High-school graduates hop through a farewell ceremony at a school in Minsk.
Dzmitry Hurnievic, a journalist with RFE/RL’s Belarus service, thinks there may be some truth to the Gallup poll findings.
The iconic face of a Red Army soldier at a war monument in Brest. Hurnievic says if Belarusians are dour, they have good reason to be. “[Belarus] is between Germany and Russia -- between two big empires -- so all our history is wars. So that’s why we want to be like a partisan in the forest, no smile, no happiness. Because we are afraid about ourselves.”