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20.07.2015

Belarus President signs anti-corruption law July 17 The Belarus President signed Law on Combating Corruption on 17 July. The document spells out restrictions for officials, as well as the procedure for the declaration of income and assets. In particular, management positions cannot be occupied by persons dismissed for defamatory facts, as well as those who committed grave or especially grave crimes or used their official position.

17.07.2015

Minsk bus drivers' drag racing
Minsk bus drivers' drag racing (video) Drag racing performed by public transport. Drivers of Minsk buses took part in the July 16 contest of professional skills. The competition was held in one of the capital bus depots. Employees' of the state company Minsktrans (about two dozen people) showed their skills in several elements, including diagonal parking. All elements were evaluated by the jury. By the way, women for the first time took part in the competition.

14.07.2015

Vitebsk says goodbye to Slavonic Bazaar 2015
Vitebsk says goodbye to Slavonic Bazaar 2015 Despite the official closure of the arts forum, which took place the day before in the city on the Dvina, Vitebsk still lived music 14 July. The organizers summed up the results of the "Slavic Bazaar" festival.  This Norwegian with Belarusian roots visits Vitebsk not only for work but also for impressions. The capital of "Slavonic Bazaar" for Alexander Rybak is not only the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, but home where he is loved and awaited by fans.
Alexander Rybak, singer, comes to Vitebsk for Slavonic Bazaar
Alexander Rybak: Vitebsk is a modern city that preserved its roots Vitebsk lives music non-stop.  Despite the official closure of the Slavonic Bazaar international arts festival, which took place last night, music sounds in the city on the Dvina even today. The city of artisans and masters is still open while artists and actors continue to bring joy to city residents and tourists. Alexander Rybak, singer:Vitebsk is modern city, but it has kept its roots. It's nice to see it. Some kind of nostalgia has always been attracting me here.
Mogilev region's companies willing to recruit migrants from Ukraine
Mogilev region's companies willing to recruit migrants from Ukraine Belarus has created the conditions for a comfortable life of those who wish to move out of Ukraine. The Mogilev region has created a special database of vacancies. Job offers are listed especially for citizens of Ukraine. Besides work, many enterprises provide migrants with housing, places in kindergartens and schools. Yulia Lisitsyna:In Belarus, I like stability. Order... There is no outrage like in Ukraine. We have both work and housing. The children go to kindergarten and school.
Alexander Lukashenko at Slavonic Bazaar music festival 2015
Alexander Lukashenko notes Belarus' peaceful status at Slavonic Bazaar closing ceremony A closing ceremony of the international arts festival Slavonic Bazaar was held in Vitebsk yesterday in the evening. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko took part in it.

13.07.2015

People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbuloglu gets star on Vitebsk Walk of Fame
People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbuloglu gets star on Vitebsk Walk of Fame The People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bulbul oglu received this year's Special Award of the President of Belarus. His star was unveiled on the Walk of Fame on the final day of the Slavonic Bazaar festival in Vitebsk. Pouring rain did not bother either spectators or the artist himself. The famous singer heard his songs performed by young artists and could not resist singing along with them.
Belarus delivers humanitarian aid to Nepal Belarus successfully delivered humanitarian aid to Nepal. An aircraft departed from Belarus on July 11 to carry aid to the country hit by a series of earthquakes. Aboard are tents, blankets, clothing, food and diesel generators. The overall worth of cargo is over 3 billion rubles. The earthquake in Nepal was the most devastating in the last 80 years in the South Asian region. They took the lives of about 8,000 people. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless. 
NGO Belaya Rus to take active part in Belarus' presidential election 2015 The NGO "Belaya Rus" should take an active part in the presidential elections 2015. This was stated by the chairman of the public association Alexander Radkov at the enlarged meeting of the organization. It was attended by about 400 people. Among them are ministers, deputies, artists, and athletes. The main issue of discussion was the upcoming election campaign, because the collecting of signatures for presidential candidates starts in Belarus on July 23. Belaya Rus, one of the largest NGOs in Belarus, is also set to join the process.
Alexander Lukashenko calls Slavic Bazaar global scale festival
Alexander Lukashenko calls Slavic Bazaar a global scale festival The international arts festival Slavic Bazaar started last week in Vitebsk. In 2015, it is attended by a record number of participants - from 42 countries.  Contrary to its name the festival hosts artists not only from Slavic states, but also from Kazakhstan, Brazil, the UK, France, Norway, and Sweden. As many as 21 artists competed at the international song contest for the grand prize - 20 thousand dollars. In the Year of Youth, support to young artists is particularly relevant. 

10.07.2015

Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols
Belarus' Constitutional Court approves updated law on state symbols The Constitutional Court of Belarus on July 8 approved a new law on state symbols. Experts confirmed that the draft document is consistent with all the legislative acts in force. The new law provides for a ban on the use of the image of the State Emblem of Belarus on letterheads, stamps and seals belonging to NGOs. Furthermore, there is a list of objects where flags must be set. It is reported that the new law should help Belarusians develop respect for the state symbols.
Slavonic Bazaar chief Alexander Sidorenko appointed head of World Association of Festivals
Slavonic Bazaar chief Alexander Sidorenko appointed head of World Association of Festivals Head of the Slavonic Bazaar festival Alexander Sidorenko has become head of the World Association of Festivals. This organization brings together dozens of the largest festivals of the world and serves as a kind of trendsetter in the cultural movement of the planet. Thus, the international community, in fact, confirms the high level of organization of Vitebsk's Slavonic Bazaar, which in 2015 brings together representatives of 42 countries and about 4,000 artists. 

08.07.2015

Alexander Oleshko: Slavic Bazaar is one of the most honest, bright and real festivals
Alexander Oleshko: Slavic Bazaar is one of the most honest, bright and real festivals The Vitebsk festival welcomes visitors of Slavonic Bazaar. At this year's International Cultural Forum 42 states will take part. The flags of the participating countries have been raised near the Summer Amphitheatre.  There was held a solo concert of Grigory Leps and a show of the famous Russian artist Alexander Oleshko. 
2015 Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk opens tomorrow
2015 Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk opens tomorrow Vitebsk plunges into the atmosphere of the Slavic Bazaar festival. The opening of the art forum will be held in a day. The city is already expecting the grand show. Star guests began to arrive in the festival's capital. It is expected that no less than 4 thousand people will come to the festival. In 2015, they will represent 42 nations. Pirates from the Atlantic landed in Vitebsk. Olga and her son Radomir from England are trying to show that "Slavic Bazaar" is not just a festival, but a state of mind.

07.07.2015

Bentley 1929 worth BYR7 billion seized at Belarusian-Polish border
Vintage 1929 Bentley worth BYR7 billion confiscated at Belarusian-Polish border A vintage car, which estimated cost is about BYR7 billion has been confiscated before the court decision at the Belarusian-Polish border. The driver chose the green customs corridor without providing documents confirming the legality of the vehicle's export. 
Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk 2015: Dali and Picasso exhibition opens
Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk 2015: Dali and Picasso exhibition opens Vitebsk plunges into the atmosphere of the Slavic Bazaar festival. The official opening of the art forum will be held on July 9, but the city lives in the festival's rhythm already today. Celebrity guests started arriving in the capital of the festival. It is expected that there will be no less than 4,000 participants of Slavonic Bazaar. In 2015, there will be 42 countries. And this is the festival's record.
400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction
400 Belarusian and Russian students to assist in Ostrovets nuclear power plant construction On July 7, about 400 students from Belarus and Russia arrived at the construction site of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which will be the first such power plant in Belarus.   These young people come from all regions of Belarus as well as from the Belgorod, Kaluga and Moscow regions. They were selected on a competitive basis. A presidential decree in 2014 gave the Belarusian nuclear power plant the status of the "all-Belarusian youth construction site."

06.07.2015

Belarusian sculptural dolls on display in Cannes until end of August 2015 Guests of the CTV program “Morning. Studio of good mood” are TV presenter and artist Irina Rombalskaya and Belarusian artist Gloria Ran. How did you get an opportunity to exhibit your dolls in Cannes? 
Belarus celebrating Midsummer in the night of July 7
Belarus celebrating Midsummer in the night of July 7 Midsummer night. Traditional folk festival will be celebrated throughout Belarus on the 7 July night. You can hear folk songs on the banks of rivers and lakes this night. Young people usually dance and jump over bonfires. Wreath floating is also part of celebrations. The bravest will go in search of the flower of happiness. According to a popular belief, Paparats-kvetka (fern flower) flowers at midnight, and those who find it acquire supernatural powers.  
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in midsummer festival 2015 in Belarus' Alexandria village
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in midsummer festival 2015 in Belarus' Alexandria village A kind of celebration of Slavic unity - the folk forum "Midsummer" - was held in the Mogilev region. For the sixth time it has united residents of the Dnieper River regions of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.  Taking part in the festival are masters of all trades who show the highest levels of folk art. In 2015, the emphasis was made on youth. This is because support of young talents is part of the government policy. Dnieper, or the Dnipro, is the river that unites three countries - Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This symbolizes cultural Slavic neighborhood.
Let's Sing Anthem Together: Independence Day music video by CTV channel
Let's Sing Anthem Together: Independence Day music video by CTV channel Independence Day of Belarus ended on a high note when the whole country sang the national anthem. The traditional campaign "Let's sing the anthem together" took place near the stela "Minsk - Hero City". Along with tens of thousands of Minsk residents and guests of the capital, senior officials, businessmen, athletes and journalists sang the anthem.

03.07.2015

Independence Day 2015 in Brest Fortress: Flowers, Eternal Flame and minute of silence Independence Day celebrations were opened in Brest with a ceremony of laying flowers to the Eternal Flame and the minute of silence near the Brest Fortress, the symbol of Belarusian heroism. In memory of the courage of WWII soldiers, a gun salute was fired near the fortress on July 3 followed by a march of the Brest garrison.
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day
President Lukashenko lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Independence Day Independence Day in Minsk on July 3 began with a wreath-laying ceremony. Flowers and wreaths were laid at the Victory Monument in the center of Minsk. It's like another "thank you" to all those who fought for the liberation of our country in World War II, and later praised the independent Belarus. By tradition, the first wreath was laid by the President.
Belarus to sing national anthem at EXPO in Milan on Independence Day
Belarus to sing national anthem at EXPO in Milan on Independence Day The campaign "Let's sing the anthem together" will be held on July 3 at the Belarusian pavilion at the world exhibition "EXPO" in Milan. The Belarusian booth expects a lot of guests on Independence Day. For them, Belarusian and Italian chefs will give a master class on cooking pancakes, while folk groups will entertain the audience with Belarusian folklore. Over two months, the Belarusian EXPO pavilion was visited by about 100 thousand tourists. 
Independence Day congratulations from prominent Belarusians
Independence Day congratulations from prominent Belarusians Prior to Independence Day the CTV channel prepared a series of videos featuring prominent Belarusians. They congratulate compatriots on Belarus’ Independence Day. Author and producer Pavel Korenevsky Director of Photography Sergei Novikov Directed by Sergei Terpitsky Editor Anastasia Savitskaya *** Natalia Tsilinskaya, 8- time world track cycling champion:For me, Independence Day is first of all a common holiday that unites the entire country. This is responsibility for our country; it all depends on us.
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day
Belarus celebrating 2015 Independence Day Belarus is celebrating Independence Day. This public holiday is a symbol of national pride, a tribute to the heroism and fortitude of the Belarusians. In a short period of history, our country has made great strides in development, making true the dream of many generations of the establishment of a sovereign and independent state. It was 71 years ago when the country was liberated from Nazi invaders. Having risen from ruins, today Belarus has the right to determine its own destiny and take its rightful place in the world community.
Record 42 nations to partake in 2015 Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk
Record 42 nations to partake in 2015 Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk A record number of participants from 42 countries will take part in the annual festival "Slavic Bazaar" in Vitebsk. The latest nations who expressed their desire to visit Vitebsk were Germany, Austria and Belgium.  Hard work is underway on the main festival site. Installation works are underway in the summer amphitheater. LED lamps is the main peculiarity of is the stage of the 24th "Slavonic Bazaar".

02.07.2015

Minsk begins Independence Day celebrations
Belarus begins 2015 Independence Day celebrations Celebrations in honor of the Independence Day started in Minsk. On July 1, at the Palace of the Republic, there was held a solemn meeting and a concert dedicated to the Independence Day of Belarus. On 2 July, celebrations will move to regions. The campaign "Belarus is the land of military fame" starts at the Mound of Glory.

01.07.2015

Belarus Premier presents state awards to distinguished people of Belarus July 1
Belarus Premier presents state awards to distinguished people of Belarus July 1 On July 1, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov on behalf of the President presented state awards at the Palace of the Republic. On the eve of Independence Day, more than 120 people were awarded medals and decorations for the fruitful work of many years, exemplary performance of their duties and achievements in science, medicine, art and culture.
Belarus enacts alternative service law
Belarus enacts alternative service law A law on alternative service came into force Belarus. The innovation may be used by people who declare that they cannot carry weapons or participate in the maintenance of military equipment, which is contrary to their religious beliefs.  Each case will be considered by conscription boards, which may invite representatives of religious organizations.  People who refuse to serve the Fatherland will serve the public good. They work in hospitals, social establishments, help construct and repair roads and work for housing and communal services organizations.

30.06.2015

Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art
Belarus-Russia Union State to hold Literature and Art competition Composers, conductors and writers will compete for the Union State Prize in Literature and Art. On June 30 in Minsk special diplomas were handed to Belarusian nominees.  These are people whose work has made a significant contribution to strengthening the relations of brotherhood, friendship and cultural cooperation between Belarus and Russia. An advisory council will choose three winners among contestants. They will be named at the international arts festival "Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk."
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia
Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia The Foreign Ministry recommends Belarusians to be alert in Tunisia. In connection with the terrorist attack committed there Belarusian citizens in that country are advised to observe maximum possible precautions and refrain from visiting crowded places. The attack occurred on June 26. A militant of the Islamic State shot dead 40 people on the beach and by the pool of one of the hotels in the resort town of Sousse. About fifty are wounded. After the tragedy, tourists refuse to go there for scheduled rest. Tunisia notes a sharp decline in the flow of visitors to the country. 

29.06.2015

Over 70% of Belarusians ready to take part in 2015 presidential elections
Over 70% of Belarusians ready to take part in 2015 presidential elections The majority of Belarusians are ready to take part in the upcoming presidential elections. This is according to a survey conducted by the Center for Sociological and Political Studies of the Belarusian State University. As of today, more than 70% of citizens are going to come to the polls. According to experts, this is quite an impressive figure. In the future, it may increase.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex The memorial complex "Trostenets" was opened on June 22, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War in Belarus. By the number of the dead, the concentration camp, which was located in this place, was on a par with Buchenwald and Auschwitz. During the Great Patriotic War, more than 200 thousand people were killed here.  Brest also welcomed Patriarch Kirill, who was on a visit in the complex. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service at St. Nicholas Garrison church.
Belarus marks 20th Youth Day, Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians
Belarus marks 20th Youth Day Youth Day is celebrated on June 28 in Belarus for the 20th time. In 1995, it was established by a presidential decree. Youth policy is a priority direction of the Belarusian state. The country has more than 2 million young people - nearly a quarter of population. The country is actively working to improve the system of education - pre-school, basic and secondary, reformed higher education. 

28.06.2015

Richard Branson (Virgin), Cyril Chikeyuk (Kino-mo), Jeff Patterson (Fourex)
Belarusians win the best start-ups competition, to get $230,000 for development A project by Belarusians Artem Stavenko and Kirill Chikeyuk was ranked first at a prestigious competition for the best start-ups in the world run by the company Virgin owned by billionaire Richard Branson. Artem Stavenko and Kirill Chikeyuk Richard Branson
Igor Pozniak, CTV correspondent
EXPO 2015: Scent of Belarusian potato pancakes all over the planet The World Expo in Milan is comparable in commerce with the FIFA World Cup in the sport. Belarus performed much better at the EXPO in Milan than in football. Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World": Our special correspondent Igor Pozniak is now in Italy. He has all details. Igor, hello!
Belarus President takes part in solemn ball of graduates in Minsk
Belarus President takes part in solemn ball of graduates in Minsk The cherished invitation to the main ball of graduates was sent to 253 students. They are the best students around the country. This is their finest hour. Daria Trigubova, a graduate of the Minsk State Linguistic University:This is a wonderful way to say thank you to the students for good grades. And first of all, it is a great joy, a new achievement, new discoveries!

25.06.2015

Belarus 81st in Country Well-Being Rankings Belarus has become 81st out of 145 countries in the 2014 Country Well-Being Rankings, which is compiled by the American Institute of Public Opinion and the company Gallup Healthways.  In 2014, experts surveyed more than 146,000 people in 145 countries. People were asked questions relating to five key parameters of quality of everyday life: social environment, physical well-being, physical condition, interpersonal relationships and opportunities for self-realization.

24.06.2015

Patriarch Kirill sends letter of thanks to Metropolitan Pavel after Belarus visit Patriarch Kirill, after the visit to Belarus, sent a letter of thanks to Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed gratitude to the clergy and faithful for the hospitality during his stay in Belarus. According to the Patriarch, he is pleased that he took part in the commemorative events as well as the opening of the spiritual and educational center of the Exarchate.
What Belarusians are proud of - opinion poll results The majority of Belarusians are proud of their country. These are the results of the poll conducted by the Information and Analytical Centre under the aegis of the Presidential Administration. Almost 56 percent of respondents are proud of the Belarusian people itself. Some 40% of respondents take pride in the natural wealth and culture. Every third also mentioned historical heritage and sporting achievements of Belarusian athletes.
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes
Belarusians now able to hang national flag outside homes Family celebration under the Belarusian flag. The state will support the desire of Belarusians to hang the national flag outside private homes. Belarusians will be able to do it not only for government but also for family holidays. At the same time, the flag of another country in Belarus cannot be installed above the Belarusian one. Such changes in the draft law "On state symbols of Belarus" were approved by senators.
Belarusian Week starts in Paris on June 24 The French are getting acquainted with Belarusian culture. In Paris, the Belarusian Week was launched. It is being held on the eve of Independence Day. Today, on June 24, the audience will see the performance of the group "Grodno Chapel" and the show-ballet "Fairy" from Minsk. The presentation is devoted to the 250th anniversary of the composer Mikhail Oginski, whose anniversary is included in the list of UNESCO anniversaries.

23.06.2015

No prerequisites for split of Orthodox Church in Belarus
No prerequisites for split of Orthodox Church in Belarus Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, during his visit to Belarus, noted the high level of inter-confessional relations in our country. This topic was discussed on June 23 at a meeting in Minsk that reviewed the visit of the honored guest from Russia. It brought together representatives of the Ministry of Information and was attended by Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Pavel. Concerns about the divisions in church circles are associated with the complicated developments in Ukraine, in which Orthodoxy is now divided into four currents.
Belarusian surgeons to operate on injured French circus motorcyclist
Belarusian surgeons to operate on injured French circus motorcyclist The French motorcyclist injured in performing circus tricks will be operated on by Belarusian surgeons. The actor decided to continue treatment in the Minsk Emergency Hospital.  Let me remind you that the French moto freestylist broke his shoulder during a performance in the Belarusian State Circus. He did not reach the ramp on the opposite side of the arena, ran into a metal structure and fell with the bike from a height of several meters.
Belarus commemorates June 22 - anniversary of Great Patriotic War beginning
Belarus commemorates June 22 - anniversary of Great Patriotic War beginning On June 22 Belarus marks Day of National Mourning and Remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War. Early in the morning, mourning rallies were held across Belarus. This is exactly the time in the early morning when the war started in Belarus. Brest was among the first cities who had to repel attacks of mighty Nazi troops. Officers, cadets and young people observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen heroes at the Victory Square in Minsk and laid wreaths at the memorial. 

22.06.2015

Patriarch of All Russia Kirill visits Brest Fortress, ends trip to Belarus
Patriarch of All Russia Kirill visits Brest Fortress, ends trip to Belarus The head of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service for the fallen Red Army soldiers of the St. Nicholas church garrison. At exactly 4am, a meeting-requiem started.    Exactly 74 years ago, at the dawn of June 22, the German Nazi troops crossed the border of the Soviet Union, breaking the non-aggression pact. This event forever changed history.  From the first hours Belarus became the scene of major military operations.
Belarusian opera singer wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Belarusian opera singer wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World A Belarusian opera singer won the prestigious international competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015. Nadezhda Kucher from Belarus sang Martha's aria from The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov and was the best among 19 finalists from around the world. The prize winner will perform a composition by John Lunn at the international festival of classical music BBC Proms in 2016 and bring home the award and the prize of 15,000 pounds.
Belarus President meets Patriarch of All Russia On June 20 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill visited Belarus. The current visit - the fourth one - took place on the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. Moreover, it coincides with a significant date for the whole of the Soviet people - June 22 - the day when the Great Patriotic War began. The theme of war and peace has become a major one during the Patriarch's meeting with President Alexander Lukashenko. The situation in neighboring Ukraine does not leave anyone indifferent.   His Holiness said that he always comes to Belarus with a very good feeling.

21.06.2015

Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest
Patriarch Kirill of Russia holds divine liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest Double celebration for the faithful. Patriarch Kirill has held the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Brest. It is dedicated to the celebration of the Council of Belarusian Saints. The service brought together more than 15,000 believers and pilgrims. The lower and upper churches were not even able to accommodate all comers. Some had to watch the live broadcast of the service on large screens.
Belarus spends over Br1 billion for assistance to migrants in 2015
Belarus migrant assistance spendings exceed BYR1bn in H1 2015 The UN is talking about the largest resettlement in the world. Fleeing from war and poverty are now a record 60 million people. Migrants also cross the Belarusian border.  In particular, the flow of Ukrainian citizens to Belarus has not reduced. According to recent data, over a hundred thousand people have found new homes here. Not only representatives of the warring Donetsk and Lugansk regions, but also people from other regions of Ukraine apply for a refugee status.

18.06.2015

Do Van Mai, Vietnam's ambassador to Belarus
Vietnamese Cultural Days underway in Minsk The largest cave in the world, an ancient feudal town and picturesque bays - for a Belarusian, these Vietnamese places are exotic. Large-scale events dedicated to the Days of Vietnamese culture continue with the opening of an exhibition. Visitors can enjoy the creations of nature and cultural sites at the National Art Museum. By the way, to see this beauty with their own eyes, Belarusians will not have to purchase a visa if they are going to stay in Vietnam up to 15 days. This decision was taken on 1 June.
Marianna Shchetkina, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus not going to raise retirement age Despite the economic slowdown, the government will fulfill all its social obligations. Belarus will not increase retirement age and pensions will be indexed in sync with the growth of the minimum wage. Prices for goods and services, including housing and communal services will not rise in the near future. This was stated by Minister of Labour and Social Protection Marianna Shchetkina who visited Grodno today. Support of large and young families remains under the state's special control.  
Rating: Belarus' quality of life better than in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia
Rating: Belarus' quality of life better than in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia The quality of life in Belarus is superior to Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. Belarus occupies 54th position in the rankings compiled without the use of official government reports. The world's largest database of user content has published results of an online research.
Days of Vietnamese Culture open in Minsk June 18
Days of Vietnamese Culture open in Minsk June 18 On June 18, the Days of Culture of Vietnam will open in Minsk. A grand gala concert will be held for Minsk residents at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society.  On the same day, the National Art Museum will play host to the photography exhibition The Beauty of Vietnam. It will feature pictures of Vietnam's nature and attractions.

17.06.2015

Andrei Dapkiunas, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN
Belarus satisfied with cooperation with UNICEF On June 16, 2015, at UN headquarters in New York, there opened the annual session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Republic of Belarus participates in the session as a full member of the Executive Board, which is composed of 36 countries, representing all regions of the world. Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas took part in the discussion of the report of the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, on the results of the Fund's operation.

11.06.2015

90% of Belarusians planning to partake in presidential elections - sociological research
90% of Belarusians planning to partake in presidential elections - research Belarus in the mirror of public opinion. Today, a round table brought together representatives of leading sociological services. According to experts, any study should not just register figures but identify problems, ie have an applied nature. Poll results should immediately reach relevant agencies. During the round table, the participants underlined the role of social science research in the presidential election campaign.
Alternative civilian service law to enter into force in Belarus in July 2016 Belarus has adopted a law on alternative civilian service. The main provisions of the Act come into force on July 1, 2016. Alternative service is a socially useful activity, which implementation lies with the citizens of the Republic of Belarus in return for military service.
39 countries to partake in Slavonic Bazaar 2015 in Vitebsk
39 countries to partake in Slavonic Bazaar 2015 in Vitebsk Some 39 countries will take part in the Vitebsk festival Slavonic Bazaar.  "Slavonic Bazaar" in Vitebsk expands its creative borders to such an extent that the organizers have to set more flagpoles near the summer amphitheater. The northern capital is ready to host guests. About 50,000 tickets have already been sold. By the way, you can buy them over the Internet. The music forum will be held from 9 to 13 July.

10.06.2015

30,000 Belarusian students get jobs in summer work brigades
30,000 Belarusian students get jobs in summer work brigades About 30,000 young people this summer will earn money in students' work brigades. The average salary there is about Br5 million. This kind of job is usually offered by universities across the country. Students can try their hand as construction workers, teachers and farmers.
Molodechno hosts 15th National Festival of Belarusian Song and Poetry
Molodechno hosts 15th National Festival of Belarusian Song and Poetry Belarus was waiting for such a bright and sincere show! The opening of the 15th National Festival of Belarusian Song and Poetry in Molodechno fully justified its name "Independent Belarus in songs and poetry." Music and poetry harmoniously intertwined in the opening show. Everything was executed at the highest level. Actors, singers, brightest stars of Belarusian culture - they were all in Molodechno that night. The most eminent Belarusian composers were on one stage for the first time in the history of the festival.
About half of Belarusians receive information from Internet resources How to convey information to the people? How do authorities receive a feedback from the public? Ideological workers sought the solution to this problem at a meeting in Grodno. They decided to use the Internet more, particularly social networks. Now about half of the country's population get information thanks to Internet resources. This percentage is larger when it comes to the youth. Real communication, including in teams, also plays a great role.

09.06.2015

Summer School of Journalism opens June 9 in Minsk as part of International Media Forum
Summer School of Journalism opens June 9 in Minsk as part of International Media Forum The Summer School of Journalism opened in Minsk June 9. This is one of the projects of the 10th International Media Forum , which is being held in Belarus. The creativity school will traditionally be headquartered at the Institute of Journalism of Belarusian State University.  An open dialogue "Youth and Media" will be held here. There will also be workshops with the participation of experts, leading Belarusian and foreign journalists.
President signs decree on socio-economic development of south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast
President signs decree on socio-economic development of south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast On June 8, the President signed a decree "On the socio-economic development of the south-eastern region of Mogilev Oblast." The document pertains to Klimovichi, Kostyukovichi, Krasnopolye, Krychau, Slawharad, Khotimsk and Cherikov district. To solve social and environmental problems in the region the decree provides for certain preferences.

08.06.2015

20 states partaking in 10th International Media Forum in Minsk "Partnership for the Future: heritage of the Great Victory." Minsk is hosting the 10th International Media Forum. This is the largest and unique project of its kind in the CIS. Over the years, it has become an international platform for the discussion of topical issues on the international agenda.  The media forum is designed to give new impetus to the establishment of international projects, combining the creative and intellectual efforts of the journalistic community.
Lilia Ananich, Belarus information minister
10th International Media Forum opens in Belarus The Belarusian capital is hosting the International Media Forum. Today it is a large and unique project of its kind in the entire CIS. This discussion platform gathered dozens of mediapersons.

06.06.2015

Australia A-Z – documentary by TV program Picture of the World
Australia A-Z – documentary by TV program Picture of the World Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. By the GDP index, Australia exceeds such developed countries as the UK, Germany, and France. Yuri Koziyatko:Kangaroos live only in Australia. Large, two-meter high, red kangaroos live in the middle of the continent. And here, in the coastal strip, one can meet these cute gray ones. Kangaroos here are everywhere - on the national coat of arms, on aircraft’s tail, on food labels, there is even an island named Kangaroo.

04.06.2015

Oil waste products recycling factory opened in Minsk Region
Oil waste products recycling factory opened in Minsk Region A factory designed to recycle oil waste products was opened in Minsk Region on 3 June. It is planned to process at least 15,000 tonnes of waste oils per annum. The venture built in the town of Krupsky, Minsk Region, has no analogues in the CIS area. 
Vitebsk State Technological University student Svetlana Gorbacheva wins Spring Queen title 2015
Vitebsk State Technological University student wins Spring Queen title 2015 On 3 June, the final stage of the 24th international interuniversity contest of gracefulness and artistic mastery Spring Queen 2015 took place in Minsk. The Belarusian Svetlana Gorbacheva won the contest. She managed to surpass 11 rivals from Belarus, Russia, Latvia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and China. All the representatives came to a conclusion that countries’ borders are no longer a barrier to human relations and friendship.
India President awarded title of professor emeritus of Belarusian State University and unveils Mahatma Gandhi's bust
India President awarded title of professor emeritus of Belarusian State University and unveils Mahatma Gandhi's bust On 3 June, the rector of the Belarusian State University (BSU) awarded India President Pranab Mukherjee the title of professor emeritus. The cooperation with India is one of the priorities in increasing exports of education services. This year, some 150 Indian students are getting higher education in Belarusian universities. Medical faculties are the most popular. Moreover, the leading Belarusian universities signed a memorandum on cooperation with Indian universities.

28.05.2015

Belarus celebrates Border Guards Day On May 28, wreaths and flowers from representatives of border services of Belarus were laid in Minsk at the monument in Victory Square. Belarus is celebrating Border Guards Day. The soldiers in green caps guard about two thousand kilometers of the state border. During WWII, they were the first to resist the might of the enemy. Belarus' borders are considered among the safest and most protected in the world.
President Lukashenko signs amnesty bill timed to 70th WWII victory anniversary
President Lukashenko signs amnesty bill timed to 70th WWII victory anniversary Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed the law on amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which is part of WWII.  The document releases from criminal punishment more than 8,500 people (including from prison - more than 2,000 people).
International migration statistics forum opens in Minsk
International migration statistics forum opens in Minsk The Ukrainian issue became one of the central at the international forum in the field of migration statistics. Minsk brought together representatives of relevant agencies of the CIS member states. They are discussing the possibility of creating a unified system for collecting and processing information. In Belarus, information about migrants is annually provided by the National Statistics Committee. Ukraine has been the main source of migrants in Belarus.

27.05.2015

Belarusian wins record $527,000 in online poker tournament A Belarusian took 4th place at an online tournament at the world's largest poker room Pokerstars. His prize is $527,000. Taking part in the tournament SCOOP-45-N, which took place on May 24-25 were 694 players. The total prize money amounted to 6.94 million dollars. The winner, a player from the UK, got $1.3 million. Second place went to a participant from Finland ($950,000). Third was a Russian, who won $700,000. A player from Belarus under the nickname I am Bobbie took 4th place and won 527,440 dollars.
Geely cars taking part in WWII commemorative auto rally On May 26, the National Library of Belarus welcomed participants of an unusual rally dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the major historic date of the XX century. The column featured cars assembled jointly by Belarus and China. The distance of hundreds of kilometers become a kind of test for the cars that are ready to conquer the market. 15 auto experts arrived from Russia in Belarus as part of the car rally dedicated to the Great Victory in WWII. The Russian journalists are testing Geely cars on Belarusian roads.
Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art
Composers, writers to compete for Union State Prize in Literature and Art Composers, conductor and writers are going to compete for the Union State Prize in Literature and Art.  All in all, six nominees have been proposed this year. Among them is the creative team of authors who created a monument to Patriarch Alexy II. The monument was installed at the Cathedral of All Saints in Minsk. Among the contenders, the advisory council will choose three winners whose names will be announced at the international arts festival "Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk".

26.05.2015

Belarus, Lithuania agree on mutual recognition of education certificates
Belarus, Lithuania agree on mutual recognition of education certificates The first meeting of Belarusian and Lithuanian experts on the finalization of the draft intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition and equivalence of documents on education was held in Minsk on Monday, the press center of the Ministry of Education of Belarus.

25.05.2015

Eurovision 2015: How it was and what entrants say A musician and entrepreneur from Sweden won the 60th Eurovision singing about the fact that everyone can become a hero. Russia's Polina Gagarina was second though it was she who led in the international vote. The result was not a surprise. It was the Swedish artist who was named the most likely winner of Eurovision 2015.

24.05.2015

Belarus-France cinema cooperation: Why did the word "Minsk" sound at the Cannes festival in 2015? French filmmakers have made a good contribution to the publicity of Belarus. At the Cannes Film Festival, there was presented a film which scenes were filmed in Minsk. Alisa Dudareva has more. National cinema prestige is not only the achievement of the domestic cinema industry. International cooperation primarily begins with the attractiveness of Belarusian cinema platforms. Exterior of the National Art Museum, as well as the architecture of the city as a whole was marked by French cinema.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
Alexander Lukashenko sends name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill Orthodox believers are marking a double holiday on May 24: Day of Remembrance of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the name day of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. President Alexander Lukashenko sent name day greetings to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
Belarus 12th in Eurovision 2015 First Semifinal Belarus took 12th place in the Eurovision’s Semifinal 1 on Tuesday this week. The full results have been made available on Eurovision’s official website. However, they are pending final confirmation, according to the source. Eduard Romanyuta, a Ukrainian who represented Moldova this year, took 11th place and was about to enter the final. However, the gap between him and 10th placed Albania (Elhaida Dani) is 21 points, with Albania getting 62 and Moldova garnering 41.
Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw
Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw wins Eurovision Song Contest 2015 On May 24, the winner of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest was determined! Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden scored 365 points and was the best performer in Europe in 2015!  Second place was taken by the representative of Russia - Polina Gagarina (303 points), and third went to the Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo (292 points). Also in the top 5 are Loïc Nottet from Belgium and Guy Sebastian of Australia, the special guest of the contest. 

21.05.2015

Måns Zelmerlöw at Eurovision 2015: I think the audience will like a cartoon character
Måns Zelmerlöw at Eurovision 2015: I think the audience will like a cartoon character Måns Zelmerlöw is the main contender for victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. He will sing the song Heroes. Bookies have set a coefficient of 2.5 for Heroes' victory at the contest. 29-year-old Zelmerlöw admits that he is very pleased with how the song is perceived by viewers and listeners worldwide. The Swedish team is confident that the cartoon man in the singer's number will win hearts of Eurovision fans.
Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw most likely winner of Eurovision 2015, bookmakers say Bookies consider the representative of Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw the most likely winner of the song contest Eurovision 2015. Second place may go to Italy's pop-opera trio Il Volo. "Eurovision is a great opportunity for us to expand our awareness, and to return to Europe with our new music, with the hit "Grande Amore," noted musicians. Trio Il Volo (Italy). Photo: eurovision.tv
Br6 billion allocated in 2015 for President's Special Fund for youth support Six billion rubles has been allocated in 2015 to finance the special fund of the President. The money will be allocated from the national budget to support the talented youth. Through the work of the fund, awards have been given to dozens of winners of international competitions.
Lyudmila Kovalyova, Deputy Director General of the CTV Channel
Lyudmila Kovalyova, CTV Deputy Director General, about Televershina 2015 TV contest On May 21, an award ceremony of the National TV Contest "Televershina" will be held in the Sports Palace. Among the nominees are employees of the CTV Channel.  The guest of the TV program "Morning. The Studio of Good Mood" is Deputy Director General of the CTV Channel and member of the jury of the National TV Contest Televershina Lyudmila Kovalyova. As for the prize this year, what has the CTV submitted for the contest this year?
Palace of Independence
Perfect order is Belarus' brand, President Lukashenko says This is our brand and our face. Perfect order must be preserved on Belarus' lands. This instruction was given by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on May 21 at a meeting on improving legislation on protection and use of land. In particular, the meeting participants talked about the changes in terms and seizure and granting of land. Land is the greatest value for any state. The President underlined that they must be effectively used.

20.05.2015

Nikolai Kazarovets, chairman of the Standing Committee for Education, Science, Culture and Social Development of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Alternative civilian service for religious Belarusians? On May 20, the Council of the Republic reviewed two dozen bills. The senators approved the Presidential Decree "On prevention of social dependency" and the bill on alternative civilian service.   They also examined draft laws on ratification of agreements between the governments of Belarus and other countries such as Russia, Serbia, Armenia, Bulgaria, and the United Arab Emirates.
Upper chamber of Belarus' parliament approves draft amnesty law
Upper chamber of Belarus' parliament approves draft amnesty law The Council of the Republic of Belarus approved draft law on amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Earlier the House of Representatives of the National Assembly approved the document in two readings. The current amnesty is the 14th in the independent Belarus. After the review by the Council of the Republic the bill will be sent to the President for signing, after which it will enter into force. Then amnesty will start, which will affect more than 8,500 people. 
Kazakhstan presents WWII book One Victory For All in Minsk
Kazakhstan presents WWII book One Victory For All in Minsk One Victory For All book on WWII was presented by Kazakhstan in Minsk May 20. The publication is dedicated to the people of Kazakhstan who fought on our soil during the Great Patriotic War. The book provides biographical information and photographic portraits of 83 Heroes of the Soviet Union from Kazakhstan who were awarded the title in the fighting on the territory of Belarus.
Polina Gagarina: Uzari&Maimuna are wonderful, I wish they were in the Eurovision final
Polina Gagarina: Uzari & Maimuna are wonderful, I wish they were in the Eurovision final The Eurovision 2015 checkpoint is closed for Belarusians. In Vienna, the first semifinal of the international song contest completed yesterday night. Taking part in voting were audience and the professional jury. Out of the 16 countries participating in the semifinal, only 10 have qualified for the Grand Final. The Belarusian duo "Uzari & Maimuna" performed the song Time but failed to gain the required number of votes. Thus, our singers have completed their participation in the competition. However, their performance was praised by colleagues.
International cardiology conference held in Minsk
International cardiology conference held in Minsk Doctors and scientists from Belarus, Russia and Canada gathered in Minsk on May 19 to exchange experience. Cardiologists, general practitioners and internists met to share practical experience. The main topic for discussion was the possibility of increasing the length and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Belarus fail to reach 2015 Eurovision final, Russia's Polina Gagarina through Belarusians did not make it to the Eurovision 2015 final. In the semifinal, they performed number 11, followed by Russia's Polina Gagarina, whose song was one of the best of the night. The winners of the first semifinal are Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia and Belgium. The countries' order is random, which means that we still don’t know the places the nations took in the semifinal.

19.05.2015

Orthodox Church in Belarus: more than 1500 parishes and to-be-built Spiritual and Educational Center
Orthodox Church in Belarus: more than 1500 parishes and to-be-built Spiritual and Educational Center The name Filaret is associated with the strengthening of the authority of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. It receives important support from the state, too. These days the Orthodox community is actively erecting temples and increasing the number of parishioners.
Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Metropolitan Filaret
Metropolitan Filaret, Belarus President discuss cooperation between Belarusian Orthodox Church and state On May 19, the President met with Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus. It has become a tradition for Alexander Lukashenko to visit every spring the spiritual mentor and a good friend. The Head of State thanked the Metropolitan for his work and dedicated service to the benefit of the state and the Belarusian people. Metropolitan Filaret and Mr Lukashenko discussed cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the state. They talked warmly and exchanged gifts.
Russia not to hear booing at Eurovision Song Contest 2015 The representative of Russia Polina Gagarina not hear the booing of the audience during her song at Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The singer will perform in the headphones, and the organizers have prepared countermeasures to neutralize provocateurs, reports RSN from Vienna.
Sign language to be used at Eurovision 2015 for first time
Sign language to be used at Eurovision 2015 for first time The organizers of the music contest Eurovision 2015 translated into sign language all the 40 participants' songs. Also in the course of the broadcast, all performances and dialogues of TV presenters will be translated into sign language.Eurovision organizers: Music is the language that should be available to all, including people with disabilities. This fits in with our concept of "building bridges".
Minsk motorist blocks traffic to let ducks cross road Several motorists recorded the same amusing video in Minsk yesterday. A man blocked the traffic in Semashko Street to let a duck and her babies cross the road. You can find the video below. Minsk residents have in the past years become more aware of the fact that one should treat animals with respect. A law on cruelty against animals was passed in Belarus in January 2015 but its effectiveness is yet to be measured.
Darya Domracheva, Hero of Belarus, winner of the Big Crystal Globe, three-time Olympic champion
Domracheva wishes Belarus luck at Eurovision Song Contest 2015 The music world is in anticipation of the week of Eurovision. Among the most discussed topics are favorites (there are a lot of them this year as never before), betting rates and, of course, the details of the opening ceremony. In particular, it is known that the stage will look like a giant eye. Moreover, for the first time in the history of the contest, three women will host the show. Uzari and Maimuna represent Belarus at this song contest.

18.05.2015

Belarus' Uzari and Maimuna take part in 2015 Eurovision opening ceremony
Belarus' Uzari and Maimuna take part in 2015 Eurovision opening ceremony The 60th song contest Eurovision began in Vienna. Participants and delegations from 40 countries were applauded on the red carpet for the Town Hall in the opening ceremony. The event was opened by last year's winner Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, whose stage image is Conchita Wurst. The contestants of the International Forum were welcomed by the mayor of Michael Häupl, ORF Director General Alexander Vrabec and supervisor of the music contest Jon Ola Sand.

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