Belarus has the most thorough system of controlling the foreigners 11:06, 26/02/2001
"Belarus" - a mysterious country" - an article under such heading appeared February 25 in the Slovak daily "Dominoforum". Its authors are two young journalists, who have recently visited Belarus. They note that Belarus enjoys the most sophisticated system of watching after the foreigners and keeping record of their number on its territory.
"Over the three working days of our staying there we were obliged to register with the local police station, fill out tons of forms and put a stamp in our passports with the exact date of registration. The procedure is so time-consuming due to the red tape that oftentimes your return travel could be delayed," - reads the article.
The fact that they take money from foreigners for the above-mentioned procedures can be explained by the extreme poverty of the state budget.
- is almost stricken with poverty in the streets, wide prospects are filled with out-dated German cars, prices on the essential goods grow on an everyday basis…
Young Slovaks marveled at the fact that many Belarusian towns would have their streets named after "the founder of KGB, mass murderer Feliks Dzerzhinsky".
- There are memorial plates, on some of the buildings` walls. Belarus is saturated with the spirit of totalitarianism - a modified type of communism without particular ideology and with a centralized economy.