History UsefulNotes / Belarus

1st Feb '18 4:59:56 PM nombretomado
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With the break-up of the Soviet Union, Belarus found itself a little adrift - the country had never really had a chance to form its own national identity, and it wasn't long before an authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, took power and began to undo some of the trappings of independence. The country's flag was changed back to the Soviet-era flag (minus hammer and sickle and a reversal to the red-white pattern on the left side), the economy was taken back into state control and greater ties with Russia have been sought. The local StateSec, called KDB in Belarussian or [[MoscowCentre KGB]] in Russian, also regained much of its influence.

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With the break-up of the Soviet Union, Belarus found itself a little adrift - the country had never really had a chance to form its own national identity, and it wasn't long before an authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, took power and began to undo some of the trappings of independence. The country's flag was changed back to the Soviet-era flag (minus hammer and sickle and a reversal to the red-white pattern on the left side), the economy was taken back into state control and greater ties with Russia have been sought. The local StateSec, called KDB in Belarussian or [[MoscowCentre [[UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre KGB]] in Russian, also regained much of its influence.
31st Jan '18 9:02:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Take the combination of temporary Polish military rule and Soviet Russification (and the Russian cultural leanings of Lukashenko's government)), and you get a country where most of the population speak Russian as a main language.[[note]] To be fair, Ukraine is also like that, but it is limited to the Central and Eastern parts of the country, which have been ruled by the Russian Empire for a looong time, while the western part was for most of its history a part of the Polish Kingdom and thus serves as the outpost of the language. There is no such thing in Belarus.[[/note]] Belarus ''has'' a distinct Slavic language that's actually quite a bit different from Russian, but only the really rural people speak it as a mother language, and speaking the language today automatically marks you as a hillbilly, even though the names of the people are still in it (to give you a distinction, the ubiquitous Slavic masculine name "Vladimir" has the Belarusian form "Uladzimir").

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Take the combination of temporary Polish military rule and Soviet Russification (and the Russian cultural leanings of Lukashenko's government)), government), and you get a country where most of the population speak Russian as a main language.[[note]] To be fair, Ukraine is also like that, but it is limited to the Central and Eastern parts of the country, which have been ruled by the Russian Empire for a looong time, while the western part was for most of its history a part of the Polish Kingdom and thus serves as the outpost of the language. There is no such thing in Belarus.[[/note]] Belarus ''has'' a distinct Slavic language that's actually quite a bit different from Russian, but only the really rural people speak it as a mother language, and speaking the language today automatically marks you as a hillbilly, even though the names of the people are still in it (to give you a distinction, the ubiquitous Slavic masculine name "Vladimir" has the Belarusian form "Uladzimir").
17th Oct '17 9:18:42 AM JackTheHammer
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* OVA 2 of ''Anime/CodeGeassAkitoTheExiled'' has its big battle take place in the town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slonim Slonim.]]
11th Oct '17 12:16:54 AM FireCrawler2002
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Belarus ('''Belarusian:''' ''Беларусь''), officially known as the Republic of Belarus ('''Belarusian:''' ''Рэспубліка Беларусь''), is a largish, landlocked country just to the left of Russia and to the right of Poland (and that's only meant trouble for them). Its name literally translates as "White Russia." Its capital is Minsk.

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Belarus ('''Belarusian:''' ''Беларусь''), officially known as the Republic of Belarus ('''Belarusian:''' ''Рэспубліка Беларусь''), is a largish, landlocked Eastern European country just to the left of Russia and to the right of Poland (and that's only meant trouble for them). Its name literally translates as "White Russia." Its capital is Minsk.
17th Sep '17 1:11:16 AM Sumatris
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* In ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'', Creator/GaryOldman stars as [[BigBad Vladislav Dukhovich]], Belarus' brutal but now deposed dictator who's on trial before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Since neither Russia nor Belarus were particularly happy with this scenario, their respective dubs turned him into a Bosnian instead.
25th Aug '17 6:16:03 PM nombretomado
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* Zhores Alferov (''Žares Ałfioraŭ''), Belarusian-Russian Nobel Prize winning physicist, inventor of the heterotransistor and one of the most prominent Communist politicians in [[TheNewRussia modern Russia]].

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* Zhores Alferov (''Žares Ałfioraŭ''), Belarusian-Russian Nobel Prize winning physicist, inventor of the heterotransistor and one of the most prominent Communist politicians in [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia modern Russia]].
1st Jul '17 1:29:18 AM Jormungar
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The Soviets, of course, won and took over Poland's bit, dumping the substantial Polish population into eastern Germany, now conveniently part of Poland, in order to straighten up the borders. Post-war Soviet Byelorussia had to be rebuilt largely from scratch (as did much of the USSR), and little resembled the pre-war nation: huge urban projects turned Minsk into a modern Soviet metropolis, and industry (traditionally concentrated in certain parts of Russia and Ukraine) was brought to the republic. State planning meant that Belarus would have an emphasis largely on ''light'' industry, not heavy or military industry, producing a disprorportionate part of the country's larger consumer products (refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, etc.) Consequently, with some mondery industry, a large agricultural base, and not being invaded by Poland, Germany, or the Tsars, the BSSR was considered to have one of the highest standards of living in the USSR. Since independence, though, Belarus' pre-war image as {{Ruritania}} has come back into vogue--outside the USSR, where Belarus was largely unknown, that has always been the image. It still has a higher HDI and IHDI than Russia, however.

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The Soviets, of course, won and took over Poland's bit, dumping the substantial Polish population into eastern Germany, now conveniently part of Poland, in order to straighten up the borders. Post-war Soviet Byelorussia had to be rebuilt largely from scratch (as did much of the USSR), and little resembled the pre-war nation: huge urban projects turned Minsk into a modern Soviet metropolis, and industry (traditionally concentrated in certain parts of Russia and Ukraine) was brought to the republic. State planning meant that Belarus would have an emphasis largely on ''light'' industry, not heavy or military industry, producing a disprorportionate part of the country's larger consumer products (refrigerators, televisions, washing machines, etc.) Consequently, with some mondery modern industry, a large agricultural base, and not being invaded by Poland, Germany, or the Tsars, the BSSR was considered to have one of the highest standards of living in the USSR. Since independence, though, Belarus' pre-war image as {{Ruritania}} has come back into vogue--outside the USSR, where Belarus was largely unknown, that has always been the image. It still has a higher HDI and IHDI than Russia, however.
19th Jun '17 3:21:21 PM jormis29
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* Minsk is the terminus of a young girl's strange, erotic journey in ''Rochelle, Rochelle'', the fictional movie (later a stage musical, starring Bette Midler) within the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' universe.

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* Minsk is the terminus of a young girl's strange, erotic journey in ''Rochelle, Rochelle'', the fictional movie (later a stage musical, starring Bette Midler) Creator/BetteMidler) within the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' universe.
31st Dec '16 6:48:11 PM nombretomado
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* Music/AlexanderRybak (''Aliaksandar Rybak''), Belarusian-Norwegian musician and the record-breaking winner of the 2009 EurovisionSongContest.

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* Music/AlexanderRybak (''Aliaksandar Rybak''), Belarusian-Norwegian musician and the record-breaking winner of the 2009 EurovisionSongContest.Series/EurovisionSongContest.
13th Oct '16 2:36:05 PM MarkLungo
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-->[[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Every Jewish comedian ever]].

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-->[[YiddishAsASecondLanguage -->--[[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Every Jewish comedian ever]].
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