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December 30, 2003
| Being Santa Claus's Guests
Natalia Trifonova, «Belorusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #51-52
What is Belovezhskaya Pushcha? First of all, it is the oldest reserve territory in Europe and rich with its flora and fauna. Secondly the world-famous governmental residence «Viskuly» is situated here. One more residence has been opened in Belovezhskaya Pushcha lately — Belarusian Santa Claus's manor — third in the world after Finland and Russia. Having visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Aleksandr Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus, said that there is everything for adults to be resting here and but we should think about children. That's how the idea to create Santa Claus's house appeared.
December 30, 2003
| The Fateful Sunday
Anatolij Gurin, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #243
Fiodor Surganov, the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of the Byelorussian SSR, and Leonid Beda, Commander-in-Chief of the aviation of Byelorussian military district, died in a car accident on December 26, 1976. Our historic literature says little about it, although the names of the deceased were immortalized in the names of streets in Minsk and added to encyclopedias… Raul Castro must have come to Tashkent a day before where all leaders of Uzbekistan were waiting for him impatiently. The Cuban wasn’t in a hurry to leave snow-covered Belovezhskaya Pushcha to come to sunny Tashkent, perhaps not because of his own will. He was with his wife, son and two daughters.
December 27, 2003
| Santa Klaus in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Anna Zhdanovich, «Belorusskiy Rynok» (The Belarusian Market) Newspaper, #51
Santa Claus lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. While unemployed in Austria and bus drivers in Russia dress up as Santa Clauses, Belarus decided not to fritter away energies and opened a whole residence of Santa Claus. There are two more species — Santa Claus and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden — Santa Claus's granddaughter) — among the endless variety of dwellers in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They live among moss and lichen. There are Gnomes, Months and presents there. It is more than just Santa Claus.
December 24, 2003
| How I Helped Santa Claus
Dmitry Karmazin, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #325
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Do you believe in the fairy-tale? It is so close! Do you know the real Santa Claus and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden — Santa Claus's granddaughter), the masters of a fabulous palace that is situated in Belovezhskaya Pushcha? The real Belarusian Santa Claus from Belovezhskaya Pushcha has forty helpers. Who are they? The same Santa Clauses and Snegurochkas, that look a little bit different from the real ones. Beards of Santa Claus's helpers are not so impressive, braids of Snegurochka's assistants are shorter. Frankly speaking their role was played by the students of Belarusian State University of Culture. I decided to try myself in this role too. My arrival and stay in Santa Claus's and Snegurochka's manor in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is described below.
December 23, 2003
| Wizards in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Olga Artishevskaya, "Vecherniy Minsk" (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, #283
Do you believe in miracles? Do not answer too quickly. If a beautifully decorated Christmas tree will beam with lights before the New Year in your house and if you smile when you meet an old man in a red coat with a beard, a stick and a big bag behind his back, Christmas fairy-tale lives in your heart too. Correspondents of Vecherniy Minsk newspaper participated in this fairy-tale and met Santa Claus himself, who lives in Belovezhskaya Pushcha from now on. Santa Klaus and his granddaughter were receiving their first guests in a newly built manor. The fairy-tale was the host of Vecherniy Minsk newspaper. Self-made miracles. Instead of concluding remarks.
December 20, 2003
| The last relic of the Soviet Union
Nikolaj Ivanov, "Vo Slavu Rodiny" (To the Homeland Glory) Newspaper, #241
Leaders of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on December 8, 1991. They signed the document which furthered the collapse of the USSR. The writer Nikolay Ivanov has been in the famous residance Viskuly where B. Eltsin, L. Kravchuk and S. Shushkevich gathered together for a secret meeting. The writer looked behind the scenes of that event and even managed to find and become the owner of the last relic of the USSR — the typewriter Optima which typed the document about the termination of the existence of the USSR and said the last word in the existence of this great Empire. So what happened in Belovezhskaya Pushcha twelve years ago? A plot or an off-hand? One of them took a false step, another missed, the third was freezing. The quarter was wrong. Optima #70220. The sky remained silent. Time «X». Tsar's drift.
December 20, 2003
| Pelican is our native bird
Sergej Charevskiy, Oleg Karpovich, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #239
Naturally we, human beings, are the reason that the number of endangered species of birds and animals is constantly increasing. Let's not blame poachers in all the problems. It is not poachers who are guilty in decreasing of larks and common sparrows. Bison, our pride and the symbol of the country, is on the verge of survival not because of unconscious gun-owners.
December 17, 2003
| Belovezhskaya reservation
Igor Naboychenko, " Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Business Newspaper) Newspaper, #106
Inhabitants of villages located within the territory of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park are deprived of the rights of their real estate property. Though according to the data got from administrative bodies the houses of locals are their property, perhaps except hunting houses and guest motels, which are property of the park. At the same time the land, where houses are located, belongs to the municipality. But it proved to be that the park has an own law. According to the statutory document «On the State National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» established in right in 1992, the people living on the Park's territory and owning houses as the private property can sell them only to pull them down or for the park's administration. Local inhabitants assert that before May, 2001, until present director of the national park Nickolai Bambiza was appointed to the post, this item was not taken into account when the sale and purchase bargains have been accomplished.
December 17, 2003
| We live on the border
Juriy Rubashevskiy, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #103
Last Friday a meeting of intergovernmental commission of transborder cooperation between Poland and Belarus in Kamenetz (hereinafter intergovernmental commission) was taken place. General agreements were reached in the result of the work, the most important of them is the coordinated agreement to open seven border crossing points on the border between two countries in the addition to the ones that already operate.
December 17, 2003
| The paths to relatives' tombs were barred with barbed wire again
Svetlana Yaskevich, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #316
You will better understand and feel what a border is not on the border itself where people get annoyed with long waiting and procedures of custom control, but near the Monument to Innocent Victims of Fascism, that was erected in the heart of the ancient forest. It is difficult to answer why Germans were so atrocious in this zone from the first days of the war. There were no guerillas yet that could scare them. But they burnt entire villages, shot people without distinction. As fate has willed, activists from neighboring villages that were later included in Hajnowka district were buried here, while the common grave of the citizens from the village Chadel of Pruzhany district that were tormented to death in the beginning of August 1941 is on the Polish side. Barbed wire and a border furrow separate the two obelisks. Our newspaper received a mail from Olga Ulezlo from the village Bely Lesok. The author tells how citizens of Pruzhany district used to meet in the beginning of August, bring flowers to the tombs, lit candles. Everyone was happy to see relatives or ex-neighbours again. The meetings were organized by turns in Poland and in Belarus. Suddenly an official's whim forbad them to visit the tombs. Bely Lesok is one of the few villages that are situated right in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Nadezhda Antonovich, the Chairman of the Council of Shereshevo, believes that people that live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are special. They understand nature, they are kinder than others. Even nature treats them better. Prospective of opening a pedestrian and cycling crossing «Pererov — Bialowieza» this summer are described below.
December 12, 2003
| Secrets of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Mechislav Dmuchovskiy, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper
The so-called Belovezhskoe Agreement that put an end to the existence of the USSR was signed by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine twelve years ago on December, 8, 1991. These two circumstances — of time and place — made Viskuly the place of our journalist's business trip situated 1000 km (600 miles) away from Moscow. Actually Viskuly is not even a village, just a hamlet in the heart of the ancient forest. Viskuly became popular among high-ranked Party men when a special hunting pavilion had been built here — Nikita Khrushchev, having had a good time during hunting at Joseph Broz Tito's residence. Witnesses - the director, hunting-experts, managers, guides — tell about events that happened in Belovezhskaya Pushcha when the agreement on the collapse of the USSR was signed and about life in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
December 12, 2003
| New Year motive
Elena Tribuleva, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #102
It is directions for those who don't know yet where to celebrate New Year. You should think about it in advance if you want it to be something special. The key to success is to combine your wishes with your means. So, do you want to celebrate New Year abroad, in a restaurant or close to nature? People from Brest trying to find a compromise between comfort and woodland romantics think about Belovezhskaya Pushcha. People started booking tables in the local restaurant already in the beginning of November several years ago. This year it's not so hard — tables are still available. Celebration of the year 2004 in the restaurant in Kamenyuki village will cost approximately 50$ per person. Though those who book a room in the local hotel (75,000 Belarusian roubles for a double room), 60 Euro for a semi-suite apartment or the guest's house (the cottage) at the shore of Pushcha's lake (220 Euro according to the information of a travel company in Brest) will get tables first. Others get what is left. A visit to Belarusian Santa Claus's residence that moved to Pushcha this year has its own price list and costs 12,000 Belarusian roubles for an adult.
December 10, 2003
| Global warming in Belarus will eat away all pine-trees and spawn gophers and bats.
Sergei Kurkach, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #310
The climate had serious changes during the existence of the Earth. There were ten glacier-interglacial periods during the last 1,000,000 years, for instance. Our Earth entered a new epoch of global warming in the beginning of the 90s. The summer heat killed thousands of people in Western Europe during this summer; there were strong fires in America, catastrophic floods in Russia and frequent droughts in Belarus. Specialists say that it is just the beginning — we will feel real global heat in 40–100 years. Some experts think that there will be a strong heat stroke in 8–12 years latest. Today our scientists have received a direct order from the government of the country to create a prognosis of climate changes and possible consequences in different fields of our economy under the influence of global warming. This difficult scientific-analytical document is still being worked on, but Vladimir Loginov, Professor and leading scientist of the project, the director of the Institute of the Problems of the Usage of Natural Resources and Ecology and academician of National Academy of Sciences (NAS), agreed to report basic aspects of this prognosis to the readers of Zvyazda newspaper. About the present weather. About the future warming. Mikhail Nikiforov, the director of the Institute of Zoology of the NAS shared his interesting opinion about the consequences of the warming. The warming kills spruce trees and it is well illustrated by the example of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Foreign plants are aggressive. There will be new diseases and an army of bats will appear. According to the opinion of Aleksandr Vinchevski, the executive director of the public organization «Belarus Bird's Life», our blue-eyed country can turn into a country of gophers and hamsters. Belarus will become the South for birds. The marshes will dry out.
December 09, 2003
| Strong business of brothers Daineko
Sergei Branchik, "Narodnaya Volya" (People's Will) Newspaper, #233
If you like national traditions — cultural or, pardon me, drinking, probably you've already heard of brothers Daineko and «Belpi», their enterprise. Among the broad musical public the brothers are known to finance actions to spread national culture; among narrow public or those who like strong alcoholic drinks, vodka «General» is extremely popular. When we combine good music with good drinks, we get what we need — revival of culture and folk traditions. Only traditional technologies and also herbs, as a rule picked up in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, are used for production.
December 08, 2003
| He woke his wife at night - Nadya, the Soviet Union collapsed, our country doesn't exist anymore
Svetlana Yaskevich, "Soyuznoe Veche" (Union Veche) Newspaper
The ex-director of Belovezhskaya Pushcha shared his recollections and speculations about the day of December, 8, 1991 with our journalist. The life of Sergei Balyuk is deeply connected with the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. He has worked there for 40 years. As the director he had met Secretaries General, leaders of almost all Soviet Republics and many foreign countries during 16 years. Sergei Balyuk has a profound respect to Noursoultan Nazarbaev and talks about him with esteem. Perhaps, the reason is that he hadn't come to the Pushcha on December, 8, 1991, although he had been waited for till late at night. Sergei Balyuk was told several days in advance that high-ranked guests were coming to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Of course, he had #clue why they are coming here. He thought the leaders were going to have a rest, hunt as lots of their predecessors did before.
December 06, 2003
| Chronicles of Anatolij Kozlovich. Marginals
Anatoliy Kozlovich, "Narodnaya Volya" (People's Will) Newspaper, #231
Today we're going to talk about marginals. The topic is of current importance. Election fever is coming soon and it's the best time for marginals. Sorry, for using this word, foreign for the Russian language. Politicians and publicists overuse it now, sometimes using it in a wrong context and misunderstanding its meaning. I find examples in nature to explain better what is going on with man. By the beginning of the XXI century the Great Dukes of Lithuania, Russian tsars, Polish and German invaders, communists, presidential suppliers took out the best oaks and pines from Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The largest forest in Europe that affects the climate of the whole continent split into pieces of young forest, unable for sustainable self-development. Belovezhskaya Pushcha acquired marginal qualities and became similar with a dessert. I saw how an oasis turned in a dessert and the dessert broadens its borders. It's quite possible that the Belovezhskaya Pushcha can turn into the Belovezhskaya National Dessert.
December 02, 2003
| Excursion in the "gas mask"
Victor Bakharev, Specially for the site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI Century"
On November 20-21st of this year Republican ecological school «Biotest» was held on the basis of Education Institution «Brest State Pedagogical University». I was very happy after I received the invitation, as visiting the Belovezhskaya Pushcha was scheduled for the second day. And this is always an occasion for me to meet it again — primordial and unique, with which I am in love up to the end of life. So we are in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha at an entrance barrier. Waiting for an accompanying guide, we do the ritual walk «to the john» (toilet). After visiting it we carefully wiped legs on the grass and returned back. As we waited our guide (approximately 10 minutes) two timber carrying trucks, full of thorough planed planks, passed by us. There were perfect planks. They radiated pleasant yellow colour of the healthy wood. At last, there was the guide and we went along a «small circle» which is very well known to me. Further are impressions of former employee of Belovezhskaya Pushcha about this travel.
December 01, 2003
| The killer of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha reserve - 2
Kirill Vasilkov, Independent Ecological Expertise Group, City of Grodno
Specially for the site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI Century"
Harvesting living forest and walking with a sniper rife, shooting all animals that hit in optical sight are not just means which terminate the Belovezhskaya Pushcha reserve. Injudicious economic activity is much faster way to terminate her; as a matter of fact this is exactly what is going on now. But, for this purpose it is necessary to wash hands of the law on nature protection and the status of the National Park, which provide a basic idea of SAVING A UNIQUE PRIMEVAL FOREST, the only one in Europe. Let us make note of the fact that this was turned into the business of making money — the use of uniqueness, singularity and originality of nature of the land of Belovezhskaya Pushcha sold as a unique selling point. Here the only owners should be science and the forest protection service. Which means #steps can be made with a rifle, an axe or a saw on the territory of the Pushcha! Or these object could be used very carefully, to prevent harm is made to the primeval forest. But, sorry, the devil took over the forest, so what remains of science if budgets are void and what happens if it is necessary to place a zealous owner on a pedestal. Therefore even every single stump must bring profit here. Due to this policy Mr. Bambiza, the «economic planner», who is well known across the country after unique floodplain oak forests were cut in the Pripyat area, has appeared in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park.
December 01, 2003
| The Harmony of the Wild Nature
Yatvesk Starina, "Mir Zhivotnyh" (The Animals' World) Magazine, #12
Summer drought in 2002 lasted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha till the fall. The forest looked gloomy and faded, overheated air dried out everything living. Everything needed water. Dry forest bedding crumbed like glass under my feet. Trees, animals and birds were suffering without water. Searching for it animals moved to lower parts of the forest, to spring and marshes of the forest. I decided to go to one of such springs and watch the life of animals and birds there. I know the forest well and can easily find my way there, so I chose the shortest way to the well. The forest was becoming damper, the plants richer and more diverse, but the soil was dry and one could walk in home shoes without making his feet wet. It seemed strange as I couldn't see tracks and lairs of animals. Older-trees didn't buzz with voices of birds and looked gloomy. There should be the spring ahead already. Open space of the river-bed and diversity of marsh plants, that were covering the land of the primeval forest densely, proved it. But why? My heart shriveled from the painful thought: The spring died. A hollow, twisting as a snake and going far away, I saw a dry river instead of the spring and artery of the National Park.
November 28, 2003
| Nature disguises borders
Elena Boyarovich, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) Newspaper, #266
Nature is not aware of state borders. We cannot protect our renowned Belovezhskaya Pushcha, for example, if it will be neglected on the other side of the border. Global ecological problem cannot be solved without close international cooperation. Our journalist is talking with Valentin Malishevski, vice-minister of the natural resources and environment protection, about cooperation between Poland and Belarus on ecological problems.
November 25, 2003
| The legend is new but trust is few!
Viktor Bakharev, Specially for the website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI century"
Already 17 years is back as I parted with my first love for all life — Belovezhskaya Pushcha. I left but my soul and body remained their. However, if I come in Pushcha now and talk to people I see the gloomy persons and sometimes tears in eyes. I state the question: WHY? Why Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the object of managing of the people now who like much money? You see only Germans allowed them to carry out such large-scale cuttings of the forest in Belovezhskaya Pushcha during First World War as we see now. Why are local inhabitants who worried about Pushcha fired from the National Park? I consider that the reason of this is a lack of control and connivance. I remember other times from the history of Pushcha when the inspection commission consisted of experts from the team of recently elected president was ordered to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha for auditing the National Park.
November 20, 2003
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha is becoming a reserve for rich people
Sergei Klimenko, The Environmental Public Initiative "Pro Wild Nature", Brest city
Specially for the website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI century"
Over a rather long period of time it is not the fortress of Brest, but «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» National Park is the main tourist attraction in our region. The National Park successfully developed tourism and started to promote ecological education. Some restrictions in the field of tourism were imposed in the National Park since 2001. After the New Year's eve of 2002 tourists encountered another surprise. «Astronomical» prices were asked from visitors. Over the last two years the costs of basic tourism services in the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» remained nearly the same. Last year major repairs at hotels located in Kamenyuki, in which the administrative centre of the National Park is situated, were made. It is clear that money has to be earned. But there should be some common sense in obtaining income. You see, the National Parks of our country are state bodies and these have not been created only for the «New Russians» and «Belarusians» to bring them a good time and supply income to the state (and not just the state…). The main goal and idea of a National Park was and remains that people get the opportunity to see wild nature and to learn about ecology. But some people in Belovezhskaya Pushcha probably forgot this simple idea in their hurry to make money. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha has become a reserve for rich people. It has turned into a National Park for the elite, in stead of the nation.
November 15, 2003
| Swinish tricks
Aleksandr Ocheretnyj, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #286
You think that people know everything about pigs. Especially Belarusian. But it is not so simple. Let's first destroy myths about a common pig. I found an amazing boar's skin on the wall in the house of one of the hunting man in Belovezhskaya Pushcha — there were white spots on the usual black and white background, almost as on cow's skin. The hunting man explained that it's the result of a chance romance between a domestic boar and a wild pig. Such species should be necessarily shot off not to spread domestic genes further. Species should be kept in genetic purity.
November 06, 2003
| We must let children make mistakes
Elena Kovaleva, "Znamya Yunosti" (The Youth Flag) Newspaper, #13800
He is a very gifted man… He loves his profession…The best teacher in the world… That's how senior high school pupils from school #168 in Minsk describe Vladimir Martysyuk, their Maths teacher. Vladimir Martysyuk is a Capricorn, he was born in January, 14, 1945 in Gullevichi, a picturesque village in the very heart of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. You will find an interview with Vladimir Kirillovich in the article.
November 04, 2003
| One victory for all
Valentina Mochor, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #207
My friendship with Ivan Plyshevski, a war veteran from the village Dvorishche of Lyuban district, started from his mail to our editors. To say more precisely, it was the official reply to Plyshevski at his appeal to Control Committee in Grodno. There were a few lines, written by hand. It wasn't a complain, rather an effort to unburden his heart. The article says that Ivan Plyshevski was a guerilla in Lyuban and Kopyl Districts, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Nalibokskaya Pushcha.
November 04, 2003
| How Belarusians were fighting against Russians
Vladimir Orlov, "Narodnaya Volya" (People's Will) Newspaper, #209
Belarusians are considered to be passive and obedient. However, it was our ancestors that thrice during less than a hundred years started fights to unshackle themselves from fatal embraces of the Russian Empire. In the spring of 1794 Belarusians together with Poles and Zhamoits started a strike, lead by our landsman Tadeush Kostyushko. Belarus supported an anti-Russian revolt in Poland in 1831. The strongest fights took place in Oshmyany, Braslav, Dzisna and Vilnya Districts and near Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The article describes other events of that time.
October 31, 2003
| Unnatural kind of dwelling
Elena NOVOZHILOVA, "Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1375
The residence is a natural dwelling for the head of the state. Every president has at least one flat and a summer cottage except for the official residences. Nevertheless in every European country there is #secret where and how the head of the state lives, by which means of transport he travels and how much money is spent for different conveniences and safety maintenance. And in what conditions does our president live and rest? So the present leader of the Belarusian state has two working residences («Zaslavl-1» and «Zaslavl»-2"), the state residence «Viskuly» in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the president's house — the residence «Drozdy», in addition to which the head of the state acquired two more residences in late nineties (one in the place of the former summer cottage of Petr Masherov on a bank of the forest lake Plavna and the other one — in the place of the former summer cottage of the famous military leader marshal of the Soviet Union Timoshenko in Ostroshickiy district, and also a private residence in Frunze Street in Minsk. Then details about residences «Drozdy»; in Karl Marks Street, 38; «Ozerniy» and a summer cottage in Berezinski Nature Reserve are mentioned in the article.
October 24, 2003
| Live in joy!
Nataliya NEVIDOMAYA, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) Newspaper, #241
The article is about professor Nikolay Soroka, the head of the faculty of inner diseases of Belarusian state medical university, the main rheumatologist of the republic's Ministry of Health. The grandfather of Nikolay Soroka was known as a talented doctor in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, where there was the village where the future scientist was born. His grandfather became famous for having cured himself from the tuberculosis while there were #antibiotics at all. But he had to read much, to learn the influence of the mechanism of plants and special food on a person's organism and to seek for the methods of disposal. The eldest of the family Soroka then started to treat fellow villagers living next to him. He died being very old. Then you can learn about life and work of Professor Nikolay Soroka in this article.
October 20, 2003
| The killer of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Reserve
Kirill VASILKOV, Independent Ecological Expertise Group, City of Grodno
Specially for the site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI Century"
Some time later, I have no doubt, the Belarusians will learn the secret to whom the reserve has been serving for the 3 last years. But even today if the law-enforcement bodies were not blind at their own will, they would start to unravel the «ball» that had rolled by itself, into their hands. On the 25th of July, an unusual theft took place in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, that is, the General Director himself was robbed! The gravity of this theft was in the fact that a Degtyanov sniper rife with an optical sight and 9 cartridges was stolen. The lost rifle was soon found. The detectives for some reason did not pay attention to the fact that Nikolai Bambiza had not a license to possess the rifle, he had just taken it away from the arsenal of the National Park. And had been keeping it loaded in a room. Moreover, N.Bambiza had been keeping the rifle in his car even when driving it. At the same time, in the very center of the woods, 2–3 km away from the Official Residence of the President, were found dead animals. But criminal case for illegal storing the weapon was not set up. I comfort myself that all will come out. The Pushcha sees all, remembers all and will tell all. I fear only one thing: if that rifle in the hands of the unbalanced director will shoot sooner or later and not at an animal.
October 18, 2003
| Euro standards for environment
Valeriy SIKIRZHIZKIY, "Respublika" (The Republic) Newspaper, #231
Botanists look for new «keys» to the nature reserve's territories. Last year Belarusian botanists began working on the realization of the project of world importance — «Key botanic territories». The project means the creation of special nature reserve's zones on the republic's territories where protection and studying of flora would be held due to European standards. Such a direction in the field of the environmental activity in Europe is considered to be the most effective and the prior. Today the first phase of work is already close to the end and it is offered to give a special status of protection to 10 territories according to the results of this work. But most of them are already situated in nature reserve's zones, nevertheless two of them - Gorodokskaya hilly area and the future Svislochsko-Berezinskiy National Park — will be taken under protection for the first time. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha is mentioned as the oldest broadleaf forest on the continent; the age of it is more than one thousand years old and here there are species which can not be found anywhere else in Belarus.
October 16, 2003
| Belarusian resistance
Andrey CHARNYAKEVICH, "Birzha Informacii" (The Information Exchange) Newspaper, #297
Quiet, counterbalanced and silent — sometimes such epithets used in connection with Belarusians have absolutely different sense: indifferent, lacking of ideas and helpless. Nevertheless there are quite a lot of examples of organized resistance in the past, which deny the developed opinion. One of them can be Belarusian antipolish movement in Grodno region in twenties. The examples of resistance are given. One of them is on April 17, 1922, when the group consisting of 15–24 persons set fire on storehouses with timber near the railway Czeremha-Hajnowka before the arrival of the train with the polish government which was going toVilnya to the holiday of Vilenya land and Poland's unity. «The Ultimatum» with prohibition to the Poles to export timber from Belovezhskaya Pushcha as «the riches of Belarusian people» was left near the storehouses. On April 26, guerrillas killed four inhabitants of the village Belaya.
October 15, 2003
| Energetic safety
Sergey GRIB, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #260
The article is devoted to the problems of Belarusian and Russian cooperation in gas and oil spheres. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha is mentioned; the meeting and the press conference of representatives of corresponded branches in Belarus and Russia were held there.
October 10, 2003
| Nature protection activity… without scientific achievements and scientific experts?
Ales PCHELKA, "Mir Zhivotnyh" (The Animals' World) Magazine, #9-10
How is this possible? Do not hurry because your answer may be unequivocal. It is not that easy to say at all … After I read a pitiful phrase in a book concerning the «progress of scientific activities in reserves and national parks under today's conditions» I posed myself a question: «What is the real situation regarding scientific achievements?» Further in article, Pripyatski National Park and Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park are examples where the scientific work began to be reduced after the status of National Park was granted to these protected territories and those scientists were dismissed who had the own point of view and gained effective results of the work.
October 10, 2003
| Why are the national parks "called" nature reserves?
Ales PCHELKA, "Mir Zhivotnyh" (The Animals' World) Magazine, #8
Listening to different radio channels and reading newspapers you can notice a surprising «forgetfulness» of some journalists: the national parks in our country are often called «nature reserves». It is used especially persevering in relation to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. You may ask: «And what's the difference as a principle? Let's „call“ Pripyatski National Park — Nature Reserve — what's problem?»
October 08, 2003
| Members of parliament advise to rescue the Pushcha immediately.
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #83
The results of checking the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», made by parliamentary commission in July of this year are stated in the article. The reason for coming to the Pushcha of representative commission headed by the deputy chairperson of the Committee on ecology, natural resources and dealing with catastrophe aftermaths under the Parliamentarian Assembly of Belarus Maria Khudaya, was the collective reference of the village Kamenyuki's inhabitants and also of some public ecological organizations on the problem of the Pushcha's situation and the infringement of principles of social validity from the nature reserve's administration. The commission had come to the main conclusion that the Pushcha was really in trouble.
September 29, 2003
| Retinue plays war
Georgiy DAN & Igor NABOYCHENKO, "Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #13651
Last week the President of Belarus met the general procurator of the country Victor Sheyman with a report. The main lawyer reported officially to the head of the state about realization of the order concerning suppression of activity of criminal groups in the most profitable economic branches. But in informal atmosphere he presented Aleksandr Lukashenko with the latest information about the scandal around the Property Management Department of the President and also his own vision of the exit from the present situation. It is told in the article about commercial activity of the Property Management Department. The shop owned by the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» in which brisk trade of confiscated goods was adjusted is mentioned.
September 27, 2003
| Why do we go to the Turkish Coasts?
Nadezda NIKOLAYEVA, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #246
What do you think which direction appeared to be the most attractive for Belarusian tourists this summer? The Crimea, Bulgaria? Not at all. Turkish firms made the most favorable offers to Belarusians; they lowered the prices essentially. Military operations in Iraq which could frighten off tourists from West-European countries made them to correct their financial policy. And they hardly can be called losers: as the past tourist season showed the war and possible terrorist acts don't frighten our citizens if they are offered good and especially cheap leisure. It is offered to go to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which is situated on the Polish territory and which was visited by 110 thousand tourists last year, and also to the Belarusian Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which occupies significantly larger area.
September 26, 2003
| "Sacred War" in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #80
It is difficult to find the man who was the first naming newly employed temporary workers in Kamenyuki village as «taliban» but the apt nickname has got accustomed. Now the people divide all inhabitants of the village, where the administrative centre of the reserve is located, as the following: «talibans» and locals. The local bodies of law and order do not deny that the quiet village became to be reported in militia summaries after «talibans» appeared in Kamenyuki. Sometimes one of the visitants starts a fight after drinking, then someone is caught stealing. However, locals do not like «talibans» most likely for other reasons. The new director has reduced the most of the local workers and has employed the people from other areas as temporary stuff. He supposed that is more effective. Permanently increasing hostility has not had a chance to avoid any end. Last April a fight has became at this end. After this occasion three local young men were delivered to a hospital with knife wounds. Last Friday after three-day time hearings the court of the Kamenetz district pronounced judgment. The first accused persons should pay a penalty at the rate of 30 base units to the state budget, while the second one has got 4 years of liberty restriction in reformatory with the strengthened regime.
September 23, 2003
| Protected center
"Profil" (The Profile) Magazine (the article can be found on Charter'97 site)
Many people think that the Soviet Union finished its existence in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. On the contrary, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha (in scale of six regions of Belarus) became its reserve. The Brest's centre makes the most Soviet impression from all Soviet-built cities ever seen by me. Coming to Belarus you understand at once that building and life here are not simple and dead surroundings from the past — they are living their own lives.
September 17, 2003
| Heorhi Kazulka "We need to speak openly and honestly today about the necessity of revival of science in Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
Valentina Kozlovich (interview)
In March 2003 the book «Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the Third Millennium» has been appeared. It is devoted to problems of preservation of this renown reserved forest. One of the authors is Heorhi Kazulka, the former deputy director of the National park. Today he is imparting impressions of his past practice: an international project collapsed, the book was not issued and he has been dismissed… Scientist Kazulka answers questions of journalist Valentina Kozlovich and discusses scientific matters related to Belovezhskaya Pushcha and her prospects…
September 17, 2003
| On the "snow" to Belostok
Boris PROKOPCHYK, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #233
It is the story about history, nature and today's life of Belostok and Podlyaskoye Voyevodstvo in Poland. It is specified that the Belovezhskaya Pushcha with selection centre is situated in the east of Voyevodstvo. You can see bison, elk, red and roe deer, wild boar, wolves and little Polish horses — tarpan there.
September 12, 2003
| To rest - to "VERAS"!
Boris PROKOPCHYK, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #228
The correspondent of «The Star» visited the farm where besides growing grains and vegetables, manufacture of furniture and sidewalk tiles the people decided to start village tourism. As an example of support of such projects connected with agro tourism it is specifed a project of one of the international programs in the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha where the hosts of such farms were given 2000 $ to create household conditions (hot water, shower, toilet) for reception of tourists.
September 11, 2003
| The circle of his interests
Valeriy VYSOCKIY, "Belorusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #35 (440)
Not once I would listen to the scientist at different sessions and boards and watching the faces of participants of those forums it was evident that Mr. Pugachevskiy had chosen again the most painful points not admitting streamline formulations and useless rhetoric. He manages experimental botanic laboratory of forest ecosystem productivity and sustainability, a really unique institution for our science. What is the sphere of interests of his employees and of him himself? It is the influence of pollution, industrial exhausts and recreation, the role, often noxious, of cattle-breeding farms and, of course, fires destroying everything alive.
September 10, 2003
| The Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The author's newspaper of Valery Dranchuk.
THE BELOVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA. The author's newspaper of Valery Dranchuk. Nature protection educational publicistic edition, it was founded in 1995. The winner of European Premium of Genre Ford «For protection of cultural heritage and environment» — 1999. The winner of Ales Adamovich's Premium — 2001. The author says: «This year I have made the release of the newspaper „Belovezhskaya Pushcha“ in a single copy. Perhaps it is the first case of unprinted release of registered edition.» Then you can read about Initiative for protection of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the editor's word, the newspaper materials and the interview with specialists in environmental sphere.
September 10, 2003
| The interview with Valery Dranchuk.
He was born on August 9, 1951, on the farm Govyazna which is situated in Stolbcovskiy district. He is a man, whose acts and deals are directed in such a way that everyone of us could breathe fresh air and be pleased at the beauty of Belarusian nature. He resists to the forest felling and teaches children to see the beauty of the near landscapes, writes verses and publishes the magazine «Belovezhskaya Pushcha». He defines himself as a farmer. Today an environmentalist, a journalist, a painter, a poet and a member of the Council of Democratic block «Free Belarus» Valery Dranchuk opens the heading «The Person».
September 09, 2003
| Are bark beetles really so terrible?
Heorhi Kazulka, "Byelarusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #34 (439)
The problem of mass reproduction of the spruce bark beetle in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is discussed in the article. The biology of the bark beetle is specifically connected to its cycle development. Archive data about mass reproduction of the bark beetle in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are present. A peculiarity over the last decades, which is a more frequent appearance of picks of mass breeding of bark beetles, is result of land drainage, acid rains and global climate worming. It's especially paid attention to the periods in the Pushcha's history when wild ungulate animals were extra numerous (from 1957 to 1991 — the period of the State Protected Game Ground and from 1880 to 1910 — the period of hunting of Russian tsars). As a result, young generations of many tree species were consumed and priority for spruce trees occurred. Spruce forest stands which have been grown in sites that are not standard for this species because of a lack of natural competition of other tree species are weak and low-sustainable. After they reach the mature age they begin to be destroying in conditions of land drainage and global warming. Fears of complete destruction of spruce forests in the Pushcha are groundless. Nature restores itself ecological balance in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest. In a primary relic forest environment like Belovezhskaya Pushcha bark beetles do not simply destroy spruce forests. They shape completely new forest ecosystems, allow multiplication of composition and structure of the forest and they save the unique biological diversity of the primeval forest.
August 20, 2003
| Layma disease can be caught in the forest
Olga Shauko, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #206
The article is about ticks and encephalic disease. The epidemiological map shows that ticks live on the 85% of the territory of Belarus. But their density is different. It is defined that the strongest centers are situated in the districts around the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and also in Osipovichskiy, Starodorozhskiy, Lyubanskiy and Svislochskiy districts. There are two species of ticks in Belarus: wood mite and meadow ticks. They cause tick encephalitis and tick baraliosis (Layma disease). Symptoms of disease, methods of prophylactics and treatment are described in the article.
August 20, 2003
| Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha turns from the National Park to a criminal zone!?
Kirill VASILKOV, Independent Ecological Expertise Group, City of Grodno
Specially for the website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - XXI century"
Only in Belarus. After the event in which a correspondent of «Komsomolskaya Pravda» (The Komsomol Truth Newspaper) stood in front of submachine-guns of frontier guards, which have #relation to the protection service of the Pushcha, and the event of hired temporary workers who initiated a knifing fight, which caused knife wounds to three local boys, the director of the National Park has personally started fists… It is a shame to write about it, but there is #other way: let us learn the public who is the present head of the only relic forest in Europe, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, that pride of the Belarusian nation, that site which is inscribed on the List of World Heritage of Mankind. People should know what is going on in the most known National Park right now. Two incidents about illegal detain of Heorhi Kazulka, local activist acting for protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and the followed court case won by Heorhi Kazulka are described in detail in the article. The conclusion is made that infringements of nature protection legislation continue to be in Belovezhskaya Pushcha or other abuses are taking place. It's most surprising that the director is the man who opens it by his behavior.
August 16, 2003
| How Lukashenko turned Belarusians into Russians with a mark of quality
I. Ivanov, "Narodnaya Volya" (People's Will) Newspaper, #150
Once in the evening I was watching a TV program «Contours». There were fragments from the film by a Yugoslavian actress (I didn't remember her surname) «The Country under the White Wings». I am quite sure that everybody and especially Belarusians never knew something of the kind and now they still don't know it. The author of the film asks President Lukashenko (to my mind the film is more about him than about Belarus) that if she would like to do a bit of traveling about Belarus and if he were her guide what would he choose to show her first of all? «The Father» said that he would show her our nature, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
August 14, 2003
| Belarusians in the land of white nights
Vyacheslav SEMAKOV, "Belorusskaya Lesnaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Forest Newspaper) Newspaper, #31 (436)
It is already the third year when young (under 33 years old) scientists-foresters from different countries gather to the annual conference held due to the initiative of Moscow state forest university to discuss the prospects of development of the wood branch in the XXI century. The first youth forum of the same kind, where 50 persons were present, took place in Moscow in 2001. Then Belarus was presented by rather impressive delegation which allowed making an offer about carrying out the next conference in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha to be aware of the fact that Belarus is the woodiest republic on the territory of the CIS.
August 13, 2003
| From what point does tourist industry take place?
Yuriy TUZ, "Argumenty i Fakty v Belarusi" (Arguments and Facts in Belarus) Newspaper, #33
Foreign tourists praise reluctantly the cleanliness of our cities, respond warmly about hunting, bison and the Belovezhskaya Pushcha in their reviews. Some of them really believe in the fact that once Belarus will embody its plans and will become a tourist incorrectly country. But it doesn't matter how often would you attach foreign guests to historic places and cultural values, they continue to reproach Belarusians in developing tourist industry incorrectly. As most tourists think, the main sight of the republic is the beauty of Belarusian women. Some travelers come here regularly to visit Olgas, Natashas and Irinas and they explain this fact that in difference from Cuba, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries with developed sex-tourism, where you have to pay for intim services, in Belarus everything happens «because of love».
August 05, 2003
| The truth doesn't need visas
"Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #142
The press conference of the president A. Lukashenko for the journalists of a number of Russian regional MASS-MEDIA on August 1, 2003. The quotation from the stenogram.
July 30, 2003
| The ticks attack
Nadezhda DEKOLA, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #138
The case rate of tick encephalitis in Brest's area is analyzed in the publication. The symptoms of the disease are described and preventive recommendations are given. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the Ruzhanskaya Pushcha and also the forests in Maloritskiy (in the Ukraine border) and Berezovskiy (Bronnaya Mount) districts are called the most famous centers of tick encephalitis in Brest's region.
July 23, 2003
| Once there was a lake
Andrey NEKRASOV, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #133
The most interesting corner of the Brest land — the hydrological protected area «Vygonoshchanskiy» — had been recently visited by the country's scientific expedition organized due to the initiative of the problem department of Polesye of the National Academy of Sciences. The manager of the sector of optimization of ecosystems of Belarusian Polesye, the author of a number of books about the flora and fauna of Polesye, the Philosophy Doctor of biology Victor Demyanchik headed the expedition. The sights and history of preservation and usage of the lake were described. In 1958 Vygonoshchanskoye was announced as a branch of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. 20 years later Petr Masherov started building the national hunting residence and he came to the lake to shoot ducks almost every year. All this provided the status of inviolability to the lake-marsh complex, melioration didn't touch it.
July 19, 2003
| The rich crop of mushrooms will provoke the burst of tick encephalitis and Laima-disease
Nadezhda NIKOLAYEVA, Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #176 (24860)
Specialists warn that the risk to catch tick encephalitis or Laima-baraliosis for amateurs of country walks, summer residents and mushroom pickers is high than ever this summer. Cool and rather wet weather which created favorable conditions for increase of population of ticks — the carriers of activators of Laima-disease and tick encephalitis — is guilty. Luckily not all ticks are the carriers of encephalitis and tick baraliosis but only 6–8 per cent from the general population. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha and all adjoining districts are considered to be the most unfavorable territories with tick encephalitis in Belarus. Even one infected tick is quite enough for infection of a person. This parasite is not more than a rice kernel in its sizes. Clinging to a person it can move upwards till it chooses a place behind the ear, on the neck under the hair or in the inguinal areas. It sticks imperceptibly because it secretes anesthetized substance into the blood. And some people even can't guess that they have already become the victim of a tiny blood sucker. Infection. Character of disease. Treatment. Prevention of disease.
July 18, 2003
| Genealogy of bison
Vladimir POLESKIY, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) Newspaper, #161-162 (3408-3409)
If to have a look into the history and try to understand the genealogical tree of our ordinary bull, it will be no exaggeration to consider forgotten aurochs to be its true ancestor. About the aurochs. Bison being protected by law took the second place after the aurochs in princely hunting. Much interesting information about the behavior of this animal, the history of its saving and regeneration, and hunting to bison is talking.
July 09, 2003
| The Presidential Residence is not an entrance to a back yard
Elena Tribuleva, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #55 (963)
Belovezhskaya Pushcha is actually a top secret site. Journalists writing the «wrong» articles do not have access there because they only create trouble. The governmental residence Viskuly, despite frequent appeals from tourism agencies in Brest, is still closed to foreigners wishing to see the palace. As the director of the reserve put it «the presidential residence is not the entrance to your back yard». Now access to the Pushcha is restricted for local inhabitants too, even though they grew up there. Recently a local person took a camera and a net for catching butterflies and went in the forest on bicycle. Later he was announced that he roughly infringed the nature protection legislation and that he will suffer all the consequences implied by such breaking of the law.
June 30, 2003
| Out of the broad trousers
Olga BIRYUKOVA, "Belorusskiy Rynok" (The Belarusian Market) Newspaper, #25 (558)
The assumption that high-ranking representatives of the overthrown government of Saddam Hussein could search for a refuge in Belarus is analyzed in the note about which the English Independent (www.independent.co.uk) wrote on June 24. The fry information was picked up by the world MASS MEDIA. So Russian «The News» supposed that Saddam or his subjects could hardly be hiding in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha (www.izvestia.ru «The Baghdad bisons») On June 26 at the briefing the press-secretary of the ministry of foreign affairs Andrey Savinyh regarded the article in «The News» as not a very successful joke.
June 30, 2003
| The gentlemen is not at a loose
Irina CHERNYAVKA, "Belorusskaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian newspaper) Newspaper, #391
The article is devoted to the problems of Poland's entry into the European Union. The correspondent drove along the eastern Poland's districts adjoining to Belarus and made sure that even there people are guided by the West and economy is moving relentlessly in that direction. A separate section («The Belovezha») is devoted to the Polish part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It is told about tourism and forest problems in connection with the mass development of eight-toothed engraver beetle (spruce bark beetle).
June 25, 2003
| The guest of "The Arguments and Facts" - the Minister of Natural Recourses and Environment Protection of Belarus.
Anna ANDRUSHEVICH, "Argumenty i Fakty v Belarusi" (Arguments and Facts in Belarus) Newspaper
The problems of environmental pollution, melioration of lands and observance of nature protection legislation are raised in the conversation. The problem of commercial hunting programs and ecological tourism, which they plan to develop actively including the protected territories in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, is touched: if there is a danger for the nature. The Minister of Natural Recourses and Environment Protection of Belarus Leontiy Horuzhik answers the questions.
June 21, 2003
| The secretary general with a gun
Ales KARLYUKEVICH, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper #113
The conversation about hunting of the secretaries general of CPSU with an eyewitness of that hunting — the former chief of Pruzhanskiy inter-district department of KGB USSR, the lieutenant colonel of reserve Mikhail Pavlovich Konovalov. Was it really an attempt upon the life of Khrushchev in the Pushcha? It was more difficult with Brezhnev and Masherov. And I started to catch spies in the Pushcha…
June 05, 2003
| My motherland is broad
Diana BALYKO, "Gastronom" (The Grocer's) Newspaper, #25
Where to go? The Belovezhskaya Pushcha is not only a hit by «Pyesnyary» music group or the place of signing political contracts but it is also a virginal forest — the favorite place of hunting of Lithuanian princes, Polish kings and Russian tsars, and it is a Biosphere Nature Reserve having been protected by UNESCO since 1993. And there is much to be seen in the Pushcha! Trees-giants adjoin to the boulders brought by the glacier from Scandinavia, barrow-like burial place of Yatvyagi tribes — the first inhabitants of the Pushcha — are preserved. If the question raises where to stay a night, I would recommend choosing the summer residence of the general and Polish senator Tadeush Tyshkevich amongst all the hotels on the park's territory in order to feel yourself a real member of szlachta and plunge into the atmosphere of the past. And to hunt in Pushcha is absolutely necessary. Moreover in the restaurant they can cook different dishes from the game animal procured by you. Of course, hunting lands of Belarus are not limited by Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Love for changing places can lead you to the forest protection areas: «Barsuki», «Berezina», «Braslav», «Myadel», and «Lyaskovichi"… And your trophies can be not only hares, badgers or foxes but even roe deer, red deer and wild boars.
May 30, 2003
| HAVE DEMONS MOVED in the PROTECTED FOREST?
Victor Malishevskiy & Yuliya Slutzkaya, ("Komsomol'skaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper, #96/22 (23041)
The Newspaper «Komsomol Truth in Belarus» wrote about the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a symbol of the Belarusians, more than once. «Talibans» are owners of the Pushcha; originating from the Pushcha, these people are ready to cut the relic forest just to make money. The Pushcha is our sacred heritage where it is forbidden to touch any living or dead trees. Science, not tourism, must be an owner of this sacred place. Further is about how Belovezhskaya Pushcha received the status of Reserve six times, about bark beetle problem, about how an «Ural» timber lorry was dug out in three days after a hurricane struck the forest, about how a guest house in Viskuly was rented for an unreal price, about how Alexander II killed 28 bisons in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and about how Belovezhskaya Pushcha almost became Ukrainian property. The Virgin Mary left a trace in the Pushcha. The air in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is cleaner than in an operating-room.
April 25, 2003
| They beat our people
Elena Tribuleva, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, #34
Fighting broke out at the Kamenyuki village local club. One of the locals «tapped» a visitant who works in the Pushcha on temporary terms. The worker responded, and soon more people joined the fight. Two visitant workers rushed into their hotel where they took out knifes to rescue another co-worker who had been suffering from locals? heavy kicks. As a result, three locals were stabbed and delivered to the regional hospital. The event could seem an ordinary fight among young people, least one knows about hidden hatred of the local population towards the «aliens». The inhabitants of the village even call them «talibans». They took jobs from the locals at the State National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha». Nickolai Bambiza, the Director of the Park since spring 2000, has failed to get along with the locals: about three hundred employees were dismissed, and many of them could not find another job. More to say, the «talibans» have shown themselves as rather troublesome. Few stay for long. Some work a couple of months, others start packing right after a week. Among them there is a bit of everything: heavy drinkers, robbers and also some men who do not think much before they use their. Locals? only fear is that all the process can end up with the result that the local police inspector will be made responsible for the problems. They say that the real reason of problems are invited workers, who are absolutely unnecessary in the region.
April 24, 2003
| Carnage in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Igor Naboychenko, "Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #60 (1342)
An over two year confrontation growing like a snow-ball in Kamenyuki village, the administrative centre of the State National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», ended in a knife-fight. On the night of Willow Sunday (a religious feast) there was a fight, which ended with a delivery of three locals with knife wounds to the hospital. At first sight, it was a usual fight among young people. However, it is already crystal clear that this «banal» event has deep social roots and, as the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the village believe, is a consequence of a peculiar employment policy of the National Park new administration. The open letter of the oldest inhabitants of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha to the President, Parliament and citizenry of Belarus and world community is a weighty confirmation of that.
April 22, 2003
| Lapwings, finches and storks opened spring in Belarus
Sergey KURKACH, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper #99
Together with the executive director of the public organization «Belarus Birds Protection» Aleksandr Vinchevskiy «The Star» continues to acquaint the readers with the birds of Belarus. About the arrival of birds. These days the symbols of Belarus — white storks — flew to their motherland. Let us remind you that last autumn the unique in Europe «block of apartments» of storks on a big poplar was ruined during the hurricane in the village Babinec which is situated on the territory of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. All the winter active workers of the public organization «Belarus Birds Protection» collected means on restoration of apartment nesting. A week ago amateurs of birds built 12 new platforms in that village. The birds were grateful to the people and the next day the storks came to the new building to Babinec from the south.
April 10, 2003
| Gold of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Valery Dranchuk, "Svobodnye Novosti Plus" (Free News Plus) Newspaper, #7 (22)
Now it's the third month since the journalists of Belarusian and foreign mass-media visited the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and witnessed an unprecedented expansion of economic and commercial activity, occurring not just anywhere, but on a specially protected natural territory with status of World Heritage Site. The background is the following: twelve «quills», writing for protection of the environment, have addressed the UN Representative in Minsk with a proposal to organize a joint action, namely a press-tour to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, where, as it is known, there are constant violations of many UN conventions, most importantly of Conventions on world natural and cultural heritage protection, as well as violations of the Law «About specially protected territories and objects». The meeting with Neil Bune. Lesson of a lie. The conventional responsibility. The public initiative group «??rr?-Convention», resorting to authoritarian documents of international ecological acts (to which Belarus subscribed), proposes and insists on the solutions to solve the crises situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
March 22, 2003
| Where do bison leave?
Svetlana BARTOSHEVICH, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #54
About the problem of preservation of bison. Problems connected with realization of «State program on dissemination, preservation and using the bison in Belarus» are described. The possibility of using bison in hunting purposes is discussed. You can also find the description of bison hunting of one businessman witnessed by a journalist. The Polish experience of elimination (shooting) of bison is given.
March 19, 2003
| There are no storks and toads have died
Vasiliy BARANOV, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #68
Recollections about journalists' trip to Polesye for estimation the melioration consequences. The alarm for the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which forest suffers from recently carried out drainage around the Pushcha, is expressed.
March 12, 2003
| There, on the unknown paths
Fedor MUHA, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #46
The correspondent visited little villages in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and tried to show lives of people — the descendants of those who once had chosen the back wood to be their constant place of living.
February 19, 2003
| Bark beetles
Tatyana ANTONOVE-MEL'YANOVICH, "Trud-7" (Work 7) Newspaper, #27 (24219)
Commercialization and wrong economic activity destroy the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, that is conclusion made by the journalist after she visited the Belovezhskaya Pushcha as a participant of the exemplary press-tour held be the Property Management Department of the President on January 29, 2003. The last years' situation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is described. The various points of view on the problem of preservation and management of Belovezhskaya Pushcha are discussed.
February 07, 2003
| Timeless tune … of the bark beetle
Maya Shendrik, "Respublika" (The Republic) Newspaper, #28-29
The article was published after the press-tour in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on January 29, 2003. The author discusses the problem of struggle with spruce bark beetle. The points of view of the administration and some employees of the National Park as well as of the leaders of the Property Management Department of the President regarding this problem are resulted. The author make conclusion about groundlessness of accusations on illegal fellings addressed to the administration of the National Park. She also affirms that independent ecologists, some politicians, and journalists least of all care about the real problems of the Pushcha forest and how the reserve's managers are trying to solve them.
February 06, 2003
| Only "scalpel" can help suffered Pushcha?
Sergei Kurkach, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, #30 (24714)
A tree cutting was carried out close to the «heart» of the National Park. While my mind realized that it was a sanitary felling of dead trees, my heart rejected the reality. Managers of the National Park make comments about situation and stress the necessity of felling of forest stands. A representative of environmental non-governmental organization «Birdlife Belarus» expresses other point of view; for the benefit of greater applying ecological methods of the use of Natural resources.
February 06, 2003
| How to fell the forest that to avoid mistakes
Liliya KHLYSTUN, "Sovetskaya Byelorussiya" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #23
To introduce the situation, the correspondent of «Sovetskaya Byelorussiya» Newspaper has taken part in a trip to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Property Management Department of the President and National Press Centre were initiators of this trip specially organized for journalists. The results of wind-storms and invasion of spruce forests by bark beetle as well as plans how to solve consequences of the element are discussed. Hope is expressed that we are obligated to save this forest.
February 05, 2003
| The wood giants have survived but now they are ill
Aleksandr OCHERETNIY, "Argumenty i Fakty v Belarusi" (Arguments and Facts in Belarus) Newspaper #6
The history of destruction and regeneration of bison of the Belovezhskaya subspecies is described. Cooperation with the National Park «Orlovskoye Polesye» from Russia where bison, deer and swans were delivered from Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Attention to the problem of the Belovezhskaya subspecies bison's diseases is paid in the article.
February 03, 2003
| Whose cones are in the forest?
Marina ZAGORSKAYA, "Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #13
During the press-tour held by Property Management Department of the President the correspondent tried to find out who are managers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha: bark beetles, ecologists or economists. Visiting of several quarters within the Pushcha on the route offered by administration and discussions with the experts left depressing impression by the correspondent. The danger situation in Pushcha is real fact. Administration of the National Park and heads of the Property Management Department answer questions of the correspondent. The problem of mass reproduction of bark beetle is discussed.
February 03, 2003
| Hunting for more…
Valeriy Vysotzkiy, "Byelorusskaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Newspaper) Newspaper, #371
Belovezhskaya Pushcha was not lucky with the owners, the correspondent asserts. The problem of joining of 25 thousand hectare of new lands from timber enterprises and collective farms to the National Park is discussed in the article. The arguments of inexpediency of this action are put because the action is far of the final good decision as well as the large number of other problems are present in the National Park.
February 03, 2003
| The bark beetles grow thicker in the depth of the forest
Dasha Sokolova, "Byelorusskiy rynok" (The Byelorussian market) Newspaper, #4
The participants of the press-tour to Belovezhskaya Pushcha on January 29, 2003 tried to get answers to the questions — is the industrial felling of the timber within protected territories conducted and does the Property Management Department of the President obtain money from the Park after the sale of timber? The organizers (the administration of Belovezhskaya Pushcha) of the press-tour tried to convince that there is no commercial harvesting of forest in the Reserve. There are fellings which are result of bark beetle infestation and hurricanes. However visit reduced in time, exemplary route and restrictions in reception of information were arguments to doubt of it.
February 03, 2003
| Do not fell, muzhiks!
Veronika Cherkasova, "Byelorusskaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian Newspaper) Newspaper, #371
On the 29th of January 2003 a group of metropolitan has visited the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This visit was an initiative of a group of journalists and scientists who are worried about the situation of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The information about commercial fellings on the territory of the State National park in particular makes them very concerned. Participants of this trip have visited quarters of the Pushcha which were damaged by heavy storms in the previous years and by an invasion of the bark beetle. They have visited Viskuly governmental residence and timber processing shop. They have got answers of the administration of the National Park to their questions. However journalists have not given opportunities to meet the people who assert about illegal cuttings in the Pushcha. It was possible to talk to only one such a man informally…
February 01, 2003
| The bark beetle is not patriot
Anatoly Kozlovich, "Narodnaya Volya" (The People's Will) Newspaper, #20
On Wednesday, 29th January 2003, the Property Management Department of the President has arranged a one-day excursion for a group of journalists from the state and independent mass-medias to its inherited estate — Belovezhskaya Pushcha. I am presenting a journalistic report of this excursion. The problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha connected with mass reproduction of spruce bark beetle and hurricanes are described. The points of view of the administration and its opponents regarding preservation and management in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha are presented.
February 01, 2003
| Grimaces of wilderness protection in modern-day Belarus
Inna Zenina, "Zapovestnik" (The Reserve Bulletin) Newspaper (Russia), #1 (82)
A year ago, at the end of January 2002, the Belarusian public took an unprecedented stand: it addressed the Council of Europe. «Members of Belarusian public, deeply concerned with democracy and science, discuss prolongation of the European Diploma's validity for the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Most likely, the next prolongation of the international award will come as a stimulation of stable vicious practices of nature use — instead of nature conservation — going on in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Steps of the great path. On whether our scientific departments should be a «pike». Ethics and humanism. About a role of the persons in this history. The public.
February 01, 2003
| Bark beetles in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Heorhi Kazulka, "Zapovednye ostrova" (Reserved Islands) Newspaper (Russia), #2 (36)
In 2001 a new wave of mass reproduction of bark beetle occurred and the administration of the National Park tried to start sanitary clear cuttings of living forest within protected quarters without an official sanction. After exposure and scandal the State commission is created. The Commission forbids clear cuttings. In the articles the reasons and arguments of the administration of the National Park about cutting as only method to win the bark beetle are denied. The world-wide experience of the struggle against bark beetle is described. It is underlined that forest stands infected by the bark beetle are not cut down on protected territories in foreign countries. It is proved that the administration of the park which roughly violates nature protection legislation and principles of nature conservation is the originator of the crisis and scandal in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Today the timber processing industry of the National Park represents a fatal danger to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
January 31, 2003
| A log in your eye… What were journalists from Minsk shown in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha?
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper #8
Last Wednesday a press-tour to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha took place. It was initiated by 12 famous Belarusian and Russian journalists through the representation of the UN in Belarus. But to tell the truth it was not held as authors of the reference supposed it to be. Almost half of the journalists having signed the letter to the representation of the UN were not allowed to enter the Pushcha, they were not included to the list of accredited persons. There was not Neil Bune — the head of the representation of the UN. The program of the press-tour was reduced from three days to one. Brest's journalists were not allowed to participate in this action. But we managed to get some information. They couldn't hide the fact of continuous felling in the Pushcha, though the director of the nature reserve Nickolai Bambiza gave this fact to the press as rescue for the Pushcha. The management of the park considered clear sanitary felling to be the only possible variant to stop the beetle. But the opponents of clear felling are worried by the circumstances of felling absolutely disease-free trees under the mark of beetle control. All the inhabitants of the Kamenyuki village tell about it. Minsk's colleagues have double impressions from the press-tour. The Pushcha, legally or illegally, is felled…
January 30, 2003
| The ecologist Valery Dranchuk supposes astonishment of the society when it will open the scales of tragedy in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
Marat Gorevoi, BelaPAN Company
The Property Management Department of the President of Belarus plans to organize a series of press conferences in state national parks of the country. Many of these journalists were not able to participate in this press conference. Moreover, the former employees of the National Park were also not able to enter the National Park.
January 29, 2003
| Administration of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park asserts that there is no illegal felling in the Pushcha
Marat Gorevoi, BelaPAN Company
That is the declaration of the Director General of the State National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» Nickolai Bambiza. He said that during the press conference, which was held in the administration office building of the Park after the press-tour in the Pushcha of representatives of the public and mass-media on January 29. But many journalists, scientists and public representatives were not able to join to the press-conference that to put their arguments.
January 29, 2003
| Excursion of journalists to Belovezhskaya Pushcha under escort
Recent excursion of journalists to Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarus) was carried out virtually under escort. The administration of the national park did everything to bar the representatives of press from seeing anything except for the front of the national park from the excursion bus. Demonstrational excursion to «one of the windfalls» was made also. As the administration insists, basic logging are carried out exactly in this place for the sake of rescue Pushcha.
January 24, 2003
| Even bison run away the "Farther"
Ecaterina Vian "Moscow Komsomolec" Newspaper
The scientists of Belarus have sounded alarm long ago. According to their data there is an unprecedented cutting in the most famous forest of Europe. And now UN will deal with the Pushcha. Besides at the end of January the situation in the Pushcha has to become the amtter for discussion in the Council of Europe.
January 17, 2003
| "Talibs" are sole managers of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Alexander Khilimon, "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomol Truth) Newspaper
The correspondent reports from an only site In Belarus where trees ALREADY WERE large. He ascertains that after Chernobyl accident the second zone of disaster is clearly designated — the Belovezhskaya Pushcha — in the heart of national self-consciousness. In the article the visit of the journalist to the National Park and attempts to gather information from employees and the management of the Park are described in detail. When it was not possible, the correspondent decided together with a local fellow-traveler to visit sites of wood where cuttings which violate nature protection legislation are carried out. Witnessed the cutting down of living trees and met the director of the National Park on a back way the correspondent and his fellow were detained by the soldiers from a local state border guard boundary and Park's protection service guard. An appeal to the President and members of Parliament to pay attention to destruction of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. If it can not bring the positive result, all hopes are to draw attention of all international environmental organizations and, first of all, UNESCO, MAB Committee and Council of Europe towards the problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
January 16, 2003
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha: whom to believe
Victoria RAVINSKAYA, "Birzha Informacii" (The Information Exchange) Newspaper, #258
The most beautiful wood of Europe, in opinion of some experts, is cut down and sold. Many people assert that the present administration of the Reserve can do much harm to, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha when it provides the economic activity on its territory. The story about Belovezhskaya Pushcha would be incomplete if we don't present the point of view of the owner of the National Park, general director Nickolai Bambiza. However even after visiting the Pushcha, I remain in doubt: whom to believe?
January 13, 2003
| Neil Bune is ready to take participation in negotiations between public and authorities on problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Marat Gorevoi, BelaPAN Company
Head of the UN representative office in Minsk Neil Bune agreed to take participation in dialogs between public and Belarusian authorities on the problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. He declared this in Minsk on January 13 during a meeting with the editor-in-chief of «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» Newspaper, head of public ecological initiation «Terra-Kanvencyay» Valery Dranchuk.
January 10, 2003
| The journey to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Anna MISHCHIHINA, "Vitebski Kuryer" (The Vitebsk Courier) Newspaper #2
What do we know about the Belovezhskaya Pushcha? Little history. About the local inhabitants and a little about sad. True story and fable about Viskuly governmental residence. About tourism and tourists. A trip to the Polish Belovezha. A walk around the ancient forest.
January 10, 2003
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha: a chance for its survival
Yulia DRANCHUK, Radio "Racia"
Lots of reactions came on the article "Belovezhskaya Pushcha: they go on logging it out, on and on and on…"written by Heorhi Kazulka, the former Deputy Director on science of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In this article he seriously accused the administration of the National park to exploit the territory of the Pushcha for economic activities. Mr. Yushkevich, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Forestry at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus.
January 04, 2003
| Belarusians between the sky and the land: the Unkle in Stockholm.
Anatoliy KOZLOVICH, "Narodnaya Volya" (People's Will) Newspaper #2
The continuation of the story about the journey to Sweden and about the feelings during staying in the Swedish paradise. Arguing about the necessity in symbolic mount-top for the Motherland the author tells that the role of saint Belarusian top could be given to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha but the present power fells its best pines and oaks.
January 04, 2003
| The cutting of best living old-age forest in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is carried out now
Valentina Kozlovich, BelaPAN Company
This is what Heorhi Kazulka, a biologist and previous Scientific Deputy Director in the National Park declared. The felling of these trees is done secretly and labeled as «forestry-activities». They destroy the primeval forest remorselessly, is the conviction of Kazulka, and it's done within the secrecy far away of the rest of the world, ignoring and violating the nature-conservation legislation. The timber factory, which is built in the Kamenyuki village, represents, so said the scientist, a fatal danger to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
January 04, 2003
| Journalists proposed to Head of UN Representative Office to arrange join press-tour to Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Marat Gorevoi, BelaPAN Company
Twelve journalists of Belarusian and Russian media addressed to Head of UN representative office in Belarus Neil Bune with proposal to organize join press-tour to Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. In this appeal emphasized, «Belovezha Forest is under threat of planned, directory and hard exploitation».
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha: they go on logging it out, on and on and on …
Heorhi Kazulka, "Narodnaya Volya" (The People's Will) Newspaper, #2 (1565)
The article tells about intensification of the economic activity in the National Park last years. In 2001 a new wave of mass reproduction of bark beetle occurred and the administration of the National Park tried to start sanitary clear cuttings of living forest within protected quarters without an official sanction. After exposure and scandal the State commission is created. The Commission forbids clear cuttings. It is proved that the administration of the park which roughly violates nature protection legislation and principles of nature conservation is the originator of the crisis and scandal in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
Nevertheless the administration continued to cut living forest under mark of forest maintenance and fight with bark beetle. If all attempts of the people who are warring about the future of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and want to rescue it do not bring results there is only one way to pay attention of all international nature protection organizations to the problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
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