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Belarus

Background

Belarus

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 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 president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

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Belarus is in Eastern Europe. It has borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

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BelarusCrowne Plaza Minsk 

Kirova Street 13
Minsk 220030
Belarus

Price (US$): $17141 - $26767 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Minsk is located in central Minsk, close to Dinamo Stadium, Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and Palace of the Republic. Nearby points of interest also include Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and Museum of the Great Patriotic War. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza Minsk features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5 star property has a business center and offers… more »

BelarusMOGILEV HOTEL 

6 Mira prospect
Mogilev 212030
Belarus

THE HOTEL MOGILEV IS LOCATED RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THECITY ON THE PICTURESQUE BANK OF THE RIVER DUBROVENKA 3 KMFAR FROM THE RAILWAY STATION. THE IMMEDIATE HOTELSURROUNDINGS INCLUDE BANK OFFICES ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS MEDICAL CENTRE MUSEUMS MOVIE THEATRES CATHEDRAL CHURCH OFTHREE SANCTIFIERS. THE GUESTS/ SAFETY IS ENFORCED BY HOTEL/SOWN SECURITY SERVICE CAR PARKING WITH 66 SPACES IS ALSOUNDER GUARD. THE HOTEL CAN EASILY ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 500GUESTS IN 359 ROOMS OF VARIOUS CATEGORIES 6… more »

BelarusOKTYABRSKAYA HOTEL MINSK 

13 UL Engels
Minsk 220030
Belarus

Price (US$): $87 - $163 / night

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FOR THE LONG YEARS OF WORKING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OFADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF PRESIDENTS AFFAIRS OF THEREPUBLIC OF BELARUS RUE PRODUCING SELLING HOTEL COMPLEXOKTYABRSKY SHOWED ITSELF FROM THE BEST SIDE. THE COMPLEXINCLUDES HOTEL OKTYABRSKAYA RESTAURANTS OKTYABRSKY ZASTOLIE MEGAPOLIS CAFE ASTREYA VESTA MENSKAND MONETNIY DVOR.NOWADAYS CITIZENS AND GUESTS OF MINSK HAVE A GREATOPPORTUNITY TO VALUE ALL THE ADVANTAGES OF HIGH LEVELSERVICE OF HOTEL COMPLEX OKTYABRSKY THAT EARLIER WASAVAILABLE… more »

BelarusSPUTNIK HOTEL 

2 Brilevskaya street
Minsk 220039
Belarus

Price (US$): $97 - $99 / night

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THE SPUTNIK HOTEL IS LOCATED IN THE BUSINESS DISTRICT OFTHE CITY CENTRE CLOSE TO THE MAIN BYELORUSSIANTRANSPORTATION HUBS SUCH AS THE CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION ANDTHE AIRPORT MINSK 1. THE WAY FROM THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTMINSK 2 TO THE HOTEL WILL TAKE ABOUT 40 MINUTES. THEIMMEDIATE PROXIMITY TO BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIVE AND SHOPPINGCENTERS GIVES MANY POSSIBILITIES AND ADVANTAGES TO VISITORSOF THE HOTEL. RECONSTRUCTED IN 2006 THE HOTEL OFFERS 150ROOMS FOR THE COMFORTABLE STAYING..THE SPUNTIK… more »

BelarusORBITA HOTEL 

39 Pushkin ave
Minsk 220092
Belarus

Price (US$): $92 - $108 / night

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ORBITA HOTEL IS A MODERN 14 STORED BUILDING WITHCOMFORTABLE ROOMS AND WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES. ORBITA HOTELWAS OPENED IN 1991. ITS CONSTRUCTION WAS DETERMINED BY THENEED OF SERVICING GREATER TOURIST GROUPS. ANNUALLY THOUSANDSOF GUESTS FROM MORE THAN 80 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD VISIT OURHOTEL. IN OUR HOTEL STAYED PEOPLE FROM EUROPE C.I.S. USA CANADA SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA AND ASIA.HOTEL HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE STYLE WHICH REFLECTS A GRACEFULSIMPLICITY AND FASHIONABLE MODERN. CHEERFULNESS COMFORT… more »

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Belarus

Full name
Republic of Belarus
Capital
Minsk
Location

Eastern Europe, east of Poland

Geographic coordinates

53 00 N, 28 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Kansas

Border countries

Latvia 171 km, Lithuania 680 km, Poland 605 km, Russia 959 km, Ukraine 891 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

Terrain

generally flat and contains much marshland

Lowest point

Nyoman River 90 m

Highest point

Dzyarzhynskaya Hara 346 m

Natural resources

timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay

Population

9,612,632 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Belarusian 81.2%, Russian 11.4%, Polish 3.9%, Ukrainian 2.4%, other 1.1% (1999 census)

Religions

Eastern Orthodox 80%, other (including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim) 20% (1997 est.)

Languages

Belarusian (official) 36.7%, Russian (official) 62.8%, other 0.5% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities) (1999 census)

Government type

republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship

Independence

25 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)

National holiday

Independence Day, 3 July (1944); note - 3 July 1944 was the date Minsk was liberated from German troops, 25 August 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union

Chief of state

President Aleksandr LUKASHENKO (since 20 July 1994)

Head of government

Prime Minister Mikhail MYASNIKOVICH (since 28 December 2010); First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir SEMASHKO (since December 2003)

Internet country code

.by

Internet users

2.643 million (2009)

Airports

67 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Mazyr

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