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Women take part in Belarus Cup in bodybuilding and fitness in Minsk, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Women take part in Belarus Cup in bodybuilding and fitness in Minsk, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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27 Oct 2015 08:03:00
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) reacts as he talks to Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko before a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 11, 2015. (Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Reuters)

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) reacts as he talks to Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko before a meeting on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 11, 2015. A document seen by Reuters at talks on the Ukraine crisis suggested the sides may agree to end fighting in eastern Ukraine with a ceasefire starting on February 14, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the creation of a security zone. (Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2015 12:23:00
Children play on a flooded street after heavy rain in Minsk, Belarus July 13, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Children play on a flooded street after heavy rain in Minsk, Belarus July 13, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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14 Jul 2016 09:31:00
Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Just a few hours’ drive from the Belarus capital of Minsk, many villagers still live off the land. Nearly 80% of the country’s 9.5 million citizens live in urban areas, but for the rest, being close to nature can outweigh the hardships of country life. Here: Boys play in the Stviga River on a hot summer day near the village of Pogost, Belarus, August 16, 2017. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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30 Nov 2017 08:28:00
Employees work on an electric train assembly line at the “Stadler Minsk” plant in Fanipol, Belarus February 10, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Employees work on an electric train assembly line at the “Stadler Minsk” plant in Fanipol, Belarus February 10, 2016. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2016 12:35:00
A woman argues as Belarus police block a street during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)

A woman argues as Belarus police block a street during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 25, 2017. Over the past two months, protests have broken out across the country of 9.5 million, sometimes attracting thousands – initially they were focused on the labor law but have grown to encompass calls for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, whom critics call Europe's last dictator. (Photo by Sergei Grits/AP Photo)
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26 Mar 2017 08:58:00
Minsk city

The earliest historic references to Minsk date to the 11th century 1067, when it was noted as a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers. In 1242, Minsk became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.
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18 Jun 2012 12:00:00
Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine, as part of their treatment, near the town of Soligorsk, south of Minsk, February 19, 2015. According to the state clinic, more than 7,000 children and adults seek medical treatment for respiratory illness each year in the subsurface chambers of its facilities, located 420 metres underground between layers of potassium and stone salts in an operational salt mine. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine, as part of their treatment, near the town of Soligorsk, south of Minsk, February 19, 2015. According to the state clinic, more than 7,000 children and adults seek medical treatment for respiratory illness each year in the subsurface chambers of its facilities, located 420 metres underground between layers of potassium and stone salts in an operational salt mine. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)
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20 Feb 2015 13:17:00