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Introduction:

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 and only directly elected president, Aleksandr Lukashenko has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on political and civil freedoms, freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion have remained in place.

 

Belarus Flag
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Belarus Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
9,527,543 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Europe
Area:
total= 207,600 sq km

Government:
Republic in name, although in fact a Dictatorship
Capital:
Minsk

Internet Code:
.by

Airports:
65 (2013)

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Belarus Locater
Locater

Belarus Map
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Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image 
BELARUS
Mission/Frame: STS068-151-53
Spacecraft Altitude: 117 nautical miles (217 km)
Features: AREA W OF MINSK

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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