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23.11.2017

Frenchman Jolan Viaud shares thoughts about Belarusian prison
Frenchman Jolan Viaud shares thoughts about Belarus after release After two months in Belarusian detention center, Jolan Viaud lost five kilograms and learned six words in Russian. At the end of the week, he will go home, where his family and friends are waiting and a French TV channel wants to shoot a documentary about him.

14.11.2017

US journalist at Fed Cup final: I like Belarus' hospitality
US journalist at Fed Cup final: I like Belarus' hospitality How do you like the final? It turned out to be fascinating. For both teams, it was an endurance test. A fascinating plot: first Sasnovich came back and made it 2:2 and then our team won in the second set of the doubles meeting. The heat was felt throughout the match. Belarus has a very strong team. Your girls are real fighters, and Americans too. Is there much attention to the Fed Cup in the USA? Yes. In the press, the match with the Belarusians is widely covered, and our media pays much attention to the victory.

13.11.2017

Gary Vandeweghe on USA's Fed Cup win and Minsk
Vandeweghe relative on USA's Fed Cup win and Belarus The cousin grandfather of the American tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe, Gary, visited the Fed Cup final match at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk. "On Thursday I flew from California to Belarus to get to this final and watch the tennis of my grandniece. We have a whole support group here: friends of Coco, a few more relatives. We are in touch every day talking about our family, discussing funny stories, but not tennis.

09.11.2017

Mapbox CEO: I like visa-free Belarus and expect even more positive changes
Mapbox CEO: I like visa-free Belarus and expect even more positive changes MapBox CEO Eric Gundersen, who has recently bought the Belarusian company MapData, has spoken about his impressions about Belarus. "This is a cool country. There are excellent engineers and tech specialists here.

27.10.2017

Hurts' Theo Hutchcraft about Minsk and Belarus
Hurts' Theo Hutchcraft about Minsk and Belarus On November 12, the stylish British band Hurts will present their new Desire program in Minsk. Soloist Theo Hutchcraft told Belarusian media about dating fans and the capital of Belarus Minsk. On dating fans “Oh, no, no. Of course, no, this never happened. I cannot even imagine such a thing. Of course, we are very fond of our audience, our fans, but dating... No, it's out of the question.
What Chinese don't understand in Belarus?
What Chinese don't understand in Belarus? Every Sunday, Chinese students meet with Belarusians in the Pushkin library in Minsk. On October 22, the two nations discussed each other's gastronomic preferences. On the eve of the meeting, one hundred Chinese students were interviewed. We found out that weather is one of the things Chinese don't like in Belarus. But there are many more questions about Belarusian cuisine. "Boiled potatoes?" asks Fu, who teaches Chinese to students at the Belarusian State University. "How can you eat it without sauce or something spicy?"

26.10.2017

Minsk choosing brand and mascot ahead of 2019 European Games
Minsk choosing brand and mascot ahead of 2019 European Games A fire relay will be held in Belarus on the eve of the 2nd European Games, which are due in 2019. Now the organizers are working on the original concept to make this race as bright and spectacular as possible. In the summer of 2019, there will be tens of thousands of tourists watching the competitions in Minsk. Now several options for visa-free entry of guests to Belarus are being discussed. Look at this car - it resembles a true art object. The car belonging to the Directorate of the 2019 European Games became the first prototype of Minsk's brand.

18.10.2017

Synagogue built in Belarus' Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years
Synagogue built in Belarus' Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years A synagogue was built in Vitebsk for the first time in 100 years, with stones from Jerusalem and reproductions of stained glass by Marc Chagall. The modern building is unlike any prayer house in the world. Outside it is made of red brick, in tone to the buildings of ancient Vitebsk. Inside is a round hall with a glass dome, and stones come from Jerusalem to symbolize the famous Wailing Wall.

17.10.2017

Belarus in Hollywood movies
Belarus in Hollywood movies Did you know that Belarus has something to do with Hollywood? Well, it turns out Hollywood has many roots from Minsk, Bobruisk, Vitebsk, and Grodno. Belarusian blood flows both in the creators of the factory of dreams and in top-level actors. A roaring lion is the symbol of the company created by a native of Minsk. Lazar Meir worked for a long time on the lion's share of what would later be called Hollywood, and invented what millions of people wait eagerly every year - the Oscars.

16.10.2017

British ambassador travelling to ancient town of Turov
How British ambassador to Belarus travelled to ancient town of Turov Many high-ranking foreigners open countries anew thanks to a diplomatic mission to a certain state. Fiona Gibb, the British Ambassador to Belarus, admired the beauties of the Pripyat together with her mother. The high guests from the Foggy Albion chose probably the most "British" weather to feel the unique atmosphere of Polesie. You walked a lot in the woods today, how do you like the weather? It seems to me that it is already quite cold!

09.10.2017

Ignacio Ibáñez Rubio: Spain grateful to Belarus for efforts to open embassy in Madrid
Ignacio Ibáñez Rubio: Spain grateful to Belarus for efforts to open embassy in Madrid The world events are developing so rapidly and unexpectedly... Maybe the Ambassador of Catalonia will knock at the Minsk gates tomorrow. However, the new head of the Spanish diplomatic mission in Belarus excludes such a turn of events and thanks Belarus for the reserved attitude to the referendum, which is certainly an intra-Spanish dispute.

18.09.2017

What should be changed in Minsk according to foreigners: Karel Pilny in the new episode of the talk-show What's Going on?
Karel Pilny on how Minsk should change to boost tourism In the new episode of the TV program What’s Going on? on RTR-Belarus European Athletics Vice-President Karel Pilny explains why people don’t celebrate City Day in Prague and why Minsk needs more restaurants. Minsk City Day and the tourism potential of the city were discussed in a recent episode of a talk-show What’s Going On? on the TV channel RTR-Belarus.

19.07.2017

Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums
Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums Belarusian sanatoriums have increased export of services by more than 9% in H1 2017. Experts also note that the scope of vacationers is expanding geographically. The lion's bulk of the guests - about 90% - are of course Russians. Meanwhile, people from the Baltic countries and Poland more and more often come to Belarus for health improvement.

10.07.2017

Roberto Montella sums up 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk
Roberto Montella sums up 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk The CTV Channel did not miss the opportunity to ask a few questions one of the key people in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Roberto Montella is its general secretary. For almost 20 years, Mr. Montella has been working in various structures of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This is not his first visit to Belarus.
OSCE PA delegates' impressions about Belarus
OSCE PA delegates' impressions about Belarus Western politicians applauded to President Lukashenko not only out of courtesy. And not because he is President. The international audience is very different from the Belarusian audience and listeners from the post-Soviet countries: the mentality is different, the psychological attitudes are different, the brains are set in the opposite direction. Take Western Christians, for instance. They cross themselves from left to right, and not from right to left, like in the Orthodox Slavic world. They are influenced by their media, in their thin web of ideology.

04.07.2017

Foreigners about 2017 Independence Day in Belarus
Foreigners about 2017 Independence Day in Belarus Traditionally Independence Day is celebrated not only by citizens of Belarus, but also by foreigners who live with us. For some, the third of July is the opportunity to feel the rhythm of Belarusian life to the fullest while for others this is the occasion to be imbued with our culture. Some even call Belarus their second home after such days.
Independence Day 2017 in Belarus: How it happened
Independence Day 2017 in Belarus: How it happened Belarus celebrated the main holiday of the Belarusian statehood - Independence Day - on July 3. This day is a symbol of national pride, a tribute to heroism and the staunchness of the defenders of the Fatherland. INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017 PARADE: FULL VIDEO

03.07.2017

Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade
Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade A large military parade and a festive procession traditionally gather tens of thousands of spectators. Many come long before the start, with whole families. This is also another good tradition that has appeared in Belarus during the years of independence. Today, on July 3, Belarusians began to gather in the Palace of Sports very early, to observe everything from the best spot.

26.06.2017

Bundestag MPs on 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk
Bundestag MPs on 26th session of OSCE PA in Minsk An even more ambitious political forum will be held in Minsk in early July. About 600 eminent personalities from 56 countries will come to Belarus to take part in the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Most of all are from the United States and one of the largest delegations will be from Germany.
Belarusian machine building companies now offer industrial tours
Belarusian machine building companies now offer industrial tours Imagine: 600 influential people from the OSCE countries will come to Belarus in July. For sure, they will want to eat deliciously, stay in good hotels (thank God, everything is already in order in this aspect), and a rich cultural program is being prepared for them... In a word, this is pure business tourism and also a lucrative incomes for Belarusian tourism sector! The daily expenses of a business traveler (businessman or politician) are three times higher than those of an ordinary traveler.

13.06.2017

How Africans live in Belarus
African catfish farming in Belarus Western countries draw forces to the borders of Russia and Belarus, but at the same time receive deadly blows in the back. It would be worth paying attention to security in their own countries, considering the flows of illegal migrants from Asia and Africa. However, Africans are not that scary as the news often tells us. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedysyuk met with Africans who came to Belarus not for free social benefits but to work and earn money.

07.06.2017

Foreign guests about Belagro 2017 and Belarus' agricultural potential
Foreign guests about Belagro 2017 and Belarus' agricultural potential The agricultural exhibition Belagro 2017 has opened near Minsk. Taking part in the exhibition this year are 500 representatives from 25 countries. The best companies present technical innovations and progressive food products. 

06.06.2017

How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points
How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points The World Hockey Championship in 2021 will add work to Belarusian border guards. The previous world championship confirmed their high professionalism, however, this year has already marked a new stage of service for Belarusian border guards. Belarus has opened a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 states. And if you look at Europe, you can see that border security today comes to the forefront.

16.05.2017

Why do Belarusians ride bikes on the sidewalk?
Why do Belarusians ride bikes on the sidewalk? What foreign guests think about the cycling infrastructure of Minsk? The TV program "Big City" found out.Pavel Gorbunov, Chairman of the Board of the Minsk Cycling Society:

11.05.2017

Infant mortality rate in Belarus admirable, Rostov Region health minister says
Infant mortality rate in Belarus admirable, Rostov Region health minister says The delegation of the Rostov region on May 11 is visiting a number of Minsk enterprises. The guests are also interested in the experience of Belarus in the social sphere. Meeting with the staff of the Mother and Child Center, the guests noted the high level of medicine. It was decided to make contacts between Belarusian and Rostov Region specialists permanent.

08.05.2017

About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk
About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk Belarusian business will pay attention to the development of caravanning infrastructure. This kind of tourism in mobile homes is popular in the US and Europe, and is now experiencing a real boom. In Germany, caravanners’ sites outnumbered hotels in terms of occupancy rate. Belarus already has 40 parking places for campers. Comfortable rest on wheels requires minimal investments, and Belarus' transit potential promises solid dividends. The international meeting of caravanners held in Minsk confirms this. It gathered about 1,200 campers from 16 countries.
Festival of street theaters opens in Minsk May 7
Festival of street theaters opens in Minsk May 7 The festival of street theaters opened in Minsk May 7. It brings together 200 artists from Belarus, Germany, Italy, Russia and Poland. The CTV Channel offered a live broadcast of the procession on large screens in the center of the capital. The only large-scale forum of street theaters in Belarus gathered artists from eight countries in the center of the Belarusian capital for the fifth time. Clowns, buffoons and giants on stilts surprised Minsk citizens on May 7.
"Beautiful, friendly, tasty!" What Chinese journalists think about Belarus
"Beautiful, friendly and tasty!" What Chinese journalists think about Belarus Another group of foreign guests was in the spotlight these days - Chinese journalists from the central and regional media of that huge and influential country. In scale, China and Belarus are like an elephant and a dog from the famous fable - no offense to us. Although we can say it in another way: the dragon and the stork. Not only size matters. The important geographical position of Belarus, which is on the new Great Silk Road, the principled political position, the authority of Lukashenko in the presidential community...

02.05.2017

Chinese journalists on a visit to Belarus
Chinese journalists on a visit to Belarus A group of Chinese journalists, who arrived in Minsk on May 1, will visit today the industrial park "Great Stone" and the BelGee plant. Both of these objects are iconic when it comes to the cooperation between Belarus and China. Also, the guests will be shown the largest dump trucks in the continent, manufactured by BelAZ, after which the media representatives will get familiar with the achievements of Belarusian farmers.

01.05.2017

Tourists thrilled with picnic on Augustow Canal in Belarus
Tourists thrilled with picnic on Augustow Canal in Belarus A Belarusian picnic on April 29 officially started the tourist season on the Augustow Canal. A feast with the national colors took place at the sluice Dombrovka. Pancakes, mochanka and krupnik - guests not only tried, but also tried to prepare these dishes. To bake so many pancakes, Irina needed a whole day. Mushroom, cheese, poppy and honey stuffing were offered.
First cruise ship launched in Belarus' Pinsk
First cruise ship launched in Belarus' Pinsk You can now become a sailor and even a captain of a white ship. The first cruise ship was launched in Pinsk and 29 April. It has already made a travel with passengers on board. Our correspondent Piotr Butrim witnessed the landmark event. Vladimir Khudyakov came to the Pripyat River region as a trainee back in 1973. He says back then the river was in full swing: river transport was the basis of the economic life of the Polesie region.

26.04.2017

New types of tickets to appear in Minsk entertainment parks
New types of tickets to appear in Minsk entertainment parks Vladimir Babivsky, Chief Engineer of Minskzelenstroi organization, which runs Minsk’s parks, has given an interview to the CTV channel. Among other things he said about the possible modernization of Minsk park rides. Vladimir Babivsky, Chief Engineer of UE  Minskzelenstroi:There is a big desire to update the amusement park, to change the concept of work and the ways of selling tickets in parks. Now we are working closely with one of design organizations.

20.04.2017

Cirque du Soleil artists share impressions about Belarus
Cirque du Soleil artists share impressions about Minsk Festive atmosphere today reigned in Minsk's central streets. Artists of one of the world-famous circus, Cirque du Soleil, today staged spontaneous performances in Minsk, to a great surprise of passers-by. One of their shows took place near the Central Railway Station, with numerous reporters taking photos and shooting video. Artists:Everything is very cool really! Only the weather is quite chilly. Your people are very kind. For me this is the first visit to Minsk, and I am very happy to be here.

18.04.2017

Estonian tourists visit MTZ
Estonian tourists visit MTZ as industrial tourism developing in Belarus Belarusian tractors and Estonian farmers. The first major excursion for foreign tourists was held at MTZ (Minsk Tractor Works) plant. Estonian tourists were the first ones to visit the plant. Many of today’s guests visited Belarus before and remember it to be totally different. In the early 1970’s they had their educational internship here. During the hour and a half excursion tourists got acquainted with an exposition of machinery, they visited the engineering workshop and the tractor assembly section.

03.04.2017

Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year?
Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year? Monitoring for safety also means attracting more businessmen and tourists to Belarus. Even Russians come to Belarus for peace and tranquility. By the way, the Day of Unity of Belarus and Russia is marked on April 2. Temporary (I hope) conflict of trade interests between the two countries will not prevent people from communicating and having fun. Yevgeny Pustovoi has more on the topic. Mikhail Bardashov, tourist (Russia):Our friends told us about White Russia. They visited it once and definitely recommended it.

27.03.2017

Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, Aleksandr Pivovarsky says
Belarus moving rapidly in business environment rankings, EBRD's Aleksander Pivovarsky says The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is ready to finance the creation of new enterprises. Last week, one of the leaders of the bank met in Minsk with the Belarusian President. The head of the bank's representative office in Belarus Aleksander Pivovarsky told our correspondent Yana Shipko about the plans and intentions of the bank.

07.03.2017

Wives of ambassadors to Belarus meet in Minsk
Wives of ambassadors to Belarus meet in Minsk On the eve of March 8, Belarus' foreign minister's wife met with the wives of heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations in Minsk. The meeting took place at the center for contemporary art. During the informal meeting, the spouses of diplomats did not speak about politics, but discussed children, family and the hospitality of the Belarusian land.

01.03.2017

Tourists' likes and dislikes about Belarus
Tourists' likes and dislikes about Belarus What are tourists happy and unhappy with in Minsk? Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:How well are foreign tourists informed about Minsk? What do they know about Belarus?
Germans are most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus
Germans are the most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus Germans are the most frequent visitors to Belarus after the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, said Elena Plis, director of the information and tourist center "Minsk". Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":During such a short period of time, according to the airport and the state border authorities, over 1,000 foreigners entered Belarus visa-free.

22.02.2017

How Minsk surprises foreigners
How Minsk surprises foreigners What do foreigners like the most about Minsk? They like sights, nature, cuisine and history. Foreign students come to the capital of Belarus to attend Belarusian workshops and get experience from Belarusian experts. The International public association Teatro alongside with the French Theatre Association have been giving master classes for European students in Belarus for 10 years. The Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama teaches European students. Charlotte and Gabriel came to study theatrics in 2017.

21.02.2017

“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists
“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists While Europe is closing its borders for immigrants, Belarus receives tourists from 80 countries. The visa-free regime was adopted on February 12, 2017. Visitors may make only a 5-day visit to Belarus for now. However, longer term may be introduced soon. Alena Syrova has the story. One of the first to visit Belarus was a Chinese Lee Yen from Abu Dhabi, while the first sportsman to visit the country was an English Liverpool halfback Wade Maxwell.

15.02.2017

Visa-free regime in Belarus
Welcome to visa-free Belarus! This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas. At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.

06.02.2017

Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman of the Senate of Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Chairman of Pakistan Senate visits Belarus Last week the Pakistan Senate Chairman and his wife visited Minsk. They had time both to negotiate and have a general impression of Belarus. Raza Rabbani, the Chairman of Pakistan Senate, has visited Belarus for the first time. Taman, his wife, came with him. While Mr. Rabbani was learning about the political and industrial side of Belarus, met the President, took part in talks with ministers and concludes contracts, Taman was responsible for the aesthetic and cultural part of the acquaintance with Belarus.

01.02.2017

Belarus to face Romania in Davis Cup Euro-African zone Group I
Belarus to face Romania in Davis Cup Euro-African zone Group I The match of group I of the Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup between Belarus and Romania will be held from 3 to 5 February in Minsk's Tennis Academy. At the request of the members of the Belarus national team unique coating has been laid here specifically for this tie. The Belarusian tennis players have a task of realizing their own potential.

30.01.2017

Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for foreign tourists
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself. During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.

07.01.2017

Swiss hockey players visit WWII museum in Minsk
Swiss hockey players visit WWII museum in Minsk Participants of the Christmas tournament continue to get acquainted with the Belarusian capital. Team Switzerland visited the Great Patriotic War Museum on January 6. Participants of ice battles showed interest in the dioramas of military battles. For Swiss players, this page of history of Belarus proved to be particularly interesting. After all, during WWII, Switzerland remained neutral.

06.01.2017

German players about 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Germany at 2017 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk Before hitting the ice the foreign participants of the Christmas amateur tournament got acquainted with the sports infrastructure of Minsk, shopped and made selfies on the background of the Belarus capital's attractions. Yana Shipko, CTV:Belarus is famous for its sports traditions, but it still can learn from guests who came to the tournament. Mr Bscheid is already 85, but he still plays ice hockey being a true legend of the tournament!

05.01.2017

Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say
Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say The Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President continues in Minsk. Belarus won their second match today. This time against the Balkan team - 14:7. President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists). Belarus in total won nine gold medals and three silvers at Christmas tournaments. Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.

04.01.2017

Minsk preparing for XIII International Christmas Hockey Tournament
Players about XIII International Christmas Hockey Tournament in Minsk Belarus is once again at the center of significant sporting events. On January 4, the XIII Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk on January 4. Eight teams will fight for the trophy. The Balkans team is taking part for the first time. It brings together representatives of eight states at once: Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia. Thus, the current competition will be the most large-scale in terms of the number of participating countries.

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.

27.12.2016

Spain distant and near: passport with storks, Talaka persimmon and tractor Belarus
What unites Belarus and Spain: cuisine, sport, food and tractor Belarus Spain is a country that knowns terrorism well, but, thank God, say Spaniards, trouble has not recently disturbed these blessed and lively regions, which live full life even in winter, especially the capital. An important political event took place in Madrid - the embassy of Belarus in Spain opened there and we briefly reported about it. And today we offer you a big report on the country to which many Belarusians go for holidays and which cuisine we love tasting.

26.12.2016

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.

13.12.2016

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

11.12.2016

Hong Kong residents taste Belarusian products and here is what they say
Hong Kong residents taste Belarusian products and here is what they say Incidentally, the first big interview of the new ambassador of France to Belarus was with Picture of the World, which is gratifying. Next week, the French diplomat will present his credentials to the President of Belarus. Not surprisingly, Monsieur Canesse has not yet seen much of Belarus and tasted our cuisine. But when we touched on gastronomic topics, at the mere mention of typical dishes, it became clear that we eat really different food.

07.12.2016

From art to education and gastronomy: What attracts French businessmen in Minsk
From art to education and gastronomy: What attracts French businessmen in Minsk Belarus and France are thinking about cooperation more seriously than ever. This week, Minsk hosted a business forum, which main topics were culture and gastronomy. Representative of a company:Here we see frame walls to be sent to France, from which a kindergarten will be built.
Marshal of Polish Senate on trip to Niasvizh: I see a lot of traces of our common history
Stanisław Karczewski: Belarus-Poland border should unite peoples The Polish parliamentary delegation led by Senate Marshal Stanisław Karczewski has visited ancient Nesvizh. The guests had a tour of the museum-reserve, the former residence of the Radziwill family, and got familiar with exposition halls. The palace and park complex Nesvizh annually receives thousands of foreign tourists, including from Poland. The majestic complex after the restoration carried out impressed and Polish lawmakers, said the program "Minsk Region" on STV.

05.12.2016

Minsk is amazing, French honorary consul Jean-Jacques Rinck says
Minsk is amazing, French honorary consul Jean-Jacques Rinck says One of the notable participants of the Belarusian-French Forum was Honorary Consul of Belarus in Lyon, Jean-Jacques Rinck. An influential person in the city - a lawyer, winemaker and artist - is able to assess Belarus as both a trading partner and a country for life. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk talked with Mr Rinck. This is the final day of Monsieur and Madame Rinck in Belarus. This is their second time in Belarus.

18.11.2016

Belarus President holds press conference for Russian media: six hours and over 30 questions
Belarus President holds press conference for Russian media: six hours and over 30 questions Belarus-Russia relations have every chance to reach a qualitatively new level. It was announced on November 17 by Alexander Lukashenko during a press conference for regional media representatives of Russia. The conference became a final part of a multi-day press tour across Belarus. That was the 13th such meeting. The President told journalists it was his favorite number, by the way.

14.11.2016

Festival Listapad results
2016 Listapad festival results What are the results of International Minsk film Festival Listapad? Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk has more on the topic. Afterimage is a film by Andrzej Wajda nominated for Oscar. It tells us about a very hard life of one of the most famous modern avant-garde artists, Władysław Strzemiński, who is popular in Belarus, Russia and Poland.

08.11.2016

Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko’s visits to UAE and Qatar: What they have in common with Belarus Belarus is being tested by the first snow. However, at first, we will talk about the country where there couldn’t be any snow. The main political news is from this country. The President of Belarus visited the UAE and Qatar. The correspondent Ilona Volynets will tell us about the importance and details of the visit keeping in mind the history and possible consequences. If you say in Russian "giraffe drinking coffee with syrup, solving algebra algorithms," you will almost speak Arabic. Almost all of these words were borrowed from Arabic.

07.11.2016

Listapad 2016: Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities
Listapad 2016: Snowy Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities Films from all over the world came to Belarus. There are movies from France, Poland, China, Estonia and even Kyrgyzstan. Films from 45 countries will be presented at the International Film Festival Listapad. Celebrities of cinematography arrived in our country with great pleasure and surprise. Our correspondent Yana Shipko plunged into this fascinating world.

31.10.2016

“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen in Belarus
“There’s potential for development”: Polish businessmen discovering Belarus Relations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are precious for Belarus, even though these countries are not so geographically and culturally close to us. The importance of relations with close countries that we have common past with goes without saying. However, sometimes there are some internal strives. Belarus is between Russia and Poland. Relations with Poland haven’t been very easy lately. However, nowadays, official representatives from Warsaw have become frequent guests in Minsk. The business sphere has revived.

21.10.2016

EOC inspector: Minsk ready to host tournaments of the highest level
EOC inspector: Minsk ready to host tournaments of the highest level Sports facilities of Minsk are ready to host tournaments of the highest level. The statement was made at a meeting of the executive committee of the European Olympic Committees. It was held on October 20 at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, in anticipation of the 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. Delegates from 50 countries will start work today on October 21.

20.10.2016

Six independent French photographers arrive in Belarus on photo tour
Six independent French photographers in Belarus on photo tour French independent photographers have come to Belarus with a photo tour. Six people, all of them have made a name in global photo art, visited the places where Napoleon once stayed and enjoyed the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. On October 20 they will be present at a rehearsal at the Opera House.

13.10.2016

Prince Michael of Kent visits memorial complex Khatyn
Prince Michael of Kent visits memorial complex Khatyn Prince Michael of Kent continues his visit to Belarus. On October 12 the relative of the royal dynasty visited the memorial complex "Khatyn" near Minsk. On behalf of the British royal family he laid a wreath to the Eternal Flame in memory of hundreds of Belarusian villages destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. Michael of Kent was accompanied by honor guard. The Prince has an extensive program of the visit and a lot of meetings. This is the visit to the National Art Museum and the High-Tech Park and an interview with Belarusian mass media.

12.10.2016

Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country"
Michael Kent about Belarus: "It's great pleasure for me to be in your country" Belarus is waiting for British businesses to come to the country, said the Belarus President meeting a member of the British royal family - Prince Michael of Kent on October 11. The representative of the royal family, a prominent businessman and philanthropist is visiting Belarus for the first time.

04.09.2016

Polish ice hockey team at Minsk City Day
Polish ice hockey team at Minsk City Day On September 4 Belarus will cheer for their national ice hockey team who are going to meet with Slovenia in the 2018 Winter Olympics qualifier which will decide who will go to South Korea in two years. Last time it was Slovenia who did not let Belarus into the 2014 Olympics. Prior to this, Belarusians won big victories in the two previous meetings, having beaten the favorites of the group Denmark and Poland. On September 3, the guests from Poland walked around the celebrating Minsk.

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.

05.08.2016

Kids from Fukushima getting familiar with Belarusian culture
Kids from Fukushima getting familiar with Belarusian culture A delegation of children from Japan has arrived in Belarus at the invitation of the President of Belarus. More than 50 boys and girls from Fukushima Prefecture, where a radiation accident occurred five years ago, came to improve health in the children's center "Zubrenok". Foreign visitors have already got familiar with Belarusian culture and life.      During the tour in to the Miadziel Master's House the Japanese were treated to Belarusian national dishes, learned to make talismans from straw and played polka.

18.07.2016

Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus
Descendant of d'Artagnan, Aymeri de Montesquiou, shares impressions about Belarus This guest of this edition of the program "Week" on the CTV is better known for his affinity with the musketeer described by Alexander Dumas. Duke Aymeri de Montesquiou d'Artagnan visited Belarus this week. Why? Our correspondent Yana Shipko found out. Mr. de Montesquiou d'Artagnan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! I am very pleased to pronounce your name, because I've been a fan of Dumas books since childhood. Incredibly, you actually belong to this family tree?
Alexei Gross at Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk
Belarus' Alex Gross wins performers competition at Slavonic Bazaar 2016 Alex Gross was the winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest Vitebsk 2016 which is part of the Slavonic Bazaar 2016 festival. The Belarusian sang the famous song by Bon Jovi "It's my life", for which he received 77 points, and the final total of 157 points in two days allowed him to top the ranking. Explaining the extravagant choice of Robbie Williams-style costume he noted "like the famous British singer I also have something to show."

07.07.2016

Tourists about new money in Belarus
Tourists about new money in Belarus New Belarusian money has already become a kind of guide for foreign visitors to our country. 7 banknotes depict 7 Belarusian regions and 7 architectural symbols. Tourists, like many Belarusians, see these notes for the first time. This young man from Turkey has been in the capital only two days but has already spent several hundred redenominated rubles.

05.07.2016

Wiktorin: New Belarusian currency makes tourists' life easier
Wiktorin: New Belarusian money easier for EU tourists to count Belarusian banks have carefully studied the experience of a number of European countries in preparation for the July 1 redenomination, said Chairman of the Board of the National Bank Pavel Kallaur. The National Bank officials on July 5 met with the European Union delegation. The parties discussed the possibility of cooperation in the framework of twinning projects. They are directed at assisting Belarus' Government in work to sync Belarus' legislation with that of the EU. This will affect a variety of spheres.

03.07.2016

Currency revaluation in Belarus: What do Belarusians and foreigners think about new money with four zeroes cut?
Currency revaluation in Belarus: What do Belarusians and foreigners think about new money with four zeroes cut? Belarus is celebrating Independence Day this weekend. Own currency and the National Bank are just the most important attributes of an independent country. On July 1, Belarus redenominated (revaluated) its currency dropping four zeroes. Our correspondent Yana Shipko has found out how life has changed with the transition to banknotes and coins without four zeros. From midnight, July 1, Belarus has been in the new monetary dimensions.

21.06.2016

French princess Tania de Bourbon Parme visits Belarus
French princess Tania de Bourbon Parme visits Belarus A representative of the Bourbon dynasty, which ruled in France and Spain, has visited Belarus for the first time. The royal princess named Tanya went to Mir Castle, which was once home to Radziwill Family. Tania de Bourbon Parme, Princess, founder and head of the association L’Art Autrement Dit, promoting French art to foreigners:I was immediately struck with the scale of Minsk compared with Paris, which is small and compact. In terms of architecture, I can feel the scale of thought here.

12.06.2016

What did Russians say about Belarus at 3rd Forum of Regions?
What did Russians say about Belarus at 3rd Forum of Regions? The long history of Belarus and Russia (in all senses) continued this week. It is known that the countries enjoy not only presidential and folk friendship. Not only the Kremlin and the Palace of Independence but also regions of Belarus and Russia are engaged in mutual trade. The 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian regions took place in Minsk this time. The previous one was in Sochi. The weather in Minsk was fine, which delegates from the sunny Siberian Khakassia immediately noted. What other good things about Belarus did the high-ranking guests from Russia say? Let's turn over the “

05.06.2016

"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State?
"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State? A cup of tea really unites people. How are Belarusians and Russians united by the Union State? Our correspondent Yulia Beshanova will tell us about Russians' life in Belarus, their impressions and aspirations. Yulia Beshanova, correspondent: All Slavic peoples love birch. It is actually an unofficial symbol of Russia and Belarus. For the past 25 years, the countries have been building the Union State. This is a common territory on which, like in this birch grove, you feel like home on both sides of the border.  

09.05.2016

Victory Day 2016: Ceremony near Victory Obelisk in Minsk
Victory Day 2016: Ceremony near Victory Obelisk in Minsk Belarus is celebrating the holiday of nationwide pride and glory. May 9 is one of the most revered dates in our history. During the years of World War II every third inhabitant of Belarus was killed. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression.

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!

14.04.2016

Motorway service in Belarus: what do Belarusian highways lack?
Motorway service in Belarus: what do Belarusian highways lack? A plan for the development of motorway service until 2020 has been created in Belarus. It covers all the regions, and special attention is paid to national roads. The topic of service industry was raised during the meeting of the Belarus government on April 12. Transport workers will have to create decent conditions for obtaining necessary services.

17.03.2016

Minsk
Minsk then and now: what famous people think about city Minsk was first mentioned in The Chronicle on March 3, 1067, in the narrative of the battle on Nemiga. And now, the capital of Belarus is really a world-famous city, with its popularity growing. Peter von Balloos, tourist (Switzerland):Yes, I'm a Prince, but I lost my castle somewhere in Switzerland. However, I found my own castle in Belarus. They are all here!

18.02.2016

Pierre Richard in Minsk with solo performance Pierre Richard III
Pierre Richard in Minsk with solo performance Pierre Richard III "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe". Pierre Richard has come to Minsk. The famous Frenchman will present to the Belarusian public the solo performance Pierre Richard III. These are unique memories of the actor about the shooting of movies in which he participated. Among them are "Toy", "Unlucky", "The Umbrella Coup" and many others.

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.

20.01.2016

Parade of planets to be seen from Belarus January 20
Parade of planets to be seen from Belarus January 20 The parade of planets will be seen today, January 20, in Belarus. The five brightest planets visible to the naked eye will form a single line. The unique phenomenon, which was last seen 10 years ago, can be observed during about 30 days. The only thing that can prevent you from seeing it is bad weather or deep sleep.

04.01.2016

Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk to kick off 4 January
Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk to kick off 4 January Guests and participants of the Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus were flocking to Minsk yesterday gearing up for what is dubbed the unofficial world championship, which is about to start on January 4.  The tournament generally features veteran ice hockey players.  Some are true record breakers: Edward plans to become the champion of the tournament at the age of 83!

21.12.2015

Nigel David Short, English chess grandmaster, chess columnist and chess coach
Nigel Short: Belarus can call itself a country with chess culture Today's guest of the TV program Week on the CTV is Nigel Short, who came to Minsk this week for the European Championship in Rapid Chess. At age 19, he became the youngest grandmaster in history and today one of the strongest players in the world. Our correspondent Yana Shipko talked with Mr Short. I know little about chess, but I was up all night reading Chess for Dummies. Let's see if that helps me. I know that the whites begin and win. Can I go this way?

08.12.2015

USSR and Belarus’ people's artists about Minsk and work
Belarusian artists about why they love Minsk The Belarusian compatriots Tamara Nizhnikova, Gennady Ovsyannikov and Rostislav Yankovsky were awarded the UNESCO’s Victor Hugo medals and the diplomas of the UNESCO’s Director-General. Unfortunately, Rostislav Yankovsky could not attend the ceremony for health reasons, but the Belarusian opera singer and teacher, Tamara Nizhnikova, and the Soviet and Belarusian theatre and film actor Gennady Ovsyannikov shared their memories about Minsk and work.

22.11.2015

Serbians who fell in love with Belarus in TV program Picture of the World
Serbians who fell in love with Belarus in TV program Picture of the World Politics has significant impact on people's lives. After the meetings of presidents new business projects and cultural contacts appear. Those who are already involved in the Belarusian-Serbian relations system do not seem to regret their choice. Our next story is about Serbs who fell in love with Belarus and Belarusians who cannot imagine their life without Serbian national features.
Serbian president ends official visit to Belarus November 21
Serbian president ends official visit to Belarus November 21 A turnover of $500 dollars, development of cooperation in the engineering industry, agriculture, construction, wood processing, and more investment projects in the future - such are the tasks set by Belarus and Serbia. The President of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic, has completed the second official visit to Belarus. A regular political dialogue provides the dynamics of cooperation. It is going to be deepened, reads a joint statement that was signed by the presidents of the two countries immediately after the talks at the Palace of Indep

16.11.2015

Listapad Film Festival 2015
Listapad film festival 2015: Results and impressions As many as 184 movies from 60 countries, famous film directors and movie stars participated in the cinema festival Listapad 2015. This is a true eye of pleasure, as the festival motto says! Competitors screened 91 feature films, 70 documentaries and 23 animated cartoons.

10.10.2015

Belarus Today: from weak post-Soviet state to respectful nation in the center of Europe Belarus has in recent years created a number of unique facilities, not only the NPP and made a lot of achievements.   Belarusians remember the 1990s as a period of complete chaos and collapse. They did not even think about the construction of the social, cultural and sports facilities. People were just trying to survive. Belarus today is a nice and clean (this is the first thing foreigners say), but also a modern, well-maintained, safe and comfortable.

14.09.2015

Minsk center
"Quiet, clean, beautiful and great!" What do foreigners think about Minsk? Day in Minsk in Milan is a kind of European presentation of the European capital. Today, nobody would argue that Minsk is not only not inferior to many European cities, but sometimes looks more advantageous. And this goes not only to Minsk during celebrations, like the one during this weekend when Minsk is celebrating its 948th birthday. It was 948 years ago when Minsk was first mentioned in "Tale of Bygone Years".

06.09.2015

Adventures of Chinese in Belarus: CTV channel organizes tour for guests from China
Adventures of Chinese in Belarus: CTV channel organizes tour for guests from China Some Chinese believe that the best holidays are... in Belarus. The CTV channel has organized a tour of Belarus for two Chinese citizens.  Wang Jia and Li Shen ask to call them simply: Nadia and Lesha (two Russian names). From the first minutes of dialogue, the level of their Russian language surprises us. Both turn out to be experienced translators. Wang Jia:This is a beautiful country, real nature, people are very hospitable and kind.

01.09.2015

30 foreign students come to Minsk to study Belarusian language
30 foreign students come to Minsk to study Belarusian language However, now they still have a slight accent. Some 30 foreigners from Japan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and other countries have come to Belarus to learn our native language. The architecture of the postwar period is what attracts Adam, one of the students from the Czech Republic.

29.07.2015

Eurasian friendship express makes two-hour stopover in Brest
Eurasian friendship express makes two-hour stopover in Brest The Eurasian friendship express made a two-hour stopover in Brest. The train is on its way from South Korea to Germany. Among the 200 passengers are businessmen, politicians, journalists, scientists and cultural figures. Over 20 days they will cover 14 thousand kilometers and cross the borders of five countries. This is the guests' only stop in Belarus but they say that even a brief acquaintance with the country was enough to form a general impression.
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus
Reflections and fate of Ukrainian students in Belarus The protagonists of our next report arrived in Belarus for seemingly trivial things, like peace of mind, the opportunity to learn and work. The true value of these things in all colors opens only when they disappear. Alisa is going to the university for the first time. The college student at the University of Luhansk had not planned to change the university but in the spring of 2014 mines began to explode in the streets of her hometown.

22.07.2015

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

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