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12 Jan 2017
Over 3.4m passengers travelled via Minsk airport in 2016
According to the source, 2016 was an important year for the Minsk National Airport. For the first time the passenger number went beyond 3 million. “We welcomed passenger number three million on 10 November,” said Vasily Kornev. In 2016 the airport serviced a total of 3,429,112 passengers. The share of transit passenger was up to 30%. Thanks to higher transit traffic the airport became kind of a transport hub...
11 Jan 2017
Five-day visa-free regime to enter into force in Belarus on 12 February 2017
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s decree No. 8 “On the introduction of the visa-free entry and departure for foreign citizens” was officially published on the National Legal Internet Portal on 11 January. The citizens of 80 countries will be able to start using its benefits in the middle of February...
10 Jan 2017
SCO Secretariat hosts Belarus’ Culture Day
Belarus is an observer state with the SCO. The event took place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Belarusian-Chinese diplomatic relations. SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said at the Culture Day opening ceremony that Belarus is a country with a rich history and culture, with the Belarusian people cherishing and developing national traditions...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus gears up to celebrate poet Yanka Kupala
Yanka Kupala’s literary works are the heritage of Belarusian, European, and world culture. The anniversary year will see a lot of projects and initiatives to honor one of the best Belarusian poets. The Yanka Kupala museum will start the celebrations to mark the 135th anniversary of the birth of the poet on 11 January,” the ministry reported...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus to take part in Monte Carlo junior circus festival
The festival will take place in Monte Carlo, the Principality of Monaco, on 4-5 February. The participants received the invitation from the organizing committee. “Every year this festival brings together the best circus performers from various countries, and the participation in this festival is a great achievement for any artist”...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus’ Kino-Mo in USA Today’s top 10 projects
Journalists of the popular U.S. media outlet visited the CES 2017 expo in Las Vegas featuring more than 20,000 new gadgets from all over the world and picked their top ten. The Kino-Mo project by Art Stavenka and Kiryl Chykeyuk of Belarus is in the list...
10 Jan 2017
Augustow Canal to host Rock August festival
The festival will be organized in the last summer month and will be titled as Rock August. The festival will make part of the Rock for Sport program which was launched in Belarus in December 2016 with a concert in Minsk featuring U.D.O. Dirkschneider и CherMen. Rock bands from different countries can take part in the event at the popular tourism site in Grodno Oblast...
10 Jan 2017
Belarus’ MAZ-SPORTavto team make top five in Dakar Rally Stage 7
The Belarusian racer climbed to 16th position overall, 3h25m off Dutchman Gerard de Rooy (Iveco) who currently tops the overall standings in the truck category followed by Russia’s Kamaz drivers Dmitry Sotnikov and Eduard Nikolaev...
9 Jan 2017
Belarus introduces five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries
These are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries. First of all, these are favorable countries in terms of migration, Belarus’ strategic partners which have introduced visa-free regimes for Belarusian citizens on a unilateral basis...
9 Jan 2017
Ten countries to take part in youth theater forum in Mogilev
This year the playbill will feature 22 plays by 20 theaters from 10 countries (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and others). For the first time the forum will welcome theater companies from Austria and the United States. “Over 11 years the forum in Mogilev has become an iconic event anticipated not only in the region but also in the entire country,” said Andrei Kuntsevich...
9 Jan 2017
Belarusian Sports Olympus 2016 winners announced
Winners of the president’s special prize Belarusian Sports Olympus 2016 have been announced. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed the corresponding decree to present the award for the efforts to develop and popularize physical education and sports in Belarus...
7 Jan 2017
Team UAE take Christmas ice hockey bronze in Minsk
It was the third time that team UAE took part in the Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk. In 2015 and 2016 the team of the United Arab Emirates failed to advance to the playoffs. The popularity of ice hockey in the UAE has been steadily increasing, however...
6 Jan 2017
Moscow to host Days of Belarusian Science in June
“Moscow is expected to host the Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia in June. It will focus on innovative activities and cooperation in science and technology. The Days of Belarusian Science will take place in Moscow during the forum,” Alexander Shumilin said...
6 Jan 2017
Part of second structure of Belarusian Antarctic station assembled
According to the source, the Belarusian polar explorers arrived in Antarctica on 29 December. Over the course of several days the polar explorers managed to assemble a platform and one of the sections of the second structure of the Belarusian Antarctic station. A number of scientific researches are scheduled to take place in 2017. In particular, spectrum equipment of the Belarusian satellite BKA and the Russian satellite Canopus-B will undergo radiation calibration using the snow surface of Antarctica...
5 Jan 2017
Belarus President’s Team bags second win at Christmas tournament in Minsk
Belarus defeated Balkans Team 14-7 (5-2, 2-2, 7-3) at the ongoing 13th Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey for the Prize of the President of Belarus. Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named MVPs of the match...
5 Jan 2017
Domracheva to start Oberhof Sprint 50th
The first Belarusian biathlete to start in Oberhof on 6 January will be Darya Yurkevich (bib 11). Irina Krivko will start 44th, Nadezhda Pisareva 84th. Nadezhda Skardino will not take part in the forthcoming competition...
5 Jan 2017
Balkan countries would show interest in Belarus’ ice hockey program
Representatives of the team, which is participating in the 13th Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus, got familiar with the work of the institute of national teams which has been successfully operating in Belarus for several years, the system of training of young hockey players, the domestic championship...
5 Jan 2017
Nikolai Lukashenko together with his schoolmates visit elderly care home to wish Happy New Year
The school has been taking care of the elderly care home for more than two years. This time students and their teachers were welcomed like old friends...
5 Jan 2017
First win for UAE at Christmas tournament in Minsk
This is the third time that Team UAE is playing in the Belarusian capital. Today they beat their rivals from Switzerland 6-1 (0-1, 4-0, 2-0). Allowing a goal at the close of the opening period, Team UAE did not give up and scored 6 times more...
5 Jan 2017
Russia draw with Finland at Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
The Russians showed a much more confident game after a 0-12 defeat from Slovakia on 4 January. After two periods Team Russia led 3-0. The Finns, however, managed to close up the gap and even retook the lead early in the final stanza, 4-3. The action-packed battle ended up in a 4-4 draw. In the opener the Finns routed Germany 11-2...
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