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Belarus: The White Russia

The early inhabitants of Belarus were Slavic tribes who were then taken over by Mongols and simultaneously it came under the rule of Lithuanian Dukes. After due time, it merged with the Soviet Union Republic and in the year 1991 it became independent of Soviet rule as it got disintegrated following a war with the Nazis. Until then the Belarussians were subjected to the tyrannical rule of their President Alexander Lukashenko.

Belarus fast-Facts:

National Name: Republic of Belarus

  • Capital: Minsk
  • Total area : 207,595 sq km (80,153 sq miles)
  • Population: 9.7 million (UN, 2007)
  • Currency : Belarussian rouble
  • Languages: Russian, Belarussian (both official)
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1% (1999 census)
  • Religion: Christianity
  • GDP (Per Capita): $10,600 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 63 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
  • Literacy Rate: 99.6% (1999 census)

Geography, Climate and Economy of Belarus:

elarus Terrain is relatively marshy and usually flat and one third of the country's area remains less populated owing to the inhospitable forest tracts. Besides this there are a number of rugged mountain ranges that provide elevated levels and highlands in some parts. The lowest point of Belarus is situated at a depth of 90m in Nyoman River and the highest point is at a height of 346m at Dzyarzhynskaya Hara. The Climate of this country is usually temperate and humid. There are a number of rivers in Belarus, which merge at Baltic and Black sea. This decreases the temperature thereby in summers and Belarus remains moderately cool and moist. The winters may be extremely cold as in the month of January the temperature level falls to ?6 degree Celsius. However, in general the climate ranges from continental to maritime.

Belarussian Economy is not very prosperous as it heavily depends on Russia for its major exports of electricity and oil. Moreover, the government has restrictive Economic policies that have hindered foreign investments. The natural resource of Belarus includes timber, limestone, sand, clay and meager quantities of oil and Natural gas.

Culture and Cuisine of Belarus:

elarus has a number of cultural influences such as Russian, Polish and the Byzantine Christian. The Russian cultural influence in particular is depicted through their literature, artworks, cuisine, music and dress. Some of the eminent Belarussian's include Jakub Kolas, Natalla Arseneva and Symeon of Polatsk. The music tradition includes Christian hymns and sermons dating back to 12 th century. Also Modern folk music is very famous among the locals.

A typical Belarus cuisine mainly consists of meat along with potatoes. Moreover, the natives prefer to eat salted pork and beef and they have a particular affinity for salads. The traditional dish of Belarus is called Pyachysta, which is another meat product. Some of the local Belarussian dishes also have Lithuanian influences and Polish too. Zacirka, is one of the most popular dish which is made of flour.

Tourist Attractions in Belarus:

The capital city of Belarus is Minsk, which comprises the archetypal historic sites and some very majestically built medieval palaces upholding a unique history. Besides this there are a number of National museums and gardens along with exotic wildlife, which attracts a number of tourists. Hrodna is yet another unique city situated on the banks of Neman River and also lies in close proximity to Poland and Lithuania.

Some other Places to Visit in Belarus are :

•  Braslav Lakes National Park

•  Buslovka Reserve

•  Babruysk

•  Baranovichi

•  Biaroza

•  Hrodna

•  Mahilyow

•  Vitsyebsk

•  Navahradak

•  Brest

•  Pinsk

•  Polotsk

Sharapova beats Azarenka to win Stuttgart WTA title

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Berlin, Apr 29 (Xinhua-ANI): Second-ranked Maria Sharapova made short work of top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Stuttgart WTA title for her first crown of the year.

Sharapova beats Azarenka to win Stuttgart WTA title

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Berlin, April 30 (IANS) Second-ranked Maria Sharapova made short work of World No.1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 to win the Stuttgart WTA title for her first crown of the year.

Kyrgyzstan remembers Chernobyl n-disaster victims

April 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Bikshkek, April 27 (IANS) Kyrgyzstan Thursday paid tributes to the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, 26 years after the world's worst nuclear disaster.

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Top seed Martynov wins 50m rifle prone at Olympics test

April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) World No. 1 Sergei Martynov of Belarus has won the men's 50m rifle prone at the 2012 ISSF World Cup and test event for the London Olympic Games here.

Team Britain given tough football draw in Olympics

April 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

London, April 25 (IANS) The British men's football team has been handed out a tough draw in the 2012 London Games.

Serbia-Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

April 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

London, April 23 (IANS) Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic won their reverse singles matches to take Serbia into the Fed Cup final for the first time, beating Russia 3-2.

Russia to sell missile systems to Belarus

April 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Minsk, April 18 (IANS) Russia will continue selling its air defence missile systems to Belarus in 2012 at discount prices, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

Scarlett Johansson wants to explore Black Widow

April 18, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson said she hopes to have another chance to play the role of Russian spy Natasha Romanoff, nicknamed Black Widow, which she played in "The Avengers".

Moscow seeks release of two Russians held in Libya

April 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Moscow, April 10 (IANS) The foreign ministry Tuesday said it was doing its best to seek the release of two Russians held in Libya and accused of supporting the erstwhile Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Russia restricts Belarusian airline

April 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Moscow, April 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarusian national airline Belavia said it has been barred from performing flights to all destinations in Russia except Moscow.

Belarus to build vertical takeoff drones

April 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Minsk, April 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Belarusian military plans to develop a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with vertical takeoff and landing capability.

Russian charged with selling classified maps to US

April 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Moscow, April 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A former Russian serviceman has been charged with selling classified maps of Russia to the US Defense Department.

Top teams reach quarters at World TT

March 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Dortmund (Germany), March 29 (IANS) The fourth day of the World Table Tennis Championship saw expected group toppers and some less-fancied teams moving into the second round.

Madonna's album released in Russia three days early

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Moscow, March 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's largest search engine Yandex has made US pop star Madonna's new album available for download three days before its worldwide release, the company said Friday.

Topless women protest sex trade and violence against females in Ukraine

March 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Washington, March 19 (ANI): A group young women bared their breasts in the front of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine in the capital, Kyiv, this week in protest against the handling of the case of a young woman who was raped, dumped in a ditch and set on fire.

Media watchdog names India among 'Enemies of Internet' countries for curbing freedom of expression

March 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Beijing, Mar 13 (ANI): A global media watchdog group has released its "Enemies of the Internet" list for 2012, citing countries like India and China that put a restriction on the freedom of expression on the Internet.

Strengthening India-Belarus ties

February 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): The third round of Foreign office consultations between India and Belarus were held in New Delhi on 21-22 February.

Strengthening India-Belarus ties

February 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): The third round of Foreign office consultations between India and Belarus were held in New Delhi on 21-22 February.

Azarenka thrashes Sharapova to lift 2012 Oz Open women's title

January 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Melbourne, Jan.28 (ANI): Belarussian Victoria Azarenka lifted the Australian Open women's crown by thrashing Russian Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-3 6-0 at the Melbourne Park here on Saturday

Azarenka thrashes Sharapova to lift 2012 Oz Open women's title

January 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Melbourne, Jan.28 (ANI): Belarussian Victoria Azarenka lifted the Australian Open women's crown by thrashing Russian Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-3 6-0 at the Melbourne Park here on Saturday

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