Belarus. No, this is not a photo from the 80’s. This is a photo from 2009. The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution Day is celebrated on the 25th of October by the old calendar and the 7th of November by the Gregorian calendar. The anniversary is a state holiday in Belarus. Even today.
© Andrei Liankevich
Belarus is one of those places in which the smell and the air of the Soviet Union is still alive, safe and sound. And Rafal Milach‘s photo series portraying Belarusian winners of the most ridiculous prizes you can imagine, is the perfect example of that. As you can see, the regime awards the working class and the people supporting the regime. More important: it awards the loyal and the good citizen all around the country, in kolkhozes, schools, nightclubs and village discos. The winners receive a state diploma which must be a great status boost in a country in which facade and prestige mean the world.