Zvyazda

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Zviazda in 1928

Zviazda (Belarusian: Звязда, [zʲvʲaˈzda], literally: "The Star") is a state-owned daily newspaper in Belarus.

It was founded in 1917 as an organ of the Minsk Committee of Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (Bolsheviks).

Zviazda has been twice closed down by the Russian Provisional Government but continued being published under different names. At some periods of the World War I and the Polish-Soviet war Zviazda was printed in Smolensk.

Since August 1927 the newspaper is printed in Belarusian language only and is nowadays the largest Belarusian-language media in Belarus as well as one of the last Belarusian-speaking media.

During World War II remaining communists tried to publish the newspaper illegally on the territory of Nazi-occupied Belarus.

From July 10, 1944 Zviazda is published in Minsk. Till 1991 it was an official newspaper of the Communist Party of Belarus and the Communist parliament and government of Belarus. During the Soviet era, the paper received the Order of the Great Patriotic War and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour.

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