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Introduction During the last two decades post-Soviet cities have undergone profound transformation connected with the major societal shift from Soviet-style socialism to different forms of capitalism. The changing and challenging status of being an Eastern European post-Soviet city has been aggravated for Minsk by the status of the capital of a newly independent nation. The general course of development in the 1990-2000s has revealed that post-Soviet states have taken quite different paths of integration into the world economy (including cultural economy). These differences had to do with the political perspective (some countries strived for membership in the EU while the others preferred close relationships with Russia, or developed local regional cooperation) in pair with the security matters (NATO or Russia as major alliance forces). The most embracing differences lay in the relationship towards global capitalism. Cities carry a multiplicity of potential ways to capitalisation, but the choice of strategies to make the city a site of cultural enterprise and representation as well as the range of the symbolic sources for this representation is quite broad.