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Since 1 October Belarusians have needed to get a visa before crossing the border. In the first few days the numbers coming over dropped sharply, but now they are back to about 80% of the previous level.

The vast majority of people crossing the border are Belarusians on shopping trips.

They buy household goods refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, microwaves and so on, and sometimes food. There are goods of some kind in practically every car when they go back.

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