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Kiev Time[edit]

I think Kiev Time should be Minsk Time in the chart

Alexander Lukashenko[edit]

The caption of the picture of Alexander Lukashenko says: "Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus since 1994 and is currently Europe's longest ruling Head of state."

This is incorrect, as Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of state of the United Kingdom since 1952. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.18.14.111 (talk) 20:14, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Problematic sentence in the lead[edit]

"According to some organizations and countries opposed to Alexander Lukashenko, elections have been unfair, and political opponents have been violently suppressed."

It implies that only those opposed to the leader have said these things, when it is well documented by neutral parties. 2.102.184.78 (talk) 01:41, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thank you for the observation. Indeed, it implies something other than the facts. I'll rework the sentence in question. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 03:54, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Education[edit]

There needs to be a section on education: What universities there, what the general structure of the school system is, presnece or absencve of private and parochial schools, how many years are compulsory, that it's coed, what langauge i sgenerally used (the article on languages in B has a ref to mid 20th century figures of roughly 95% Russian and 5% belarusian, but elsewehre Wik says (now -when?) it's 75%/25%.211.225.34.159 (talk) 03:45, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Name[edit]

The country is also called as "Belorussia". Ilya Drakonov (talk) 18:42, 26 February 2015 (UTC).

Taken from the article: "The term Belorussia (its names in other languages such as English being based on the Russian form) was only used officially until 1991, when the Supreme Soviet of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic decreed by law that the new independent republic should be called Republic of Belarus ("Республика Беларусь" spelled in Russian), as well its abridged form should be "Belarus". The law decreed that all the forms of the new term should be transliterated into other languages from their Belarusian language forms. The use of Byelorussian SSR and any abbreviations thereof were allowed from 1991 to 1993. Conservative forces in the newly independent Belarus did not support the name change and opposed its inclusion in the 1991 draft of the Constitution of Belarus." Jcmcc450 (talk) 18:54, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Ilya Drakonov Please use English on the English Wikipedia per WP:SPEAKENGLISH Jcmcc450 (talk) 01:12, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Jcmcc450, don't teach me. I am Russian and we use 2 names of Belarussia. So it is right. Ilya Drakonov (talk) 14:30, 1 March 2015 (UTC).
    You probably forgot that this is the English Wikipedia. What you use in Russian is highly irrelevant.--Ymblanter (talk) 14:33, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
    In accordance with WP:NOR, we as editors, are not to use our own personal experiences, feelings, or knowledge. We must find Reliable Sources for everything we contribute or contest. Jcmcc450 (talk) 13:40, 2 March 2015 (UTC)