Belarus , Byelorussia, Belorussia
n a republic in E Europe; part of the medieval Lithuanian and Polish empires before occupied by Russia; a Soviet republic (1919--91); in 1997 formed a close political and economic union with Russia: mainly low-lying and forested. Languages: Belarussian; Russian. Religion: believers are mostly Christian. Currency: rouble. Capital: Minsk. Pop.: 10235000 (1998 est.). Area: 207600 sq. km (80134 sq. miles), (Also called)
Byelorussian Republic, Bielorussia, White Russia
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