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07.08.2015

Belarusians get into road accident in Turkey; their life is not in danger
Belarusians suffer in bus accident in Turkey Three Belarusians have got into a road accident in Turkey. Their life is not in danger. Two women have been discharged from hospital, and the third will leave it in the near future. A tourist bus traveling from Pamukkale to Antalya overturned on a wet road after crashing into a fence. According to preliminary information, citizens of Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Lithuania were on bus. Six people were killed and dozens wounded.

06.08.2015

Belarus President's Directive No.1 on strengthening public safety and discipline may be updated
Belarus President's Directive No.1 on strengthening public safety and discipline may be updated New measures to strengthen public safety and discipline. The President's directive, adopted back in 2004, may be updated. On August 6, a meeting was hosted by the Belarusian head of state on the feasibility of adopting a new document or making amendments to the existing one.  According to Alexander Lukashenko, the document, if adopted, should be specific and not contain formalism.

05.08.2015

Belarus ranked among top 40 creative nations
Belarus ranked among top 40 creative nations Belarus has been listed among the top 40 most creative countries in the world, occupying the highest position among the CIS countries. Belarus occupied 37th place in the annual ranking of Global Creativity Index 2015. All in all, the study covers 139 countries. Russia was on the next line - 38th, with Latvia and Poland being lower. The leaders of the Global Creativity Index 2015 are Australia, the US and New Zealand, who occupied the podium. The top ten also includes five Western European countries - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Belarusian star singer Gunesh gives birth to son
Belarusian star singer Gunesh gives birth to son Belarusian singer Gunesh Abasova (Günəş Abbasova) has become mother. She announced this on his page on a social network. "My greatest happiness came to light today! Gökdeniz Cingöz: 53cm and 3,500 kg!" wrote the singer. According Gunesh, it is hard for her to convey all the emotions that overwhelm the happy parents. "Thanks to my wife Gökhan Cingöz, thanks to the doctors of the Republican Center "Mother and Child" and everyone who was there and nearby! I'm a happy mom! Hurrah!" said the singer.
Belarusian programmers develop mobile app for young drivers
Belarusian programmers develop mobile app for young road users Modern technology ensures safety. Belarusian programmers together with the Minsk Traffic Control Office developed a colorful mobile application Smart Road for the youngest road users.  Completely free of charge, young residents of Minsk and their parents can download an information portal with interesting promotions and quizzes, traffic rules and helpful tips. For fans of online communication, a children's chat will be created in the near future.
Sociologist Christian Haerpfer: Belarusians are more satisfied with quality of life than people in other countries
Sociologist Christian Haerpfer: Belarusians are more satisfied with quality of life than people in other countries Belarusian' satisfaction with quality of life is higher than in other countries. This was stated by the well-known European sociologist Christian Haerpfer on 4 August. He is on a visit in Belarus these days.

04.08.2015

International Festival of Orthodox Youth Hodegetria gathers Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians near Vitebsk
International Festival of Orthodox Youth Hodegetria gathers Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians near Vitebsk Theatrical performances, interactive games, bubbles shows and even a fire show. The Orthodox Youth Festival "Hodegetria" gathered near Vitebsk representatives of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The forum included performances of creative groups, master classes, including clay modeling, drawing and playing the guitar. The Orthodox Youth Camp "Hodegetria" brought together about 300 Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians. Guiding Mother of God was selected as Patron Saint of the Festival.
Belarus to partake in 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Brazil
Belarus to partake in 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Brazil Team Belarus departed today for Brazil to take part in 2015 WorldSkills Competition, the greatest vocational education and skills excellence competition of the world.  Belarusian participants will compete in 15 categories. These are automotive technology, information networks, costume design, culinary and hairdressing. This is Belarus' first participation in this competition. Before that Belarusians competed at a similar championship in the CIS and brought one gold and 16 silver medals.

03.08.2015

Two Belarusian climbers die inside three days
Two Belarusian climbers die in Geogria, Russia inside three days The tragedy in the mountains. A Belarusian climber died in Georgia when climbing to the top of Ushba.  The man fell from a height of 4,300 meters. His partner, also Belarusian, tried to catch the climber, but did not succeed. A helicopter with rescuers has been sent to the site. This is the second such case in recent days. On Saturday in Kabardino-Balkaria, a 64-year-old Belarusian climber died. The tragedy occurred when the man was climbing Dzhangi-Tau.
Belarus marks Paratroopers' Day August 2
Belarus marks Airborne Day August 2 Blue berets, airborne infantry, and flying Guard. Troopers marked their holidays 2 August. Exactly 85 years ago, near Voronezh, the first paratroopers' unit was formed in the Soviet Armed Forces. This year Belarusian paratroopers marked this day with demonstration performances: close fight, parachuting and crossing water obstacles.
Brest celebrates 996th anniversary
Brest celebrates 996th anniversary The center of Brest on August 1 turned into a large-scale theatrical stage. Street performers literally filled the entire main pedestrian street - Sovetskaya. In 2015, the cultural capital of Belarus, Brest, celebrates 996 years since the first mention. The atmosphere of the festival in Brest was felt in the morning. Before the official start of the celebration, a bike procession consisting of 200 beautiful ladies in dresses and heels rolled through the city.

31.07.2015

"You can find work. All you need is true desire." How do Belarusians seek jobs today?
"You can find job. All you need is true desire." How do Belarusians seek jobs today? "You can find work, it would wish." How do Belarusians look for work today? In H1 2015, more than 300 new businesses were registered. By the end of the year, according to forecasts, this figure could double. By the way, half of the new production facilities have already begun work. Their discovery will greatly replenish the capital's job bank. It is small business that is the main source of new jobs today. State support is provided to startups in Belarus too.
Over 200 young people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to gather at Vitebsk Orthodox youth festival
Over 200 young people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to gather at Vitebsk Orthodox youth festival Theatrical performances, interactive games, bubbles shows and even a fire show. Orthodox Youth Festival in Vitebsk will gather more than 200 representatives from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The forum is going to feature performances of creative groups. The guys will also take part in master classes, including clay modeling, drawing and playing the guitar. The musical program of the festival will end with a gala concert on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre, where the Summer Festival Slavonic Bazaar is usually held.
Oncology Center in Minsk: Linear accelerator, the only one in the post Soviet space
Oncology Center in Minsk: Linear accelerator, the only one in the post Soviet space Minsk's public health sector is in step with the times. A linear accelerator, recently installed in the oncology center, (by the way, the only one in the CIS), has already given a chance to tens of patients with a tumor to a new and healthy life. Maximum accuracy and maximum effect - these are main characteristics of the new linear accelerator for radiation therapy. This machine of the latest generation appeared in the City Clinical Oncology Center about two weeks ago, but it has already helped more than a dozen patients.

30.07.2015

BelarusFilm creating animation movie about Marc Chagall
BelarusFilm creating animation movie about Marc Chagall The Vitebsk period of Marc Chagall's art will be embodied in Belarusian animation film. The National Film Studio is creating an animated movie about the childhood and youth of the famous artist. The peculiarity of the project is that the facts of the biography of Chagall will be accompanied by images of his paintings, which just illustrate some episodes in the life of the master.   The movie will be 13 minutes long.
Belarus takes active stance against human trafficking
Belarus takes active stance against human trafficking Belarus takes an active role in combating human trafficking. This was announced on July 30 at an international seminar in Minsk. The date of the meeting was not chosen accidentally. July 30 is World Day to Combat Trafficking in Persons. The meeting is attended by representatives of more than a dozen countries and international organizations that are part of the Group of Friends of the United Nations. It was created on the initiative of Belarus.

29.07.2015

Eurasian friendship express makes two-hour stopover in Brest
Eurasian friendship express makes two-hour stopover in Brest The Eurasian friendship express made a two-hour stopover in Brest. The train is on its way from South Korea to Germany. Among the 200 passengers are businessmen, politicians, journalists, scientists and cultural figures. Over 20 days they will cover 14 thousand kilometers and cross the borders of five countries. This is the guests' only stop in Belarus but they say that even a brief acquaintance with the country was enough to form a general impression.
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus The protagonists of our next report arrived in Belarus for seemingly trivial things, like peace of mind, the opportunity to learn and work. The true value of these things in all colors opens only when they disappear. Alisa is going to the university for the first time. The college student at the University of Luhansk had not planned to change the university but in the spring of 2014 mines began to explode in the streets of her hometown.
All-round rescue championship held in Minsk July 28 Tame the watery element and save human life. The 40th all-round rescue championship on July 28 gathered on the shores of Komsomolskoye Lake more than twenty top-notch divers of Minsk.  Eight teams competed in the freestyle technique, surprising people with agility and speed. They demonstrated skills in rescue of drowners.  In the team championship, divers of the rescue station "Zaslavl-2" won.
Belarusian surgeons preparing for unique surgery to help newborn girl Belarusian surgeons are preparing for unique surgery, which should help a newborn girl. The baby cannot eat independently because of congenital malformation of the esophagus.  The Centre of Pediatric Surgery has many examples when young patients with complicated diagnoses have a chance to recover. For example, in 2015, the center's surgeons performed an operation on the child weighing a little more than a kilogram. In the CIS, almost no one does this.

28.07.2015

Moscow hosts forum of heads of leading mass media of SCO member states
Moscow hosts forum of heads of leading mass media of SCO member states The Shanghai Cooperation Organization needs to fight together against information aggression. This was the conclusion of the July 28 forum of chiefs of mass media of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states. It ended several hours ago in Moscow. Now work is underway on the expansion of cooperation between the SCO and international organizations, including with the Eurasian Economic Union.  Participating in the forum were representatives of leading media from more than ten countries, including heads of major Belarusian media.
Belarusian surgeons perform unique surgery to remove a tumor in newborn's heart Belarusian surgeons performed a unique operation to remove a tumor in the newborn. The boy was diagnosed with pathology when he was still in the womb. The tumor struck the child's heart. The boy was successfully operated on the second day of life. The difficulty was that the tumor had penetrated into the very tissue and its amount almost equaled to that of the organ. The surgery took 3.5 hours. Small Makar is already preparing for the transfer from the ICU to the hospital.
Orthodox celebrate day of the baptism of Rus July 28
Orthodox celebrate day of the baptism of Rus July 28 Bell ringing united cities, countries and continents July 28. Day of the baptism of Rus is one of the major religious holidays in the Orthodox Church. It begins with a liturgy in honor of Prince Vladimir, accompanied by the ringing of bells. In 2015, Orthodox churches around the world picked up the festive melody simultaneously. The idea of ​​this unusual music festival was born in Ukraine.

27.07.2015

Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Minsk to host movie week devoted to human trafficking problem Trafficking in human beings through the prism of cinema. Minsk is to host a week of movies devoted to this issue.  The program includes film screenings, organized by the International Organization for Migration. Movies have been submitted by Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, the USA and Sweden. This thematic retrospective will become one of the events that will be held in the Belarusian capital on the occasion of World Day to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Gerard Depardieu: I do not listen to people who never visited Belarus and criticize the country or the president
Gerard Depardieu: I do not listen to people who never visited Belarus and criticize the country or the president The program "Week" asked Gerard Depardieu about the reasons for his visit to Belarus, about his views on the current politics and more. The CTV channel thanks Ambassador of Belarus to France Pavel Latushko for the organization of the interview. Mr. Depardieu, thank you very much for your time. First of all, what made you come to Belarus? Is it a kind of interest or business?
Ukrainians from troubled regions taking part in Dinamo Stadium reconstruction Protagonists of the next report can be called an international construction team. They work on the construction of the stadium Dinamo: Belarusians and Russians. There are those who come from the troubled south-east of Ukraine. They changed their profession in Belarus. Three different countries, different destinies, but very similar views on how life should be organized. Denis has not yet managed to meet his son. Now they are separated by distance and the border. Denis is from Ukraine's troubled Donetsk.

24.07.2015

Alexander Lukashenko demands higher pensions until 1 September
Alexander Lukashenko demands higher pensions in Belarus by 1 September The retirement age in Belarus will not increase. On July 24, this was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the meeting on social security issues.  Taking part in it were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, and heads of relevant departments. Today, the state cannot forget about pensioners.  According to Alexander Lukashenko, the state is obliged to provide retirees with timely and full payment of pensions.
International Youth Camp opens in Belarus July 24
International Youth Camp opens in Belarus July 24 The Friendship Barrow unites the youth of the three countries. At the border of Belarus, Russia and Latvia more than 500 leaders of organizations and movements from the participating countries are brought together by an international camp.  It is held for more than 20 years. This time, Russia is the organizer. Participants will partake in a variety of creative and sports competitions. There will be organized round tables and workshops on youth policy.
Pension age rise in Belarus not on the cards, President Lukashenko says The retirement age in Belarus will not increase. Alexander Lukashenko said this on July 24 at a meeting to discuss issues of social security.   Taking part in it were representatives of the Government, the Presidential Administration, and heads of relevant departments. Today, the state cannot forget about pensioners. Now there are more than 2.5 million of them in Belarus, approximately 650,000 continue to work.  
Belarusians triumph at international hand-scything competition
Belarusians triumph at international hand-scything competition Belarusians won the International Hand-scything Competition. Representatives of Vitebsk coped with waist-deep grass. They became leaders in the individual standings in the men's and women's events. The tournament brought together scything enthusiasts from Russia, Armenia, Austria and, of course, Belarus. The most recognizable were the representatives of Belarus.  Valery Kalitsky with a support group triumphed. Belarusian representative in the women's event was also quick. Natalia Sabchuk from Polotsk scythed 50 meters of grass in three and a half minutes. 

23.07.2015

Former Finance Minister of Belarus Andrei Kharkovets dies after long illness
Former Finance Minister of Belarus Andrei Kharkovets dies after long illness Former Finance Minister of Belarus Andrei Kharkovets has passed away after a long illness. He will be buried in the village cemetery of Zhdanovichi. Mr Kharkovets was born in Minsk. He graduated from the Belarusian State Institute of the National Economy. From 1985, he held various positions in the Ministry of Finance: from senior economist to the first deputy minister. From 2008 to 2014, he headed the ministry.
Archaeologists find medieval treasures during road road 2 construction
Archaeologists find medieval treasures during road road 2 construction Scientists from the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences conducted a preliminary survey work in the most promising, in their view, future sites of the 2nd Minsk ring road. They found clear traces of medieval settlements of the X, XI and XIII centuries.  However, the deputy director for scientific work of the Institute of History Vadim Lakiza said the archaeologists will not for now reveal the places since they are afraid of black diggers.
30 Fukushima kids arrive in Belarus to improve health
30 Fukushima kids arrive in Belarus to improve health Japanese children affected by the disaster at the nuclear power plant Fukushima, will recuperate in Belarus. Three dozen teenagers from the land of the rising sun came to our country. They will improve health at Zubryonok summer camp until August 9. This is provided for by the decree of President Alexander Lukashenko. The program of their stay includes not only treatment but also a variety of tours, which will tell the children about the historical and cultural heritage of our country.
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko teaches Gerard Depardieu how to mow At this moment Alexander Lukashenko is hosting Gerard Depardieu. Communication is taking place in a warm atmosphere. The actor has repeatedly acknowledged that he deeply admires the President of Belarus. Gerard Depardieu sees a strong leader in the Belarusian head of state. Alexander Lukashenko gave the guest a tour of the official residence Ozyornyi in Ostroshitsky Gorodok.  Here the head of state showed Mr Depardieu samples of agricultural machinery and even gave him a brief master class in mowing.  

22.07.2015

Depardieu tastes Belarusian cuisine and takes steam bath
Depardieu tastes Belarusian cuisine, says likes Belarusian women Gerard Depardieu continues his visit to Belarus. French actor today laid flowers at the Mound of Glory, as well as visited the agro-town "Azeritsky-Agro" in the Smolevichi district, Minsk region.  "Depardieu is a unique person, a unique actor. And his main unique feature lies in the fact that the global movie star is interested in agriculture in our country. This is one of the main objectives of his visit to Belarus," Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in France Pavel Latushko commented on Depardieu's visit.
Gerard Depardieu comes to Belarus to explore its culture and traditions
Gerard Depardieu comes to Belarus to explore its culture and traditions The famous actor and director Gerard Depardieu came to Minsk on July 21 evening. However, the star is popular not only because of vivid and memorable roles. Depardieu is known also as a successful winemaker and restaurateur. Gerard Depardieu:I heard much about Belarus, I know that the country has a long history. And so I decided to see it myself. I'm also interested in Belarus as an agricultural country with great potential. I believe that those who are linked to the land and farming are the best people.
Famous pop singers about 2015 Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk
Pop stars about 2015 Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk The Belarus President talked about peace at the closing ceremony of the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk last week. Many events of the International Arts Festival were almost sell-outs.  Slavic Bazaar is getting louder and bigger every year. In 2015, it brought together performers from 42 countries. Here's the footage from the 2015 edition of the festival. The audience is waiting for new Russian pop idol - Egor KReeD.
Belarusian employment service
Almost 1,000 unemployed in Belarus receive grants for starting business in 2015 Almost a thousand unemployed people received grants for starting a business in Belarus in 2015. And help is not only material. The future businessmen are assisted in making business plans, taught the basics of the economy and not only.
I International Trade Union Youth Forum held in Belarus
I International Trade Union Youth Forum held in Belarus Belarus is hosting the I International Youth Trade Union Forum. It brings together more than 100 participants from Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Cyprus. The program includes meetings with businessmen, mass media and the arts. The 1st International Trade Union Youth Forum organizers decided to start not with the official opening ceremony but with a historical perspective. The participants laid flowers at the "Barrow of Glory" - one of the symbols of the Great Victory.

21.07.2015

Pension cuts for corrupted civil servants in Belarus
Pension cuts for corrupted civil servants in Belarus Control over revenues and tighter accountability of officials are the main advantages of the law "On Combating Corruption", according to the Prosecutor General's Office. The document, which the President signed several days ago, primarily aims to prevent bribery. So, if the official has discredited himself at one place he will not be able to hold other important positions. Going to commit an offense, a civil servant risks retirement pensions. Among other innovations is establishment of the institute of public control to fight against corruption.
Belarus to more actively cooperate with Spain in education, health and culture
Belarus for tighter cooperation with Spain in education and culture Belarus will actively cooperate with Spanish partners. The future Honorary Consul of Belarus in Spain Alfonso Jurado Mesa was received in Brest on July 20. Education, health care, and youth exchange - all this is only part of the list of possible joint projects in Brest and Alicante. The sides discussed thoroughly the feasibility of investment business projects and possibilities for stronger trade ties. Spain is a new and promising partner for Belarus.  Belarus' exports in the last five months of 2015 rose by 146%.

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.

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