WorldViews: Why Belarus wants to bring ‘serfdom’ back

By Adam Taylor, June 5, 2014

Serfdom — a system in which peasants were exploited by landowners — existed for hundreds of years in imperial Russia before being officially abolished in 1861. Not many people long for its return.

Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, does, however. According to a Gazeta.ru article, Lukashenko last week agreed to sign a new decree that would forbid workers on collective farms from leaving to pursue jobs elsewhere.

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