Monthly Archives: October 2012

Monuments and Mendacities

Minsk is the real life Motown. Only they weren’t manufacturing cars in 1950s Belarus, they were building roads. This is a city built for the car: huge boulevards, six lanes across whilst pedestrians make do with endless, labyrinthine underground walkways. Yet Minsk was built at a time when people did not have ready access to […]

Minsk is online

I’m currently in Moscow having spent a week in Minsk, Belarus, which was a bit of an eye opener. I’m not sure what I expected when I first landed into Minsk 2 International Airport. I certainly wasn’t given the going over by the security officials that I had heard so much about. I had on […]

Unofficial Culture: the Radical is the new Norm [1]

I first stumbled across the term ‘unofficial culture’ whilst reading Colin Thuborn’s fantastically poetic take on the USSR in the dying days of the regime: ‘Among the Russians: from the Baltic to the Caucasus’[2]. Whilst travelling through the former USSR in his much admired and sought after Morris Minor (popular for its disparity from the […]