Dark Times in Belarus and Russia

Svetlana Alexievich is right when she quotes Hannah Arendt: Russia and Belarus live in dark times. For the author of “The Origins of Totalitarianism” dark times refer to an age in which human rights are despised and demagogic mountebanks enjoy huge mass support. Elections in Lukashenka’s Belarus? What a grotesque joke! Democracy in Putin’s kleptocratic Russia? The apotheosis of masquerading! “It isn’t about Putin. It’s about the collective Putin. He has a huge approval rating, perhaps 80 percent.”


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