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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.
Minsk temperature breaks century-old heatwave record
Minsk temperature breaks century-old heatwave record Temperature records in Belarus have been beaten again. On the first day of July, Minsk meteorologists recorded a temperature of 31.8°C. It is noteworthy that the previous maximum values ​​were set 100 years ago. SEE: Temperature records in Belarus On July 3 hot weather remained in Belarus but heavy rain in the evening did not prevent Belarusians from celebrating Independence Day. 
Belarus ends Independence Day with countrywide national anthem singing campaign
Belarus ends Independence Day with countrywide national anthem singing campaign Belarus has finished celebrating Independence Day. An hour before midnight, the entire country sang the national anthem. This traditional event was the final chord of the July 2-3 celebrations. "Belarus, I love you!" Exactly at 21.00, these words echoed around Minsk. And this is not only the expression of love but, according to the Culture Ministry, a tribute to the bands and singers who glorify Belarus in the world.
2016 Independence Day fireworks display in Minsk's night sky (live video)
2016 Independence Day fireworks display in Minsk's night sky (live video) A stunning fireworks display was held on Independence Day in Minsk July 3 despite rainy weather, which followed the July 2 and 3 record-breaking heatwave. 

02.07.2016

Independence Day parade due in Minsk July 3
Independence Day parade due in Minsk July 3 The central event of the Independence Day will be of course a military parade. President Lukashenko will review troops as the supreme commander. Hundreds of thousands of people are going to see this beautiful and patriotic spectacle. On July 3, several national channels will offer a live broadcast of the event.

30.06.2016

Polotsk Church restoring unique frescoes of the 12th century
Unique 12th-century frescoes being restored at Holy Transfiguration Church in Polotsk Restorers have discovered the frescoes of the 12th century at the Holy Transfiguration Church in Polotsk.   This is the only monument of the 12th century in Belarus where frescoes preserved almost completely.  In 1886, repairs were carried out at the temple and for some reason the unique mural was covered with an oil painting. And only in the 1990s, the planned and systematic restoration of the frescoes began here.
July 3 parade in Minsk to begin 10 am
July 3 Independence Day parade in Minsk to begin 10 am In connection with hot weather the Independence Day parade in Minsk has been brought forward. It will begin at 10 am. A few days remain before the celebration of Belarus Independence Day (July 3). This night Minsk hosted a dress rehearsal for the parade of the Minsk garrison. As many as 3,500 servicemen and 160 pieces of military equipment took part, including armored vehicles, self-propelled units and multiple rocket launchers.
Mobile communication now available inside Minsk subway tunnels
Mobile communication now available inside Minsk subway tunnels Now you can use mobile phones even when you are inside Minsk subway tunnels. The first section where the service is available is a small section of the blue line of the subway - between the stations Malinaŭka and Piatroŭščyna. This required 3,500 meters of cable. The signal level is almost the same as on the platform or on the street. It is planned that in the near future, mobile service will be available throughout the metro.

28.06.2016

Minsk resident reshaping endangered Osmolovka neighborhood
Minsk resident reshaping endangered Osmolovka neighborhood In just one day, a new metropolitan masterpiece was born in the Minsk neighborhood of Osmolovka (Asmalouka). The idea belongs to the ​​talented artist, designer and architect Maria Rudakovskaya who is taking part in a variety of urban projects in the Belarus capital.
Domachevo checkpoint to be temporarily closed to traffic
Domachevo checkpoint to be temporarily closed to traffic Belarus plans to temporarily close the checkpoint Domachevo on the border with Poland to vehicular traffic. This is due to a bad state of the bridge across the Western Bug.  Repairs will soon start at the site. It will take about three months. The movement will be limited not earlier than 24 hours after the notification of the Polish side. The nearest alternative border crossings are Kozlovichi and Varshavsky Most.
Dumplings eating championship held in Minsk
Dumplings eating championship held in Minsk On June 26, Minsk hosted the first championship on dumplings eating. Especially for the competition the organizers cooked more than 500 potato balls with meat. They were baked according to ancient Belarusian recipes in a village oven.  To do this, 250 kilos of potatoes, 50kg of meat and 40kg onions were needed. Taking part in the championship were 13 gourmets.
Fireworks due in Minsk on Independence Day July 3
Fireworks due in Minsk on Independence Day July 3 Minsk is finishing preparations for 3 July Independence Day celebrations. The busiest places of the city are already decorated with festive elements. Another interesting fact is that this year's military parade will end with a mass number in which vocal and dance groups will take part. Marianna Nikolaeva, head of the department of arts of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus: A total of around 800 people will be taking part in the parade. The parade will be held near the stela "Minsk - Hero City". 

27.06.2016

Belarus Independence Day rehearsal flyover at Minskoe More Lake in (video)
Belarus Independence Day rehearsal flyover near Minsk (video) On June 27, a rehearsal of the Independence Day air parade was held by the Minsk garrison. 44 aircraft rose into the sky to train ahead of the July 3 Independence Day of Belarus. Taking part in the rehearsal were the helicopters Mi-2, Mi-8 and Mi-24. When it comes to planes, there were MiG-29, Su-25 and military-transport aircraft IL-76 and AN-26. Russian aircraft will also partake in the parade. By the way, traffic was not blocked on the ground during the rehearsal.
Belarusian Cuisine Week starts in Minsk
Belarusian Cuisine Week starts in Minsk The Week of Belarusian Cuisine will start in Minsk restaurants and cafes today on June 27. This time it is being held on the eve of Independence Day. About 100 cafes and restaurants promise one menu and prices for snacks, dumplings and traditional drinks. Cucumber holodnik (Russian Cold Soup) is expected to be especially popular these days. The traditional Belarusian dish satisfies not only hunger but also thirst.
2016 Independence Day parade rehearsal in Minsk
2016 Independence Day parade rehearsal in Minsk The Independence Day parade in Minsk is due on July 3, 2016. The first rehearsals have already taken place. Taking part in the to-be military show near the stela "Minsk - Hero City" were more than 3,500 servicemen, 160 units of military equipment - armored vehicles and self-propelled, multiple rocket launchers. Opening the parade will be the exclusive Chinese limousines that are used by the PRC leadership to review parades. The banners of the victorious 1st, 2nd and 3rd Belarusian Fronts, which contributed greatly to WWII victory, will be carried.

23.06.2016

Art Island opens in Minsk June 23
Art Island opens on Minsk's Kamsamolskaje Lake June 23 On June 23, the Art Island reopened in Minsk. The project gained popularity last season. Installations placed on an island on Kamsamolskaje Lake were visited by about half a million people. On June 23, the exhibition will officially be presented in open air. These works, which are made by 16 Belarusian artists, will be on display here until Minsk City Day, which is celebrated on 10 September in 2016.

22.06.2016

Belarus' Brest re-enacts first days of Great Patriotic War
Belarus' Brest re-enacts first days of Great Patriotic War of 1941 (video) The feat of the defenders of the Brest Fortress has been inscribed with golden letters in the annals of the history of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The garrison of the Brest Fortress was the first to be hit by the powerful Nazi machine.  Thousands of Belarusians and guests of the country come to the Brest Fortress on June 22 to remember how WWII spilled over into Belarus in 1941. The events of the early morning of 22 June 1941 were re-enacted and the show seemed to leave everyone impressed. 

20.06.2016

Belavia opens Minsk-Palanga flight
Belavia opens Minsk-Palanga flight Dunes on the Lithuanian coast of the Baltic Sea are now only one hour away from Minsk. A new flight has been launched from the Belarusian capital to Lithuanian Palanga on June 19. This is a great opportunity not only for tourists but also for businessmen. Belavia now operates 48 various flights to various destinations, mainly in Europe.

19.06.2016

Belarusian tramcars celebrate 118th anniversary
Belarusian tramcars celebrate 118th birthday The oldest tramcar in Belarus celebrates its 118th anniversary. On June 18, 1898, the first Belarusian tramcar travelled through the streets of Vitebsk. Even Moscow and St. Petersburg did not have such a mode of transport. Another interesting fact is that electricity came to the city together with tramcars. The electric vehicles moved at a speed of only 14 kilometers per hour. This is why boys of the late 19th century considered it an honor to cling to the back of the tram to travel home without a ticket.

15.06.2016

15 people drown in Belarus since beginning of bathing season
15 people drown in Belarus since beginning of bathing season 15 people have died in water since the start of the bathing season in Belarus.  Rescuers report that 14 of them were in a state of alcoholic intoxication. According to statistics, this is the reason that most often leads to tragic consequences. The water safety service of Belarus, OSVOD, urges to swim only in designated areas. There are several hundred equipped beaches for summer vacation across Belarus.

14.06.2016

Speleotherapy in Vileika: College students build salt cave
Speleotherapy in Vileika: College students build salt cave Students of Vileika State College can now improve health while receiving future profession. Future plumbers and electricians combine studies with pleasure in their own hand-built salt cave. Students and teachers with breathing problems can now deal with their illnesses no only in hospitals but also at work. The experimenters can be proud of the results of their work. This is a unique room in the Minsk region.

13.06.2016

Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says
Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says The CTV channel has talked with Minister of Culture of Russia at the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions, held in Minsk this week. Vladimir Medinsky recalled his holidays in Belarus seven years ago.  We tried to ask about the possible exchange of Shishkin originals for Slutsk belts. However, the minister skillfully ducked the answer saying that this is a complex issue and requires elaboration. Why are you embarrassed to go to Egypt?
National Airport Minsk tops European punctuality ranking
National Airport Minsk tops May 2016 regional airports punctuality ranking National Airport Minsk has topped the On-Time Departure Performance Rating among European regional airports in May 2016. It is followed by two Norwegial airports, in Trondheim and Stavanger, according to FlyStats. The American resource monitors the accuracy of departure and arrival of aircraft and publishes monthly reports. In general, in 2015, the Belarusian aviation hub serviced 2.782 million passengers with more than 20 million flights made.

12.06.2016

Beach season starts in Belarus: what  travelers need to remember
Beach season starts in Belarus: What travelers need to remember Belarus has been dubbed the land of lakes and forests. And summer is time to relax near water. At the start of the beach season in Belarus, inspectors go round more than 60 water reservoirs across the country. Here are a couple of rules you need to remember while having a rest in Belarus:

09.06.2016

Seat selection now available when buying online train tickets in Belarus
Seat selection now available when buying online train tickets in Belarus Passengers of Belarusian trains are now offered virtual tours of railway cars. Before buying an e-ticket the customer is able to choose a specific seat. This practice is widely used in air transport. When you hover over a particular compartment seat, you can see its number and price. For example, if you want to save when traveling in economy class, you can take a side seat.
Can you hunt bison in Belarus?
Can you hunt bison in Belarus? Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Andrey Kovkhuto gave an interview to the CTV's program Week.Mr Kovhkuto, thank you for finding time for an interview. Many people in Belarus ask whether the "environmentally friendly product" label will soon appear in our country.   Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus:
Unusual archaeological museum to be created in Bialowieza Forest
Unusual archaeological museum to open in Bialowieza Forest An unusual open-air archaeological museum will be created in the Bialowieza Forest.     In this museum, visitors will be able to plunge into ancient times: start fire by friction, make weapons from flint and prepare food using technologies of those times. Artifacts found on the territory of the forest reserve inspired scientists for such an initiative. The museum will offer more than 50 archaeological sites from the Mesolithic era to the early Middle Ages.  The museum quarters will spread over 13 hectares.

08.06.2016

Original graffiti appears during Days of Moscow in Minsk
Original graffiti appears during Days of Moscow in Minsk Days of Moscow finished today in Minsk. A new graffiti has appeared in one of Minsk's neighborhoods depicting a boy and a girl in national colors. Taking part in the ceremony to unveil the graffiti were Minsk and Moscow authorities, as well as the artists and authors of the picture. Over 20 events were held within the framework of the Days of Moscow. These are round-table discussions, contests of creative works, a book exhibition, concerts and even a hockey match of junior teams of the two cities.

02.06.2016

Belarus preparing visa simplification decree
Belarus preparing visa simplification decree Belarus may introduce simplified visa regime for foreign citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is agreeing the text of the relevant presidential decree in cooperation with other state administration bodies. Currently the authorities are working on the part of the document that will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of the visa regime relaxation.    

31.05.2016

What places in Minsk will become smoke free?
What places in Minsk will become smoke free? Belarusian tobacco manufacturers will be obliged to use frightening cigarette packaging.  They will demonstrate the consequences of addiction. Such are the requirements of new technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union. Some Belarusian companies have also decided to fight smoking. They encourage employees who do not take "smoke breaks".

30.05.2016

Summer holidays: why travel to Belarus?
Summer holidays: why travel to Belarus? Not as many Belarusians as in previous years will cross the Belarusian-Ukrainian border for holidays in the neighboring country. Formerly, it was hard to reserve a seat on a train to the Crimea. Now trains don't travel to Simferopol and lovers of Crimea's south coast don't know what alternative to choose. Few will dare to go to Turkey after numerous explosions. Egypt has lost popularity in recent years too.
Summer 2016 weather forecast for Belarus
Summer 2016 weather forecast for Belarus Chief meteorologist of Belarus Dmitry Ryabov has told the TV program Week about what summer weather in 2016 will be like.

29.05.2016

MTZ celebrates 70th anniversary with tractor parade
MTZ celebrates 70th anniversary with tractor parade (video) Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark) celebrates 70-year anniversary. Over the years, 3.8 million vehicles have rolled off the production line. Today, 90% of tractors produced by MTZ are exported to 60 countries of the world. On May 28, in celebration of the significant date, a tractor parade was held in the Belarus capital Minsk (please watch the video).

26.05.2016

Minsk Tractor Works Garden Square opens in Minsk
Minsk Tractor Works Garden Square opens in Minsk The MTZ Garden Square and the renovated Palace of Culture opened in Minsk on May 26. In celebration of the great jubilee of the plant employees planted 70 symbolic thujas, and the garden square was divided into several thematic zones. Fyodor Domotenko, Director General of OAO Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark):These thujas represent a logo of our factory, which is historic. That logo will be the central element.  
How much do Belarusian health resorts cost?
How much do Belarusian health resorts cost? 70% of rooms in Belarusian health resorts has been sold. A day in a Belarusian health resort this year costs about BYR 400,000. A trip of 12 days costs about BYR 6 million. All in all, 72 health resorts for adults are working in Belarus, with 10 more for children and 17 for students. The cheapest option is in the Borisov district, where a bed in a 5-room guest house costs only BYR 200,000. Luxurious apartments near Grodno cost about BYR 2.5 million a day.

24.05.2016

Drivers in Belarus must have headlights on even during daytime from May 25 to June 5
Drivers in Belarus must have headlights on even during daytime from May 25 to June 5 From May 25, drivers in Belarus, even in daytime, must have headlights on. This is a demand of traffic police, which is part of the nationwide campaign "Attention: Children!", which will run until June 5.  Motorists violating this paragraph will receive a warning or a fine of up to 2 base units.  The requirement about the lights during daytime is due to the start of the summer holidays and need to ensure children's safety on the roads. Inspectors of traffic police will be on duty near schools, cinemas and parks located near roadways.
Industrial tourism: 10 Minsk factories plan to receive visitors
Industrial tourism: 10 Minsk factories plan to receive visitors Production facilities will become local landmarks. Minsk has started to develop industrial tourism. Belarusian authorities have long been talking about the necessity to develop this branch of tourism.  Ten Minsk's factories are planning to welcome official delegations and get them familiar with the production process and conduct tastings. These include bakeries and breweries.
Belarus' shops and cafes may stay closed at night before redenomination
Belarus' shops and cafes may stay closed at night before redenomination Convenience stores and cafes may not work the night before the July 1 redenomination in Belarus.    The final decision will be made by each business. The Ministry of Trade warns of possible difficulties in settlements involving the use of plastic cards. We recommend you pay in cash during July 1. By the way, from July 1, banks will start to exchange banknotes into coins. This is an opportunity that has long been awaited by trade and service organizations. Any person can make an exchange too.

23.05.2016

Belarusian heritage photographic reproductions on Chelyuskintsev Park fence
Belarusian heritage photographic reproductions on Chelyuskintsev Park fence An exposition in the open air featuring photographic reproductions of Belarus' palaces and park complexes, castles, mansions, churches and cathedrals now decorates the fence of Chelyuskintsev Park in Minsk. This is like a visual journey through the country, its history and culture. The organizers would like this exhibition to demonstrate Minsk residents and guests of the capital the revived heritage of Belarus.
Belarusian embroidery among magnolias and Alphabetic Tower: Why you should visit Adjara
Belarusian embroidery among magnolias and Alphabetic Tower: Why you should visit Adjara Georgia is calling Belarusians to come to have a rest and trade. It tempts us with all sorts of delicious catchwords: khinkali, khachapuri, Kindzmarauli... It guarantees safety on its territory, which is also vital. Last year, President Lukashenko, visiting Georgia for the first time, went to Tbilisi and Batumi. The capital of Adjara after that visit became a sister city of Brest. Now Adjara residents even wear T-shirts adorned with Belarusian embroidery. Our special correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk traveled to that picturesque region of Georgia.

19.05.2016

Riga Days in Minsk begin May 20
Riga Days in Minsk to kick off May 20 Friendship and cooperation, economics and art are the topics of the Days of Riga in Minsk. Chairman of the Minsk City Council of Deputies Vasily Panasiuk and Riga Mayor Nil Ushakov made a welcoming speech in the concert hall Upper Town. A musical program for guests of the event has been prepared. Also, visitors can familiarize themselves with the unique features of Jugendstil, which is widely represented in Riga as an architectural peculiarity.
Minsk among top three cities Russians choose for summer holidays
Minsk among top three cities Russians choose for summer holidays Minsk is one of the three cities Russians choose for travel and vacation in the summer of 2016. The list of other cities Russians prefer includes Prague, London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Tallinn and Baku. Minsk's tourist attraction is growing every year. For example, 20% more Russian travelers came to Minsk in 2016 than last year. On average, foreigners stayed in Minsk 5 days.

17.05.2016

Design Week in Minsk: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future
Minsk Design Week 2016: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future Each warm season decorates Minsk with some new art objects. Minsk is transformed and becomes a point of attraction for many artists, designers and architects. One of such examples is the recent Minsk Design Week. This event had already been held in Minsk earlier and by 2016, it really gained momentum.

13.05.2016

Belarus to hold parade on 2016 Independence Day July 3
Belarus to hold parade on 2016 Independence Day July 3 Legendary T-34 and the new generation of machines will feature at the Independence Day parade, due on July 3, 2016. Armored vehicles, self-propelled weapons and multiple rocket launchers: all in all, about 160 units will partake in the parade. All the machines for the parade are prepared at the military airfield Lipki. Tanks will head the mechanized line, including the legendary T-34 and powerful IS-2. Each machine has its own history. The 160-unit line will stretch over almost 2km.

12.05.2016

Belarus, Russia plan to create common information space
Belarus, Russia plan to create common information space Joint programs of Belarus and Russia are being discussed in Mogilev. The city of the Sozh River is hosting a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Belarus-Russia Union State.  Taking part in it are Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. The agenda includes about 30 questions. The main group of questions concerns trade and economic cooperation.  The sides will also discuss work on a number of fronts over the next 5 years. In particular, they will talk over the creation of a common information space.

11.05.2016

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

09.05.2016

Immortal Regiment campaign: Brest residents, tourists march with WWII soldier photos
Immortal Regiment campaign: Brest residents, tourists march with WWII soldier photos Brest is home of military history in Belarus. It is the western borders that had to face the onslaught of the Nazis first. 9 May, Brest joined the international campaign Immortal Regiment. A column passed through the central streets of the city to unite generations of residents of Brest and guests. People were carrying pictures of WWII military.
Large-scale WWII Soviet offensive reenactment in Gomel staged on May 9
Large-scale WWII Soviet offensive reenactment staged in Gomel on May 9 A large-scale battle reenactment took place in Gomel today. On the renovated embankment of the river Sozh spectators could hear gunshots, explosions of grenades and triumphant shouts "Hurrah!"  The battle reenactment recreated the events of the war: a column of Soviet troops is facing a difficult resistance from the retreating Wehrmacht.  They were shooting blanks here, but emotions of both actors and the audience were quite real.
Victory Day in Grodno: Karbyshev Military Line opens with battle re-enactment
Victory Day in Grodno: Karbyshev Military Line opens with battle re-enactment The Mound of Glory has become the center of celebrations in Grodno. This is a landmark for every local.  Especially for the holiday, the so-called Karbyshev Military Line opened here. This is a copy of fortifications built before the beginning of the Great Patriotic War on the western borders of the USSR. Here veterans and Grodno guests could enjoy WWII combat reenactment by the local military garrison.
Victory Day in Minsk: city of craftsmen, street performances and exhibition of retro cars
Victory Day in Minsk: city of craftsmen, street performances and exhibition of retro cars Mass celebrations are now taking place in different parts of Minsk. A large-scale cultural space is open in the Upper Town, in the Minsk center.  It entirely belongs to folk artists now. Masters from all over Belarus offer a variety of souvenirs, including handmade ones. Also, residents of Minsk and city guests can enjoy an exhibition of vintage cars nearby. You can be photographed against the backdrop of WWII vehicles. 
Victory Day 2016 in Belarus: How will Minsk and regional centers celebrate May 9
Victory Day 2016 in Belarus: How are Minsk and regional centers celebrating May 9? The celebration of the Great Victory today will bring together millions of Belarusians on May 9. About 80 events are about to be held in Minsk. But regional centers (Brest, Gomel, Mogilev, Grodno, and Vitebsk) will also be involved.
2016 Victory Day fireworks in Minsk: where to watch?
2016 Victory Day fireworks in Minsk: where to watch? A 10-minute fireworks display of 30 volleys will be the highlight of the Victory Day celebrations. Fireworks will paint the sky over Minsk at 22:00. A colorful spectacle expects Minsk residents and guests, organizers say adding that the fireworks will be seen from almost any place in Minsk. Just make sure that you are standing at an open site, where the view is not hampered by any high-rise buildings.

08.05.2016

Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Minsk
Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Belarus Belarusians are now on a long May weekend. For journalists, this week is full of festive dates, too: May 5 is Press Day and May 7 is marked as Day of Radio and Television. But the greatest holiday of the 20th century is of course marked on 9 May – Victory Day. This is a glorious date for all Belarusians - people of different professions and generations. 

05.05.2016

Victory Day events in Minsk: Separate checkpoints for veterans and parents with kids
Victory Day events in Minsk: Separate checkpoints for veterans and parents with kids On 9 and 10 May, the personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be placed on high alert. All places of celebrations will be taken under special. One can be able to get to the most populous places through special checkpoints. All in all, there will be about 80 of them.
Public transport changes and parking restrictions due in Minsk on May 9
Public transport changes and parking restrictions due in Minsk on May 9 Belarus is getting prepared for Victory Day celebrations. The major public events will take place in Minsk. Celebrations organizers warn that car parking on some central streets will be limited on 7, 8 and 9 May. It will first of all pertain to streets adjacent to Victory Square. On May 8 and 9, parking will be forbidden along Masherov Avenue, from Independence Avenue to Pobediteley Avenue, including roadside parking.

04.05.2016

2016 Victory Day celebration program in Minsk
2016 Victory Day celebration program in Minsk Belarus is preparing to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. On May 9, a memorial procession will be held in Minsk. For this reason, traffic on some streets that lead to Minsk’s Victory Square will be limited until 9pm. The events will start from the intersection with Yanka Kupala Street. Of course, the march is not the only festive event, though the most extensive one. Minsk alone will host about 70 events on Victory Day, with fireworks being the final note of the celebrations.
Monument to Patriarch Alexy II in Minsk: history of its creation
Monument to Patriarch Alexy II in Minsk: history of its creation The bronze monument to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II was installed at the Cathedral of All Saints in Minsk in 2012 in acknowledgement of his deeds from all the Belarusians. He became Patriarch when the Soviet Union collapsed, but he managed to save the unity of these nations. He did much for the rehabilitation of the Orthodox Church and building of temples and church schools.

02.05.2016

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

28.04.2016

Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens
Belarus eases visa requirements for UAE citizens Belarus is easing visa regime for citizens of the United Arab Emirates. This is provided for by the decree signed on April 27 by President Alexander Lukashenko. The document authorizes visa-free transit through the territory of our country. This also applies to temporary stay for a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry through international checkpoints. In this case, UAE citizens can voluntarily register at the place of actual residence.

27.04.2016

Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history
Sensational find in Gomel: These artifacts can change knowledge of city's history A startling discovery may change the date of foundation of Gomel. Archaeologists have enough artifacts to confirm: the city is more ancient than one earlier believed at least by two centuries. Scientists found another proof of the fact that Gomel existed long before its official mentioning dating back to 1142.
Weather in Belarus to remain warm and sunny until end of April
Weather in Belarus to remain warm and sunny until end of April Warm weather is returning to Belarus. The last days of April, according to weather forecasts, are expected to be sunny and clear. Temperatures will rise to 15 degrees.  During the coming weekend, about 20 degrees Celsius is expected in the south of Belarus. Light rain is possible only in some areas of the country.

26.04.2016

Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk
Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk On April 23, bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic countries, and from Western Europe gathered to open motorcycle season 2016. A grand parade from the Mound of Glory to the Sports Palace opened the season in Minsk. A concert program was organized near the palace. Bikers:I discovered Belarus two years ago and come here every season. It’s awesome! I’ve brought bikers from Finland to Minsk for the first time. They are stunned!
Sergey Plytkevich
The most beautiful places of Belarus to visit Summer is coming soon. And many of us are thinking of where to go on a holiday. Spending your holidays in Belarus is not only popular and good for your health, but fashionable. Today’s special guest at Studio of Good Mood TV program is Sergey Plytkevich, a photo artist. Good morning, Sergey! Sergey Plytkevich, a photo artist:Good morning! Sergey, you are one of those who can prove that Belarus is worth spending a holiday in, can’t you?

25.04.2016

French Riviera, Minsk region to cooperate in tourism
French Riviera, Minsk region to cooperate in tourism French Cote d'Azur region is interested in cooperation with the Minsk region of Belarus. This matter was discussed during the April 25 meeting of the leadership of the Minsk region with the mayor of Cannes. The regions are primarily interested in tourism cooperation, which is facilitated by the direct airlink. The flight Minsk-Nice opened two years ago. Now it is very popular, so the number of flights may be increased. 
Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally
Motorcycle season opens in Minsk with large-scale biker rally About 1,500 bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic and Western European countries gathered in Minsk April 23. This is not the first time a motorcycle rally has been held in the Belarus capital. Bikers love Belarus and continue to come here! Maxim Slizh reports. Tasya has been driving a motorcycle for more than 20 years. She began driving experience from the Soviet JAWA motorcycle. Today her iron friend is much more powerful. But the basic principle remains the same, she says.

20.04.2016

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

18.04.2016

Nesvizh Castle claims Europa Nostra 2016 award
Nesvizh Castle claims Europa Nostra 2016 accolade Nesvizh Castle has won a high award. The national historical and cultural museum-reserve was awarded the prize Europa Nostra 2016. This is a pan-European federation of organizations working in the field of cultural heritage. The jury was impressed by the monumental work done in just a few months. The project to create the museum included the beautification of 30 halls and stock storing 20,000 items.

14.04.2016

Road through reeds: Nature trail appears in Minsk's center
Road through reeds: Nature trail appears in Minsk's center A road through reeds. An ecological trail has appeared in the center of Minsk. A small bridge connecting the Loshitsky Park and the neighborhood Serebryanka has been decorated with natural materials. It is noteworthy that it was ordinary Minsk residents who came up with an idea to frame the structure with tall reeds. Several young people have turned the bridge into an art installation within a short time.  The guys say the initiative did not cost a lot of money. They needed only reeds and ropes for the modest but really spectacular decoration.

13.04.2016

Safari park to appear near Belarus' Naroch Lake
Safari park to appear near Belarus' Naroch Lake The population of red deer is being revived in the Minsk region. As many as 45 adult deer were brought to the national park Narochansky almost 2 years ago. The animals seem to have loved the local natural environment and this year, young deer appeared in the park.  During the winter, the fawns matured and now can come to the feeder without parents. The deer have already become accustomed to park staff but when guests come, the animals are still on alert. 
Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals
Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals Belarus plans to introduce free visas for tourists who come to festivals, said Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism, at the opening of the international fair of tourist services Holiday 2016 in Minsk. Belarus has already introduced a similar practice for participants of sporting events. They can get a Belarusian visa free of charge in 5-7 minutes at the airport.
Best street art works of Belarus
Best street art works of Belarus Belarusian street art has a worthy place on a global scale. Our artists are well-known overseas; foreign graffitists enjoy their participation in street art contests that are held in our country.

12.04.2016

Andrei Kobyakov, Belarus Premier
Belarus seeking for better motorway services The development of roadside service in Belarus was the main topic of the April 12 meeting of the government. The geographical position of the country, located at the intersection of international traffic routes, requires Belarus to adhere to high standards in the service sector, be it hotels, eateries or gas stations. The transport ministry faces the task of creating comfortable roadside services.

11.04.2016

Russians name Belarus the most friendly country - poll
Russians name Belarus the most friendly country - poll Russians have named the most friendly countries in an opinion poll. Belarus tops the list, with China and Kazakhstan following.  The three leaders have not changed for 2 years.  Other nations in Russians' friends list include India, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, Japan, Germany, Iran, Israel, France and Italy.

09.04.2016

Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts
Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts Did you know that there is an ”invisible” church in Minsk? It is Church of Holy Trinity, or Church of Saint Roch, situated at 44a Independence Avenue. Today, the sacred place is hidden in the courtyard of the Palace of Arts, located on Kozlova Street, and the metropolitan newspaper editorial office, located on Independence Avenue.

08.04.2016

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

06.04.2016

Belarus wants to make Augustow Canal visa-free
Belarus wants to make Augustow Canal visa-free Belarus may introduce visa-free regime on Augustow Canal. The relevant document is already under consideration by the government, said April 6 the Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus. Alexander Shamko believes that the tourism product that Augustow Canal offers today meets the requirements of similar resorts in the world.
Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site
Gold coins of Nicholas II found at Minsk subway construction site Not once did Minsk subway builders find ancient coins and other artifacts of bygone eras. At the construction site of the subway station Vokzalnaya, the builders found coins of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia. A handful of gold five-ruble coins were extracted from underground near house No3 in Lineiny Side Street.

04.04.2016

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

31.03.2016

Belarus among top 5 most promising tourist destinations in CIS
Belarus among top 5 most promising tourist destinations in CIS Belarus is one of the top 5 most promising tourist destinations in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Belarus was visited by more than 300,000 tourists in 2015, with more than half of them from Russia.  The most popular destinations are Minsk, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Brest, the ski resort Lahoisk and Lake Naroch.  Tourists from Russia are attracted by infrastructure, visa-free entry, Russian-speaking population and reasonable prices.

29.03.2016

Minsk tourism posters to appear in Riga, Tallin, Belgrade
Minsk tourism posters to appear in Riga, Tallin, Belgrade Social advertising invites to the capital of Belarus. Posters of key tourist destinations were presented in Minsk. 10 such billboards have already appeared in St. Petersburg. They will soon appear in Minsk's other twin cities. Such as Riga, Tbilisi and Belgrade. The Minsk City Executive Committee has launched a project for the exchange of social outdoor advertising with the assistance of mayors and administrations of other cities. It is planned that posters promoting tourism in other cities will also appear in Minsk.

24.03.2016

Minsk rides to open April 15
Minsk rides to open April 15 Minsk rides will soon dance their first waltzes in 2016. Minsk amusement parks are being prepared for the new season. Experts are checking the strength of steel. If necessary, the damaged parts are changed for new ones. In 2016, you can try as many as 60 state-run rides, not including private services. A novelty will be a Belarus-made carousel installed in Gorky Park.  By the way, if the weather is favorable the new amusement season will open already on April 15.  
Leonid Maltsev, Chairman of the State Border Committee of Belarus
Belarus steps up security measures after Brussels attacks In connection with the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belarus has boosted security measures at the border with Belarus. In particular, boundary shifts have been reinforced. Special control is in force at air harbors.  A more thorough examination is being conducted in the country’s airports. Belarus pays particular attention to foreigners that arrive in the country.

20.03.2016

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

19.03.2016

The Palace of Sports Uruchcha
Counting the new history of sports complex Uruchcha The Palace of Sports Uruchcha is open. Nevertheless, the history of this place  began almost 40 years ago. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Sportsmen in only a few disciplines were training in the old arena.

17.03.2016

Belarus to offer tourists new kinds of holidays
Belarus to offer tourists new kinds of holidays Belarus will offer tourists new kinds of vacations. Among the priorities are medical services as well as agro-tourism sector. Gaining popularity is inbound tourism. According to statistics, in 2015, vacation at home was chosen by almost a million Belarusians. The number of weekend tours has doubled. It is possible that a simplified visa regime will apply to some tourists. Now such agreements are valid for visitors from China. They can remain in Belarus for three days without a visa.

24.02.2016

Sophia Macharashvili
Being a guide: is it a profession or lifestyle? A guide knows how to avoid getting lost in Belarusian forests, find much of interest in the central capital’s avenues, and generally fall in love with Belarus. They tell us about Belarus and show the country’s guests its beauty. The weather is poor. Nevertheless, the mood in this bus is created by a tour guide. She is bright not only externally and wise not only internally. Her name is Sophia, as the capital of Bulgaria. She has helped tourists discover the known and unknown corners of Belarus for almost four decades.
Ice rink in Minsk
Ice rinks in Minsk: history and present-day state The history of Minsk ice rinks started at the beginning of the 20th century. The rink in the children's park named after Maxim Gorky was flooded every year. At that time, there were few entertainments in the city. And skating was awaited with impatience. This rink was paid. Tickets cost a lot. Minsk residents from poor families went to skate on the frozen River Svislach. Nevertheless, well-dressed women and gentlemen were enjoying skating under a brass band amid multicolored lights.

18.02.2016

A new look at Nesvizh: Students develop original tourist route
A new look at Nesvizh: Students develop original tourist route In Nesvizh, there has been developed an original tourist route that allows both travelers and residents of the district center to have a new look at the town with a rich history. The route has been created by the district association of trade unions with the participation of students of the Nesvizh State College named after Yakub Kolas. The exclusive path was presented at the republican sightseeing and tourism exhibition in Minsk.

17.02.2016

Belarusian dish
History of Belarusian cuisine: holodnik, krupnik, yoghurt, syrniki and potato dishes From making pickles and natural cosmetics to pet care. In the XIX century, Belarusian women have an excellent guide, a sort of a book on household management titled "Lіtouskaya gaspadynya". Its author was the mother of many children, a model housewife Anna Tsyundevitczskaya. She was born near the capital, in Korolischevichy village (Minsk region, Minsk district). Her maiden name was Prushinskaya. It was a well-known family, which also owned Loshitsa estate (Minsk, Loshitsa neighborhood).
Stained-glass windows
Creative couple from Minsk making stained-glass windows Stained glass windows come to life in the sun glare and make unique the architecture and interiors. Painting on glass appeared in the XII century in Russia. Stained-glass windows have become a major focus of Gothic cathedrals. Most often, religious and everyday scenes were depicted on stained glass windows. Emperor Nicholas I was bringing the stained glass painting into fashion in the Russian empire in the 1820s.
Minsk subway construction to be 3 times faster
Minsk subway construction to be 3 times faster The first meters under the ground. A historic event for Minsk subway construction. A new tunnel complex has been put into operation in the capital. The giant underground machine with French roots was named Alesya and was decorated with the colors of the Belarusian flag. It took nine months for the Franco-Belarusian alliance to build special equipment that would greatly facilitate and accelerate the process of construction of the third branch of Minsk subway. A similar tunnel shield built the famous tunnel under the La Manche between France and England.

15.02.2016

Belarusian tradition. The Christmas game "Tsyareshka's wedding"
Belarusian tradition: Christmas game Tsyareshka's Wedding From the ancient times, Belarusians have the ritual game Tsyareshka's Wedding. Today it is fun, but a couple of centuries ago it was a serious ritual. This game is preserved only in the Lepel region and is held only once a year for the Christmas holidays. It is accompanied by folk songs, dances and tons of humor and positive emotions.

14.02.2016

Minsk Fraternal Cemetery
Minsk Fraternal Cemetery: return of historical significance The history of the Minsk Fraternal Cemetery in the Storozhevka neighborhood starts with the first official written requests and petitions to the city government, dating from 1914. Subsequently, the Minsk City Council decided to establish a common large fraternal cemetery. In 1915, the first burials were made in the Perespa district between Starovilensky and Dolginovsky tract. The Perespinskoye cemetery was later renamed the Storozhevskoye. Nevertheless, the fraternal cemetery was forgotten after the First World War.

12.02.2016

Petting zoo in Minsk
Debates surrounding petting zoos in Minsk To be completely happy Minsk’s children need raccoons! That thought came to the organizers of the recently opened petting zoos, which opened in Minsk. Over the last six months, 4 petting zoos opened in Minsk. Soon, 10 more petting zoos will open their doors in other cities of Belarus.
Renovated Central House of Officers
Renovated Central House of Officers The renovation of the theatre hall of the Central House of Officers in Minsk has ended. The Officers’ House is now prepared to welcome its audience. The opening of the hall was celebrated by holding a number of cultural events. Now, students of the Suvorov Military School can march there again, and the Military Orchestra can give their performances.

10.02.2016

Lift at the Oktyabrskaya subway station
Lifts installed at Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk Minsk subway expands the boundaries of barrier-free environment. February, 8 vertical lifts started their work at the Oktyabrskaya subway station. Such lifts have been successfully tested at the Pervomayskaya station. When the Oktyabrskaya station was opened, such lifting platforms were not part of the initial design. Now experts had to make new ones - about four meters high.
Spring-like and sunny February expected in Belarus
Spring-like and sunny February expected in Belarus Rain instead of snow and sun instead of cold. Spring has come to Minsk ahead of time, which weather forecasters call abnormal.  According to forecasts, in February 2016, we will feel all the charms of spring. The entire February will be warm in Minsk.

09.02.2016

Minsk among top 100 cities with best hotels
Minsk among top 100 cities with best hotels Towards the tourist Olympus. According to one of authoritative international online services, Minsk got in the top 100 cities with the best hotels. The capital of Belarus took 49th place. The Turkish town of Goreme was called the leader. The drafters of the rating took into account the feedback of millions of tourists on more than 200 booking sites. They analyzed not only the comfort and cleanliness of rooms and a convenient location, but also the work of the staff and the quality of food.

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