Belarus Forced Employment

December 5, 2012 - 12:34 PM
In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 photo Vladimir Dodonov, 37, speaks in the town of Borisov, 70 km (44 miles) east of Minsk, Belarus. Vladimir Dodonov wants to flee Belarus for neighboring Russia before it becomes illegal to leave his job at a wood-processing plant, whose surrounding high walls are topped with barbed wire. Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has decided to stem an exodus of qualified workers to Russia, starting by banning those who work in wood-processing industries from quitting. Critics have compared the measure to serfdom and warned that it would only deepen the former Soviet republic's economic troubles and fuel protests against Lukashenko. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)