Myths About Belarus
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Myths About Belarus
Does the word “Belarus” translate as “White Russia”?
Is Healthcare in Belarus Free?
Does Belarus have low unemployment?
Does Belarus look like a run-down Soviet province?
Has Belarus always been under the control of foreign countries?


Answers to these, and more, here:

http://belarusdigest.com/myths_about_belarus
2014 Dec 30 12:45
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RE: Myths About Belarus
> Does the word “Belarus” translate as “White Russia”?

Yes. The name was voted for on ancient Belarusian Stormfront.

> Is Healthcare in Belarus Free?

Yes, and quite decent, from what I know.

> Does Belarus have low unemployment?

According to official stats, one of the lowest in Europe. However, some people say a lot of Belarusians just don't want to register themselves as unemployed. I've also heard that they have an employment policy similar to China, employing people in pointless jobs just for the sake of it. Another kind of social welfare, so to speak.

> Does Belarus look like a run-down Soviet province?

It looks like a very decent, friendly and clean Soviet province.

> Has Belarus always been under the control of foreign countries?

In their early history they were part of the greater Rus state, although there was little unity between the separate entities of this state anyway. Later they were part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and were (re)integrated into the Russian Empire only in the 18th century. There was a brief (and I mean really brief, just one year) period of independence (they were at the same time occupied by German forces, though) during the Russian Civil War in 1918, the Belarusian People's Republic. After that, they were one of the 15 republics of the USSR, with an own seat in the UN. The current Belarusian state exists since 1990.

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RE: Myths About Belarus
Did Belarusians invent the White Russian?

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2014 Dec 30 14:09
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RE: Myths About Belarus
(2014 Dec 30 12:45)Godyfa Wrote:  http://belarusdigest.com/myths_about_belarus

oh lol! It's like all the complexes of Belarusian bourgeois nationalism gathered in one place. Well, that's embarrassing.

(2014 Dec 30 12:45)Godyfa Wrote:  Does the word “Belarus” translate as “White Russia”?

The correct answer is no, because although both names stem from the same root, they are not interconnected. If Russia bore another name, say, “Muscovy”, Belarus would still be Belarus, not White Muscovy.

And if you see maps where White Rus is located somewhere outside current Belarus, do not let this confuse you. Although this is an old name itself, it was a 'travelling' name: different authors applied the name to different lands. By the XVI century this name, that came from Western authors through Poland was applied to the lands in the North-East of contemporary Belarus with the adjacent lands of contemporary Russia. The main cities of White Rus were Polotsk and Smolensk. When tsars of Muscovy took Smolensk from the Commonwealth it was enough for them to add the words 'monarch of White Russia' to their long title.

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(2014 Dec 30 14:09)Mustapaita Wrote:  Did Belarusians invent the White Russian?

No idea, but probably not. I haven't heard of the cocktail 'Belarusian'.

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