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This is it: one minute to the best info on Belarus. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Belarus, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.

After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration.

Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country’s first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Belarus aware person at the cocktail party.

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Best places to see in Belarus

Belarus is visited, annually, by about 100,000 tourists; during at the same period about 12 million people went from the country as tourists. The profit from foreign tourism amounts to less than USD200 per each tourist. The volume of tourism in total export makes up 1%.

The most popular among the visitors are: Minsk City — 40% of visitors; Grodno – 32%; Brest – 22%, Vitebsk – 5%. Khatyn Memorial – This is one of the many WWII memorials in Belarus. The site of the former village is now the Khatyn WWII Memorial, which was opened in 1969. The only remaining structures from the original homes are the brick chimneys, which now hold bells that sound occasionally. Mount of Glory – This hill, topped by four bayonets, was built from the scorched earth of the nine “Hero Cities” of the USSR and battlegrounds of WWII in honor of the Red Army.

It was built in the area of the last battle in Belarus. Stalin Line – The museum of the largest defence line build before the WWII. Presents the collection of weapon of all the XX century. Minsk at night – The excursion is created in order to show the most significant and beautiful places of Minsk at night-time. Privokzalnaya square, The “City Gates”, Nezavisimosti square (a political and administrative center of the city), the House of the Government, the Red Catholic Church and so on are included into the list of the objects on route.