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30 January 2020
Death Sentences For Brothers In Belarus Also 'A Punishment For Their Families'
Two brothers who killed their next-door neighbor in the town of Cherykau were sentenced to death this month by a Belarusian court. The country is the last in Europe to impose the death penalty. In interviews with Current Time, the convicts' mother and sister expressed their grief, saying that the sentence also inflicts a harsh punishment on the family.
27 January 2020
'I Won, Against All Odds': Auschwitz Survivors And Liberator Recall The Holocaust
Seventy-five years ago today, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration-extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. An estimated 1.1 million people had died there by the war’s end. For Soviet tank crewman David Dushman, the condition of the camp’s “unfortunate” inmates was a shock. Many of those prisoners, like Vera Kriegal Grossman, see their survival as a victory in itself.
20 November 2019
Gorbachev's Ex-Spokesperson: 1989 Uprisings Accelerated USSR Collapse
The upheavals of 1989 that led to the collapse of eastern Europe’s communist governments would prove to be precursors of the USSR’s own collapse, but, at the time, this was far from clear. To find out firsthand how then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev interpreted the destruction of the Berlin Wall and Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, Current Time spoke with Andrei Grachev, Gorbachev’s press secretary from August – December 1991.
14 November 2019
A Woman's Heartbreak Over Brother On Death Row In Belarus
The sister of a convicted Belarusian murderer has told Current Time of her heartbreak after the country's Supreme Court upheld Viktar Paulau's death sentence for the killing of two elderly women. Paulau is one of three men sentenced to death this year in Belarus, which is the only European country still using capital punishment.
10 April 2019
Belarus: Europe's Last Executioner
Belarus is the last country in Europe to have the death penalty. Since 1991, about 300 death sentences have been carried out in the country. The condemned prisoners are shot in the head. The body is not given to the family and the place of burial remains a state secret.
01 April 2019
Over 1,000 Jews Murdered By Nazis Unearthed In Belarus
Construction workers in the Belarusian city of Brest have unearthed a World War II-era mass grave thought to contain the remains of over a thousand murdered Jews from the city's ghetto. The building works have now stopped and the remains are being exhumed.
29 March 2019
Blind Belarusian Athletes Find Inspiration On Soccer Field
In blind soccer, players compete in a fast-paced game guided by the sounds of a rattling ball, shouts, and taps on the goalposts. In Belarus, where the sport is known as intuitive football, a national team is gradually gaining strength. Olga Abramchik of Current Time directed "The Coach," a document
22 January 2019
A Hero In Ukraine, Hated In Belarus
Mikhail Zhyzneuski, who was shot dead five years ago, on January 22, 2014, during the Euromaidan protests, is considered a hero in Ukraine. But in his home city of Homel in Belarus, his grave has been vandalized and his family say they have been treated as pariahs.