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Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Just a few hours’ drive from the Belarus capital of Minsk, many villagers still live off the land. Nearly 80% of the country’s 9.5 million citizens live in urban areas, but for the rest, being close to nature can outweigh the hardships of country life. Here: Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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30 Nov 2017 08:28:00
A woman argues as Belarus police block a street during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)

A woman argues as Belarus police block a street during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 25, 2017. Over the past two months, protests have broken out across the country of 9.5 million, sometimes attracting thousands – initially they were focused on the labor law but have grown to encompass calls for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, whom critics call Europe's last dictator. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)
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26 Mar 2017 08:58:00
A man climbs up a wooden pole to get a prize during celebration of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter, near Rumyantsevo, Moscow region, Russia, February 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

A man climbs up a wooden pole to get a prize during celebration of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter, near Rumyantsevo, Moscow region, Russia, February 26, 2017. (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)
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28 Feb 2017 00:05:00
Artist German Vinogradov acts in the performance of the burning of Maslenitsa tower, devoted to Pancake Week, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter, in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Artist German Vinogradov acts in the performance of the burning of Maslenitsa tower, devoted to Pancake Week, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter, in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia, February 25, 2017. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)
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27 Feb 2017 00:04:00
Servicemen of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special forces unit perform during Maslenitsa celebrations, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter  celebrated with pancake eating and shows of strength, at their base in Minsk, Belarus February 19, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Servicemen of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special forces unit perform during Maslenitsa celebrations, a pagan holiday marking the end of winter celebrated with pancake eating and shows of strength, at their base in Minsk, Belarus February 19, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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21 Feb 2017 00:04:00
Nikolay Skidan, a hunter, carries the skin of a wolf in the village of Khrapkovo, Belarus February 1, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Nikolay Skidan, a hunter, carries the skin of a wolf in the village of Khrapkovo, Belarus February 1, 2017. Wolf fur grows thickest in winter, so Belarussian hunter Vladimir Krivenchik only sets his traps once snow is on the ground. He and his wife live on the edge of the Chernobyl exclusion zone – 2,600 square km of land on the Belarus-Ukraine border that was contaminated by a nuclear disaster in 1986. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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16 Feb 2017 00:04:00
Local residents take part in the celebrations of Kolyada pagan holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas festivities and marks the upcoming end of winter, in the village of Noviny, Belarus, January 21, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Local residents take part in the celebrations of Kolyada pagan holiday, which over the centuries has merged with Orthodox Christmas festivities and marks the upcoming end of winter, in the village of Noviny, Belarus, January 21, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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22 Jan 2017 09:38:00
People celebrate the pagan rite called “Kolyadki” and mark the New Year, according to the Julian calendar on January 13, in the village of Vosava, Belarus January 13, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

People celebrate the pagan rite called “Kolyadki” and mark the New Year, according to the Julian calendar on January 13, in the village of Vosava, Belarus January 13, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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15 Jan 2017 10:23:00