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December 31, 2004
| “I want a large bear of plush that the mum was not sick...”
Svetlana YASKEVICH, "Zvyazda” (The Star) Newspaper, No 319
They are always the first as to street actions. They are constant “clients” of prison at the Okrestin street. They young activists account more than two thousand arrests and sittings of the court. In the end of 2004 the unregistered Belarusian movement is nominated a candidate of the premium of the Andrei Saharov’s name “For Mind Freedom” among other eleven candidates. Some tens young patriots had a meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha four years ago and, on oath of the Motherland’s faithfulness, informed about creation of the Resistance as an adequate response to the existing system. Who are they and what do they try to get? The conversation with one of the coordinators of the unregistered movement "Bison" Vladimir KOBETS is in the article.
December 30, 2004
| The fantastic kingdom
Svetlana YASKEVICH, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, No 318
The Grandfather Frost from Belovezhskaya Pushcha faced the "hot” days. He is very busy to meet visitors. Everyone who comes to the National Park nowadays try to visit the Grandfather Frost’s residence. This truly fantastic kingdom erected by human hands strikes imagination of the children and adults.
December 30, 2004
| The main European wood
Vladimir ANDRIANOV, "Zvyazda" (The Star) Newspaper, No 318
Kings, tsars, secretaries-general and foreign ambassadors hunted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Today the man by any rank and profession can visit Pushcha. This article is devoted to the history of huntings in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Some data about current status of the bison is present in the article. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the modern tourist centre.
December 29, 2004
| The New Year's mood from TV
Alexander SHUROCHKIN, The Website BelaPAN
The national TV made very much to pass from entertaining “light-blue fire” programs to expensive films over half a century of the broadcasting. Certainly Belarusian TV studios cannot allow such luxury to themselves as the expenditure of several millions dollars to make a colourful musical with participation of the popular former soviet artists. The script writers of the First National TV-channel found an original solution for the 2005 New Year’s program. They safely put the topic of the immortal "Paulinka" by Kupala on the snow of Belovezhskaya Pushcha where the most popular Belarusian singers, actors, TV-presenters and other famous in the country people were delivered by numerous buses for a week.
December 22, 2004
| Let him loose in the life term - in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha...
Dormidont Narodny, “Komsomolskaya Pravda” (The Komsomol Truth) Newspaper (Russia)
Dormidont Narodny, our people’s poet, looks through a fence in a kitchen garden of the fraternal Byelorussia and wonders. It’s seemingly the twenty first century while the democracy in a kitchen garden is viewed nothing! Potato is available, beets show the extra-amount while the democracy has been seemingly not ripened: either through the very sensitivity of the vegetable or through the painstaking weeding or through the wrong watering with an herbicide but its production in Byelorussia is weak. Further is about the last referendum in Belarus and the life term of presidency for Alexander Lukashenko.
December 18, 2004
| To the Grandfather Frost means to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Fedor Muha, “Zerkalo nedeli” (The Week’s Mirror) Newspaper (Ukraine), No 51
This publication is about the residence of the Grandfather Frost (Belarusian Santa Claus) in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
December 17, 2004
| The reserved moonshine vodka
Oleg SIDORENKO, Antonina HOKIMOVA ”Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 100
A letter with facts of moonshine (forest-distilled) vodka production by workers of the National Park “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” is addressed to the Park’s director from a nature protection inspection. The further is about moonshine sites’ inspection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
December 17, 2004
| The largest in our sky
Sergei KURKACH , “Zvyazda” (The Star) Newspaper, No 311
Many birds living in Belarus migrate to the south but some of them have adapted to be near the human and to find food over the whole year there. These are some species of birds of prey. The newspaper “Zvyazda” together with the Executive Director of the Nongovernmental Organization “Belarus Bird Life” Alexander Vinchevski continues to acquaint the readers with birds of Belarus. The story about White-tailed Eagles and Golden Eagles. One wounded White-tailed Eagle with the rings originated from Estonian was delivered from Belovezhskaya Pushcha to the Grodno zoo some years ago.
December 17, 2004
| The true tourist grows from the child
Boris PROKOPCHIK, “Zvyazda” (The Star) Newspaper, No 311
How to raise interest of inhabitants and guests of the Grodno region to visit historical, natural and cultural sights of the region? It is compared the level of tourism development in Poland and Lithuania to one in the Grodno region. The experts’ opinions are present. Almost half the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha covers the Grodno region. But the problem of access is not solved for today and tourists from the Grodno region cannot enter Pushcha. This is why it is necessary to think about how to join Belovezhskaya Pushcha to the tourist routes.
December 16, 2004
| The Grandfather Frost’s Residence
Roman KOBYAK, “7 Dney” (Seven Days”) Newspaper
We follow our promise for readers to tell in detail about the estate of the main Grandfather Frost (Santa Clause) of Belarus and his Granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden), located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha , where they wait impatiently the New Year's holiday.
December 11, 2004
| Where can children spend a winter vacation?
Raisa Murashkina, “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi” (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper
The article is about possibilities for resting of Belarusian children. One of the opportunities of children's rest in Belarus is to take them to the residence of the Grandfather Frost located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The recommendations of how to realize excursion are given.
December 11, 2004
| No more secrets
Anna Shadrina, “Sovetskaya Byelorussia” (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 235
The reporter of "SB" visited the film-set of the New Year TV projects and, despite of the secret, tried to open "secrecy" around the colleagues that to inform the readers about what is going to be in the New Year’s night. Let's begin from the news about migration of all Belarusian show-business to Belovezhskaya Pushcha for a while of TV shooting, or more preciously, to the Grandfather Frost’s residence. BelTeleRadio Company is an author of the idea to transform the oldest and legendary in Belarus wood into the live scenery. It is recounted further in the article about what kind of the New Year's program is making and who are the actors.
December 10, 2004
| Due to the Grandfather Frost’ help
Alesya NOVIKOVA, “Dengi” (The Money) newspaper, No 1 (64)The Grandfather Frost’s estate opened in the last year helped "to make a cash" in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha”. A 100-thousandth visitor was met there due to Grandfather Frost’s residence, although only over 60,000 visitors came earlier. Almost 25,000 people visited the magic estate for not quite one year since time of its building. Groups and individual tourists from 33 countries all over the world came to the Pushcha this year although, certainly, the Belarusian and Russian pupils were the overwhelming majority. A traditional "New Year's boom" is the characteristic now. The residence has been developed over last year. About the residence of the Grandfather Frost is more detailed further in the article.
December 06, 2004
| To pay means to pay, to shoot means to shoot
Alexander OCHERETNIY, “Belorusskaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian newspaper) Newspaper, No 48
The problem of hunting enterprises discussed at the late meeting with the president’s participation is raised in the article. The president mentioned the National Park “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” and Pripyatski National Park as the positive examples of the hunting business. The alternative point of view on the commercial hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha expressed by Valery Dranchuk is analyzed.
December 04, 2004
| Conversation about Bialowieza Forest with Adam Wajrak, correspondent of the newspaper "Gazetà Wyborcza"
Janusz GAWRYLUK, “Czasopis” (Poland)
Conversation about the Bialowieza Forest with Adam Wajrak, correspondent of the newspaper "Gazetà Wyborcza" who has migrated in Bialowieza Forest. His estimation of the situation in the Bialowieza Forest, its problems, attitude of authorities and local population towards the Forest, differences between the Polish and Belarusian parts of the Bialowieza Forest are in the publication.
December 03, 2004
| Who are they, Belarusian "greens"?
Alexander Ulitenok, "Belarusian Radio Liberty Life"
The correspondent of the Radio "Liberty Life" converses with the activists of the Belarusian "green" movement about problems of the nature protection movement in Belarus. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha is several times mentioned.
December 03, 2004
| The sawmill in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Vyacheslav Antonov , "Novye Izvestiya" (The New News) Newspaper (Russia)
Thirteen years ago, on December 7, 1991 the leaders of three countries have signed a document in Belovezhskaya Pushcha which started disintegration of the former USSR. It is surprisingly, but this historical site had few changes since that year. The hunting and wood fellings are provided in Belovezhskaya Pushcha as before while “chips" are sold abroad. No big private house was built here. The attempts have been undertaken but Alexander Lukashenko expelled businessmen from Pushcha, his official residence is located in the reserve. Problems of Belovezhskaya Pushcha by eyes of the Russian journalist is further in the article.
December 02, 2004
| Trees in a city
Lelya LEBEDEVA, “Vecherniy Minsk” (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, #269
The examples of the unusually long life of trees are presented in the article. For example, huge coniferous trees of Sequoia growing in the western coast of Northern America rich a high of 150 meters and a diameter of over 10 meters and live 4,000 years. There are old-timer pine trees of the age of more than 4,600 years in mountain areas of California. Some baobabs from Africa live already over five thousands years. There are juniper trees of the age of over 1,200 years. Oak trees of the age of over thousand years grow in Denmark. There are very old oak trees in Belarus. One of them of the age of over 600 years grows in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The problem of felling trees under the pretext of their “old age” in Minsk is further discussed in the article.
November 24, 2004
| Don’t take away a paid fairy tale from children
Svetlana YASKEVICH, “Zvyazda” (The Star) Newspaper, #284
The problem of the factual service which does not correspond to the offers of firms is raised in the publication. The case when the Grandfather Frost was out of the residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha although he should meet children during a school vacation is described as the example. It is concluded that the long-term development to rich the good service market is needed while the major condition of it is the competition rise and the change of our consciousness.
October 31, 2004
| New opportunities for the old neighbours
Andrei LOBACH, «Belorusskiy Rynok» (The Belarusian Market) Newspaper, #43
The transboundary cooperation in Europe has a 50-year's history and is one of the important initiatives of the European Commission. The Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk and Minsk regions are areas of three large programs realized within the framework of new policy of the EU good-neighborhood. The history of European transboundary cooperation, its purposes, tasks, priorities, mechanisms of realization, future and problems of development in Belarus are present in the article. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is an area of one of four EU regions and has good chances of development of the cooperation with Poland and EU.
October 31, 2004
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha should become a true World Heritage Site
Heorhi KAZULKA, Specially for the website “Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21st Century”
The article is dedicated to the problem of Belovezhskaya Pushcha World Heritage Site. Only 5,500 hectares of the Wilderness Protection Zone in the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha are the World Heritage Site, while the rest of the other area (73,770 hectares of the primary forest) is not included on the List of World Heritage Sites. To conserve the relic forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha it is proposed to enlarge the Wilderness Protection Zone to 50,000 hectares and inscribe it on the List of World Heritage Sites. The author analyzes in the article why the administration of the National Park hold position against the enlargement of the World Heritage Site at the meeting with UNESCO experts but suddenly started to enlarge it.
October 28, 2004
| Hexapod workers
Vyacheslav STOMA, «Minski Kuryer» (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, No 457
A variety of the animal world can capture one’s imagination. Scientists believe the Earth provides a habitat for approximately 80,000 species of mollusks, 15,000 species of worms and 20,000 species of crawfishes. As for other representatives of wildlife on our planet, mammals account for about 4,000 species, fishes and birds – for over 20,000 and 8,000 species accordingly. Insects are incredibly numerous, amounting to around two million species. The data, though apparently incomplete, shows that only in the National Park “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” there are 8,500 various insects, out of which 3,000 species relate to hymenopterans (bees, wasps, bumblebees, ants), 2,000 – to beetles, 1,000 – to butterflies and 800 – to dipterans (flies). The article goes on with the story about the life of ants.
October 22, 2004
| Sergei Bondarenko “My collection does not have just the true aurochs…”
Alla KAZAKOVA, «Minski Kuryer» (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, No 452
Sculptures of the metropolitan sculptor Sergei Bondarenko are not often displayed in Minsk. There are more chances to see his horses, elephants, rhinoceroses and other animals cast in bronze in Germany, Holland or Great Britain. He studied the program on the aurochs revival in Munich. In the city’s zoo there is even a living aurochs’ hybrid, an original descendant of this formerly formidable animal bred by a scientific method. It is supposed that the last aurochs was exterminated in the beginning of the 17th century in the area where currently Belovezhskaya Pushcha is. Now only bison, placid and benevolent animals live there. In Bondarenko’s opinion, this is why bison was able to survive while aggressive aurochs always kicked against the pricks and attracted hunters with their violent behaviour. You can read an interview with Sergei Bondarenko, who cast a bison and the last aurochs from bronze, in the article.
October 05, 2004
| Heart of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Nickolai Cherkas, «Ptushki I my» (Birds and We) Magazine, No 6
As a reminder of the long gone times, there are several sites of the reserved wood in Belovezhskaya Pushcha which have the area of just 15,677 hectares. Among the sites there is a special one, covering only 4,963.7 hectares. The tiny area is the heart of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and it has UNESCO’s World Heritage Site status. A most surprising place within it, which is located on an island between the rivers Narevka and Pererovnitza, reflects the former glory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha’s primeval forest. It is this tiny place that saved the hugest oak in Pushcha. Not less attractive is the oak forest growing in the northern part of the strictly reserved zone. Besides this unique place, the article will tell you about the creation of the wilderness protection zone, the negative impact of wire enclosures at the borders of the zone on migration of wild animals, as well as the problem of afforestation and destruction of spruce stands and abundance of wild ungulate animals in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. One can only hope that with the course of time Belovezhskaya Pushcha will become the leader among Belarus’ specially protected natural areas in terms of conservation.
October 01, 2004
| Old and young "Bison"
Petr MARTINOVSKI, «Narodnaya Volya» (The People’s Will) Newspaper, No 184
The article is about the famous Belarusian poetess Larisa Geniush, who wrote a poem "Bison". The text of the poem is presented.
September 18, 2004
| What would the wood say to the people if it could speak?
Alexandr AKULIK, «Respublika» (The Republic) Newspaper, No 176
In this article Belarus’ Forestry Minister Petr Semashko talks about the work, cares and problems that his department deals with. The article also points up Belovezhskaya Pushcha in connection with a bark beetle infestation of large areas of spruce forests there. The infestation is causing the destruction of a lot of valuable trees.
September 11, 2004
| Some histories from the life of a former correspondent of “News” told by him
Alexandr CHERNUSHEVICH, «Minski Kuryer» (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, No 417
In this article the former correspondent of the Russian newspaper “Izvestiya” Victor Plesheveni, who used to work in Belarus and now lives in Moscow, recollects a few stories which happened to him at work. One of the stories is about how Nikita Khrushchev, a communist party leader at one time, drank moonshine in Belovezhskaya Pushcha when the practice of making moonshine was being campaigned against.
September 01, 2004
| Storks’ house warming
Andrei ABRAMCHUK, «Mir zhivotnych» (The Animals’ World) Newspaper, Gomel, No 09
The story is about ornithologists from the nature protection organization “Belarus Bird Life Society”, who transported an old nest of storks with nestlings from a sagging roof of an old shed located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to another nearby shed with a safer roof.
August 17, 2004
| History of a pine tree from Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Heorhi KAZULKA, «Brestski Kuryer» (The Brest Courier) Newspaper, #34
This history is about an old pine which grew at the entrance of the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha». The former leaders of Belovezhskaya Pushcha — scientists and real foresters — protected and saved the tree. But in October 2002 the pine was cut down. Simultaneously about half a hectare of living old wood of was logged. The reason for this action was «extension of the parking lot». The case was completely far-fetched and the fact of unfinished state of parking at the presence is the best its confirmation.
August 13, 2004
| Youth taken away by war
Nataliya EREMICH, «Minski Kuryer» (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, #392
This article is about Vladimir Romanov, former director of the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», and his participation in the World War Two.
August 02, 2004
| Klondike for Belarusian peasantry
Olga BIRYUKOVA, «Belorusskiy Rynok» (The Belarusian Market) Newspaper, #30(614)
Ecotourism can become a profitable business. Belarus has all conditions for countryside tourism, but one needs government support, especially in terms of proper legislation, to develop it, according to Valeria Klitsunova, head of the public association «Agro- and ecotourism». The Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is just as interesting as the Polish one. Officials have begun discussions of a possibility of guided tours allowing people to visit both the Polish and Belarusian parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. V.Klitsunova thinks the best variant in this regard would be drawing on European countries’ experience.
July 29, 2004
| Sphinx-like plant organism. What is the secret of “manna from heaven”?
Valeriy SIKIRZHITSKIY, «Respublika» (The Republic) Newspaper, #141(3581)
About 500 species of lichens can be found in Belarus. They differ in their form and colour: some look like bright patches of scale, others are leaf-like or bushy, reminding of miniature shrubs. The lichens grow almost anywhere, even on stained glass and iron roofs — places where #other organism can grow. Yet the lichens do not live inside people’s houses. They are perfect bio-indicators of the environment. Many of their relic species are gradually dying out, and in the next edition of the Red Book of Belarus seven new lichen species will be added to seventeen already protected ones. Two thirds of all rare and vanishing lichens are now growing in the reserved areas: the Berezinski Biosphere Reserve, the National Parks «Pripyatski», «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» and «Narochanski».
July 28, 2004
| “Wood should cost as much as it really costs…”
Leonid LAHMANENKO, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #180 (25193)
This thought was expressed by N.Yushkevich, deputy chairman of the Committee on Forestry under the Belarusian Council of Ministers. In an interview with the «Zvyazda» correspondent he talked about the work of Belarus’ forest enterprises, perspectives of their development, problems caused by bark beetle infestations and the use of wood for energy.
July 20, 2004
| “Remedy” for urban life
Sergei SHEVTSOV, «Natsionalnaya Economicheskaya Gazeta» (The National Economic Newspaper) Newspaper, #54
Eighty-two per cent of Minsk’s inhabitants would like to spend their holiday either in the countryside or eco-traveling in their country, according to the UN Commission research. This kind of travel is already available in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, but only in its Polish part. As part of an international programme the Polish estate owners received $2,000 to develop basic amenities (hot water, shower, toilet) for tourists. The latter liked the changes. As for Belarus, there are now people here who began to seriously think about ecotourism and one cannot say there is nothing being done about it. However, it may seem that it is nothing but serious thoughts so far. Countryside tourism enthusiasts are now waiting for the government to work out legislation for them and #one even knows what it will be like. Members of the public association «Agro- and ecotourism», set up in 2002, are hoping for the best. Further on in the article, agro-tourism abroad is compared with our tourist experience and then analyzed for its potential in our country.
July 16, 2004
| Zero tolerance
Valeriy FROLOV, «Narodnaya Volya» (The People’s Will) Newspaper, #130
Our authorities like to boast about Belarusian «tolerance», which is often understood by them as the ability to calmly endure all humiliation they bring to its people. President Lukashenko, declaring the 1960-70s large-scale land reclamation in the Polesie area as the best achievement of the USSR era for Belarus, omitted some very important facts. He did not mention that billions of roubles spent on the drainage did not create an abundance of foodstuffs, but left many small and medium-sized rivers dried-up, as well as brought dust-covered steppe in place of some bogs. He also said nothing about people’s strong resistance to that unthinking reclamation. The courage people used to express to fight against «the best achievement of the USSR era» can be compared with that of our partisans in the war. Heorhi Kazulka, former deputy director of the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», is one of few people today who have courage to stand up against the present disgraceful situation in this famous reserve when its relic trees are being criminally sawn into planks and parquet. He was dismissed from his post for expressing his views, but owing to him and like-minded people the UNESCO was informed about the threats to Belovezhskaya Pushcha and took the situation under control. One should not forget that even tolerance has its limits.
June 23, 2004
| How is it going, Naroch lake?
Mihail SHIMANSKIY, «Respublika» (The Republic) Newspaper, #116
On July 28 the National Park «Narochanski» will celebrate 5 years of its operation. The park is the youngest of similar parks in the country and, probably, has the most of problems. The article focuses on the park’s wildlife, problems, achievements and plans.
June 16, 2004
| Charges against Galina Zhuravkova
Alexandr BARNATOVICH, Georgiy DAN, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1436
The Belarusian KGB finished investigating allegations against former head of the Property Management Department of the President, Galina Zhuravkova. Final charges were brought against her and her penalty was reconsidered. Taking into account her cooperation during the investigation, compensation of considerable amount of loses to the government, as well as the state of her health, G.Zhuravkova was released from custody. She is now at home and is going to study the materials of her criminal case. Meanwhile, her elder son and husband are still under arrest. From the very beginning some observers said the official charges were brought against Zhuravkova only as a blind. One can be sure that she would not have been put in custody for steeling just a car.
June 15, 2004
| Century Belarusian Timber Corporation
Sergey KLIMENKO, specially for the «Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21-st Century» website
This publication is dedicated to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, history and mathematics. A strange combination, isn't it? However most of the recent discoveries have been taking place at the interface between different sciences. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha, in this regard, is not an exception. So we will also make an attempt at such an interdisciplinary analysis.
June 09, 2004
| “Americanization” of nature can be drastic for ecology
Sergei KURKACH, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #140
The third edition of the National Red Book of Belarus will be prepared this year. Unfortunately, it will include mammals, which used to be common in our country but now cannot compete with animals brought to and released in Belarus by men for enriching the country’s hunting fauna. In this article the problem of animal’s introduction is explained by Alexander Vinchevsky, biodiversity expert and executive director of the public organization «Belarus Bird Life». The article also talks about the mink, the raccoon dog, the musk-rat, the common raccoon, fishes, trees and grasses, giving examples from the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
June 09, 2004
| Tourist guide: main Belarusian tourist routs
Anatoliy GURIN, «Argumenty i Fakty v Belarusi» (Arguments and Facts in Belarus) Newspaper, #23
The article lists main Belarusian tourist routs, including the rout «Palaces’ ruins and Belovezhskaya Pushcha» - Minsk-Kossovo-Ruzhany-Pruzhany-Kamenets-Kamenyuki-Brest-Minsk.
June 04, 2004
| Protect Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Ales LESNOI, specially for the «Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21-st Century» website
On last winter Sunday I went for a walk in the world-famous National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha». How beautiful it was! Mast-like pines with sun-tanned column-like trunks, with snow-white tops; giant oaks holding the sky on their mighty branches. A bison crossed the road. I was watching the oldest European forest with all my eyes; I remembered of my coming there 20 years ago. But a large fenced-in clearing grew in front of me, with thick tree stumps and tops of 2–3 year-old pines peering out of snow. That was all that was left from the tall pines I saw there last time. All my high-spirits went down at once and only one disturbing thought stuck in my mind: «What happened here? What evil creature could spoil that Beauty and my happy mood? After all, Belovezhskaya Pushcha has status of World Heritage Site!» All further information in the article is word by word taken from the Berestie gramota (Birch-bark document) — an Appeal to people.
May 06, 2004
| News of Galina Zhuravkova and Yegor Rybakov
Oleg GRUZDILOVICH, «Radio Svaboda» (Liberty Life) Radio
Yegor Rybakov, former chairman of the Belarusian broadcasting company, and Galina Zhuravkova, former head of the Property Management Department of the President, have been kept in the KGB’s investigative isolation ward, so-called «americanka», for about three months now. The Republican Office of Public Prosecutor and KGB officials say that the investigation of Rybakov and Zhuravkova’s cases is under way, but they do not specify when their cases will be passed for consideration to court. There are already sources saying Y.Rybakov may be released prior court hearings. As for G.Zhuravkova, she is charged with $2 million fraud, and is said to admit her guilt only partially. Her property — several dwelling objects, according to authorities — is also said to be arrested. The same measures were enforced on Mr Rybakov’s property — an expensive apartment in Minsk and, allegedly, a house in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
May 06, 2004
| This creature sucks
Olga SHAVKO, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #111
May is a month when forests «are taken over» by the tick. This month is the peak of its activity and this year is not an exception. Ticks can be found anywhere: in dead-wood, small shrubs along roads, even in towns, in heaps of last year’s dead grass. Over 85% of Belarus’ territory on the epidemiologic map is marked as infested with ticks. Their most hazardous pestholes are in the Kamenets and Pruzhany districts which are close to the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha». Plenty of ticks live in the Osipichsky, Starodorozhsky, Lubansky and Svislochsky districts. There are two kinds of these blood-sucking creatures in Belarus: forest and meadow ticks. They live on and suck the blood of small rodents, wild and domestic animals, as well as people. Read about tick infection and its treatment.
April 30, 2004
| How Ted Turner wanted to buy Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Nataliya KRIVETS, «Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi» (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper
Former director of the Reserve Sergei Balyuk recollects how Belovezhskaya Pushcha used to be a recreation place for the mighty of this world. When I asked about high guests in the Kamenyuki’s village council, they immediately referred me to S.Balyuk, saying: «Ask Mr Balyuk, the former director. He was the head of Belovezhskaya Pushcha for 16 years. #one knows the answer to this question better than him.»
April 24, 2004
| To save the primeval forest
Heorhi KAZULKA, specially for the «Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21-st Century» website
The article is dedicated to the problem of forest renewal in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The natural process of wood regeneration in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is under strong influence of numerous wild animals which overpopulated and consumed the forest for many years. This requires measures on assistance to natural renewal in accordance with rules accepted in Biosphere Reserves, the main of which is do not much harm. However large-scale artificial mono-plantations are created by tractors preliminary ploughing planting furrows in the ground, the way as timber enterprises do. Incorrectness of this technology is discussed in the article and other alternative afforestation technologies are suggested. It is necessary to save reserved areas of the unique natural relic forest in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for next human generations, instead to procreate artificial tree-plantations for pleasure to the future woodcutters. To achieve it urgent stopping of wrong practice of large-scale artificial mono-plantations with ploughing of furrows must be done.
April 17, 2004
Alexei BUNEVICH, «Naviny Kamyanechchyny» (The Kamenets’ News) Newspaper, #31-32
Wild horse, or tarpan, used to be a common animal in European forests not long ago. Rock paintings of them with hunting scenes can still be found in caves of France and Spain. Already by the 16th century the animals lived only in Poland and Lithuania. Finally, Belovezhskaya Pushcha became their last refuge. The article relates how the species of tarpan vanished and how tarpan horse is now being revived.
April 17, 2004
| Dusk-covered zone
Liliya HLYSTUN, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #72
The attitude to the Chernobyl tragedy has been changing in proportion to a number of years past since the tragedy. During the first years of the aftermath, people, who were scared by «horror tales» of two-headed mutant monsters which supposedly lived in the radioactive disaster zone, could not be persuaded to move there neither by stick nor carrot. Today, for many people a trip to those places is just as interesting as to the Amazon River. The Polesie State Radio-ecological Reserve — a place contaminated by about a third of radioactive cesium, over 70% of strontium and about 97% of Plutonium isotope of total radioactive fallout in Belarus — is still closed for tourists. However, the pride of the Reserve is bison. Sixteen animals were brought there from Belovezhskaya Pushcha 8 years ago. The number of animals has now increased to 37. On the other side of the barrier. Desert area. Experiment of convenience.
April 16, 2004
| Foreign hunters left $700,000 in Belarus in 2003
Ina STUDINSKAYA, «Radio Svaboda» (Liberty Life) Radio
Belarus has one niche which is very attractive to foreigners. It is hunting, and every year the number of visitors with hunting rifles is twice as much as in a previous year. Foreigners are being attracted by tooth-and-nail: by good trophies, nice reception, and even a possibility to hunt in reserves and national parks. Where, what and with help of what organizations do foreigners hunt in Belarusian forests?
April 08, 2004
| “Fight as Russian border guards are fighting,” a German officer called for his soldiers in June 1941
Anatoliy GURIN, «Vo Slavu Rodine» (To the Glory of Homeland) Newspaper, #66
When you drive into the Reserve «Belovezhskaya Pushcha», on your right you can see a monument opposite a museum. The monument is a soldier, who lies on the pedestal behind a symbolic machine-gun. Beside there is a real machine-gun called «Maksim» and an inscription is made, saying: «Comrade! Bare your head and bow with respect to this place, commemorating three Soviet soldiers who died in a fight with fascists in sector 612 of Belovezhskaya Pushcha on June 27, 1941». Who are they, these unknown heroes, whose bravery was honored with this monument, which cannot be passed unnoticed? What feat of arms did they do?
April 04, 2004
| Why is Belovezhskaya Pushcha not the World Heritage Site and who does hinder to become it?
Heorhi Kazulka, specially for the «Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21-st Century» website
The article is dedicated to the problem of Belovezhskaya Pushcha as the World Heritage Site. Only 5,500 hectares of the Wilderness Protection Zone of the Belarusian part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is inscribed on the List of UNESCO World Heritage while the other area (73,770 hectares of the primary wood) is not the property of World Heritage. To preserve the relic forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is offered to extent the Wilderness Protection Zone to 50,000 hectares and to grant it the status of World Heritage Site. It is analyzed in the article why the administration of the National park is against such expansion and who doesn’t share this point of view.
April 02, 2004
| Belarusian people do not laugh at themselves anymore
Nadezhda BELOHVOSTIK, Sergei SHAPRAN, «Komsomol’skaya Pravda v Belarusi» (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper, #61
Ten years ago caricatures and cartoons were well liked by artists, actors and writers. But now the circulation of the satirical magazine «Vozhyk» has dropped down from 100 thousand at the times of the USSR to pitiable 2 thousand! «Whom can we make caricatures of?» asks rhetorically Valentin Boltych, editor of the magazine from 1987 to 2000. «Only if caricatures of a foreman or a plumber… When Kebich and Shushkevich were in power, there was a revival for us. One could draw caricatures of whoever he wanted and nobody was offended. Shushkevich keeps his caricatures in a bookcase of his study. His favourite caricature is „Yeltsyn, Shushkevich and Kravchuk drink vodka in Belovezhskaya Pushcha“. Our cartoon of Stalin „Rise from the dead, dear Father, help us do away with these perestroika starters“ swept around the world in its time. But it has recently become not interesting, rather dangerous, to joke like that… I remember how I received a call from one of the Grod#courts and was asked to make an examination of a cartoon with a moustache… I could not find anything seditious in the cartoon, but the cartoonists’ case had been already studied in court… It was Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill who could measure their political ratings by number of cartoons drawn of them, saying „if somebody makes them, then everything is alright…“.»
April 02, 2004
| “Bison song” by Valentin Zankovich
Olga BERESNEVA, «Minski Kuryer» (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, #296
Our newspaper wrote many times about the erection of a monument «Partisan’s Belarus» just at the entrance to the capital Minsk from the Mogilev highway direction. The monument has been under construction for three years and, recently, its opening day has been announced. It will be July 3 of this year, on the 60th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from fascists.
March 25, 2004
| Bialowieza woods – Dualism
Alexandru CERCEL, «Economistul» Newspaper (Romania), #1582
Bialowieza is one of the best known biosphere reserves in the world. It is the widest spread primeval forest in Europe. On the map, the woods are split in two by a borderline – a part of Bialowieza is in Eastern Poland, and a part in South-Western Belarus. Not supposed by many, and little known to few is the double link of the Bialowieza woods with the Romanian heart. Curriculum. The Two Maps. Shadow and Light. The Belarusian side of the coin has a similar pattern. Silvae ab Oriente Europa.
March 10, 2004
| Clean manager
Valeriy LEVKOV, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1409
Gennady Lavrenkov, new head of the Property Management Department of the President (PMDP) and the President’s old friend from the President’s native town, is so much the «President’s man», that they say «under him unlike under Galinva Zhuravkova #rouble will be lost.» One may only guess if he will become just as nice a skier as G.Zhuravkova, but it is a fact that with his appointment to the PMDP there will be attempts to change the work of this department. However, it will be very difficult to make the work of this «monster», the PMDP, cleaner and, and at the same time, satisfy the needs and interests of people who feed on it. One may also expect that in a little while, the President will thank G.Lavrenkov for bringing order to the PMDP and replace him with someone more commercially-minded.
March 09, 2004
| The President Property Management Department’s new head appointed
Marina KOKTYSH, «Narodnaya Volya» (The People’s Will) Newspaper, from Charter’97 website
On March 4, Gennady Lavrenkov took to his duty as a new head of the Property Management Department of the President. Handing him certificate of employment ?16, Lukashenko said: «I have known him for many years. He is the man who will be able to effectively manage such a multi-purpose department. Yes, he is the President’s man, if someone wanted to know.» Lukashenko charged Lavrenkov with «bringing toughest order to this organization and burning out „with red-hot iron“ all evil forces there from top to bottom.» The newspaper «Narodnaya Volya» tried to find out more about the new President’s «manager» and see, if he has at least minimum of skills to do his job «with hot-red iron.»
March 08, 2004
| Traditional career
Marina GULYAEVA, «Belorusskaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian newspaper) Newspaper, #426
Appointing Gennady Lavrenkov head of the President’s Property Management Department last week, President Lukashenko characterized him as «an experienced manager, honest and respectable man.» In President’s home town of Shklov Lavrenty’s quick climb up the career ladder — Lavrenty is Mr Lavrenkov’s local nickname — is talked about as one of the most successful appointments by the President.
March 08, 2004
| President’s man
Pavlyuk BYKOVSKIY, «Byelorusskiy rynok» (The Byelorussian market) Newspaper, #9
Making a pause after Galina Zhuravkova was dismissed and charged against, on March 3 President Lukashenko appointed Gennady Lavrenkov new head of the Property Management Department of the President (PMDP) and awarded him the highest status of government employee. Lukashenko characterized the new PMDP’s head as an experienced manager, honest and respectable man. He also mentioned the bad work of the former PMPP’s head G.Zhuravkova, who is now under arrest, saying: «Relatives, close acquaintances and others must know that officials serve the state and its people. If they cannot tell their own money from those of the state, then God be with them.» G.Lavrenkov was charged with bringing toughest order to this organization and «burning out with red-hot iron all evil forces there from top to bottom.» One should keep in mind that the PMDP is a republican-level organization which is managed by the government and is directly subordinate to the President.
Since all Belarusian reserves and national parks are controlled by the Property Management Department of the President, previously headed by G.Zhuravkova, Zhuravkova’s arrest is directly related to wilderness protection work in Belarus and our site is publishing a selection of news about her arrest.
February 17, 2004
| Prisoner of investigative isolation ward ¹17
The inquiry group, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1403
It may seem strange, but very speculative Belarusian media does not put forward any versions of why head of the Property Management Department of the President, Galina Zhuravkova, was arrested. Government-owned newspapers keep silent, and independent ones unanimously agree that she was caught stealing. Most of the journalists try in their articles to understand not what for, but why Zhuravkova was arrested. They have two versions in this regard: the first one is redistribution of power, the second — law enforcement officials putting pressure on the President’s close circle of people. The article analyses the two versions and gives an account of G.Zhuravkova’s work as the President Property Management Department‘s head.
February 16, 2004
| Failed to do her duty
Rodion RASKOLNIKOV, «Belorusskaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian newspaper) Newspaper, #423
When in August 1991 two former heads of the Property Management Department of the Communist Party Central Committee — Nikolai Kruchina and Heorhi Pavlov — jumped off the windows of their flats, it became clear that it is ungrateful to be chief manager of the country in the post-Soviet years. One cannot voluntarily leave this post and not anyone has time to flee it. February 10 marked the end of Galina Zhuravkova’s political era in Belarus. Over the last three years her political figure in charge of the President’s Property Management Department has become so influential that even the possibility of her dismissal is said to be nothing but a game of clans in the President’s close circle. One cannot even think she could have been dismissed and arrested only for violating law. Pavel Borodin, Ivan Titenkov, Vladimir Kozhin, Vladimir Goncharenko, Galina Zhuravkova.
February 13, 2004
| Smoktunovsky’s sunflowers
Alla KAZAKOVA, «Vecherniy Minsk» (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, #33
Innokenty Smoktunovsky has not dreamt of an acting career. He enrolled at a military school and soon after that went to the front. He was captured there but managed to escape. He joined a group of partisans and ended his fight in the war with the Red Army only in Berlin. After the war I.Smoktunovsky (his real family name is Smoktunovich and this one he received from a director of the Norilsk theatre where he used to work) submitted his documents to the theatrical studio of the Krasnoyarsk theatre… The actor’s family tree is interesting. He was born in the village of Tatianovka in the Tomsk region, and his father’s relatives still live there, after their Polish and Belarusian descendants were banished to Siberia in 1863. His great-grandfather, who was a hunter in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, is behind that banishment. He shot a bison — the main object of tsar’s hunting — without having permission for it.
February 13, 2004
| Get ready for summer in winter
Vyacheslav DOCTOROV, «Natsionalnaya Economicheskaya Gazeta» (The National Economic Newspaper) Newspaper, #11
The Ministry of Sport and Tourism decided to better get ready for the next tourist season and deal with some topical problems of tourism development in advance. On February 5 it held a business meeting and Minister of Sport and Tourism Yuri Sivakov was generous criticizing himself. In 2004 and the next years the work of the Belarus’ tourist industry is expected to become more efficient due to government assistance and developing tourist facilities. Among them there will be a mountain-sky resort in the Logoisk area and a residence of Santa Claus in the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha».
February 13, 2004
| Zhuravkova under arrest
Anton KORZUN, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #26
Former head of the Property Management Department of the President, Galina Zhuravkova, was not just dismissed, but arrested and put in the KGB’s investigative isolation ward. Her work study and apartment were searched. Some Russian mass media reports that Zhuravkova’s son, an entrepreneur, was also arrested. Officials in the KGB do not confirm that information. According to some sources, Minsk has again become a place of clan games…
February 13, 2004
| Swan’s song
Georgiy DAN, Tihon KLISHEVICH, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1402
It took a day for head of the Property Management Department of the President, Galina Zhuravkova to change her job and place of living. To be more precise she does not yet have a job: on February 10, the day the President dismissed G.Zhuravkova, she was arrested by the KGB and put in the KGB’s investigative isolation ward. Her son had already been there. The following day chairman of the State Control Committee Anatoly Tozik, KGB chairman Leonid Yerin and Attorney General Viktor Sheiman held an emergency and highly secretive meeting to discuss what charges should be put against G.Zhuravkova and some members of her family.
February 12, 2004
| Could not but topple down
Gennadiy SHARYPKIN, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #25
This news has been awaited by many since the very first arrests in the immediate circle of Galina Zhuravkova’s colleagues. Her possible dismissal was talked about six months ago, when a scandal began around the enterprise «Belaya Rus» under the Property Management Department of the President. Six Zhuravkova’s subordinates were arrested then, but she managed to survive at her post at the time. What role did G.Zhuravkova play for Lukashenko’s power and why did he decide to get rid of her now?
February 12, 2004
| Who’s next?
Igor SVOBODIN, Charter’97 website
Tuesday and Wednesday became turning points in Galina Zhuravkova’s career. Having been head of the Property Management Department of the President (PMDP) for the past several years, she was dismissed on Tuesday and arrested on allegations of corruption on Wednesday. Her work study and apartment were searched. This arrest can only be compared with those of Vasily Leonov, Minister of Agriculture, and Tamara Vinnikova, head of the Central Bank. The PMDP’s aim was always simple — to earn money. The PMDP always had advantages to create and run various business-projects as for real estate and natural resources. The first to head the PMDP was Lukashenko’s friend and compatriot Ivan Ivanovich Titenkov. As Belarus lacks oil, gas and gold resources, the PMDP turned its attention to the ‘green gold’ — forests, including reserves and national parks.
February 07, 2004
| In Belovezhskaya Pushcha science is on fire
Heorhi KAZULKA, «Narodnaya Volya» (People’s Will) Newspaper, #22
One more extraordinary event took place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The unique scientific library and archives put together in over 60 years by several generations of scientists and managers was on fire in the true sense of this word. In the past the library and the archive were placed in separate rooms in the laboratory building, which was constructed for the scientific department in the ’70’s. A year ago, however, the present administration of the National Park «Belovezhskaya Pushcha» lead by general director Nickolai Bambiza, has suddenly decided that such a long-term «idyll» is unfavorable to economic development, and therefore undesirable. All departments of the Park including the scientific department were hastily moved to the so-called industrial area where the timber processing plant is located. The library was placed … above the boiler-house. Thank God firemen were able to extinguish the fire and to prevent an irreversible calamity. But flows of water mixed with sooth, resin and pitch have done their dirty business. Approximately a quarter of the library fund was affected by water. Thus, a series of uncountable natural and man-made disasters continue to attack the unfortunate Belovezhskaya Pushcha. And the end of this series is not in sight. What is to do and how to put and end to this series? Let's look at the real situation. Today there is only one man in the country that has all the necessary powers. He is Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus. You see the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is subordinated to the Property Management Department of the President.
February 06, 2004
| Tourists are eco-sponsors who need to be attracted
Elena DEDYULYA, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #30
An interview with Boris Savitsky, head of an interdepartmental centre for national parks and reserves studies at the Belarusian State University. To be in unperturbed silence. Effect of the eco-education. Problems of wilderness protection areas and imperfection of the law. The interdepartmental centre is particularly focused on developing sanitary rules for forests and national parks. For example, scientists who work in the centre think there should be a rule banning felling of ill trees in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, with the exception of only parts of forest along roads and tourist routs which are of esthetic value, so that nothing can fall on people’s heads. In some countries there is even dispute as to whether extinguish fire in a reserve or not.
February 04, 2004
| Where do pheasants live?
Andrei NEKRASOV, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #21
Pheasants got acclimatized in the Pyrenees and Balkan Mountains and now… in Brest. They found their habitat on the Hospital Island of the Brest Fortress with patches of waterlogged land along the banks of the Mykhavets River in the centre of Brest. As the history has it, the Radzivils were the first who tried to settle down this «royal game» in our country. The Nesvizh Park still has an area called Pheasant field, even though these birds do not live there today. The second try in this regard is related to the name of Nikita Khruschev and the construction of a government hunting residence «Viskuli» in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in 1957. Alas, pheasants could not live in the forest, as the nature was very unusual to them and local predators were too fierce. However, that was not the end and in the 1960-70s pheasants were reared by game and forest grounds across the country. The Regional Brest Council of the Belarus’ Hunting and Fishing Association was not an exception.
February 03, 2004
| Ancient war
Artem HANIN, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #27
Their heart-freezing howl, terrifying settlers on remote farms and on the edge of villages, seems to be heard through the centuries. From the old times wolves felt completely unpunished in the vast expenses of the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. They were full masters of forests, fields and steppes. It is #wonder peasants called them ‘grey landlords’, which continually levied every peasant homestead. The animals would also frequently attack people. Find out more about wolves.
January 23, 2004
| Three L to replace three S
Sergei SHEVTSOV, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #17
The article is dedicated to agro- and ecotourism in the countryside by the example of the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. As part of an international programme the Polish estate owners received $2,000 to develop basic amenities (hot water, shower, toilet) for tourists. The latter liked the changes, because Westerners, according to Jean Jacque Russo, want «to come back to nature» not tearing themselves from the advantages of civilization, like a public convenience, for example.
January 20, 2004
| New Belovezhskaya Pushcha’s Bison
Yaroslav MININ, «Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta» (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, #1395
White and red and white flags were flying in some areas of Minsk on the eve of January 14. Similar actions were held in other towns of the country. They marked the third anniversary of a non-political youth movement «Zubr» (Bison), which cannot be found in any list of officially registered political parties and public organizations, but, according to the majority of analysts, is the most striking instance of the Belarusian opposition. The work of this movement is being studied now by youth organizations in many countries. There are even original «master-classes» before the presidential election in Ukraine. What can «Zubr» offer in Belarus? We put that question to Vladimir KOBETS, a man who knows everything about the movement’s history. «Zubr» was thought out by the Belarusian people in Belarus and for Belarus. The idea has many authors. In the summer of 2000 young activists began discussing the creation of a new movement and on January 14, 2001 young people got on a bus and went to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They settled there in a hall as a group of students and began vibrant discussions. By the way, there were the present Belarusian state emblem and flag there, which were removed so that they did not bother the people by their Soviet symbolism. «Zubr» was created in those circumstances by 40 persons from different regions of Belarus.
January 20, 2004
| Viruses still there
Evgeniya SELEZNEVA, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #10
Progress, scientific breakthroughs, new medicine… Yet viruses are still there. About 3 million Belarusian people — almost a third of the population — suffer from all kinds of infections every year. Our country has about 600 burial grounds of cattle which were infected with anthrax. In the Vitebsk region 37% of animals are ill with rabies. Summer is the peak season for intestinal diseases. The period from autumn to winter is marked by acute viral hepatitis A and the one from winter to spring is known by acute respiratory diseases and flu. As for encephalitis, it is caused by birds and rodents. People living in the Pukhovichi district and all visitors to Belovezhskaya Pushcha should be aware of the tick which is a transmitter of tick-borne encephalitis. And if in Belovezhskaya Pushcha ticks are the only carriers of this disease, in the Pukhovichi district its main transmitters are… goats.
January 13, 2004
| Too expensive housing
Liliya HLYSTUN, «Sovetskaya Byelorussia» (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, #5
A few miles off a big town and one can see how desperately old our villages are. There are more and more houses with boarded up windows there and young people are rarely seen. Many of them would prefer a dormitory in town to their parents’ home only because of basic amenities like central heating, running water and sewerage system. There is #wonder then that over the past 3–4 years the number of people living in rural areas decreased by almost 13%. The tendency is very alarming and one should pay attention to it. That is why a few years ago President Lukashenko ordered for every collective farm to yearly build 5 houses. For the first time this 100 wooden houses are going to be build in all regions on the President’s instructions. Such houses are cheaper and more ecologically-friendly. The first of the houses was built in the village of Kamenyuki in the area of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The administration of the Reserve is ready to participate in the programme’s realization.
January 10, 2004
| Bear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Alexandr OCHERETNYI, «Zvyazda» (The Star) Newspaper, #6
Toptygin, Ivan Ivanych, Ivan Potapych, Kosolapij, Ushkuij — all are the names given in Belarusian folk tales and legends to a bear. Where does it live? It does not live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the biggest and most protected forestland. One bear was spotted there in the 1930s. The Germans in the World War Two released in Pushcha several pairs of bears but #one saw them again. In the 1950s somebody saw a she-bear with bear-cubs. And finally, not long ago, a local hunter found bear’s footprints in one of the Pushcha’s tracts and in a few days’ time, the bear itself. One can only hope that the bear will settle down in the place and not wander off somewhere else. It is still a mystery where it came from.
January 09, 2004
| Blood-thirsty bison, known as a fearsome killer
Nataliya NIKITINA, «Vitebski Kuryer» (The Vitebsk Courier) Newspaper #1
In October of the year before last the Belarusian people celebrated 480 years since the creation of a «Bison Song» by M.Gusovsky. Every year this poem is diligently studied by senior pupils, who, sitting at their desks, are astonished at the strength and fierceness of this mighty giant animal living in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They may be excused for that, as the majority of them have never seen a true bison. As for zoologists, it is time they paid attention to the differences in behaviour of a real bison and its literary character, even though, one should admit that they studied the poem at school and hardly read it again when they became scientists. But enough of philosophy, let’s try to see the situation for ourselves.
January 03, 2004
| Miraculously salvaged Rozhovka
Lyudmila MARTYSYUK, «Znamya Yunosti» (The Youth’s Flag) Newspaper, #13807
My grandfather, Nikolai Fedorovich Skalkovich, is the most unique story teller I have ever met. He knows a lot of stories, but there is one theme in some of them which makes our family listen to our grandfather with seriousness and respect. This is the theme of war. The stories of war make us very thoughtful. For example, there is a story of how 57 families miraculously escaped shooting in the village of Rozhovka during the war. We learned by chance that the villagers did not forget about it and even put up a monument in the village to remember their salvation. I and my grandfather went to Rozhovka at the first opportunity. It lies out of the way, nearby Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the border with Poland. It is surrounded by forests and reminds of a former partisan land. Crime. Punishment. Salvation. Miracle. Concluding remarks.
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