Belarus

luka

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im sure Craner will talk you through it when hes finished work. he spent almost two decades in the embassy in Beleros, hes pretty familair with the way things work there
he had a torrid and short lived marriage with an older woman named Polina
 

luka

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a lesser man would say 'it's not my job to educate you Gus" but Craner says, it is my job to educate the youth of my village. it is my responsibility and it is my pleasure. that is the meaning of community.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
You know I don't normally big myself up, but I haven't re-read that essay since around the time I wrote it back in 2012, and the last few sentences now seem highly prescient:

While Viktor Yanukovych and Lukashsenka enjoyed the Euro 2012 final together in Kiev, Yulia Tymoshenko remained ill in her jail cell and the Belarus Free Theatre continued their impassioned and inspiring slog around the UK. Not enough people noticed any of this, or realised how it all ties in to their future – their security and their freedom, not just the misery of foreign people. But it was there to be seen – on big screens and in small theatres.
 

luka

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You know I don't normally big myself up, but I haven't re-read that essay since around the time I wrote it back in 2012, and the last few sentences now seem highly prescient:
i dont understand.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
Luka has had a soft spot for Lukashenko ever since he responded to Bush's threat of sanctions by saying: "Where's the money, then? Come and get it. You won't find any of it."
 

luka

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true. but can you interpret that passage for me? its really cryptic.
 

luka

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usually you write very clearly but that is like some ancient Anglo Saxon riddle.
 

craner

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I was saying that people (by which I probably meant casual observers in Western Europe and America) should be paying attention to the politics of Belarus and Ukraine and by extension Russia, because the things that were happening there, at that time, would not remain a concern of Eastern and Central Europe alone. And they didn't.
 

luka

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are you still into the soviet union stuff or have you gone off it a bit?
 

craner

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I’m really interested in it but I don’t like to write about things like that, or in that way, anymore.
 

luka

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i like the sexy foreign correspondant swagger you used to have. its electric
 
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