The MacLamity

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

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"Someone else I talked to, Andrei Sannikov, a former deputy foreign minister, who is now an active member of the dissident scene, said with a trace of bitterness, 'We're not sexy.'
Ukraine is sexy. Poland is sexy. Lithuania is sexy. Even Latvia is quite sexy. Belarus, landlocked between all of them and Russia, is not sexy. The Lonely Planet guidebook is brutal: 'With no history whatsoever as a politically or economically independent entity, Belarus was one of the oddest products of the disintegration of the USSR.'" -- Tom Stoppard takes stock of Belarus.