In the Belarus Republic, there is a museum called the “Line of Stalin”. It is supported by the president of Belarus (as stated on their website) and they don’t curse Stalin here, they don’t praise him, but they glorify Stalin’s fortification system to protect the Soviet Union. So they have a monument of Stalin with flowers and wreaths, their official logo features Stalin in what looks to me to be a heroic image:
This place is located thirty kilometers from Minsk. An entry ticket costs some 3 euros.
This was one of the resistance areas, but Minsk was invaded by the Nazis very quickly and most of the objects of this Line were blown up, but some have still been preserved.
They started to restore the Line of Stalin nine years ago, the museum was finally opened by the 60th anniversary of Victory Day.
“Soviet borders are sacred and inviolable”.
This place does not convey the tragedy of the past, it sooner resembles a historic-entertainment site, full of propaganda about brave soldiers, fearless partisans and inhuman fascism.
For an extra cost, one can shoot various weapons, have a quad ride, go for a spin in an armoured personnel carrier or even in a legendary T-34 tank, sail in a boat or taste soldier’s porridge.
Those who wish to may even have a company function here.
Just imagine those drunk smiling faces and full tables amidst such decorations.
Apart from this, they still have a lot to show there.
Interesting planes and helicopters, for example.
Anti-aircraft guns, missile systems, single-stage medium range ballistic missiles.
There are also nice samples of construction and loading equipment, and military structures here.
UAZ vehicles were a salvation on Russian mud-locked roads.
The richest part of the exhibition is devoted to tanks.
Self-propelled weapon “Pion”, self-propelled howitzer “Acacia”, cannon “Shilka”…
And finally – the fortifications themselves.
Belorussians have restored them quite well.
Here you may feel you have come from the future to the past…
Stands for visitors – VIP seats are under the roof.
They have a big collection of German, Polish, and Soviet armoured turrets from different places and periods of time.
The place is interesting for both adults and children.
At the same time the propagandistic aspect of the museum leaves no doubt that you are in the territory of a powerful dictatorial state with big military ambitions.
Some pictures before the reconstruction:
And after the reconstruction:
And more fortifications.