Belarus's History

In the 6th Century Slavs began dominating Belarus and the country was also under the influence of Nordic Vikings who traversed the regions rivers mixing piracy and trade. In the Middle Ages Belarus was part of Kievian Rus and subsequently the Duchy of Lithuania. The literal marriage of Poland and Lithuania’s monarchs in 1569 resulted in Belarus being subject to the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth. Russia began taking parts of Belarus and the task was complete with the carve up of Poland in 1795. Napoleon overran Belarus as did the Germans in WWI. In 1918 Belarus declared independence but at the end of the Soviet-Polish War in 1921 Belarus was split between the two. In WWII the Soviet invasion of Poland briefly united Belarusian lands until Germany invaded in 1941, being driven out at horrific cost in 1944. Stalin rebuilt Belarus in the Socialist mould and in 1991 Belarus again declared independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Belarus is a unique part of Europe where its Communist past is valued and the successors of the KGB still maintain order. The country suffered tremendous environmental damage when Chernobyl’s toxic cloud settled on the country in 1986 and has not been enthusiastic about its independence, choosing to remain close to Russia. Support for union is high. Belarusians prefer strong leadership and President Alexander Lukashenko maintains a firm hand in the country. However Belarus is genuinely one of Europe’s undiscovered tourism gems with plenty of cultural, historic and fascinating sights to see where you can experience the thrill of the Cold War era.

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