Last bastion

Foreign Policy has a fascinating look at the opposition in Belarus -- the last dictatorship in Europe. Most fascinating to me is Ales Antsipenka:
Ten years ago, writer and philosopher Ales Antsipenka founded the Belarusian Collegium, known in Minsk as the "Underground University." Although the government has never allowed him to formally register the college, it runs MA and BA programs in modern history, journalism, literature, and philosophy. Antsipenka knows he treads on precarious ground, but he remains optimistic about the future. "I believe that change is coming soon," he says. "We will someday come out from underground and even have an American University in Belarus."
The whole thing is really fascinating, and worth your perusal.