№ 84/2008 from Apr 10, 2008
The Institute for East European Studies of Freie Universität Berlin and Charles University in Prague are exhibiting a photo documentation on the Belarusian elections in the spring of 2006. The exhibition "Elections without Choice. Belarus March – 2006" is a joint project of the two universities. In the photos and texts on display, journalists and eyewitnesses recall the lack of freedom and fierce violence that accompanied the elections in the spring of 2006. Following these elections, President Lukaschenko remained in office and began another five-year term.
The photographs were taken by Andrej Ljankevitsch and Julia Daraschkevitsch, journalists from the Belarusian oppositional weekly paper Nascha Niva, and the photographer Jakub Dospiva from the Czech Press Agency. Diary excerpts written by Darja Kostenko, a journalist in Minsk and eyewitness of the riots, are also on display.
The patron of the exhibition is former Czech President Vaclav Havel. The exhibition has already been shown in Prague, Brunn, Warsaw, Cracow, and Bratislava. In Berlin it will be on display in the main foyer of the Henry Ford Building in Dahlem until May 11. There is no entrance fee.