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08.01.2017

Video: Bison attacked by wolves in Bialowieza Forest Giants of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest have successfully repelled an attack by a pack of wolves.  The predators attacked the herd suddenly. Bison first fled but then gathered courage and strength and completely expelled the intruders from their place.  This video was filmed by surveillance cameras in the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest. SEE: Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest now visa-free
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo
More meat for animals in Minsk Zoo Animals in the Minsk zoo are now getting increased amounts of meat because of the frosty weather. Improved nutrition helps maintain the required body fat to safely ride out the colds. In addition, all pets can hide in their own insulated houses. Some of them were moved to winter pavilions. The Minsk zoo called on Minsk residents who have natural New Year trees to bring them to the zoo. Here these trees will be processed and used as food or toys for some animals.

06.01.2017

Minsk struggling with record cold days ahead of Orthodox Christmas
Minsk struggling with record cold days ahead of Orthodox Christmas Belarusians have felt the breath of the Arctic. January frosts have come to the country. In Minsk, the thermometer dropped to minus 17 but forecasters say this is not the bottom. The situation on the roads is complicated. All road and utility services are working in emergency mode. Only a couple of days ago there was zero degrees Celsius in the street. But look what is happening now. Piercing wind, snow drifts and icy roads.

05.01.2017

Snowstorms and -27°C expected in Belarus by Christmas
Snowstorms and -27°C expected in Belarus by Christmas Everyone who loves ice hockey can themselves grab skates these days and get out on the open ice. January frosts are gaining momentum. By evening January 5, the thermometer will show around -16°C. Belarus was covered with a veil of snow the night before. The cyclone has brought snow to the country. Utilities services continue to clear roads and courtyards. Transport is coming on schedule but there might be minor delays. Belarusians are preparing for a cold snap. 
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street Kollektornaya Street, in spite of such an industrial name, is actually one of the oldest streets in Minsk. It was founded in the late 60s of the XIX century. In 1868, the old Jewish graves were moved to this area. At that time, the Jewish cemetery was located on the territory of modern stadium Dinamo. Sergei Kharevsky, art critic, historian of architecture:Many older tombstones were moved here. And this street, which arose along this cemetery, originally and until 1919 was called Moiseyevskaya. It was in honor of the prophet Moses.
Pobeda cinema
Pobeda cinema in Minsk closes for renovation. What will new building be like? The legendary building of the cinema Pobeda has closed for renovation. This cinema was built in the middle of the 20th century. In addition, because the building is an architectural monument, the style will be preserved. Nevertheless, a technical part will match  the requirements of the XXI century. The cinema Pobeda is the oldest in Minsk. From 1 January 2017, renovations began here.

01.01.2017

More and more foreigners meet New Year in Minsk
More and more foreigners meet New Year in Minsk Minsk is becoming an increasingly popular place among foreigners wishing to celebrate New Year. Dozens of tourists from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, England and many other countries choose the capital of Belarus as a place to celebrate the New Year. Sayyid is from Turkmenistan. He came to Minsk to celebrate the New Year. This will be his eighth birthday in the Belarus capital. However, he still does not forget traditions of his native country.

30.12.2016

New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video)
New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video) One of the oldest cities in Belarus, Brest, was clad in festive illumination back in the middle of December 2016. The city in southwest Belarus has turned into a magical realm. A ‘missile tree' has 'landed' on Boulevard of Cosmonauts. Not far from it are snowmen-aliens on a Christmas flying saucer. A huge designer tree near one of the city's department stores is worth seeing too. It sparkles like a real New Year's beauty, but none of the inhabitants of coniferous forests has been damaged. Near the Christmas tree fly colorful butterflies.
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017 It will be banned to smoke in Belarusian eateries in 2017. This will not affect only designated areas. Thus there will be no more rooms for smokers and non-smokers in Belarusian eateries as it was before. Owners of public catering establishments will be required to equip areas for tobacco lovers. In addition, restaurateurs will be offered to determine the dress code for their clients. It is expected that this measure will also be introduced in 2017.

29.12.2016

Belavia to start flights to Brussels
Belavia to start flights to Brussels Belarusian air carrier Belavia will open flights to Brussels from April 27 2017. Flights to the capital of Belgium will be made three times a week: on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight time will be 2 hours 45 minutes. According to Belavia, the price of tickets to one end will start at 89 euros and 175 euros with the return flight. The plane will depart from Minsk at 9:40 and from Brussels at 12:00.

28.12.2016

Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies
Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium" has explained why the planetarium appreciates new and old projection equipment. Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium": Modern planetariums switch to digital technologies. Computers have appeared and we can use digital projectors. We've recently purchased such projection technology: we now have a new service - full-dome projection, we demonstrate full-dome spherical movies. It is very colorful: immersive and all in 3D.
Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk?
Where to celebrate New Year 2017 in Minsk? 30 open areas will be working on New Year's Eve in each district of Minsk. The hub of all celebrations will be the area near the Sports Palace, where a New Year concert is expected. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV: What bands will we see?

26.12.2016

Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26
Minsk's first electric bus tested in city December 26 The first electric bus took to Minsk streets on December 26. Residents of the south-eastern part of Minsk at Partyzanski praspiekt were the first to see the new vehicle. The new kind of urban public transport is better than buses, trolleybuses and trams in all characteristics. Soon 20 such vehicles will be added to the fleet of Minsk public transport. Their charge will be made at the last stops during five-seven minutes. The capacity of electric buses is more than 150 people.
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus Nearly 6,000 foreigners have visited Belarus without visas. We are talking about cross-border tourism, especially in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Augustow Canal. Guests visit Belarus mainly from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, Spain and the United States. Ekaterina Romantsevich, tourist from Latvia:We will surely come back. We have promised our daughter and we will invite some friends. In terms of logistics, you still have some work to do.

23.12.2016

Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk
Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk All Belarus is now available inside one building. The Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk has opened a museum of architectural miniatures. The Lida and Kossovo castles, Kalozha church and Brest Fortress - all in all, the exhibition includes 17 replicas of Belarusian sites. There are many more to come.
Minsk's second ring road opens
Minsk's second ring road opens The second Minsk ring has been opened to traffic. The solemn ceremony was attended by the Belarus head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. The length of the second ring road is about 160 kilometers. This comfortable four-lane road meets all modern requirements. It is equipped with bridges and overpasses, barrier fences to avoid head-on collisions, the barriers against animals and noise screens near residential areas.

22.12.2016

Minsk's second ring road to open December 22
Minsk's second ring road to open December 22 The second ring around Minsk will fully open to traffic on December 22. The opening ceremony will be attended by the President of Belarus. The second phase of construction connected the Grodno and Moscow routes. Concrete at this section was laid back in autumn and now it has acquired the necessary strength. Curbs, junctions and barrier fences are already in place. Among other features are noise screens, nets for animals and information signs for drivers.

19.12.2016

Peru: economy, politics and culture of mysterious land of Incas
Peru: economy, politics and culture of mysterious land of Incas Peru may well be another country where an embassy of Belarus may open. This is only my guess, but I think Peru is one of the most important countries in Latin America and the former Spanish colony, by the way. Many Peruvians associate achievements with the introduction of European culture and European technologies. But let's not forget that Indians had achieved fantastic successes before that - thousands of years ago, they already knew how to make cranial trepanation. Europeans did not even wash at those times.

15.12.2016

Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016 Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreigners by the end of 2016.  The only condition is that you need to arrive in Belarus through the main air harbor - National Airport Minsk (also known as Minsk-2). This issue is now at the stage of approval in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. The agency has cited positive experience of the introduction of such a regime with certain countries. 

14.12.2016

Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters
Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters The health resort Radon has won the prestigious international award "Choice of the Year". This sanatorium is one of the best health resorts of Belarus, which is famous for radon waters. Their curative properties are not inferior to the well-known sources of Georgian resorts. This award is won by the Belarusian health resort for the second year in a row.
5G development in Belarus due in 2017
5G development in Belarus due in 2017 4G standard will appear in all regional cities of Belarus as early as in December 2016. 5G technology will be developed in Belarus beginning with 2017. The first wave of information innovations is expected on 23 December. On this day, 4G will be launched in Gomel, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Grodno. The next step will be more than 30 regional centers to which 4G will come in January. Therefore, advanced technologies will be available to more than 5.5 million Belarusians.

13.12.2016

Movie "Belarus. Country for life" wins at Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan
Movie "Belarus. Country for life" wins at Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan The promo video "Belarus. Country for life" has received worldwide recognition. The mini movie that boasts soulful story and colorful characters and emphasizes the achievements of Belarusians became the winner of the Eurasian International Festival in Kazakhstan. The movie praises the beauty and greatness of Belarusian nature, splendor of architecture and the country's achievements in various fields. The movie took six weeks to make. The same time was spent to select the actors.

09.12.2016

Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services
Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services The Vitebsk and Grodno regions are in the lead in terms of the growth of tourism services, according to Belarus' Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Guests from China, Turkey, Israel and India have started to come to Belarus more often. During the first 9 months of 2016, the growth rate of exports of travel services to Ukraine and Russia exceeded the 2015 figures. There are more foreign tourists who exercise their right to visa-free travel in the Bialowieza Forest and the Augustow Canal.

08.12.2016

Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU
Belarus still on track to simplified visa regime with EU Belarus will continue to work for the early signing of the agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU, said December 8 spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik. The Lithuanian side is interested in these negotiations to be accelerated, said Lithuanian ambassador to Belarus yesterday. The sides will sign the agreement after technical issues are harmonized.
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus The only Belarusian colobus monkeys can be seen in Grodno Zoo. The Oriental animals come from Russia's Kaliningrad. Playful and active, they cause enthusiasm not only in children but also in adults. The animals are now getting accustomed to the new place, next to a young alpaca and two baby tigers. They are not hiding from people, unlike barn owls, who arrived in Grodno from Russia.

07.12.2016

Who decides on hotel star rating in Belarus?
Who decides on hotel star rating in Belarus? 30% of rooms in Minsk are in three-star hotels. There are four five-star hotels, approximately 6.5% of the number of rooms in Minsk. The share of four-star hotel rooms is 16%. The number of premium hotels does not exceed the number of hotels of the budget segment. Minsk is ready to provide accommodation for any tourist - depending on the wishes of the level of service and payment options.

06.12.2016

The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high
The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high Can you imagine a multi-story thermometer? Well, the residence of this house can. They follow the swings of winter temperatures by simply passing by the thermometer on their house. The street gadget of the impressive size is installed on an ordinary house in the neighborhood Novaya Borovaya, and this has become a real local attraction! The thermometer is the highest in Belarus. The 40-meter giant can be seen from the neighborhood Uruchcha, Minsk ring road and even Independence Avenue.

05.12.2016

Newspaper stalls in Belarus to become mini-shops with Wi-Fi and coffee
Newspaper stalls in Belarus to become mini-shops with Wi-Fi and coffee BelSoyuzPechat newspaper stalls in Belarus will radically change their appearance in the coming years. Small stalls will be replaced by large shopping pavilions. Such transformation has been already carried out in Minsk and now this will be done across the country. New shopping pavilions are warm and convenient: you can not only buy a periodical or a book but also have a cup of coffee and access the Internet via wi-fi. A special electronic system will help you track the sale of newspapers, journals and related products.

02.12.2016

2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C
2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C The winter in Belarus will be colder than in 2015-2016, said Belarusian forecasters.  The average temperature is expected to be near the climate norm: 5.5°C below zero. There is expected more precipitation than normal. You may face adverse weather events, such as snowfall, which has already caused congestion and drifts on the roads of Belarus.
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020 10 hotels will be built in Minsk by 2020. Thus, the hotel network of the capital of Belarus will reach 58 complexes. That would be about 13,000 beds and 7,000 rooms. Yuri Natychko, head of household and hotel service of the Minsk City Executive Committee: All hotels that are being built at the moment are expected to be completed by 2020. These are hotels built without the involvement of public funds.

01.12.2016

White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers. The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.

30.11.2016

English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center
English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center There will be more English-language tourist information in Minsk. The facades of architectural monuments in Upper Town in the center of Minsk now have glass plates with a picture and description of the history of each of the main buildings. Sights are in Belarusian and English languages: tourists can now explore the historical center even without a guide.

29.11.2016

Brazil waits for Belarusian travelers
Brazil joins the club: all about visa-free travel for Belarusians From November 25, there is one more country Belarusians can travel visa-free: Brazil has joined the club of 40 countries keeping their doors open to the citizens of Belarus. There is some more good news for avid travellers. Belarusian passport climbs slow and sure up the “travel freedom” list. All in all Belarusians can visit 41 countries without red tape constraints. The list of them is really astonishing. Not to mention the neighbouring Russia and Ukraine, there are, for instance, such exotic spots as Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.
Over 100 eateries join Belarusian cuisine week in Minsk
Over 100 eateries join Belarusian cuisine week in Minsk Seven days with taste! The week of Belarusian cuisine has kicked off in Minsk. On the eve of New Year, Minsk cafes and restaurants have updated the menu adding traditional and age-old dishes from Belarusian cuisine. The event is held in Minsk for the 12th time. As practice shows, the smell of potato pancakes in Minsk cafes attracts gourmets from all over the world. This time, lovers of tasty meals have a wide choice, with lots of gastronomic delicacies on offer. Organizers promise not only a wide range of dishes, but also reasonable prices.

22.11.2016

Friday is free day in four Minsk museums until end of 2016
Friday is free day in 4 Minsk museums until end of 2016 Free contemplation of priceless works. Want that while in Minsk? From November 18, 2016, four museums of Minsk have started a campaign of unprecedented generosity. Every Friday until the end of 2016, visitors can come free to the National History Museum, National Art Museum, the Museum of the History of Theatrical and Musical Culture and the Gallery of Modern Art. Enjoy Minsk's cultural life for free!

17.11.2016

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

16.11.2016

Minsk subway gets digital information screens
Minsk subway gets digital information screens Minsk subway carriages now have new digital information screens! You can watch safety videos as well as social and commercial advertising on these displays. Moreover, now there are special stickers in the subway to remind passengers about basic safety rules. Andrey Kuzmin, Minsk Metro spokesperson: We think this information is important. Visual information is always easier to percept. We are planning to show some animated demonstrations, too.
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
First electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Sunny color for winter streets of Minsk: residents of the Belarus capital have decided on the future color of a new kind of metropolitan transport - electric buses. These electric buses will appear in Minsk already in December 2016. The electric buses will be like electric vehicles. They are powered by clean energy sources: a battery or a supercapacitor. The energy will be enough to cover about 12 kilometers. Then they need to be recharged at special stations, which are equipped at the last stops.

14.11.2016

New Year tree in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament in 2016
New Year tree 2016 in Belarus to be adorned with national ornament Minsk is immersing in the New Year atmosphere with coming snow and holiday preparations in the city. On November 9, works began on Lenina Street to decorate it with festive illumination. These are white 'light rains' that will frame the 16 lamps along the boulevard. Also, bright garlands will appear on trees and office buildings. First decorated New Year trees have appeared in Minsk stores, while some shopping centers already have artificial New Year trees on sale.

11.11.2016

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk
Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends opening of first mosque in Minsk Belarus is famous for its tradition of religious tolerance and mutual respect between people of different nationalities, said President of Belarus during the opening of the first mosque in Minsk November 11. The ceremony was also attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in the Belarusian capital on an official visit November 11. The opening of the mosque was a welcome event for religious associations and communities. After all, about 20,000 Muslims live in Belarus alone. 
First Mosque to open in Minsk November 11
First mosque to open in Minsk November 11 The history of the Minsk mosque began in the distant 16th century. Then it was located in present-day Dmitrova Street, near modern hotel Yubileiny. At the initiative of the head of the Tatar elder statesman, a small wooden building was constructed with a modest interior decoration and two halls for men and women. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, a stone mosque appeared on this place. Unfortunately, after 30 years of the Soviet regime, it was decided to reconstruct the building, and in 1961, it was completely destroyed.

10.11.2016

No plans for new hotels in Minsk in coming years
No plans for new hotels in Minsk in coming years Minsk hotels are reducing prices for services. Over the past year, they have cut 20% off the prices on average. This is achieved through a system of bonuses. The number of hotel visitors has increased.  Minsk now has 48 hotels and 5 official hostels. By the way, there are no plans to build new hotels. This despite the fact that Minsk is preparing to host the 2019 European Olympic Games.
First Belarusian-Latvian tourism business forum due in Minsk November 10
First Belarusian-Latvian tourism business forum due in Minsk November 10 On November 10, Minsk will host the first Belarusian-Latvian tourist business forum. It is organized during the Days of the Baltic countries in Minsk. The meeting of business circles will also be attended by the Minister of Economy of Latvia, who is currently on a visit to Belarus.

08.11.2016

National Geographic Traveler: Belarus is the best country for agro-tourism
National Geographic Traveler: Belarus is the best country for agro-tourism Belarus has won in the nomination Agrotourism in a ranking of the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2016. Belarus got 24% of votes. In second place is Italy (22%), while France was third (20%). Russia won 18% in this category and Georgia 9%. Belarus has also entered the top 5 countries for health improvement. Israel topped the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.

01.11.2016

China abolishes transit visas for Belarusians
China abolishes transit visas for Belarusians Transit through China without visas. Belarus has been included in the list of countries whose citizens have the right to stay in the country without special permission in case of arriving on international flights landing in China. A 72-hour visa-free regime is in force at 15 checkpoints, while at three others, this regime lasts six days. A similar practice today also applies to Chinese citizens who travel via Minsk.

27.10.2016

Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016
Electric buses to appear in Minsk in December 2016 Electric buses will appear on the roads of Minsk as early as in December 2016.  The name of the new mode of transport is self-explanatory. Electric buses do not require connection to a power line. The vehicle receives sufficient amount of electricity from a special charging post at an end of the route.  The electric bus is called the green vehicle of the 21st century. They have no harmful emissions boasting low noise levels and using clean energy sources. 

26.10.2016

Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas
Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas From 26 October, foreign tourists will be able to come to the Augustow Canal without visas. To visit the tourist-recreational park foreign guests must have only a passport and a document confirming the right to visit this recreational area. Visitors crossing the border from Poland can enter Belarus without a visa through the checkpoints Lesnoi and Bruzgi. If you travel from Lithuania through both checkpoints Privalka.

21.10.2016

What do people search about Belarus in Google?
What do people search about Belarus in Google? It turns out that searching information about Belarus English-speaking users most often ask Google about Belarusian names. Czech philologist and mathematician Jakub Marian has made a map of search queries on all European countries. It is based on the first tip in Google search related to the question: "Why?" "When you start typing a search query into Google, it gives you suggestions based on what other people are looking for. This map shows the first sentence beginning with "Why...?" explains Jakub Marian.
Minsk Sea repopulated with tons of pike and carp
Minsk Sea repopulated with tons of pike and carp Lovers of relaxation with a fishing rod now have more chances to catch fish and even improve your health. On October 20 city services have made the last re-stocking of Minskoye More Lake (Minsk Sea) in 2016. Tons of fish of different sizes have been released into the waters of Minsk Sea. Autumn is the most favorable time for such work. During this period fish survives transportation and colonization better.

20.10.2016

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

17.10.2016

Minsk rides complete 2016 warm season
Minsk rides complete 2016 warm season Amusement parks in Minsk are preparing for "hibernation". Experts are dismantling equipment and cover seats. The rides "danced their last waltz" last week. Every year, a decision to close the season is taken due to weather conditions. It is simply dangerous to use carousels during low temperatures. The largest Ferris wheel in Belarus - 56 meters in height - will also be stopped on October 17 until the next season. The conservation will complete on October 28.

14.10.2016

Minsk authorities decide to recover tributaries of Svisloch River
Minsk authorities decide to recover tributaries of Svisloch River The Svisloch River and its beaches will become the pearl of the Belarusian capital Minsk. The development of a unique historical territory was a subject of debates for years more but finally the best option was found. The Minsk City Executive Committee took a decision today to rehabilitate the tributaries of the Svisloch and improve the adjacent territories. A specific approach will be taken when cleaning the riverbed. The shoreline will be strengthened, bike paths equip, and toilets installed. In the coming years, some city reservoirs will be stocked with fish.

11.10.2016

Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena
Giant ice hockey sticks near Minsk Arena New design objects now adorn the image of Minsk. A LED installation - the puck and hockey sticks has been installed near Minsk Arena. Nearby is exercise equipment. You can join in for free and without wasting time on a change of clothes. Minsk is now hosting matches of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The installation and exercise equipment are timed to this very event. The new items seem to have a positive feedback. Not only passers-by, but also young people in social networks hail the initiative.

10.10.2016

Guide monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100
Tourist monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100 Minsk transportation system has become more mobile. An electronic guide will now become passengers' companion. The smart thing acts as a good assistant that lays routes, displays currency rates, weather and suggests places where you can eat and relax. Until the end of 2016, these monitors will be installed in all Minsk buses. In the future, the innovation will be implemented on other routes.

06.10.2016

700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance
700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance Let's imagine: you go to work and your purse is suddenly snatched. A suspicious man comes into your house and takes something valuable. Or you suddenly notice scratches on your car door in the courtyard. These situations are not pleasant at all, especially if the suspect is never found. Luckily, today, fewer and fewer such situations happen in Minsk, thanks to the fact that almost 700 residential buildings are equipped with video surveillance.

05.10.2016

The best museums of Belarus named
The best museums of Belarus named The best museums of Belarus were announced in Mogilev on October 2. The National Forum "Museums of Belarus" summed up the work of museums over the last two years. The winners were determined in five nominations. The Mogilev and Minsk regional museums of local lore had the best exhibition booths. They attracted the most attention at the forum. The National Art Museum won in two categories at once. 

29.09.2016

Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016
Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016 Belarusian health resorts have increased export of services from the beginning of 2016 by 30%, having gained a total of more than 102 million rubles. The highest demand for spa treatment is among Russians. This is due to affordable costs. Prices are the same for all people of the Eurasian Economic Union. On average, one day in a Belarusian sanatorium costs 42 rubles (about $20).
Chinese tourists can come to Belarus in group tours without visas
Chinese tourists can come to Belarus in group tours without visas Chinese tourists will be able to come to Belarus without a visa as part of travel groups. The corresponding agreement was signed between the two countries on 28 September. Also Belarus is working on granting tourists from 'safe countries' a five-day visa-free entry to Belarus. Over the past two years, Belarus has greatly simplified entry procedures for citizens of Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar who visit our country for tourism purposes.

28.09.2016

English-language street name plates appear in Minsk
English-language street name plates appear in Minsk There are now more signposts for Minsk citizens and foreigners in the city center. Inscriptions in English now duplicate street names in Russian or Belarusian. This is necessary due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Belarusian capital and the desire of city authorities to make guests' stay as comfortable as possible.

27.09.2016

National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day
National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day From September 26, the third entry into the territory of National Airport Minsk per day becomes chargeable. This change is due to an increase in passenger traffic as well as security issues. The first two visits with a limit of no more than 20 minutes will become free. The main objective of this measure is to streamline the movement of transport, first of all taxi drivers who use the free limit of 20 minutes numerous times a day seeking for clients.

26.09.2016

Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade
Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade The main characters in the streets of Minsk today are motorcyclists. Thousands of motorcycle fans on choppers and other fashionable bikes came to Belarus. These motorcycles are not, unfortunately, produced in Belarus. But who knows, because the first idea of Mr. Harley (Harley-Davidson's creator) was not a powerful motorcycle but a bicycle with a motor. So maybe the Minsk motorbike will somewhere in the future overtake Honda or Kawasaki... But back to the Minsk motorbike parade, with lots of surprises. Ilona Volynets has more on the topic.

23.09.2016

4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk
4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk Bikers from across the globe are starting to arrive in Belarus for festivities connected with the closing of the summer season. On September 23, they were shown the sights of Belarus. Foreign tourists can visit numerous castles and historical sites. Special routes are designed for them. The most popular places for travelling bikers is Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, the Bialowieza Forest and Grodno. The official closing of season will take place on 24 September.

03.09.2016

Minsk celebrating 949th birthday with concerts, fairs, fireworks, new monument and extreme park
Minsk celebrating 949th birthday with concerts, fairs, fireworks, new monument and extreme park And now let's proceed to today's Minsk festivities in honor of the City Day. Belarusian and Russian people to celebrate anything. But don't forget that we can work too. And the festive day was filled not only with entertainment, but also with creation: there has opened an extreme sports park and the great monument reflecting the rich past of Belarusians. Our correspondent Alyona Syrova has the story.
Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martsinkyevich monument unveiled in Minsk
Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martsinkyevich monument unveiled in Minsk The historical center of Minsk received a new sculpture on September 3. On Svabody Square, near Minsk Town Hall, a monument was installed to the composer Stanislaw Moniuszko and Belarusian playwright Vincent Dunin-Martsinkyevich. In the nineteenth century, this tandem gave birth to the first Belarusian opera. There is a reason why the cultural workers are installed here in a full-length bronze monument. A hundred meters away from this place there was previously Minsk city theater, where the premiere of the opera Sielanka (Idyll) was held.
Weather forecasters promise warm and dry September in Belarus
Weather forecasters promise warm and dry September in Belarus September in Belarus will be warmer than usual. Forecasters have voiced the long-term forecast. The average monthly temperature is expected to be 1 degree above normal values.  The normal temperature during September is 11-13 degrees Celsius. There should be less rainfall in September 2016. At the weekend, September 3 and 4, the weather is going to be warm and comfortable.

01.09.2016

Treatment with bees' biomagnetic field: unusual "bee house" appears in Grodno
Treatment with bees' biomagnetic field in Belarus: unusual 'bee house' appears in Grodno In any case, doctors agree on one thing: you should first of all think well and then go to the pharmacy. The design of the hives resembles a village bathhouse. Made from a frame, it has two benches and a table inside. Its function is the same - healing relaxation. The healing substance is the biomagnetic field of bees. Six hives are installed under sunbeds. Above them is netting with wooden planks - so the bees will not disturb the visitor with personal contact. They will give you pleasant buzz and slight vibration of the bench.
Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016
Electronic queue on Belarus-EU border from September 1, 2016 The first electronic queue has been commissioned on the border between Belarus and the European Union. The new rules will be in place from 1 September at the checkpoint Brest.  Now cars in the waiting area will be registered by the operator and the license plate number of the car and the turn number will be displayed on an electronic screen.  Thus, all the drivers will know who is behind whom. No one can illegally take someone else's place as it earlier happened. 

31.08.2016

Chestnuts blooming in Belarus as warm weather brings second spring at end of summer
Chestnuts blooming in Belarus' warm weather at end of summer There comes a time when Minsk residents also want to fly to warmer countries.  Weather forecasters promise that from the end of August the weather will become more autumnal. It will be 10 degrees colder than now. However, Minsk now can recall spring. In Pobediteley Avenue, chestnuts are blooming for the second time during the year. It is covered with flowers and young green leaves. Leaf fall from it will take place only in winter, but for now citizens of Minsk are expecting harvest. And not only vegetables, but also that from chestnuts.

25.08.2016

Dipped headlights required on Belarus roads from August 25
Dipped headlights required on Belarusian roads from August 25 From August 25, drivers on the road will have to mark themselves better.  On the eve of the new academic year, even in the daytime you must move with dipped headlights.  There will also be increased control over how drivers and pedestrians observe traffic rules near schools and kindergartens.

24.08.2016

Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas
Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas You can now visit Augustow Canal without a visa. The decree, which was signed on August 23, 2016 by the head of state, allows foreigners to visit the recreational park without entry documents.  The temporary stay of foreign citizens on the territory of Belarus in this case will be limited to five days.  It is expected that the visa-free visits to Augustow Canal will help increase the flow of tourists, create new jobs and attract investments.

18.08.2016

Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities
Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities His story began in England’s city of Leeds, and later fate brought him to Malta, Spain, Italy and, finally, Belarus. Darren:Before I came here, I thought that Belarus is a part of Russia. While living here, I looked at many things differently. Great Britain and Belarus are not similar. Britain is very dirty and gray compared to clean Belarus. Sceneries are unparalleled! I would like Belarus to become more adapted for people with disabilities.
Belavia's new branded Boeing to make first flight to Moscow
Belavia's new branded Boeing to make first flight to Moscow The new Boeing of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia will make a debut flight. The aircraft with the brand symbol - cornflower - leaves for Moscow on August 18, 2016. Minsk received the Boeing on August 15. It arrived straight from the factory in Seattle. The aircraft has new design both outside and inside. The plane is highly efficient, and its increased range makes it possible for many more direct routes.
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved new rules for the use of the so-called drones. Now they are not subject to state registration, but you can use them at an altitude of no more than 100 meters. This limitation is due to security concerns. Moreover, this applies to both amateurs and professionals.

17.08.2016

Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights
Belavia starts regular Minsk-Lviv flights The Belarusian air carrier Belavia is expanding its route network and is launching regular flights Minsk-Lviv. They will be operated four times a week. Regional jets Embraer 175 will be used on the new route. The first branded Belarusian aircraft, new Boeing 737, will begin to operate flights only after 20 August. When the vessel is cleared through customs, its characteristics will be dispatched to the aeronautical authorities of other countries. In turn, they may then give permission to fly. In the schedule the aircraft is put after 23 August.

12.08.2016

Belarusian expedition conquers the highest point in Europe - Mount Elbrus
Belarusian expedition climbs the highest point in Europe - Mount Elbrus Belarusian athletes have made a unique 200-mile trip to the Central Caucasus and climbed to the highest point in Europe, Mount Elbrus, according to Alfa-Bank (Belarus), who became the partner of the expedition. A small group of mountain climbers together with the instructor, Valery Ermolovich, spent in the mountains about two weeks. During this time, they managed to cover more than 200 km in the highlands of the Caucasus. Four participants had to wade in mountain rivers and overcome the most difficult snow and ice passes.

10.08.2016

Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements
Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements Tiles symbolizing the national ornament now decorates walkways in Minsk from Masherova Avenue to the Pobediteley Avenue. Works on one side of the road have almost completed. The next stage will cover the opposite side of the street. Pobediteley Avenue is going through another stage of modernization. The renovation works should be completed by 1 September. This is a gift to Minsk residents for Minsk City Day. This year the celebrations will take place 3 September.
Chinese tourists can visit Belarus without visas from September 2016
Chinese tourists can visit Belarus without visas from September 2016 Chinese tourists will be allowed to enter Belarus without a visa from September 2016. The relevant agreement between the two governments has come into force.  Groups of travelers numbering five or more people, organized by tour operators, may enter the territory of Belarus without special permission. It is enough to have a passport and an invitation.

09.08.2016

Minsk for tourists: culture, history and night parties
Minsk for tourists: culture, history and night parties Minsk is trying to develop its tourism potential. However, the capital has only about 20 travel agencies whose primary specialization is inbound tourism. For comparison, the number of outbound travel companies is about 500. The share of Minsk in the national volume of exports of travel services is more than half - 52%. The city began to promote its possibilities to attract visitors in social networks. The number of tourists from far abroad has somewhat increased recently.

05.08.2016

Belarus may liberalize agricultural farmsteads legislation
Belarus may liberalize agricultural farmsteads legislation Vitebsk region is often called "paradise for tourists." The Braslav area is rightfully called the pearl of tourism in Belarus. It is in this area where a record number of farmsteads are located. Not surprisingly, during the President's working trip to that region, there was a lot of talk about the development of rural tourism. Alexander Lukashenko visited one of the tourist enterprises of the northern region. A serious investment project started as a small family business, but today on the shores of Lake Snudy is a full-fledged tourist complex.
Minsk 3rd line subway stations get official names
Minsk 3rd line subway stations get official names They are no longer anonymous! The future stations of the third branch of Minsk subway have received their official names.  Besides the already well-known stations, some new will appear on the map of the Minsk subway: "Profsoyuznaya", "Perespa", "Komarovskaya", "Park Druzhby Narodov", "Ivana Melezha", "Zialiony Luh" and "Logoiskaya". First of all, experts were guided by the historical events associated with the places where underground lines will run. However, the opinion of Minsk residents also played an important role.

04.08.2016

Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and Moniuszko monument to appear near Minsk City Hall
Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and Moniuszko monument to appear near Minsk City Hall Another gift for the residents of Minsk. A monument to famous cultural figures - playwright Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and composer Stanislaw Moniuszko - will be installed near Minsk's Town Hall. Made in full growth and cast in bronze, the sculpture will take place among city dwellers in the cultural center of Minsk of the XIX century. The work has already been cast. Pre-installation works are being finalized.
Monument to Afghan war soldiers in Minsk turns 20
Monument to Afghan war soldiers in Minsk turns 20 Pain of loss embodied in bronze and stone. Exactly 20 years ago, a chapel in memory of Afghan war soldiers who did not return home appeared on the Island of Tears. On the altar inside the chapel carved the names of the fallen soldiers, who were called soldiers-internationalists in the Soviet Union. Nina Dus, mother of a dead soldier-internationalist:I'm still waiting for him. Because I did not see him dead. They brought a zinc coffin. We wanted to open it, but they dissuaded us.

02.08.2016

Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk
Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team launched in Minsk Buses in support of Belarus Olympic team have begun to ply the central streets of Minsk. The streets are also decorated with new themed billboards. Thus, Minsk residents and guests can join in to show their support for Belarusian athletes. The project Be Together with Olympic Team is intended to glorify the national sport and its best representatives, raise fans' morale and remind people about the main games of the four years, which involve Belarusian Olympians.

01.08.2016

Pronebo air sports festival takes place at Borovaya airfield
Pronebo air sports festival takes place at Borovaya airfield The second Belarusian helicopter race and an attempt to set a national parachuting record - all this is the festival of air sport Pronebo (#пронебо) that took place at the Borovaya airfield near Minsk. Thirteen helicopter teams, nearly 30 parachutists and an unforgettable air show was performed by DOSAAF pilots and military aviation. Teams from Belarus, Russia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine took part.

29.07.2016

Minsk public transport to get separate lanes
Minsk public transport to get separate lanes Minsk public transport speed is going to increase. An experiment was conducted in the Kamiennaja Horka neighborhood: a separate lane was built for buses and trolleybuses. Previously, public transport was prevented from moving by personal cars that turned right from the first lane (Minsk has right-hand traffic). But now buses and trolleybuses can start moving from the second lane. The experiment showed that transport speed has increased by an average of 20%. Even in rush hour, it arrives on time.

28.07.2016

Unique extreme sports park to be opened in Minsk in autumn
Unique extreme sports park to open in Minsk in late 2016 A specially equipped playground is being created in Minsk for open-air sports enthusiasts. A unique extreme sports park is planned to open at the beginning of September on Stoletova Street. Experts promise that in terms of some indicators it will be the best in the CIS since such project was created in close assistance between sportsmen and city guides. The equipment and content of the park fits the needs of those who will become frequent visitors. The part will house a playground, a parkour park, a skate park and a playground for street workout.

27.07.2016

Tax Free return in Belarus will now be paid
Belarusians now have to pay for Tax Free return Belarusians now have to pay for Tax Free return. The commission was introduced on 27 July. The cashing of a check worth over 50 euros will cost 3 euros. You will also have to pay this amount when it comes to the registration of earlier checks, for which payment will be made after July 27. Let me remind you that three companies in Belarus provide the return of value added tax on foreign purchases. Now they take a commission. At the same time, for the first six months, Belarusians were paid roughly 1.5 million euros on Tax Free checks.

26.07.2016

Swimming forbidden at several beaches near Minsk
Swimming forbidden at several beaches near Minsk Hot weather has returned to Belarus and people are again going to beaches to soak up sunlight and swim.  Minsk residents usually go to several most important beaches near or in the capital. However, the health service of Minsk asked residents to be careful when choosing a place of rest. A ban on swimming for both adults and children is in force at beach No2 of the reservoir Drozdy, beach No2 of the Tsnyanka reservior and beaches No2, 3, 4, 8, 9 of the Zaslavskoe reservoir. 

20.07.2016

Two parks to appear in Minsk
Two parks to appear in Minsk Minsk residents have been invited to participate in a public discussion regarding the new urban development project in the Frunzensky district. The city authorities are mulling creating two new parks. One will be located in a wooded area of the Medvezhino neighborhood. There will be a platform for games and recreation, sports areas, gazebos as well as hiking and biking trails. A sports and recreation complex may appear on Goretskogo Street.
How Belarusians' travel routes changed amid terrorist attacks in the world?
How Belarusians' travel routes changed amid terrorist attacks in the world? Russia is now the most popular country for Belarusians to go to holidays. However, travels to some traditional resorts have decreased. Sales of trips to Egypt and Turkey have fallen almost twice. However, Belarusians do not abandon Georgia, Montenegro and other popular tourist destinations, whose coordinates lie within Europe. MORE: Belarus-Georgia tourism ties

19.07.2016

2016 Minsk City Day celebrations due 3 and 4 September
2016 Minsk City Day celebrations due 3 and 4 September July 19, it became known that Minsk City Day in 2016 will be celebrated on 3 and 4 September, a week earlier than usual. The capital will celebrate the 949th birthday. For the first time, Minsk is mentioned in "The Tale of Bygone Years". The program of activities, as well as major public sites will be announced later. This year, on September 11, Belarus will hold the parliamentary elections.

18.07.2016

Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends citizens to temporarily refrain from traveling to Turkey
Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommends citizens to temporarily refrain from traveling to Turkey The Embassy of Belarus in Turkey and the Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommend Belarusians to refrain from planned trips to Turkey until the situation is stabilized. Those who are in Turkey at this moment need to avoid mass gatherings.

15.07.2016

Belavia not to cancel flights to Nice
Belavia not to cancel flights to Nice The Belarusian airline Belavia has no plans to cancel flights to Nice, where the terrorist attack took place on the night from 14 to 15 July. "Today we are preparing a flight to Paris and tomorrow to Nice. Airports are open, we are monitoring the situation. If there are any changes, we will inform you," said the press service of the airline.  Now Belavia carries out flights to Nice three times a week: Wednesdays and Saturdays (departure from Minsk at 8.30), as well as Sundays (departure at 12.10).

11.07.2016

Heat wave up to 36°C coming to Belarus
Heat wave up to 36°C coming to Belarus Anomalous heat will return to Belarus in mid-July 2016. Even today, on July 11, southern regions of Belarus will get a temperature of 32°C. Doctors warn that people of any age can be affected by exposure to summer heat. But there are also those who are at particular risk. These are children under one year old as well as people suffering from chronic diseases.  Belarusian forecasters have announced the penultimate - orange - danger level in connection with the hot weather.

08.07.2016

Street art masterpiece with Nesvizh Castle appears in Minsk
Street art masterpiece with Nesvizh Castle appears in Minsk Minsk school No.34 now boasts a historic art installation with a view of Nesvizh Castle. This very topic was chosen for the Year of Culture of Belarus and the wall was turned into a canvas. An alley appeared near the school building, with the flower sculpture of the mistress of the palace and park complex Barbara Radziwill.

07.07.2016

Man in Belarus falls into fire celebrating Kupala night
Man in Belarus falls into fire celebrating Kupala night 35-year-old Belarusian man was jumping over the fire celebrating Kupalle (akin to Midsummer night in the rest of the world) and fell into the blaze.

06.07.2016

Belarus' traffic police marks 80 years with patrol car parade
Belarus' traffic police marks 80th anniversary with patrol car parade A parade of patrol cars of traffic police was held in Minsk center July 6. These days the traffic police of Belarus celebrate their 80th anniversary. The anniversary fell on July 3 Independence Day but the traffic police celebrated the professional holiday on duty. Therefore the celebrations were postponed. Taking part in the parade were famous retro cars used for patrolling such as Volga, Moskvich, and Zhiguli. They truly represent the entire epoch.
Construction of Zhukovskogo subway station in Minsk (photos)
Construction of Zhukovskogo subway station in Minsk (photos) The initial stage of laying the rails has completed at the construction site of the Minsk metro station Zhukovskogo. They are located in both dead ends of the future subway. Traffic is now blocked in Klary Tsetkin Street, to make way for the tunnel boring machine. Works are underway at the quickest possible pace. MORE: Plans for Minsk subway network

05.07.2016

Russians name Minsk the most popular city for travel with kids this summer
Minsk among the most popular travel destinations for Russians with kids this summer Russians traveling with children this summer choose Minsk increasingly often. The Belarusian capital leads in the number of hotel-related requests via Internet search engines.  The hotel and apartment booking ranking is composed of 10 European capitals. Among them are also Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Tallinn. Travelers call Minsk the most popular and cheapest city. The average cost of living in Belarus' hotels compares favorably to analogues in other countries.

04.07.2016

Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity
Dnieper Day: This river is Belarus' brand and symbol of Slavic unity Let's finish the program on a positive wave. Although in the truest sense, waves are not typical for this river. However, on music waves, the river we are going to talk about is very popular: "Oh, Dnipro, Dnipro, you are wide and mighty. Cranes are flying over you." You know what I am talking about, you remember this song. Rarely does a bird fly to the middle of the Dnieper, wrote Gogol. But he wrote about the Ukrainian section of the river, which is one and a half kilometers wide, while in Belarus, it is narrower.

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