The past twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall have led to amazing changes throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the rest of the world. Not everything that seemed possible to pipe-dreaming politicians and proponents of “turbo-capitalism” came to pass, and political and social transformation has been, to put it mildly, uneven throughout the region from the Urals in the East to the Oder on the West.
Nowhere has the fall of the Wall had less effect than in Belarus, a landlocked country sandwiched between Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic countries, and Russia. Ruled over by Aleksandr Lukashenko, it is considered Europe’s last dictatorship and seems permanently stuck in a sort of Soviet-era time zone.
Rafal Milach, a young Polish photographer and co-founder of the photo-collective Sputnik, has been exploring Belarus over the past two years. The economic and political situation is dire. There are ongoing demonstrations

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