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5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko: Truly efficient representative and legislative body has been formed in Belarus Lukashenko: Truly efficient representative and legislative body has been formed in Belarus
In his words, it is symbolic that the parliamentary elections took place in a landmark year for the country. “The year 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the Constitution, the document which plays a crucial role in the enhancement of Belarusian statehood,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said...
4 Dec 2019
Lukashenko calls for promoting entire Minsk Oblast, not only ‘golden area’ near Minsk Lukashenko calls for promoting entire Minsk Oblast, not only ‘golden area’ near Minsk
The head of state emphasized that the region does not have any critical problems. “However this makes it even more difficult for the new governor. You are fully aware of my demands – it is unacceptable to be satisfied with what you already have and to make no further effort. Otherwise, you will be outpaced, outperformed and sidelined. It means that the new administration will have to take the region to a higher level of growth”...
3 Dec 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus, Serbia will go all out to promote economic ties Lukashenko: Belarus, Serbia will go all out to promote economic ties
“It does not matter that our trade has somewhat shrunk. We will come to grips why the governments are not trying hard enough. The results of yesterday’s and today’s events suggest that our ministers have responded to the trade decline and signed major contracts, deals in order to surpass the trade we had in the heyday. We will fight for our relations. I think we will be able to take our relations, including trade, to a higher level”...

Opinions & Interviews rss

5 Dec 2019
Russia’s dedication to integration with Belarus emphasized Russia’s dedication to integration with Belarus emphasized
Dmitry Medvedev is convinced that the Union State of Belarus and Russia is a great treasure. “We often argue with each other and present some grievances particularly when emotions take us too far, but objectively the level of integration between our countries is very high”...
5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko: Sovereignty, justice at the heart of Belarus’ policy Lukashenko: Sovereignty, justice at the heart of Belarus’ policy
Addressing the MPs, the head of state emphasized: “Belarusians have put their trust in you as they gave you the right to represent their interests and pass laws. They entrusted you with strengthening the sovereignty and independence of our state”...
5 Dec 2019
Sovereignty, independence identified as vital conditions in Belarus’ foreign policy Sovereignty, independence identified as vital conditions in Belarus’ foreign policy
Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Maybe we acted upon intuition or the truth of life but we’ve clearly determined our foreign policy. One should be at peace with neighbors”...

Belarus parliament elections rss

5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko gives his take on new parliament, recent elections Lukashenko gives his take on new parliament, recent elections
“The recent parliamentary elections saw genuine competition. There were even more candidates this time than in the previous election campaign”...
5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko warns new parliament about hard times ahead Lukashenko warns new parliament about hard times ahead
According to the head of state, the task of the new parliament is to build on the existing economic policy, ensure sustainable development of the Belarusian state, economic growth and improvement of living standards of people...
3 Dec 2019
Lukashenko comments on opposition-free parliament in Belarus Lukashenko comments on opposition-free parliament in Belarus
"We have recently held parliamentary elections in Belarus. Believe me, there cannot be more democratic and free elections in Belarus. I guess we just cannot hold elections in a better way. We tried our best to find favor with our sponsors and supporters in the East and also in the European Union"...

Latest press releases rss

6 Dec 2019
EAEU-themed train launched in Moscow metro to mark union’s 5th anniversary EAEU-themed train launched in Moscow metro to mark union’s 5th anniversary
Two cars of the train are dedicated to each of the five EAEU member states. “It was great to see things that are associated with Belarus: lakes and forests, Yanka Kupala’s poems and the words from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha song, BelAZ trucks and Belarusian food products”...
4 Dec 2019
Verkhnedvinsk to host festival of national cultures Verkhnedvinsk to host festival of national cultures
About 200 people are to take part in these events. These are representatives of diasporas living in Vitebsk Oblast, including Armenians, Ukrainians, Russians, Mordovians, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Poles, Jews, and Bashkirs...
2 Dec 2019
Rare Christmas decorations to go on show at National History Museum Rare Christmas decorations to go on show at National History Museum
The exhibition will feature Christmas decorations from Europe, Asia, Australia, America and Africa. Among them are rare exhibits: a replica of the decoration given to Pope John Paul II as a gift and later inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records, a huge glass bauble, which decorated the Vienna Christmas Ball, and many more...
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Birds-eye-view of Belarus: Impregnable and mysterious Lida Castle

With its massive defensive walls made from red brick and rubble, and loophole towers overlooking the entire city, this medieval fortification is steeped in history and legend. This castle has been a witness to many centuries of Belarusian history, which makes it a unique historical site. Here is a birds-eye-view of Lida Castle.

The construction of the fortified castle in Lida began in 1323 upon the order of Grand Duke Hiedymin. Back then the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was frequently threatened by the Crusaders; therefore a powerful citadel along the Novogrudok-Krevo-Medniki-Troki line of defense was supposed to block access to the country’s rear. As time went by, an entire town rose up around the ramparts of the castle. This town came to play an important role in Medieval Europe. In 1422 the castle hosted the marriage of 71-year-old Jogaila, King of Poland, and 17-year-old Princess Sophia of Golshany, the founders of the Jagiellon dynasty whose descendants still reign in Europe. This formidable castle withstood numerous onslaughts, destruction, desolation and was restored to their original shape thanks to painstaking restoration effort. Today Lida Castle is among the most popular tourist sites in Belarus. It hosts history re-enactment events, knights tournaments, a theatrical show re-enacting the royal wedding and the Lida Castle Sward medieval festival. A fascinating exposition opened on five levels of the Vitaut Tower. Another tower, which was named after the castle founder Hiedymin, will re-open after restoration in the near future.