Curious facts about Belarusian passport

Curious facts about Belarusian passport

This week, a large-scale campaign dedicated to the Belarusian Constitution Day was held in the Museum of Contemporary Statehood.
Passports of Belarusian citizens were given out to 14-year-old Olympiad winners, excellent students, athletes, laureates of creative competitions. All of them read their own poetry during this campaign.

Victor Kakareko, chairman of the Belarusian Numismatic Society:
One of the earliest passports was found in the Grodno region. It was an old tsarist passport.

After World War I, various authorities in the Grodno region changed very often. The Germans, the Bolsheviks and the Poles wanted to rule this territory.

Constantly change of power continued up to the end of the 1930's. Accordingly, citizens’ passports also changed.

The Germans issued passports in several languages, the Poles started to put visa stamps.

Victor Kakareko:
The new Polish government began to release passports with a photo and a fingerprint.

Victor Kakareko has already collected more than 50 passports.

The most interesting one is a horse’s passport. This horse could be recruited in the army.

The design of the modern Belarusian passport was developed more than 20 years ago. In 2019, Belarusians will have an ID card instead of passport and a biometric passport for travelling abroad.

Photo and data are on the first page, and instead of ornament, the architectural monuments of Belarus are illustrated.
Victor Kakareko:
Here you could find a selection of 14 pages with different images.

Belarusians relied on world experience. On the passport of Great Britain citizens, there is Big Ben, Ireland depicted an ancient castle and pilgrims, and Hungary illustrated a bridge over the Danube.

Architecture dominates on the pages of European passports, while African countries place fauna.

Alexander Gorelenko, Deputy Director for Research of RUE  Kriptotekh  of Goznak:
Each state tries to accent its individuality. For example, Ukraine placed the picture of an Orthodox church, Slovakia placed mountains. Acquaintance with a country starts with the image on the passport.

The color scheme of the Belarusian passport is peach-turquoise. It symbolizes the sun and water.

A symbol of Belarus, cornflower, is in every page.

Alexander Gorelenko:
We wanted to depict all the regions of Belarus. We understand that every Belarusian wants to see their hometown in passport. Every Belarusian will be glad to see familiar symbols and places.

Mir Castle, St. Sophia Cathedral, Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace and 13 more places of interest are on the passport pages. But this variant of passport is not final.

Yulia Goncharenko, designer of the computer graphics studio of RUE Kriptotekh of Goznak:
A lot of beautiful places are on the passport pages. One of the most famous places, Kossovo Castle, is also illustrated.

Tatiana Revizore, CTV:
A unique monument of neo-gothic architecture is situated in the Belarusian town of Kossovo. Kossovo Castle, has been nicknamed "knights’ dream" for its fairy-tale-like appearance and splendor. It consists of the central two-storied building and two wings.  

Also there are 12 towels. Each of them symbolizes one month of the year.

During the First World War, The Palace of the Puslovskys, or Kossovo Castle, was looted. During the Second World War, the palace suffered the worst damage. For many days a fire blazed through its rooms and destroyed the decoration of the chambers. It left only magnificent walls.

Lyudmila Miskevich, Kossovo resident:
I was born in Kossovo, Brest region.

For Lyudmila, Kossovo is more than just a record in the passport.

She was born there, graduated from school and got married. But she had to move. And now, 42 years later, she got back.

Lyudmila Miskevich:
Kossovo is my homeland. I will be happy to see Brest region, especially Kossovo in my passport. I like my city very much.

Today, Kossovo is one of the smallest towns in Belarus, but no less famous than large cities.