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Republic of Belarus
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Location  Europe
Capital  Minsk
Area  207,600 sq km
Population  9,527,543
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  • Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka won the 2012 Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament - Women's Singles on 13 January 2012 against defending champion Li Na of China, 6-2 1-6 6-3, at Sydney Olympic Park.[1]

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  • The Belintersat-1, first communication satellite of Belarus, was successfully sent into the orbit on 16 January 2016 by a Long March-3B rocket from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

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  • Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open tennis title and kept hold of the world number one spot with 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over China's Li Na on 26 January 2013.[2]

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  • Belarusian tennis star Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam singles title at Australian Open on 28 January 2012. Azarenka won the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Russian Maria Sharapova.[3]

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  • Darya Domracheva of Belarus won gold in Women's 10km Pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.[4]

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  • Alla Tsuper of Belarus won Ladies' Aerials gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.[5] On the same day, Darya Domracheva won her second gold for Belarus in Women's 15km Individual at the Sochi Olympics.[6]

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  • Belarus ranked as the world’s eighth safest country for the newborn with eighth lowest newborn mortality rates, according to an official report published by UNICEF on 20 February 2018.[7]

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  • Nasta Palazhanka of Belarus was presented with the 2011 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 8 March 2011 for her bold advocacy for civil society freedoms and promoting respect for fundamental human rights.

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  • Vasili Shaptsiaboi of Belarus won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics in the men’s 12.5 km visually impaired biathlon.[8]

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  • Belarusian Victoria Azarenka lifted her second BNP Paribas Tennis Open crown and her 19th singles tennis title after soundly defeating top seed Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on 20 March 2016.[9]

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  • The World Bank on 27 March 2015 approved a US$40.71 million loan to the Republic of Belarus for a new Forestry Development Project designed to enhance silvicultural management, reforestation and afforestation, increase the use of felling residues, and increase the overall contribution of forests to sustainable development.[10]

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  • Belarus' Dina Sazanovets clinched the 69kg weight category gold of the 2015 European Weightlifting Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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  • Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed a historic treaty on 29 May 2014 forming a new trading bloc known as the Eurasian Economic Union. The Eurasian Economic Union – which follows years of tense and difficult negotiations – guarantees the free transit of goods, services, capital and workforces and coordinates policy for the members’ financial systems.

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  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) validated the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Belarus, as announced on 7 June 2016.[11]

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  • The project Greenmap Belarus, a popular free online resource, which accumulates, visualizes and provides easy access to environmental information in Belarus, won an award at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017 in the e-environment category.[12]

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  • Belarusian duo Andrei Bahdanovich and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich won gold in the Canoe Sprint - Men's Canoe Double (C2) 1000m category at the 2015 European Games.[13]

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  • Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, a Soviet (Belarusian-Russian) cosmonaut, was the first woman to travel in space. She was on the Vostok 5 mission which launched on June 16, 1963, and orbited the Earth 48 times.[14]

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  • Bialowieża Forest on the border between Belarus and Poland was inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage List on 23 June 2014.[15]

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  • Belarusian students won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals in the prestigious 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa.[16]

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  • Sergei Martynov of Belarus finally became Olympic champion with a world record 705.5 score in the men's 50m rifle prone to claim gold in his sixth games at the London Olympics on 3 August 2012.[17]

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  • Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus won Men's Trampoline Gymnastics gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Belarus and Brazil signed an agreement on cooperation in education on 14 August 2015. The agreement is expected to establish and develop direct ties between the educational establishments of Belarus and Brazil and organize exchanges of teachers, students and postgraduates.

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  • Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 on 25 August 2018 to win her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven.[18]

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  • Belarus and Sri Lanka inked seven bilateral agreements on 26 August 2013 designed to promote all-round cooperation in the field of tourism, economy, trade, investment, education and technology.[19]

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  • The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2015 was awarded to the Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.[20]

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  • Belarus and Ethiopia signed a protocol of cooperation on 19 October 2012. The cooperation protocol lays down the practical foundation for creating the legal base of the bilateral relations for stepping up cooperation in all areas, primarily in economy.

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  • Former President Stanislav Shushkevichi of Belarus won the prestigious 2015 Gusi Peace Prize in the Statesmanship and Academe (physics & mathematics) category.

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  • Belarus was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 24 October 1945.[21]

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  • Iryna Khalip, a female reporter and editor from Belarus, won the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) for her courageous journalism amidst constant surveillance and frequent harassment. The award ceremony was held in Los Angeles on October 28, 2009.

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  • Belarus and Bangladesh inked seven agreements and five memorandums of understanding (MoU) on 12 November 2012 to strengthen bilateral relationship. The agreement and MoUs were signed for expansion of trade and investment; legal support in agriculture, science and technology and military; and cooperation in education and exporting frozen food.[22]

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  • The 2012-2014 cooperation program between the culture ministries of Belarus and Poland was signed in Minsk on 19 November 2012. The program aims to encourage government bodies and organizations to expand cooperation in culture and seeks to contribute to a greater involvement of public associations into cultural exchange projects.

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  • Natalya Radina from Belarus was one of the recipients of the Committee to Protect Journalists' 21st Annual International Press Freedom Awards. Natalya was awarded at a ceremony on 22 November 2011 for her bold coverage of government wrongdoing, human rights violations, and corruption.[23]

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  • Belarusian weightlifter Vadzim Sraltsou won the gold medal at the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championship in Houston, TX, in the 405kg weight class.[24]

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  • Belarus and Russia on 13 December 2013 signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the use and development of the Russian global satellite navigation system (GLONASS).[25]

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References


  1. http://www.apiainternational.com.au/2012/01/azarenka-takes-title-from-li
  2. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2013-01-26/201301261359194430111.html
  3. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-01-28/201201281327744444254.html
  4. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/biathlon-women-s-10-km-pursuit
  5. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/freestyle-skiing-ladies-aerials-final-3
  6. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/biathlon-women-s-15-km-individual
  7. https://www.unicef.org/media/media_102677.html
  8. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/paralympic/biathlon-men-s-12-5-km-visually-impaired
  9. http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/en/media-and-news/news/2016/03/20/2016-wta-final-azarenka-defeats-serena
  10. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/03/27/world-bank-forests-protection
  11. http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2016/june/20160607_PR_EMTCT_Europe
  12. https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/prizes/2017/
  13. http://www.baku2015.com/canoe-sprint/event/canoe-double-1000m-men/phase=cfm221100/index.html
  14. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/page/t/tereshkova.shtml
  15. http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1160
  16. http://www.imo-official.org/team_r.aspx?code=BLR&year=2014
  17. http://www.london2012.com/shooting/event/men-50m-rifle-prone/index.html
  18. https://www.ctopen.org/news/sabalenka_secures_maiden_tour_title/
  19. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13B/Aug26_1377541440CH.php
  20. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/press.html
  21. http://www.un.org/en/members/
  22. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42378
  23. http://cpj.org/awards/2011/
  24. http://www.iwf.net/2015/11/27/straltsou-sees-off-kazakhstan-pair-and-xiang-runs-to-a-clean-sweep/
  25. http://en.ria.ru/world/20131213/185533505/Russia-Belarus-Sign-Glonass-Cooperation-Agreement.html