n.38 October 2011

Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for nearly two decades. Both Europe and the United States have denounced what they consider his tyrannical rule. Police crackdowns recently led to European Union sanctions. But Lukashenko appears unfazed.

The election of the once-discredited Viktor Yanukovych as president made it clear Ukraine was no longer the country of the Orange Revolution.

Though Estonia is part of the European Union and NATO, its economy remains on shaky ground. Tens of thousands of its residents have immigrated in search of better working conditions and its Russian minority is restive, many nostalgic for Soviet times.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a two-hour boat ride from Helsinki and still a popular tourist destination among Finns.