Republic of Belarus

Respublika Belarus

Note: The transliteration of Belarusian names into Latin script is complicated by language politics within Belarus. Individuals and groups may self-identify with a Belarusian or Russian form of their name; the Belarusian government, however, generally uses Russian forms, as does much of the international media. Belarusian forms are used here, with Russian forms given in parentheses (if different) for key figures.

Political Status: Formerly the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); declared independence on August 25, 1991; postindependence constitution entered into force on March 30, 1994; amended constitution declared to be in force by the government on November 27, 1996, following approval by national referendum on November 24.

Area: 80,155 sq. mi. (207,600 sq. ...

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