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Belarus (the Republic of Belarus) is a country in eastern Europe with 9,450,000 inhabitants and a territory of 207,600 square kilometers, bordered by Russia, the Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.

History of Belarus

The history of Belarus, situated at the crossroads of countries and cultural blocs (the eastern or Eurasian bloc, represented by Russia, and the western European bloc, represented by Poland) is a history of wars and invasions. Until the 20th century, the lands of present-day Belarus belonged to several state formations, such as the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire.

In March 1918, the first Belarusian state was created. Belarus declared independence as the Belarusian People’s Republic, succeeded by the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia (SSRB) in ...

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