Authoritarianism. No, not that kind of opera (AP) Opera lives on in Belarus. Not the musical drama, but the world's fifth most popular web browser. StatCounter, which uses data on browser usage across some 3 million websites, identifies Belarus as the only country in the world where Opera -- which elsewhere is something of a niche product -- commands the largest share of users: Why is the former Soviet republic a shining ruby of web browsing rarity? Socialism! First, some history.

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