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An Elite, But Unrecognized, High School Fights For Belarusian Language

The Belarusian Humanities Lyceum was established in 1990 with the goal of promoting Belarusian language and culture. It gained a prestigious reputation in the 1990s, but it has suffered under the regime of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has worked to marginalize the Belarusian language. It was closed down in 2003 and today operates without official recognition, receiving financial support from the Polish government. It is the only school in the country to offer an education entirely in the Belarusian language. Photos by Alessandro Vincenzi (19 PHOTOS)