|WWII. Belarus has
suffered the heaviest losses during the World War II. Probably everybody
knows about Jewish holocaust. It's hard to imagine a greater tragedy. But
there was one. Belarus has lost a quarter of its population, that's more
then 2.5 millions. The Belarusian Museum of the Great Patriotic War in
Minsk turns out to be a real revelation for foreign visitors. The Museum
is the place to learn about it. The Memorial Khatyn is the place to feel
The Brest Fortress. There are
countless examples of heroism during the WWII. But even so, the Fortress
stands out of the raw.
The greatest catastrophe in the whole history of the nuclear energy
use. Belarus, again, has suffered the most of all. About 70% of
the radioactive contaminating substances have fallen down on Belarus.
23% of its territory were affected.
Viskuly. A tiny spot
on the map of Belarus. The place where the Belavezha Agreement was signed
in 1991 and where the Soviet Union was declared to cease to exist. The
event might be not so spectacular, but definitely more important then the
fall of the Berlin Wall. Probably one of the two most important events of
the 20th century. The place is still waiting for recognition, though.
Just a small quotation from 1999
INVESTMENT CLIMATE STATEMENT FOR BELARUS "...BELARUS
HAS A HIGHLY SKILLED AND WELL-EDUCATED WORK FORCE, DUE TO ITS EXCELLENT
SYSTEM OF HIGHER AND SPECIALIZED EDUCATION...".
Other proves can be found in the USA,
Europe, Canada, well you might wish to continue.
Just one name. Mark Shagal. You might wish to visit Belarusian Museum of
Arts for others. (I like this place. Quiet, relaxing, and some really nice
pieces of art.)
The Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, St. Petersburg Mariinskiy Theatre
Ballet. Belarusian Ballet is the third in the raw.
Belarus in general and Minsk in particular used to be some sort of Silicon
Valley of the former Soviet Union. The Soviet Army then, and the Russian
Army now proves the quality. The most powerful computers of the former
Soviet Union were produced in Minsk. The first Soviet PC was produced by
the Minsk Computer Manufacturing Amalgamation too back in 1985. Belarusian
TV sets Horizon were the best in the former Soviet Union and remain the
best in the Commonwealth of the Independent States.
So popular especially in Germany Belarusian night vision goggles is
just one and not the most sophisticated example of what Belarusian Optical
Amalgamation can produce.
Ask a truck driver and you'll know, that MAZ still remains the most valued
truck from Brest to Vladivostok. Some of not so prosperous countries,
which could not afford the more known Brand names' prices, prefer
Belarusian BelAZ large dump-trucks. And of course Russian Army is one of
the valued customers. Russian Missiles carrier trucks are from Minsk
This good old "Belarus". If the agricultural sector still
survives on the vast lands of the former Soviet Union somehow, that's largely
because of this tractor. However farmers in Canada, Poland, Germany and
some other countries have appreciated this reliable and easy to use and
maintain machine too.
Belarusian (Minsk to be
precise) Vodka. Turns out to be the best in the world. That is
not me, international experts have awarded the title last year.
No comments. Better to ask a woman. Belarusian
clothing. A German soldier probably does not suspect, that his
uniform was manufactured in Belarus.
Belarusian meat grinder.
To be honest, I did not know about it. However there was an E-mail from
somewhere in Africa asking for information about the manufacturer.
(Unfortunately I could not reply. Apparently something wrong is with the
Belarusian Zubr or European
Bison. Belarus is the only place in the world where you can see
this ancient animal in its natural environment.