Armenians in Belarus

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Armenians in Belarus refers to ethnic Armenians living in Belarus. They number around 25,000[1] and mainly live in Minsk.


The settlement of Armenians in Belarus in the 20th century was episodic, and due mainly to the needs of trade.

In Belarus, in 1999, according to the official census there was a population of 10,191 Armenians [2] - 0.1% of the population of the republic. Half of this population had settled in Belarus under the Soviet regime, when in the Soviet Union there were no boundaries, and specialists were often distributed or directed to other regions.

The Armenian community is characterized by high activity for the benefit of the state. Over the past decade, from among the Armenian diaspora came a large number of prominent scientific and creative intellectuals, government officials and business leaders.

The Chairman of the Armenian diaspora in Belarus is Eghiazaryan George Anushavanovich.

Notable people[edit]

Many Armenians took part in the territory of Belarus during the establishment of Soviet power and the fighting in the Eastern Front of 1941-1945. Sons of the Armenian people fought valiantly for their country and many of them were awarded the highest awards. Suffice it to mention such names as:

Some streets of the city of Minsk, the hero is named after our compatriots who have left the heroic contributions to the history of Belarus - Myasnikov, Yalibekova, Gaya, Yavakyana. In the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1989 there were 4,933 Armenians.[3] The second wave of Armenian immigrants appeared in Belarus after the tragic events of 1988 in the Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the 1988 Spitak earthquake and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. During the ten years from 1989 to 1999, the number of Armenians in Belarus doubled.

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