Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Ominous Sign of Things to Come

Jump to last reply

With Russia seemingly sliding backwards into autocracy akin to a dictatorship, there was a recent ominous sign from Belarus.

Lukashenko dedicated a statue and memorial complex to Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the infamous Cheka under Lenin. In his dedication speech, Lukashenko described Dzerzhinsky as a great man.

I could not help but remember that Dzershinsky's statue in Moscow was one of the first to be pulled down in 1991. As I recall the mob got Beria's edifice first, but whose counting?

At any rate, some of you who have been recently to Belarus might comment on conditions there. Of course, a tourist might be shielded from the corruption and
atrocities of a totalitarian government in an effort to put a positive spin on outward apperances.

Having been directly involved in the Cold War, reports like that ring my internal warning bells.

It is more than coincidence that the Belarus secret police is called the KGB. There are definite signs that ex KGB officer Putin and Lukashenko are forming an alliance to the extent that Belarus stands in relationship to Russia as Britain stands to the US.

And those guys still have missiles and nuclear warheads!

Any comments?

11 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Getting to San Seb from Madrid
  2. 2 Albania by bus in 10 days??
  3. 3 Back home problems with sim card
  4. 4 Budapest
  5. 5 Best cheap airport hotel/hostel in Madrid?
  6. 6 How Do I call the US from Italy?
  7. 7 Which town to stay at in Lake Como?
  8. 8 Trip Report Bikerscott & Jamikins in Portugal 2010/2011
  9. 9 What area of Berlin is best for a first time visitor?
  10. 10 Budapest--baggage storage
  11. 11 Which hostel in Cinque Terre?
  12. 12 FRANCE: SIM CARD
  13. 13 sim card for Prague, Budapest, and Vienna
  14. 14 Taxi in Rome from airport to city
  15. 15 How to split nine days on Crete?
  16. 16 Duoro Valley lodging for 3 in June
  17. 17 Reviews on Adriatic Travel Agency?
  18. 18 How do you find French food?
  19. 19 Day trips from Seville
  20. 20 Apartments in Verona and Bologna
  21. 21 9 days in Italy - beginning in Venice
  22. 22 GPS in Tuscany
  23. 23 Are Tatras worth the trip?
  24. 24 Best day to look for economic flights
  25. 25 Paris 3 days and then to Burgundy for 2 weeks: Car?
View next 25 » Back to the top