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Belarus: The death rate appears lower than the UK's, writes IAN BIRRELL

Added 09-27-20 10:36:03am EST - “IAN BIRRELL: Alexander Lukashenko, the last dictator in Europe who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, swept aside fears over coronavirus and scoffed at the concept of lockdowns.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Belarus: The death rate appears lower than the UK's”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As the sun slid from the evening sky over Minsk, clusters of people thronged the imposing entrance of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus clutching their tickets for the ballet.

Many had dressed up to attend one of the city’s landmark buildings, a legacy of the Stalin era that was inspired by Roman amphitheatres.

‘We don’t want our theatres closed,’ said Darya, an elegant 25-year-old heading in to enjoy the performance of The Creation Of The World with friends Igor and Nadia. 

Minutes later, I watched in the imposing auditorium as the large orchestra struck up, five dancers appeared and 800 people sat back to enjoy the show.

Darya is right about the ability of art and culture to lift spirits in dark times. Yet in Britain, as in other parts of the world, theatre doors remain shut with live entertainment among the sectors hit hardest by pandemic.

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