BULLETIN 16062021
16 June 2021
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Home Club of District 9810 Governor Alma Reynolds

President's Remarks
 Our Guest Nick Szwed spoke on the 
The Modern History of Belarus and Ukraine
Joady introduced Nick as a fellow member from U3A.
Nick firstly explained where Belarus is and some background. i.e.
 Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Covering an area of 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi), Victoria is 227,444 km2 and with a population of 9.3 million, Belarus is the thirteenth-largest and the twentieth-most populous country in Europe. The country is administratively divided into seven regionsMinsk is the capital and largest city.
Nick highlighted hence that BELARUS is Bel = white & rus = Russian
He showed us some points of interest such as they have the last European Bison and are known for great tractors, vodka but most of all his family made draniki - draniki is potato pancakes.
He showed some village photos and the history of invaders such as Swiss Vikings along trade route.
Germans decimated about 30% of population in WW2 thus his parents were in forced labor in Poland /Germany so stayed or else the Russians would have sent them away. 
As a baby he came to Australia and has returned to his homeland regularly.
He gave us the history view and how Belarus has been a puppet to Russia from the Mid 80’s - Gorbachov - Perestroika - opposed by military regime and then Yeltsin now Putin - all driven by a Dictator and economy failures.
From 2000 this Dictator - Alexander Lukashenko - arrested competition but the movement continues - Women take the lead and even though Svetlana wins the election she is driven away.
2020 - mass protests despite all leaders arrested and media sacked. 
Recently they kidnapped a dissident from a commercial plane.
Putin gives covert support due to Oil lines across the country to Ports.
Lukashenko grooming his son - but Belorussians are educated and it will not last.
Lesson - cannot go from Communism to Democracy in 1 generation

Yours in Rotary 

Barry Halpern, President

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