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Belarus' history: interesting facts

06.10.2017

Komarovka in the 1980’s, philosophical Zelyony Lug and trams on avenue: video tour on Minsk from the past
Komarovka in the 1980’s, philosophical Zelyony Lug and trams on avenue: video tour around Minsk from the past Only here you can find people selling cigarettes and soda pop, feel yourself as a passenger of an old bus and call up your friends from a phone booth. You can learn more about Minsk history and to see both pre-war and reconstructed city at the exhibition “City. Architecture. Us” in the National Art Museum. Enjoy a video tour in the news story of the program Minsk and Minsk residents!

13.09.2017

Belarusian embroidered shirt vyshyvanka: How did new marital status of beauties influence their costumes?
Belarusian embroidered shirt vyshyvanka: How did new marital status of beauties influence their costumes? The main things in life of people from the village Neglyubka have always been reflected in the national costume. We already know the way young and unmarried women dressed up. Now we will tell you about bride’s clothes. At the beginning of the 20th century, weddings in the village Neglyubka were organized according to longstanding traditions. There was a tradition to weep over a bride that parted from the circle of her young friends and entered the world of married women. This influenced a bride’s costume. There was almost no red ornament on her shirt.

05.09.2017

First Skaryna Bible to be on display in Minsk
First Skaryna Bible to be on display in Minsk An invaluable book in a fireproof suitcase: a literary artifact - the first Skaryna Bible - was delivered to Minsk from Moscow on September 4. The book in the Belarusian language has arrived to the writer’s native land for the first time. Nina Kolymago, scientist, National History Museum:When we bring such valuables from other counties we send them a report in which we in detail describe all the conditions where the book will be stored, in what building, in what temperature, who will guard it and so on.

15.08.2017

Four volumes of Belarus' illustrated history to be published in 2017
Four volumes of Belarus' illustrated history to be published in 2017 Four volumes of the illustrated history of Belarus will be published in 2017. Publishers note that encyclopedic literature is becoming increasingly popular in Belarus. This is indicated by sales volumes. The readers are choosing these books mostly in the Belarusian language. Among them are the series "Asvetniki Belarusi", "Frantsysk Skaryna - the man of the world", as well as the trilogy about the first Belarusian book printer for children. These publications have already won several awards at international book exhibitions.

10.08.2017

Unique ancient construction drawing found in Polotsk
Unique ancient construction drawing found in Polotsk Sensational discovery: a fragment of the construction drawing was found on the site of the excavation of the ancient temple and burial vault in Polotsk. The artifact dates back to the 12th century. This is the first find of an ancient architectural design. Historians assumed that medieval architects did not use construction drawings at all, and the earliest known similar pattern dates back to the 13th century.

09.08.2017

Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square
Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square On the eve of the 950th anniversary of Minsk, correspondents of "Minsk in Detail" will tell you about the most iconic objects that have changed the face of the Belarus capital. The first big report is about Independence Square. This footage is famous all over the world: 1944, July 3... The Nazi swastika falls from the House of the Government of Belarus. This is Lenina Square, now Independence Square. From this moment the place became a true symbol of freedom.

27.07.2017

“Bride’s stone” to be listed into cultural and historical treasures of Belarus
“Bride’s stone” to be listed into cultural and historical treasures of Belarus Immaterial heritage. The tradition of honoring a stone, which got the name of the “Bride’s stone”. It will be listed into the cultural and historical treasures of Belarus. The 74 ton giant is situated on the territory of Oshmyany upland and is surrounded by legends. According to one of them, the stone appeared on the place of a deep moat. Into which a man and then his bride fell.

18.07.2017

Skansen open-air museum to be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Skansen open-air museum to be built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Excavations on the site of ancient settlements have resumed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. All the finds, and among which are many artifacts, will become part of a unique exposition. The construction of the very first Skansen in Belarus, that is, an open nature reserve, will begin in the summer of 2017.

19.06.2017

Role of national ornament in Belarus increasing
Role of national ornament in Belarus increasing Each championship or festival has its own logo. The next large-scale sporting event in Belarus will be the II European Olympic Games. They will be held in 2019 in Minsk and require a new symbol. Soon the competition will be announced, and there is no doubt that the image, the talisman will be imbued with Belarusian color.

08.06.2017

Belarus transfers to Kazakhstan archives on victims of political repressions
Belarus transfers to Kazakhstan archives on victims of political repressions On June 8, the President of Belarus held a bilateral meeting with the President of Kazakhstan. The leaders discussed the agenda of the Belarusian-Kazakh relations and interaction in the integration formats. Also, Alexander Lukashenko handed over to Nursultan Nazarbayev copies of archival documents found by the Belarusian security services regarding women convicted in the BSSR for political reasons in the late 1930s and sent to the camp in Kazakhstan.

05.06.2017

Descendants of Belarusians from Siberian diaspora visit their native Belarus
Descendants of Belarusians from Siberian diaspora visit their native Belarus The village Shvedy in Belarus was hardly founded by the Vikings. But Belarusian villages in Siberia were created by real Belarusians - the cogs of the Stolypin reform. From literature, we know about the difficult peasant life at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Hunger and arbitrariness of zemstvo heads drove Belarusians in search of a better life to America, Siberia and other corners of the Earth. Immigrants to Siberia were exempt from taxes for 5 years! Entire villages moved and peasants, including Belarusians, appeared in the remote unexplored regions of Russia.

29.05.2017

Will Orsha become economic center of north-eastern Belarus?
Will Orsha become economic center of north-eastern Belarus? A few news from Orsha have come this week. Orsha - a historical town and the "eastern gate of Belarus" - has recently been mentioned by Alexander Lukashenko in a problematic context three times. Even during the President's Address to the people and parliament.

23.05.2017

History of Belarusian diplomacy: people and facts
History of Belarusian diplomacy: people and facts On May 18, 25 years ago, Belarus started to independently determine foreign policy. Therefore, last week Belarusian diplomacy celebrated its 25th anniversary.  Today the image of Belarus is decent in the international arena: Minsk has become a universal negotiating platform. Piotr Kravchenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus (1991-1994):Today it is hard to imagine that all the ministry consisted of only about 10 people. Our homeland did not a larger ministry at that time.

15.05.2017

Tank and military hardware restoration in Belarus: who does it and with what purpose?
Tank and military hardware restoration in Belarus: who does it and with what purpose? Foreign Ambassadors visited the historical and cultural complex “Stalin Line” near Minsk, where they saw military equipment dating back to the Great Patriotic War. Not only Ambassadors, children and tourists are interested in it. In its time Forbes made a list of the most expensive artifacts of the Second World War, among which are airplanes, code converter “Enigma”, collectors pay hundreds and even millions of dollars for military commanders’ awards. However, this family from Shklov restores tanks and other military equipment in the sake of history.

08.05.2017

Belarusian veterans share memories of WWII
Belarusian veterans share memories of WWII Let's return from political and hockey losses and wins back to the main victory. May 9 is the national holiday in Belarus. This is a red-letter day not only on the calendar, but also in the hearts of many people with whom the author of the next story - Yevgeny Pustovoy - met this week.

07.04.2017

New evidence: Slavs existed in 4th century AD
New evidence: Slavs existed in 4th century AD Present-day Belarus had Slavic settlements two centuries before the date mentioned in modern textbooks. Belarusian researchers concluded this from the unique archaeological excavations. Vyacheslav Danilovich, head of the NASB’s Institute of History:This is a sensation of the year 2016, as these are the earliest known Slavic artefacts. They date back to the 4th century AD. Our scientists used to consider that Slavs came to present-day Belarus in the 6th century AD.

26.03.2017

Consent and agreement: hundreds of Minsk residents take part in volunteer cleanup in Kurapaty
Consent and agreement: hundreds of Minsk residents take part in volunteer cleanup in Kurapaty Hundreds of Minsk residents came to Kurapaty on March 25, 2017 to clean the territory up. Consent and agreement is the keynote of this movement. A memorial of sorrow and remembrance as a symbol of nation unity is planned to be established here. Subbotnik (days of volunteer unpaid work on weekends) was held in Kurapaty on March 25.

25.03.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Memorial in Kurapaty must become a special place for Belarusians
Alexander Lukashenko: Memorial in Kurapaty must become a special place for Belarusians During his working visit to Grodno region, Alexander Lukashenko once again discussed the subject of opening a memorial in Kurapaty and the events which have been happening around this tragic place lately. President Lukashenko emphasized that a memorial must be a special place for Belarusians, a site of commemoration of those victims who died in that tragic period of history.

07.03.2017

Minsk and Belarusian People’s Republic: Kurlov shooting, charters and 1st All-Belarusian Congress
Minsk and Belarusian People’s Republic: Kurlov shooting, charters and 1st All-Belarusian Congress Belarus became a part of the Russian Empire in 1795. However, Belarusians continued to strive for self-determination and national identity, which provoked a rail strike and then the Kurlov execution. Andrey Unuchek, manager of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus The tragic events happened on October 18, 1905. About 80 people were killed.

06.03.2017

Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial
Archpriest Feodor Povny about Kurapaty memorial This week we went to Kurapaty near Minsk together with father Fyodor Povny, rector of All Saints parish of Minsk, to reflect on the possible memorial. When you're at this site, you want to talk quiter. Is it really the effect of this place, it is really a manifestation of some internal memory?
Pavel Yakubovich: Kurapaty needs to be turned into memorial, for unity of state and public
Why doesn't Belarus open Stalin era archives? It so happened that Joseph Stalin, in whose time mass repressions were carried out in the USSR, was a Georgian. This, of course, has no relation to today's story, but attention to one of the places of the Great Terror - Kurapaty near Minsk - has been attracted recently by the newspaper "SB - Belarus Today", and with good intentions. Let's talk about motivated and reasons for that with the chief editor of the country's main state newspaper Pavel Yakubovich. He is now in our studio. Pavel Izotovich, hello.

02.03.2017

Źmitrok Biadula: the pioneer of the Belarusian literature
Źmitrok Biadula: Pioneer of Belarusian literature Źmitrok Biadula is a Belarusian romantic poet, author of lyrics and short stories, prose writer, talented theatre critic, ethnography and folklore scholar. He is the writer who praised Belarusian people and enriched their culture. His son, Yafim Plaunic, recalls the pioneer of Belarusian literature.

01.03.2017

Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus
Does Kurapaty need a memorial? Public discussion in Belarus Kurapaty should become a national memorial, said participants of the debate, which was held on the initiative of the newspaper SB - Belarus Today. Taking part in the discussion were journalists, historians and scientists. This small place near Minsk gained tragic fame. Kurapaty is a place of mass executions, which were carried out in the late 1930s. The first excavations began here in 1988. But the exact number of victims has not been established until now.

28.02.2017

Prince Maciej Radziwill exhibits personal collection of family values in Minsk
Prince Maciej Radziwill exhibits personal collection of family values in Minsk A unique collection of the Radziwill family has opened in Minsk. A descendant of the magnates - Prince Maciej Radziwill - has brought almost a hundred exhibits of the noble family. These include portraits, engravings and lithographs of the XIX century. Among the most remarkable is the 4-meter Slutsk belt and decorative fabric made at the Slutsk-based Radziwill manufactory. To take them from Poland, the owner had to obtain a special permission.

26.02.2017

Military reconstruction at Stalin Line
Military reconstruction at Stalin Line An extensive reconstruction of the Great Patriotic War event “Battle for Moscow” took place at the Historical and Cultural Complex Stalin Line. It was dedicated to Fatherland Defenders Day, to veterans and military service men, who defended and defend Belarus. Weapons, equipage, munition, explosions and thundering salvos of riffles is an epochal moment in history, which once again reminds visitors of the events of that time.  Organizers also prepared a couple of interactive zones.

23.02.2017

History of hairstyling in Minsk: hairdressing salons for men only
History of hairstyling in Minsk: hairdressing salons once were for men only In the 1960s bouffants and geometric haircuts were considered fashionable; the 1970s are known for hippie style of tresses; the 1980s brought unnaturally vibrant hair color to the fore. Trends change, but no matter what we want to be beautiful. That is why the profession of hairstylist will always be in demand. Now it is difficult to imagine that in the past all hairstylists were men. They were highly treated in the city; men came to them to cut their beards, to shave, and, in the meantime, to have small talks.  

21.02.2017

Fishing in Minsk: past and present
Fishing in Minsk: past and present Centuries ago people tried to settle along major watersheds and rivers. In the ninth century, the first settlements on the territory of modern Minsk appeared in the valley of the river Svisloch. Even then locals were eating fish. Alexander Zubey, researcher of the Ichthyology laboratory of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences for Bioresources:Remains of different fish species, such as bream, catfish, asp and perch, were found during the excavation of the Minsk historical area called Zamchischa.

14.02.2017

Minsk Tractor Works neighborhood: “Town inside city” and threat of demolition Many people visited Tractor Works Town and many of them compared it either with a small Paris or with Monmartre Boulevard but Belarusian poet Piatrus Brouka compared it with a huge hero pulling out pines in the forest with his broad shoulders. Cosy low-rise buildings, steeples, fancy balconies and empire pilasters. The tractor works town is a memorial to the post WWII period. Now it seems to be created for leisurely walks through avenues. And only creative intellectuals are to live there.

08.02.2017

Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk
Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk Bagpipers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment talked with the Orchestra of the Armed Forces of Belarus in the language of... music! On 7 February, the British military performed at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the center of Minsk. Belarusian musicians have repeatedly been on tours in Northern Ireland.

03.02.2017

Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark. The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics. The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.

24.01.2017

WWII photos of Nazi occupation exhibited in Belarus' Mogilev
WWII photos of Nazi occupation exhibited in Belarus' Mogilev The Mogilev City History Museum has received a unique collection of photographs. The pictures are made by German soldiers in the period of the Nazi occupation. They feature townspeople, streets and architecture, including churches and residential buildings, many of which haven’t survived until nowadays. The collection includes rare photos of the flood on the river Dubrovenka that claimed the lives of thousands of citizens in the summer of 1942.

22.01.2017

Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves
Vladimir Makei: Many states arrogate Belarus' history to themselves Many other states arrogate Belarusian history to themselves, said Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on January 20. Mr Makei noted that Belarusians should make sure that their history is objective and people see Belarus is a country with great long-lasting traditions.

10.01.2017

Vyacheslav Danilovich
Belarusian scientific discoveries: Goals for 2017 Guests of the program are Vyacheslav Danilovich, director of Institute of History of National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Belarus, candidate of historical sciences, associate professor and Olga Levko, the head of the center of archeology and ancient history of Belarus of Institute of History of NAS of Belarus, doctor of historical sciences.

05.01.2017

Miniature Eiffel tower
What do Belarus and France have in common? The cannon near the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus is a witness of the Napoleonic Wars in 1812. Nevertheless, the streets of Minsk keep not only the smell of gunpowder and the memory of the dark battles. The occupying French troops had to get themselves provisions. A man better known by his pen name Stendhal was the man responsible for that. The famous French writer directly participated in the War of 1812 and often visited Minsk.
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street Kollektornaya Street, in spite of such an industrial name, is actually one of the oldest streets in Minsk. It was founded in the late 60s of the XIX century. In 1868, the old Jewish graves were moved to this area. At that time, the Jewish cemetery was located on the territory of modern stadium Dinamo. Sergei Kharevsky, art critic, historian of architecture:Many older tombstones were moved here. And this street, which arose along this cemetery, originally and until 1919 was called Moiseyevskaya. It was in honor of the prophet Moses.

04.01.2017

Tolstoy Street in Minsk
Tolstoy Street in Minsk: yesterday, today, tomorrow One and a half centuries ago, on the site of the modern Tolstoy Street was a suburb of Minsk. There were several buildings, surrounded by a picturesque forest. That changed in the early 70s of the XIX century, when the Libau-Romny railroad was built here. New streets appeared on the map of the city faster than suitable names were found for them.

03.01.2017

How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady
How ancient Belarusians celebrated Kaliady Kaliady (Kolyada) was the main winter holiday for the ancestors of Belarusians and the main symbol of the coming year. Usually, the celebrations were held from December 25 till January 6. In ancient times, neither women nor men could work during this period; they should have a rest from a daily routine. There was a tradition: if a family wanted the next year to be successful, they should sacrifice a goat. From the goat’s skin they made a pipe. It was believed that the worse the goat’s voice, the better the pipe’s sound.

13.12.2016

Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations
Analyst: Belarus among the top of former Soviet nations 25 years is a true anniversary! Is it a joy or sadness when it comes to the disintegration of the Soviet empire and the birth of a new sovereign state? If a country is frail and miserable and their residents are poor, one can bemoan the loss. But if history has developed as it was in the case of Belarus, quite successfully (and against the background of the 15 former Soviet nations Belarus seems even more advanced), there can be a little mourn, something like nostalgia. But the main thing is the establishment of a sovereign state.

28.11.2016

St Nicholas Orthodox Church remembers the siege of Brest Fortress in 1941
Heart and soul of Brest Fortress: mysteries of St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Brest is a unique temple. This is the very same church that is depicted on the painting given by President Lukashenko to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. And this is the church that was converted into a Catholic one for a while, suffered greatly during the German siege of Brest Fortress at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War but has been restored recently.

24.11.2016

Kandrat Krapiva seemed to be very strict, but was a romantic at heart
Who Laughs Last: Word and satire genius of Kandrat Krapiva In Art's noble kitchen Vain and worthless weed I lie, Of what kind? Fit but for laughter! I am the stinging nettle – I. (The Nettle, 1922; translated by Vera Rich) This is how Kandrat Atrakhovich wrote on himself just after he had chosen an apt pen name Krapiva (which stands for 'nettle' in Belarusian) to become a classic of a 'stinging' satire in Belarus. He was born in 1896 to live a long, mostly happy, but sometimes tragic, life – 95 years!

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

11.11.2016

Stefaniya Stanyuta in a movie
Unknown Hobbies of Renowned Belarusians: Kupala, Kolas, Brouka, Stanyuta Unusual hobbies and collections of three Belarusian People's Poets and a legendary actress (guess who is her great-granddaughter) all in the following report shot in the museums of Minsk. Since his very childhood the future People's Poet Yanka Kupala took a great interest in Belarusian legends and fairy tales. Later he would base his works on them.

10.11.2016

Minsk
History of street lighting in Minsk Street lighting in Europe appeared in the 17th century. A hundred years later, the technology was used in Minsk for the first time. The first street lights were oil-based and very dim, which required some changes. In the 1940s, hemp oil was used instead. Vladimir Denisov, chief archivist of the National Historical Archive of Belarus: In 1850, Minsk authorities decided to implement spirit city lighting. A special mixture of hemp seed oil was made for this.

09.11.2016

A contemporary portrait of the poet based on his photo.
Interesting facts about Belarusian poet Maksim Bahdanovich In Belarusian literature, there are such personalities whose fates attract researchers for decades. The famous son of Belarusian land Maksim Bahdanovich is among them. He was separated from his Motherland, where he always longed to be, in his very early childhood and managed to return there only at the end of his life.

23.10.2016

Origin of names of Minsk’s streets
Origin of names of Minsk’s streets Some historic event could become a reason to change a name of a street. 

22.10.2016

The only trumpet signalman works in Grodno
The only trumpet signalman works in Grodno Every day trumpet player from the orchestra of Grodno Regional Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Dmitry Kisel climbs a 33-meter fire tower to perform his duty. The view from that tower is amazing in any season. Dmitry is a local celebrity. Even though not all Grodno citizens know him by sight, it’s impossible to imagine the city without the sound of his trumpet. He works without day offs informing citizens that everything is calm in the city.

20.10.2016

They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin
They are 120,000 years old: Australian scientists about bison's origin Scientists have uncovered the mystery of the origin of bison, which is one of the national symbols of Belarus. With the help of DNA analysis of the ancient remains they revealed that these animals have existed for around 120,000 years. Such conclusions were voiced by Australian researchers. They studied the genome of 64 bison. They found that these mammals appeared by crossing between the already extinct steppe bison and the ancestors of modern cattle. Previously, it was believed that the bison appeard about 12,000 years ago.

14.10.2016

Museum online: Internet guide tour in Staryye Dorogi
Museum online: Internet guide tour in Staryye Dorogi Now people can visit the museum of Starryye Dorogi history without leaving home. There is an online exhibition for those who want to see the museum. The photos of the most interesting items were posted in the Internet with a short description. However, it cannot substitute the real trip to the museum. Nevertheless, people can find out more details about Staryye Dorogi in the Internet.
History of Red Church of Minsk
History of Red Church of Minsk The idea to build a new Catholic church in Minsk appeared at the end of the 19th century. By that time, only two similar architectural monuments were preserved. These monuments are the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Church of Holy Trinity. However, the idea wasn’t supported by the authorities.

01.10.2016

History of Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Square and monument of Lenin
History of Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Square and monument of Lenin The construction of Lenin Square (now it’s Nezavisimosti Square) began with the construction of the House of Government, the draft of which was approved judging by the results of the contest in 1929, timed  to the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of Minsk as the capital of the BSSR. The winner of the contest was Iosif Langbard. After that, he was asked to help with the construction of the Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Academy of Science and the House of the Red Army in Minsk.

30.09.2016

15 portraits of Radziwiłłs of ХІХ century and 3 portraits of XVIII returned to Mirsky Castle
15 portraits of Radziwiłłs of ХІХ century and 3 portraits of XVIII returned to Mirsky Castle A unique collection of the Radziwiłłs’ portraits returned to Belarus. The collection consists of 15 paintings of the 19th century and 3 paintings of the 18th century. The paintings were acquired in Germany and have direct connection with the owners of the Mirsky Castle, which makes them very valuable. The origin of these paintings is full of mysteries. Experts haven’t known about its existence for a long time. Finally, a real family collection of the Radziwiłłs is in the Mirsky Castle.
Heart of city: Story of Minsk citadel of XII-XIII centuries and future plans
Heart of city: Story of Minsk citadel of XII-XIII centuries and future plans Minsk is constantly changing. In 2004, thank to the findings of archeologists and preserved documents, the Minsk City Hall was restored in its initial appearance. Today, there is a public garden right beside it as it was several centuries ago. Behind the City Hall, people can find a bailiff holding the keys from the city and a charter.

03.09.2016

Life of Kirill of Turov
Life of Kirill of Turov Kirill of Turov, the famous son of the Belarusian lands, was a preacher, educator, religious leader and writer. His name is well-known both in Belarus and abroad thanks to his spiritual deeds. Kirill of Turov was one of the most prominent people of the time. He was a humble monk, talented theologian and spiritual guide.

02.09.2016

Euphrosyne of Polotsk: first saint woman in Belarus
Euphrosyne of Polotsk: first saint woman in Belarus It’s impossible to imagine the spiritual life and culture of Belarus without Euphrosyne of Polotsk. It was the first woman to be recognized as a saint. Moreover, Euphrosyne of Polotsk was the first enlightener in Belarus.

04.08.2016

Monument to Afghan war soldiers in Minsk turns 20
Monument to Afghan war soldiers in Minsk turns 20 Pain of loss embodied in bronze and stone. Exactly 20 years ago, a chapel in memory of Afghan war soldiers who did not return home appeared on the Island of Tears. On the altar inside the chapel carved the names of the fallen soldiers, who were called soldiers-internationalists in the Soviet Union. Nina Dus, mother of a dead soldier-internationalist:I'm still waiting for him. Because I did not see him dead. They brought a zinc coffin. We wanted to open it, but they dissuaded us.

29.07.2016

Mikhail Savitsky exhibition opens in Minsk Museum of Great Patriotic War
Mikhail Savitsky exhibition opens in Minsk Museum of Great Patriotic War An exhibition of paintings by Mikhail Savitsky opened at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War July 28. Prior to that, the famous series was stored in the gallery of the artist for two years. The collection of 16 paintings shows the truth about the horrors of death camps, the cruelty of executioners and stuggle of prisoners. All works are based on documentary materials and the personal experience of the artist. Savitsky was himself a prisoner of Düsseldorf, Buchenwald and Dachau for three years.

22.06.2016

5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary
5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly: Day 1 summary The 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly opened in Minsk June 22. This is the most democratic way of democracy. Journalists pick different epithets and comparisons for the forum. But the Belarus President explains it simply and clearly. He speaks about the purpose of the meeting itself and the people taking part in it.
Belarus' Brest re-enacts first days of Great Patriotic War
Belarus' Brest re-enacts first days of Great Patriotic War of 1941 (video) The feat of the defenders of the Brest Fortress has been inscribed with golden letters in the annals of the history of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The garrison of the Brest Fortress was the first to be hit by the powerful Nazi machine.  Thousands of Belarusians and guests of the country come to the Brest Fortress on June 22 to remember how WWII spilled over into Belarus in 1941. The events of the early morning of 22 June 1941 were re-enacted and the show seemed to leave everyone impressed. 

21.06.2016

Formidable Soviet Katyusha missile launcher turns 75
Formidable Soviet Katyusha missile launcher turns 75 75 years ago, on June 21, 1941, the BM-13 missile launchers, also known as Katyusha, went into service in the Red Army. The USSR government signed the relevant document just hours before the start of the Great Patriotic War. Within a week after the Great Patriotic War began, the world's first rocket artillery battery was formed. It included seven machines.

13.06.2016

Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says
Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says The CTV channel has talked with Minister of Culture of Russia at the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions, held in Minsk this week. Vladimir Medinsky recalled his holidays in Belarus seven years ago.  We tried to ask about the possible exchange of Shishkin originals for Slutsk belts. However, the minister skillfully ducked the answer saying that this is a complex issue and requires elaboration. Why are you embarrassed to go to Egypt?

17.05.2016

The world's first "Primer" is of Belarusian origin
The world's first "Primer" is of Belarusian origin, scientists say The Belarusian primer turned out to be older than one thought. Until recently, it was considered that the first edition of a Belarusian ABC book is the one authored by Spyridon Sobol, dating back to 1631. But now scientists have made a discovery of a historic scale. They proved that the first book called Primer (ABC book) has Belarusian roots and was published much earlier, in 1618.  There are only two copies of this book in the world. One is stored in the UK while the other in Denmark.

11.05.2016

History of Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk
History of Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk The name of the street is directly connected to the revolution in Russia in 1917 and the creation of the Red Army. The street got its name in 1919, and today, Minsk residents call it in the same way. The architectural image of the central part of the city is the result of the radical turn. Historical buildings are used for different purposes, and the street itself changed its name a lot of times. Thus, Kasharskaya, its first name, derives from a Polish word which means barracks. They used to be located in the vicinity of the modern Kirov plant.

09.05.2016

Victory Day in Grodno: Karbyshev Military Line opens with battle re-enactment
Victory Day in Grodno: Karbyshev Military Line opens with battle re-enactment The Mound of Glory has become the center of celebrations in Grodno. This is a landmark for every local.  Especially for the holiday, the so-called Karbyshev Military Line opened here. This is a copy of fortifications built before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War on the western borders of the USSR. Here veterans and Grodno guests could enjoy WWII combat reenactment by the local military garrison.

03.05.2016

Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church
Mstislavl residents joinly restoring ancient church An ancient church is being restored in Mstislavl, Belarus. It was built back in 1834. And in the beginning it was the main temple of the city. Over more than 150 years, the building witnessed WWII, religious persecution and more. Valentina Timashkova has donated money for the renovation of the church for the second time. As an employee of a museum, she is well aware of the importance of this deed.

02.05.2016

International festival of Slavic martial arts held in Grodno
International festival of Slavic martial arts held in Grodno Melee and jousting tournaments according to medieval rules. Grodno hosted an international festival of Slavic martial arts. The local Mound of Game has become an arena of knights tournaments. Medieval battles were re-enacted here with historical accuracy, be it a melee or a sword tournament. Moreover, in addition to traditional swords, axes and crossbows warriors used the most peaceful implements in the battles.

27.04.2016

Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history
Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history A startling discovery may change the date of foundation of Gomel. Archaeologists have enough artifacts to confirm: the city is more ancient than one earlier believed at least by two centuries. Scientists found another proof of the fact that Gomel existed long before its official mentioning dating back to 1142.

25.04.2016

Minsk school named after American Ruth Waller
Belarusian school named after UNRRA staff Ruth Waller On April 25, Deputy UN Secretary General Helen Clark took part in an unusual ceremony during her visit to Belarus. Minsk school No130 received the name of American Ruth Waller - secretary of the first humanitarian mission of the United Nations. This fact is now evidenced by a plaque.

21.04.2016

Frunzensky District
Frunzensky District turns 65: history and residents’ reviews A new district appeared in the northwest of Minsk 65 years ago. It was named Frunzensky after the legendary revolutionist, statesman and military leader Mikhail Frunze. The villages Bolshoye Medvezhino and Baranovshchina (nowadays the Zapad neighborhood) joined the district in 1978. The Sukharevo neighborhood in the Frunzensky district was built in the 90s. Some territories of the Minsk region joined the district in 2004. These territories are nowadays Masyukovshchina, Kuntsevshchina, Dombrovka, and Kamennaya Gorka.

20.04.2016

How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate
How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate These are shots of German newsreels from August 1941. Adolf Hitler is flying over occupied Minsk. He is looking towards the Government House and campus buildings from the window of his plane. In four years, the same region faced another protagonist of World War II who stayed in Minsk. It was Joseph Stalin. The head of the Soviet Union rarely left the country, but it was a special case then.

09.04.2016

Minsk history: name history and places for further researches
Minsk name history: different versions “In the year 1067, Izyaslav, Sviatoslav, and Vsevolod assembled troops to wage war against Vseslav in severe cold. They came to Minsk and its residents closed themselves in the town. The brothers conquered Minsk, killed all the men, captured the women and the children as trophies and headed for the Niamiha where they met Vsevolod on March 3. It was snowing heavily and the troops clashed in a fierce fight where many people were killed.”
Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts
Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts Did you know that there is an ”invisible” church in Minsk? It is Church of Holy Trinity, or Church of Saint Roch, situated at 44a Independence Avenue. Today, the sacred place is hidden in the courtyard of the Palace of Arts, located on Kozlova Street, and the metropolitan newspaper editorial office, located on Independence Avenue.

08.04.2016

Minsk in vicinity of Kirov Plant: history and architects’ plans
Minsk in vicinity of Kirov Plant: history and architects’ plans At first, the famous Kosharskaya square was situated in the vicinity of Minsk’s Pervomayskaya Street and Krasnoarmeyskaya Street (earlier Skobelevskaya and Okolnaya, respectively). Its name derives from the Polish word ‘koszary’, which means ‘barracks’. It was a kind of a military town. The entire necessary infrastructure was located there, including a small smithy. Later, in 1881, that smithy turned into the future Kirov plant.
Minsk police: History of Main Internal Affairs Directorate of Minsk City Executive Committee
Minsk police history March 4 is a memorable date in the history of Belarusian police. In 2017, law enforcement officers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the service.

06.04.2016

Belarusian printing
History of Belarusian printing The history of Belarusian printing dates back to 1517, when Francysk Skaryna published his first book The Psalter in Prague. During XVI-XVIII centuries, there were brotherhoods in the Great Duchy of Lithuania belonging to Orthodox churches and monasteries. They conducted cultural-educational activities, opened schools and typographies. One of the first historic dates is March 18, 1633. Then the Polish king Wladyslaw IV Vasa issued a document where the printing house in Minsk at the Monastery of St Peter and St Paul is mentioned for the first time.
Belarus receives from UK digital copy of First Book of Samuel by Skaryna
Belarus receives from UK digital copy of First Book of Samuel by Skaryna Belarus has received from the UK the heritage of its first printer, Francysk Skaryna, though only in a digital version. The virtual copy was handed to Belarus by University of Cambridge. This is the First Book of Samuel, published by the printer in Prague in the early 16th century. Moreover, this is not a complete book, but only a fragment of the publication. But, according to the correspondent of the news program "24 Hours" on the CTV, this does not diminish its importance for Belarusian culture.
Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site
Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site Not once did Minsk subway builders find ancient coins and other artifacts of bygone eras. At the construction site of the subway station Vokzalnaya, the builders found coins of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia. A handful of gold five-ruble coins were extracted from underground near house No3 in Lineiny Side Street.

05.04.2016

Twin sisters from Minsk creating textile masterpieces
Twin sisters from Minsk creating textile masterpieces These spring flowers with petals playing in sunbeams seem to be natural. The birds are singing and sap is dripping from the nearby tree of life. Everything in this studio resembles a fairy tale. Cloths woven from hundreds of fabric flaps look like pictorial art. Nevertheless, it is made of cloth of gold, splendid velvet, and imponderable silk instead of watercolours and gouache.

04.04.2016

From KGB building to Dinamo Stadium: How post-WWII Minsk was rebuilt
From KGB building to Dinamo Stadium: How post-WWII Minsk was rebuilt Minsk was literally restored from ashes. Famous architects Mikhail Parusnikov from Moscow and Mikhail Barshch from Leningrad came to Minsk, destroyed after WWII, to create sheer miracles. Together with Belarusian architects, they began to create a city, filled with the spirit of rebirth and triumph of the victory. The idea was embodied in the architecture.

31.03.2016

Fox finds ancient settlement near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
Fox finds ancient settlement near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park Arrows, ceramics, and human remains were found by a fox near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Actually, this place is an archaeological object. Here, Mesolithic, Neolithic, the Bronze Age, and the Middle Ages combine together. Some years ago, excavations were carried out there, though archaeologists have never expected such a surprise.

30.03.2016

Belarusian State University Dormitory No1
History of Belarusian State University Dormitory No1 The native town is always full of our memories. Dormitory No1 of the Belarusian State University in Sverdlova Street will always be new for Mikhail Filistovich. From 1959 to 1963 it became the second home for the gifted philology student. This time signified the beginning of creativity and the time of the first and eternal love. Former Head of Belarus’ State Control Committee’s Media Center, Mikhail Filistovich, still remembers how he came from Molodechno to Minsk in order to enter the main university of the country.

24.03.2016

History of Belarusian Olympic triumphs
History of Belarusian Olympic victories "Faster. Higher. Stronger". On March 22, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus marked its 25th anniversary. The Belarus President has also sent his congratulations on this occasion. Alexander Lukashenko wished Olympians will to win to the glory of Belarusian sport. This year, fans count on the successful performance of Belarusian athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio.

23.03.2016

Belarus National Olympic Committee marks 25th anniversary
Belarus National Olympic Committee marks 25th anniversary The National Olympic Committee on March 22 marks 25th anniversary. During this time Belarusian athletes as part of the independent team participated in 11 Olympics - six winter and five summer. They have won 91 medals. One of the most triumphant victories in the history of Belarusian sport was the finish of White Lightning Yulia Nesterenko at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The runner won the "royal" distance of the women's 100m. 

21.03.2016

Nazism victims' memory honored in Belarus' Trostenets
Nazism victims' memory honored in Belarus' Trostenets Minsk last week once again become a platform for reflection on the need to draw lessons from the past and avoid armed conflicts. Foreign diplomats, veterans and clergy gathered for an international rally in memory of victims of the Nazi death camp Trostenets, where 200,000 people were killed. At the site of the former death camp now stands the monument "The Gates of Memory" and the three elm.

20.03.2016

Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list?
Belarus' bell-ringing into UNESCO spiritual heritage list? Belarus is a unique country with deep-rooted bell-ringing traditions. Rare technique of bell-ringing may become part of the intangible spiritual heritage of Belarus and UNESCO. Studying these techniques for a long time has been Elena. By blessing of Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret, she has been at several expeditions and visited 300 countries.

17.03.2016

Belarussian State Youth Theatre
Belarusian State Youth Theatre: history of development Energetic and talented Belarussian State Youth Theatre begins with a unique museum, not a checkroom. Here are the first posters, theatre programmes and costumes from plays. The first premiere of the theatre was in 1985. The chief Director Grigoriy Borovik brought to the audience the play These Strange Old People. Many of the actors of those times continue to work on the stage of the Youth Theatre. And with a smile, they remember how everything began.
Minsk
Minsk then and now: what famous people think about city Minsk was first mentioned in The Chronicle on March 3, 1067, in the narrative of the battle on Nemiga. And now, the capital of Belarus is really a world-famous city, with its popularity growing. Peter von Balloos, tourist (Switzerland):Yes, I'm a Prince, but I lost my castle somewhere in Switzerland. However, I found my own castle in Belarus. They are all here!

11.03.2016

the Trostenets memorial complex
Building of Trostenets memorial complex to be resumed in summer 2016 The building of the Trostenets memorial complex will be resumed in summer 2016.  According to the plan, the urochishches (natural boundaries) Blagovschina and Shashkovka are to be renovated. These areas were the parts of the Maly Trostenets Nazi death camp, located in the suburbs of Minsk in the Great Patriotic War. To commemorate the deceased prisoners, the experts collected the earth from the most historically significant places of Trostenets. Later, the capsule with these samples will be put in the crypt of the All Saints Memorial Temple.

15.02.2016

Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15 The day of remembrance of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war soldiers) is celebrated on February 15 in Belarus. Exactly 27 years ago, Soviet troops left Afghanistan. This war lasted for more than 9 years, becoming the longest in the 20th century. In the modern history it is often referred to as the first anti-terrorist operation. All in all, more than 30,000 Belarusians roamed the fire roads of Afghanistan, of whom 800 did not return home. Someone was killed and someone is still considered missing.

07.02.2016

Minsk during the rule of Czapski
Count Czapski’s contribution to Minsk’s development He gave Minsk residents an opportunity to read the first local newspaper, called Minskiye Gubernskiye Vedomosti (Minsk province news), wander in paved squares under streetlights, and even use a telephone. All that was possible thanks to Count Czapski, who was the governor of Minsk from 1890 till 1901. During his governorship, a lot of economic and cultural reforms were carried out. That period of rapid development in the city’s history will be remembered for a long time.

31.01.2016

Loshitsa estate in Minsk
Renovated Loshitsa estate in Minsk welcomes its visitors A picturesque Loshitsa park is a famous recreation place in Minsk with its luxuriant flora, unique architecture and striking chronicle. The fertile land on the river Svisloch's banks was first mentioned as far back as 11th century. That was also when the first settlements appeared here, as excavations prove.
Minsk bells
Minsk bell ringing: Soviet bans, 14,000-pound bell and meaning of ringing From time immemorial, bells were believed to have great power. The sound, resembling the Annunciation, signaled a feast, a public meeting or a service.  On hearing rich mellow chime, people stopped, wherever they may have been (in the fields, on the road or on duty), looked in the sky and prayed. For the sound to reach settlements miles away, belfries were built on hills or close to rivers, which are perfect acoustic systems.

21.01.2016

First mobile exhibition project in Belarus
Belarus and Belarusians: Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents first mobile exhibition project The first mobile exhibition project was presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) January 19. Historians gathered archival materials and footage of modern photographers. Thanks to this exhibition you can learn the history of Belarus since the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to the present time. The project is planned to see abroad. The exhibition reflects, among other things, the history of Mir and Nesvizh Castles and the spills of Pripyat River.

07.01.2016

Osmolovka: the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk
Osmolovka: the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk Andrey Ezerin, resident of Osmolovka neighborhood:Some Minsk dwellers know that this area is called Osmolovka. The neighborhood is named in honor of famous Minsk architecture Mikhail Osmolovsky. His project was used in order to build Osmolovka in 1940. Actually, it was the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk. Osmolovka was the neighborhood where military chiefs, actors of Opera and Ballet House and other famous persons lived.

14.12.2015

WWI scene re-enacted in Belarus
WWI scene re-enacted in Belarus Weapons, artillery and cavalry horses. WWI battles could be again seen near Belarus' Brest. About 150 people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine have recreated a picture of one of the bloodiest wars in the history of mankind.  The Brest region was chosen on purpose. It was here where in the middle of December 1917, a military truce between Soviet Russia, Germany and its allies was signed.  
Vyacheslav Kebich: The last evening of the Soviet Union
Vyacheslav Kebich: The last evening of the Soviet Union This week, the 24th anniversary of the breakup of the USSR was marked. On December 8, 1991, a verdict of the largest country on the planet was signed in the Bialowieza Forest. The CTV Channel met with a member of the very event in Viskuli - Vyacheslav Kebich, who was Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus in the first years of independence.  Were afraid at some point of your political and then economic career?

10.12.2015

Grand Duchy of Lithuania's 3rd Statute presented in Belarus' Presidential Library
Grand Duchy of Lithuania's 3rd Statute presented in Belarus' Presidential Library A masterpiece of legal thought in 1588 in Belarus, The 3rd Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL), was presented in the Presidential Library on December 10. This set of laws proclaimed transition from feudalism to capitalist relations.

09.12.2015

USSR disappeared 24 years ago, on December 8, 1991. Act of dissolution
USSR disappeared 24 years ago, on December 8, 1991 The day of 8 December 24 years ago was a landmark in the fate of 250 million people and 15 republics. On that day, in Viskuli, there was signed a document that, in fact, was the verdict of the Soviet state, which occupied the territory equal to one-sixth of the land. It is noteworthy that not so much is known about the negotiations which took place almost 25 years ago. This makes journalists return again and again to this theme.

23.11.2015

Nesvizh
History club Clio from Nesvizh museum awarded UNESCO status The club of fans of history and culture Clio, which is based at the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Nesvizh, has received the status of the UNESCO club. Its members are engaged in research activities: work in the library and over the Internet. At this club, the youth can discuss the problems of the history and culture of the area. The participants repeatedly assisted restorers in working with coins and ethnographic objects. 

19.11.2015

After 75 years, KV-1 tank found in Vitebsk region’s marsh
After 75 years, KV-1 tank found in Vitebsk region’s marsh Who knows how many mysteries the Vitebsk region is hiding? One of them was cleared up several days ago. A Great Patriotic War military vehicle was found in the Senno district, Vitebsk region, and locals had to engage into a true rescue mission to dig up some of its parts! A heavy Kliment Voroshilov tank, also known as KV-1, was found in a marsh. It’s the first such finding in Belarus, which is literally sensational. The tank was in the marsh for 75 years.

18.11.2015

Edward Voynilovich, Minsk region reformer
Edward Voynilovich, prominent Minsk region reformer The Minsk region reformer, the leading Belarusian and Polish social and political figure of the XIX – early XX centuries and the philanthropist. He brought the agriculture of Belarus to a new level and initiated the famous Red Church construction. Edward Voynilovich was born in 1847 in the village Slepianka near Minsk to a wealthy noble family of Adam Voynilovich and Anna Vankovich. He got education at the St. Petersburg State Technological Institute, and then did the course at Belgian and Dutch factories, from where he brought the modern European experience.

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