Who’s captive now? on the website of The Economist today highlights Captive Nations Week in the United States, an annual observance since 1959 born of the Cold War. The Captive Nations Parade, a regular feature of the observance, was held on Fifth Avenue this past Sunday.
Originally, the list of “captive nations” included most if not all of Slavic Europe: “Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, White Ruthenia, Rumania, East Germany, Bulgaria, mainland China, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, North Korea, Albania, Idel-Ural, Tibet, Cossackia, Turkestan, North Viet-Nam, and others”. Captive, of course, to Soviet Russia.
The Presidential Proclamation from last year (2008’s is, as of yet, nowhere to be found) has a very different list of “captive nations” – Belarus, Burma, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Local Belarusans were out in force, as the photos from ZMBA attest.