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    Anonymous

    20 Facts About Belarus That You Didn’t Know

    Many mistake Belarus for a region of Russia (or Russian federation), it is probably because it’s name contains Rus. It’s a large beautiful country and yes it has a lot of connections to Russia, from similar language (Slavic branch) to cultural, religious, architectural and similar aspects.  Still it is a different country and we will open your eyes now.

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    #366512

    Anonymous

    I wonder how many death penalties do they issue per decade,and what are the crimes punishable by death in Belarus.

    #366508
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    World of Tanks, impressed :)

    #366509

    Anonymous

    waiting for @Sviatogor to add and criticize :smiley:

    #366506

    Anonymous

    The facts are accurate. But I don’t think some of them are as important. Who cares if we played our first football match against Lithuania?

    The name Belarus was widely applied to our land after partition of Polish-Lithuania commonwealth. Prior to that time the land of Belarus was known as Lithuania. In modern times Lithuanian is referred to land of Baltic speaking people. In the past Lithuanian was synonymous with east Slavic people living on territories of present day Belarus.

    Belarus is not Russia. Ukraine is more simillar to Russia than Belarus in many aspects. Ukraine changed its name after WWI from Malorussia (little russia) to Ukraine, Russia changed its ethnonym Great Russians to Russia. While Belarusians kept the name. So there is a confusion. Our culture and language is more west Slavic than Ukrainian or Russian.

    Here’s an article by a Ukrainian who visiting Belarus. The title what is difference between Ukrainian and Belarusian. There is a striking difference : http://shkolazhizni.ru/world/articles/43305/

    #364725

    Anonymous

    @Gvarda

    We have death penalty just as USA, Japan and Singapore. I’ve looked at crimes of people who were sentenced to death. Some of lowest scum were sentenced. Women are seldom sentenced. I don’t know if any woman was punished in this way. In 25 years 325 people were sentenced to capital punishment.

    #364724

    Anonymous

    There were our original flag and coats of arms before Lukashenko came to power. First adopted in 1918 and used since Vytautas led us to Grunwald battle against Teutons.

    #364721

    Anonymous

    Some famous people were born in Belarus such as the designer of legendary Su planes Sukhoi and prime minister of Israel Shimon Peres.

    #364722

    Anonymous

    @Sviatogor pretty much what I expected when I was summoning you 🙂

    #364723

    Anonymous

    The land of Belarus has a long history. :) I don’t like commie coats of arm adopted by Lukashenko government. I am certain I will see white-red-white flag and our beloved Pahonia in my life time.

    #364720

    Anonymous

    @Sviatogor I too appreciate when countries keep their heraldic traditions. Everything has precise meaning in heraldry and such historical symbols can tell you something about the nation they represent. Nevertheless there were some pretty neat socialist emblems, like Yugoslavian, Italian or Chinese, but I must admit Belorussian emblem isn’t something I would like, it lacks creativity and originality.

    #364719

    Anonymous

    @Dušan

    The current flag represent Belarusian culture, but it is not aesthetically appealing. The current coats of arms is an ugly commie design that has nothing to do with Belarus.

    #364718

    Anonymous

    @Sviatogor I was talking only about “Coat of Arms”, which is in fact emblem. I sort of like your flag, it’s creative and unique in it’s design.

    #364717

    Anonymous

    @Dušan

    The pattern on the flag is one of the oldest Slavic symbols weaved by an elderly lady living around 50km from the village of my ancestry in 1915-1917. The green and red colours represent well our culture. I can tolerate our flag which is not our historic flag.

    But our coats of arm, in my opinion, is the ugliest in Europe. Coats of arm Pahonia is recognised as historic heritage of Belarus and protected by the state. I have no idea why we are using commie coats of arms.

    #384775
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    Before this i really had no idea Belarus is so flat…i mean i never considered it mountainous or something but this, wow :D

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