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Map Courtesy of World Fact Book

Throughout much of history, the area
which is now known as Belarus was
part of various countries including
Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
and the Russian Empire. In 1918 the
country declared independence as
the Belarusian National Republic,
since 1919 as the Bolsheviks took
over Belarus it was known as the
Byelorussian SSR. Eventually, in
1922, Belarus became a republic
in the Soviet Union. The republic
officially declared its sovereignty on
27 August 1990, and following the
collapse of the Soviet Union, declared
independence as the Republic of Belarus
on 25 August 1991. (courtesy Wikipedia)
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