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Anna Khitrik, Actress

Anna Khitrik, ActressWide open, amazingly vivid and bright eyes - that is what you remember first after talking to this young actress. Nobody would call her a demonic beauty, but her...read more ...

Andrey Kudinenko, Film Director

Andrey Kudinenko, Film DirectorThis talented forty-year-old filmmaker is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts; his teacher was the master of the Soviet Belarusian cinema Victor Turov. But Andrey...read more ...

Valentin Elizariev, Choreographer

Valentin Elizariev, ChoreographerBelarusian ballet master Valentine Elizariev has won all the awards which a Soviet theatrical figure could count on. He is a National Artist of Belarus and the USSR, the...read more ...

Nikolay Pinigin, Theatre Director

Nikolay Pinigin, Theatre DirectorThe head director of Belarus’ main theatre - the National Academic Yanka Kupala Theatre – made his mark during perestroika. This theatre, traditionally proud...read more ...

Andrey Kureichik, Script Writer

Andrey Kureichik, Script WriterThis exciting young playwright is well-known not only in Belarus, but also in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. Andrey Kureichik is said to have...read more ...

Svetlana Alexievich, Writer

Svetlana Alexievich, WriterToday this Russian non-fiction writer is the most famous international cultural figure who lives permanently in Belarus. Her books have been translated into all the...read more ...

Algierd Bakharevich, Postmodern writer

Algierd Bakharevich, Postmodern writerAlgierd Bakharevich is one of Belarus’ leading postmodern authors. He tends to shock his readers. Whatever the topic, his books touch readers deeply. Usually...read more ...

Uladzimir Arlou, Historical writer

Uladzimir Arlou, Historical writerToday Uladzimir Arlou is the most popular Belarusian writer covering historical topics. He knows the past of his country to perfection, as every professional historian...read more ...

Ales Ryazanov, Poet

Ales Ryazanov, PoetWhen Ales Ryazanov was young, the authorities of the university where he studied attempted to expel him for his ‘nationalistic moods’. They thought that...read more ...

Andrei Khadanovich, Poet and translator

Andrei Khadanovich, Poet and translatorWhen this young poet was elected president of the Belarusian PEN Centre, no one understood how good this choice was. Everywhere in the world, creative writers’...read more ...

Ales Bialiatski, Chairman, “Viasna” Human Rights Centre

Ales Bialiatski, Chairman, “Viasna” Human Rights CentreToday Ales Bialiatski is undoubtedly one of the most well-known representatives of Belarusian civil society among the international community. His social activity...read more ...

Aleh Hulak, Chairman, Belarusian Helsinki Committee

Aleh Hulak, Chairman, Belarusian Helsinki CommitteeAleh Hulak heads the oldest Belarusian human rights association – the Belarusian Helsinki Committee. Calm, soft-spoken, and confident with a sense of irony, Aleh...read more ...

Olga Karach, Chairman, “Nash Dom” Civil Initiatives Centre

Olga Karach, Chairman, “Nash Dom” Civil Initiatives CentreOlga Karach, an ex-deputy of Vitebsk city council, considers herself to be a civil figure, not a politician. She leads ‘Nash Dom’ (Our Home), a civic...read more ...

Zhanna Litvina, Chairman, Belarusian Association of Journalists

Zhanna Litvina, Chairman, Belarusian Association of JournalistsZhanna Litvina, a professional journalist, became widely known during the years of perestroika when she set up the program ‘Belaruskaya Maladzezhnaya’ on...read more ...

Uladzimir Matskevich, Chairman, Eurobelarus International Consortia

Uladzimir Matskevich, Chairman, Eurobelarus International Consortia This witty and daring person can hardly leave anyone indifferent. Many people don’t like him because he speaks the truth. Others adore him. He is popular with...read more ...

Alexander Borovsky, businessman, MAZ Director

Alexander Borovsky, businessman, MAZ DirectorThis man can call himself a darling of fortune: he was able to step twice into the same river of large state-run business in Belarus. Alexander Borovsky made unique...read more ...

Sergey Kostyuchenko, “Priorbank” Chairman

Sergey Kostyuchenko, “Priorbank” ChairmanThis middle-aged robust man is rightfully regarded as a leader of Belarus’ banking sector. He directs Priorbank which has become one of the country’s...read more ...

Alexander Moshensky, General Director, Santa-Impex, Brest

Alexander Moshensky, General Director, Santa-Impex, BrestAlexander Moshensky is one of few Belarusian businessmen who represent a business dynasty. The Santa Impex Brest company was founded by his father, Mikhail Moshensky, a...read more ...

Yury Chizh, General Director, “Triple” ltd

Yury Chizh, General Director, “Triple” ltdThis laconic, self-assured person can be proud of himself – he achieves every goal he sets for himself. Yury Chizh is more than one of the top Belarusian...read more ...

Alexander Shakutin, Chairman of the Board, JSC “Amkodor”

Alexander Shakutin, Chairman of the Board, JSC “Amkodor” Alexander Shakutin initially demonstrated his talent for working with people and organizing activities in his youth as a Komsomol leader at the Minsk Medical Institute....read more ...

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Belarusian Prime Minister

Mikhail Myasnikovich, Belarusian Prime MinisterMikhail Myasnikovich comes from the last generation of Belarusian state officials who got into big politics in the Communist era. His managerial qualities were highly...read more ...

Anatoly Lebedko, Chairman, Unitied Civic Party

Anatoly Lebedko, Chairman, Unitied Civic PartyDespite his young age, Anatoly Lebedko was elected a deputy of the first democratic Belarusian parliament in 1990 and managed to hold on to his mandate at the 1995...read more ...

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko, President of BelarusToday Alexander Lukashenko is probably the best-known Belarusian in the world and the face of the country. In 1994, at the first general elections of the post-Soviet...read more ...

Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of Belarus

Vladimir Makei, Foreign Minister of BelarusVladimir Makei, nominated Foreign Minister in August 2012, who headed the Presidential Administration of Belarus – in fact was the chief of Alexander...read more ...

Alaksandr Milinkevič, Chairman, ‘For Freedom!’ Movement

Alaksandr Milinkevič, Chairman, ‘For Freedom!’ MovementA former vice-mayor of Grodno, one of the regional centers of Belarus, Alaksandr Milinkevič became a national political figure before the 2006 elections when the...read more ...

Uladzimir Niaklajeu, “Tell the Truth!” civil campaign leader

Uladzimir Niaklajeu, “Tell the Truth!” civil campaign leaderBelarusians know Uladzimir Niaklajeu primarily as one of the most talented poets. Songs with his lyrics are still sung regardless of what the President thinks about...read more ...

Andrei Sannikov, Leader of European Belarus civil campaign

Andrei Sannikov, Leader of European Belarus civil campaign Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Sannikov, comes from one of the few dynasties in Belarus. A memorial sign in honour of his grandfather, one of the...read more ...

Andrej Dyńko, Chief Edior, Nasha Niva newspaper

Andrej Dyńko, Chief Edior, Nasha Niva newspaperAndrej Dynko became the youngest editor-in-chief of the non-governmental newspaper Nasha Niva, which is a big responsibility: the newspaper is considered to be the first...read more ...

Svetlana Kalinkina, Chief Editor, Narodnaya Volya newspaper

Svetlana Kalinkina, Chief Editor, Narodnaya Volya newspaperToday she is one of the top most popular opposition journalists in Belarus. In 1995 she quitted the state Belarusian News Agency BelTA and started working for the...read more ...

Ryhor Kisiel, Chairman of the Board, All-National Television

Ryhor Kisiel, Chairman of the Board, All-National TelevisionIf it is true that one can never step into the same river twice, it does not apply to Ryhor Kisiel. Ryhor is a long-standing supporter of Aleksandr Lukashenko and he...read more ...

Ales Lipay, Director, BelaPAN News Agency

Ales Lipay, Director, BelaPAN News AgencyWhen the communist system collapsed and the freedom of speech became a reality the first private information agencies emerged in Belarus. There were several of them....read more ...

Pavel Yakubovich, Chief Editor, ‘SB. Belarus Segodnia’ newspaper

Pavel Yakubovich, Chief Editor, ‘SB. Belarus Segodnia’ newspaperThis quiet, talkative, confident person is not just the editor-in-chief of the country’s major governmental newspaper. Pavel Yakubovich is a symbol. He gained...read more ...

Pavel Daneyko, Administrative Director, BEROC

Pavel Daneyko, Administrative Director, BEROCIn the mid-1990s an activist of the United Civil Party (UCP) Pavel Daneyko was considered to be one of the brightest and most promising young Belarusian politicians....read more ...

Yuriy Zisser, Founder of tut.by portal

Yuriy Zisser, Founder of tut.by portalYury Zisser never presents himself as an expert. He is a businessman dealing with IT. He is the founder of the most popular Belarusian Internet Portal www.tut.by and...read more ...

Oleg Manaev, Director, International Institute for Socio-Economic & Political Studies

Oleg Manaev, Director, International Institute for Socio-Economic & Political StudiesDoctor of Social Sciences Oleg Manaev is well respected by every member of the expert community in Belarus regardless of views they hold. In the first years of...read more ...

Aleksei Pikulik, Administrative Director, BISS

Aleksei Pikulik, Administrative Director, BISSAleksei Pikulik is the head of a relatively young independent research center - the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies (BISS). Pikulik belongs to a new...read more ...

Aleksandr Feduta, political expert

Aleksandr Feduta, political expertAleksandr Feduta is in Belarusian politics since 1994: he was a member of the first campaign headquarters of Aleksandr Lukashenko and his first press secretary. Although...read more ...