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29 Jul 2020
Belarus president meets with State Control Committee chairman Belarus president meets with State Control Committee chairman
“The head of the State Control Committee has always been responsible for Vitebsk Oblast and forestry industry. I think you are close to these matters,” the president said. “This is why I would like you to go to Vitebsk Oblast, get to the bottom of the situation over there, and be the president’s plenipotentiary representative in this region”...
29 Jul 2020
Lukashenko calls urgent Security Council meeting to discuss arrest of foreign militants Lukashenko calls urgent Security Council meeting to discuss arrest of foreign militants
"I’ve invited you to look into the matter of this, one can say, emergency that happened this night. There is no other word for it"...
28 Jul 2020
Lukashenko: Belarusian army is compact and sufficient Lukashenko: Belarusian army is compact and sufficient
"We have set up a national military school and established the process of training specialists. It is no coincidence that the Belarusian army ranks 53rd out of almost 140 countries on the annual Global Firepower index"...

Presidential election 2020 in Belarus rss

3 Aug 2020
Lukashenko orders to ensure safe operation of election commissions Lukashenko orders to ensure safe operation of election commissions
"It is our sacred duty to ensure security at each polling station"...
31 Jul 2020
Belarus CEC receives documents to accredit 149 CIS election observers Belarus CEC receives documents to accredit 149 CIS election observers
The office also maintains cooperation with government bodies that are authorized to deal with complaints related to violations of the electoral process...
28 Jul 2020
Over 300 polling stations to take part in exit poll at Belarus presidential election Over 300 polling stations to take part in exit poll at Belarus presidential election
About a thousand specialists will be involved in the study. “The number of respondents is to exceed 12,000 people”...

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3 Aug 2020
Belarusian president's address described as roadmap for everyone Belarusian president's address described as roadmap for everyone
"Addressing his fellow citizens with a keynote speech, the head of state analyzes the state of affairs, formulates the most important tasks and goals of social and economic development for the future"...
3 Aug 2020
Belarusian nuclear power plant expected to enable new opportunities for economic development Belarusian nuclear power plant expected to enable new opportunities for economic development
Viktor Karankevich informed participants of the meeting about progress in implementing the project to build the nuclear power plant. He drew attention to the nuclear power plant’s safety and low environmental impact...
3 Aug 2020
Eismont: Belarusian president will address Parliament on 4 August as planned Eismont: Belarusian president will address Parliament on 4 August as planned
"As it has been planned before, the two houses of the Parliament will open their sessions on 3 August. MPs and senators will address procedural matters, consider issues on the current agenda"...

Latest press releases rss

3 Aug 2020
Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,943 people recover Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,943 people recover
The nationwide COVID-19 tally has reached 68,166 cases...
3 Aug 2020
Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,896 people recover Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,896 people recover
The nationwide COVID-19 tally has reached 68,067 cases...
31 Jul 2020
Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,444 people recover Belarus’ coronavirus update: 62,444 people recover
The nationwide COVID-19 tally has reached 67,808 cases...
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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.