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A Day In The Life Of Belarusian Border Guards

Belarus's western borders with Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia mark the meeting point of the European Union and the so-called "last dictatorship in Europe." Reuters photographer Vasily Fedosenko visited the border post near the western city of Brest on the Polish border, where Belarusian guards keep watch for potential smugglers and illegal migrants. (9 PHOTOS)

A Belarusian guard watches through binoculars at the border with Poland on the outskirts of the city of Brest.
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A Belarusian guard watches through binoculars at the border with Poland on the outskirts of the city of Brest.

Guards receive their orders from a commanding officer.
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Guards receive their orders from a commanding officer.

Guards load their weapons before going out on patrol.
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Guards load their weapons before going out on patrol.

Border guards patrol along security fences with the help of a guard dog.
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Border guards patrol along security fences with the help of a guard dog.

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A border guard feeds a pig at the border post.
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A border guard feeds a pig at the border post.

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A train arrives in Belarus from Poland.
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A train arrives in Belarus from Poland.

A guard receives his lunch from the post cafeteria.
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A guard receives his lunch from the post cafeteria.

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