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The main distributor of print press is the Republican Unitary Enterprise “Belsoyuzpechat”. The postal and telegraph agency was founded in 1918, becoming part of the “Soyuzpechat” – state governed postal network in the USSR.

Nowadays it is in fact a monopoly of distributing press through trading network which has around 1.5 thousand shops. It is represented by “Minsksouyzpechat” and the regional branches and is accountable to the Ministry of Information. Around 78% of the periodicals distributed through “Belsoyuzpechat” are state-run and republican printed editions. It offers services of creating a catalogue of editions on subscription, delivered to the shopping points (kiosks).

The main postal company is “Belposhta” which offers a wide range of services (subscription to periodical press delivered to homes, international payments and transfers, delivering parcels, phone talks etc). Member of the Universal Postal Union since 1947.

Foreign mass media should obtain permission to distribute their product in the territory of Belarus (except for Russia and Belarus, according to the intergovernmental agreement).

Author: Handbook on Belarus for International journalists