On 26 June 1941, the Soviet NKVD mass-executed prisoners from Minsk in the nearby Tsagelnya forest. Wooden statue Mourning Ange, by sculptor Gennady Matusevich, was erected at the location. Commemorative events are held every year in June.
Olympic light-heavyweight weightlifting champion Valery Shary is from the town. It is also the birthplace of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy.