The city of Vitebsk in Belarus.

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north. From medieval times until the late 20th century Belarusian territory was under foreign rule, and in the 18th century it was annexed by the Russian Empire.

Belarus was established in 1919 as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), which in 1922 became one of the four founding republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). In August 1991 Belarus declared its independence, contributing to the collapse of the USSR in December.

Government and Politics

Official Website of the Republic of Belarus

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, Washington, DC

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus 

Official Website of the President of the Republic of Belarus


About Belarus Education

Ministry of Education

National Academy of Science of Belarus

Human Rights

Amnesty International: Belarus

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)--Human Rights in Belarus

Human Rights Watch: Belarus

WikiGender: Gender_Equality_in_Belarus

History and Culture

Belarus Guide: The Virtual Guide to Belarus

Fine Arts

Bella Belarus: Online Fine Art Gallery

Belarus Cinematography

Belarusian Fine Arts

Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings

National Art Museum

National History Museum


Belarusian Literature in English Translation


Travel National Geographic: Belarus