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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 (talk) 12:37, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

  • The actual polish names of those cities are Homel (not Homyel), Mohylew (neither Mahilyow nor Mahiylow as you misspelled it), and Grodno (yes, this IS actually a polish name of the city!) And those you mentioned above are not polish, but rather belarusian names. Contemporary though, as, for example, the current caplital's name 'Minsk' is also of polish origin, with originally belarusian name 'Mensk' diminished use since the first half of the 20th century.Dread Knight (talk) 19:38, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Local Government[edit]

I can not find mention or an article on local government in Belarus. How do cities, urban-type settlements, and villages relate to the raions? Is it more similar to, say, their level in Ukraine or Russia? Are cities subordinate to a raion or administratively seperate and instead subordinate to the region? How about urban-type settlements and villages? This information should at least be added in the administrative divisions sub-section here or on the Regions of Belarus page, since they are mentioned in articles. --Criticalthinker (talk) 20:07, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

  • As a rule of thumb, you might think of a sielsavet as "a sielsavet center with a couple of villages", raion as "the raion center with its sielsavets", and region as "a region center with its raions" with sielsavet center being a part of its sielsavet (and not having an administrative entity of its own), raion center also being a part or its raion (and not having an administrative entity of its own) and region center being a part of its region (but having its own administration, subordinate to the corresponding region), with several exclusions:
  1. Minsk, as the capital and the largest city, subordinates directly to the state's government, not being a part of Minsk raion or Minsk region. I.e. sielsavets of Minsk raion report to the Minsk raion administration (which seats in Minsk); Minsk raion together with other raions of Minsk region report to Minsk region administration (which also seats in Minsk), and Minsk together with Minsk region and five other regions reports directly to the state's government (well, you'd have guessed it, also in Minsk).
  2. All five other region centers, as I said, have administrations of their own, being also their corresponding raion centers, but not being a part of those raions. They subordinate to their region administrations directly.
  3. Four raion centers have their own administration, subordinate to their corresponding region (not raion!) administration, hence not being a part of their regions.
  4. The city of Navapolack has its own administration and subordinates to the Viciebsk region directly, being neither center or a part of Polack raion where it is situated, though due to its close vicinity to Polack, it's quite common to speak of Polack or Polack-Navapolack agglomeration.
  5. The list of such exclusions is not consistent, and has been changed a few times for the last two decades. Also, the largest cities are themselves split into raions (i.e. city districts) with their own administrations. Dread Knight (talk) 22:21, 26 October 2016 (UTC)


H Raj surywanshi (talk) 06:55, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

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Government in exile?[edit]

Why is there no mention of the government in exile? The Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic. (talk) 18:20, 26 January 2017 (UTC)