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Regina Buiko, 66, holds a handful of wild cranberries she is picking next to a lake near the border with Lithuania on Sept. 18, 2009. Buiko, who belongs to the Catholic minority in Belarus and speaks a mixture of Lithuanian, Russian and Belarusian, spends most of her days gathering mushrooms, berries and other natural food items because she and her husband cannot live just from their monthly government pensions.

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Diktat: Living Under Lukashenko
Regina Buiko, 66, holds a handful of wild cranberries she is picking next to a lake near the border with Lithuania on Sept. 18, 2009. Buiko, who belongs to the Catholic minority in Belarus and speaks a mixture of Lithuanian, Russian and Belarusian, spends most of her days gathering mushrooms, berries and other natural food items because she and her husband cannot live just from their monthly government pensions.