Talk:Belarus

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Government Unitary presidential republic[1][2][edit]

  • Link 2 is a Wikipedia article, but an article isn't a source.
  • Link 1 - The Constitution claims something, but doesn't prove anything. The Soviet constitution was liberal.
  • Republic power resides in elected individuals representing the citizen body - one has to prove that the president was elected.

Xx236 (talk) 07:22, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Featured article status[edit]

As can be seen from the multiple clean-up tags on the article, it no longer meets the standards of Wikipedia:Featured article criteria. Are there any regular editors who can address these issues or should the article be taken to Wikipedia:Featured article review? DrKay (talk) 10:32, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

No regular editors here.Xx236 (talk) 08:11, 14 March 2016 (UTC)
Honestly, this was a one man article and once I left, I had a feeling it would have gone on the wayside. Anyways, what I have done was that I provided the citations in the lead about the UN join date (used the UN website as a source) and the public holidays (Pres. of Belarus website). I know the tools have moved so I do not have the website handy for the citeweb, but I will work with you guys on this. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 01:03, 18 March 2016 (UTC)

Eastern Orthodoxy[edit]

Eastern Orthodoxy means Moscow, it should be clearly stated in the text.Xx236 (talk) 07:01, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

I honestly didn't know such a difference existed, but thank you for your changes and information. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 06:38, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
Please compare Ukraine, with its three Church bodies.Xx236 (talk) 07:21, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Religious distribution[edit]

If we follow the information sourced in Note 184, i.e. "58,9 % of Belarusians are believers. 82 % of them are orthodox, 12 % are catholics, 6% represent other denominations" and relate them to the total population for the year 2011 shown in "After WWII" table of Demographics of Belarus page (9,473,000 inhabitants), we get these values:

  • Eastern Orthodoxy: 48.30%
  • Irreligion: 41.10%
  • Roman Catholicism: 7.07%
  • Other religions: 3.53%

It seems that the table in Religion chapter is out of order. Carlotm (talk) 04:59, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Third paragraph in lead section contains very unrelated facts besides being cumulative (non-summary)[edit]

The third paragraph of the lead section contains some interesting demographic facts (urban nature of population, ethnicity, religion).

This is mixed in with some unrelated facts which basically boil down to reporting general agreement in the West that Belarus is not democratic and hasn't been for some years, that there's not much press freedom, and it is "repressed" (quotes in article) economically.

The article could be improved by separating the more objective part of the third paragraph (the demographics) from the assessments of its freedom since these are presumably unrelated.

If these assessments of its freedom are so important to knowledge of Belarus then they should probably be lumped in with the second paragraph which reports more concerns from the West about elections. Perhaps it could be summarized in one or two sentences? (E.g., "Western observers think Lukashenko leads a failed state denying basic freedoms and acts like a Soviet".)

And if the politics and social policies in Belarus are so important to an understanding of the country (more important than the climate, it appears), perhaps a word could be thrown in about income distribution, incarceration rates, and the number of foreign countries they send troops to. Surely these could be easily sourced without doing original research.

Son of eugene (talk) 04:58, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

why Polish names ?[edit]

Why are neither English nor Belarusian names used in the largest cities section, but Polish ones instead ? Looks like rather something with a bad intentions. These are sensitive issues for whats should be neutral encyclopedia.

I mean Gomel which became Homyel, Mogilev which became Mahiylow, Grodno which became Hrodna etc. This should be corrected with English names. Nowhere else would you find that names of the cities of a certain country are written with a language of completely another country. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.222.14.59 (talk) 12:37, 23 May 2016 (UTC)