December 22, 2006
December 22, 2006
| Allergy to a publication, or why relations between the journalists and some chiefs are deteriorated
Elena TRIBULEVA , "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 102
I have the chairman of a Village Soviet, an acquaintance of me. It is pleasant to address to him with a business in every respect. He quickly and completely gives overall required information and will invariably invite to drink a cup of tea. At the same time relations with the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" have a dramatic progress. Since a new chief subordinated directly to the Property Management Department of the President was appointed, the representatives writing positive publications for the state mass-medias are only allowed to visit Pushcha. The entrance for "The Evening Brest" is forbidden there after it has published a number of articles, in which it was cast doubt on correctness of the policy provided in the Reserve. The management of the Park has not permitted to meet with a well-known taxidermist this time either.
| Three stakes to a base of CIS
Ivan ORLOV, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 102
One of the first tasks which I got in the editorial office of the Evening Brest newspaper was a trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha on December 8, 1992, a day of anniversary of the Belovezhskoe Accords. It's considered that they put the end of the Soviet Union. At that day Belarusian communists have decided to arrive in Belovezhskaya Pushcha that, on the place of collapse of the USSR, to hammer in aspen stakes. Let's recollect what has been then in that winter day.
December 22, 2006
| Alone with all
"Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 102
It seems a writer told that a luxury of human dialogue is greatest happiness in the world. As for me, a meeting in the Bialowieza Forest became, perhaps, the most memorable one. It happened, unfortunately, not in the Belarusian part. Together with Alexander Smirnov, former General Embassy of Russia in Brest, we went in a Polish site called Bialowieza. Mister Michal, our good friend and true Polish intellectual, lives there. He has sold an apartment at the centre of Warsaw a couple of years ago and together with the family has come to this protected area. He teamed up with his friend and has bought a deserted building of the old station which was visiting by Russian Tsar Nickolai in those times. Then he has opened a museum-restaurant "Tsar Restaurant" there.
December 09, 2006
| We had the strength to get over any crisis
Victor LESHCHENKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 274
It was possible to save the Soviet Union but for this purpose it was necessary to modernize the governmental system, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko declared to the Russian NTV-Channel. Talking about the signing the agreements in the Viskuli governmental residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the Belarusian leader believed that "if the deputies of the Supreme Soviet could beforehand be aware of this event, Mr. Shushkevich (head of the Supreme Soviet of that time), most likely, could be discharged from the post before his trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha".
December 08, 2006
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha. What happened there?
Yuri ZAYNASHEV, "Novye Izvestiya" (The New News) newspaper (Russia)
The active participants of 1991 December events tell a story about the USSR' death and the CIS' birth. Last Friday fifteen years have passed since the day when Boris Eltzin, Leonid Kravchuk and Stanislav Shushkevich, three heads of the Slavic countries, announced creation of the CIS. Giving this event a proper appreciation, the historians, politicians and ordinary citizens will already never become reconciled. On the eve of the disputable date "The New News" had a talk with two politicians, former Councilor of State of Russia Sergey Shakhrai and Former Councilor of State of Russia Sergey Stankevich, who played a key role in those events.
December 08, 2006
| A last power
Nikolai SHCHERBENYA, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 226 and 227
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has put a stop to its existence fifteen years ago. The final point of its history was put in Belovezhskaya Pushcha at a tripartite meeting of the then heads of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The author of this article worked a political observer of our newspaper in that time and saw many things. He met high-ranking state figures of that stormy time and is personally familiar with many of those who signed the Belovezha agreements in the Viskuli governmental residence. In his publication he tells about unknown facts which took place on the eve of and during the meeting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in December of 1991 and offers a personal point of view concerning those events which is not similar to the existing one in all.
December 08, 2006
| "THE EMPIRE" to disappear
Victor LESHCHENKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 272-273)
Is the USSR an empire of good or evil? Let everyone's heart answer to this question. All Gallup polls ascertain that nostalgia about the USSR becomes a characteristic feature of the present time. Opinions of the experts on what was accepted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are given. Turning over the pages of the newspaper, what was written about 1991.
December 07, 2006
| Without USSR: the death of the Soviet Union has come as earlier as 15 years ago
Ivan GORDEEV , Website "News Time"
On December 7, 1991 the important visitors, President of Russia Boris Eltsin and Leonid Kravchuk who was elected the President of Ukraine the week before, have come to the Belarusian governmental residence "Viskuly" nearby the city of Brest (in Belovezhskaya Pushcha) to visit Stanislav Shushkevich, Chairman of Supreme Soviet of Byelorussia. The purpose of the meeting was an official announcement of the death of the USSR. But it would be wrong to explain the happened fifteen years ago simply by the events which have occurred in the December night in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
December 07, 2006.
| All records of the Viskuly's events to store by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus
Olga ULEVICH, “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi” (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper
Petr Kravchenko only had an idea to collect all draft copies and documents made during two historical days fifteen years ago. One document prepared in Viskuly on December 8, 1991 - Agreement on Creation of CIS – only became worldwide famous. An impression can therefore be given that the presidents and their assistants have found a couple of clean lists of paper in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, have sat and have written a verdict to destroy the USSR. The process was actually long and painful. What form is to make the verdict to the Union? How to call a new formation? A folder kept by Petr Kravchenko contains a lot of documents describing this painful process step by step.
December 05, 2006
| Tyshkevich Count's Flotilla
Lyudmila SELITSKAYA, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 228
164 years ago a museum, the first in Belarus, has appeared in the town of Logoisk. Modern enthusiasts try to recreate it now. On May 28, 1857 an exotic flotilla has moved downstream from a picturesque coast of the river Viliya. Count Konstantin Tyshkevich, rather famous person, was on its deck. While stubbing of huge oaks in Belovezhskaya Pushcha occurred, the authorities have revealed a strange pattern. Burial places with skeletons of people, iron goods and the broken crockery were found out under each turned out stump.
December 05, 2006
| Two wizards from a fairy tale becoming a true story
Fedor MUHA, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 223
Santa Clause will deliver fire from a Belarusian New Year tree to Berlin and native Lapland. Last Sunday before noon there was much noise and laughter at a main gate of the State National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" because of children voices. Many of them arrived here from the different corners of the country, including with parents to meet a country's major Grandfather Frost and his visitor Santa Claus who has come to the Pushcha's wood from Finland.
November 30, 2006
| To hear whisper of Pushcha
Siman SVISTUNOVICH, "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper, No 256
Interview with Nickolai Bambiza, director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" about his work, faith and Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The director in detail tells about circumstances when the Swiss hunters has shot two bison.
November 17, 2006| Whose cones are in the forest?
November 17, 2006
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 91
Businessmen in charge of procurements of mushrooms in Belovezhskaya Pushcha have lost "crop" and have paid penalties. Meanwhile, the experts of the Inspection of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Pruzhany District Executive Committee consider that the employees of the Reserve are not right in this case. Grigory Fedorov, metropolitan lawyer famous in the field of nature protection, holds the same opinion. If the citizens who lost their mushrooms could turn for help to a court, they possibly shouldn't pay the penalty. But try to find such the bold spirit who can be at law with the National Park.
| "Shaggy cow" or rural ecotourism in the Belarusian style
Alena YASKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 254-255
Ecological tourism is the most developed branch of the world tourist industry. This kind of tourism shared 10 percents of overall products of the tourist market worldwide in 1989, while the annual increase in the eco-tourist product reached 30 percents. Does Belarus make progress to follow global tendencies? What is our "village" to foreigner for? "Conductors" are necessary! Tambourines, spoon, singing is the entertainment, isn't it?
November 15, 2006
| Why does bison need genetic passport?
Dmitry PATYKO, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 210
Scientists from the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences together with their colleagues from the Institute of Animal Industry have developed the DNA-(desoxyribonucleic acid)-diagnostics of useful features of agricultural animals and have already proposed it to the farms which are engaged in selection and breeding. There is also one more forcible argument for development of the marker-dependent selection which is connected with conservation of a population of bison of the Bialowieza subspecies. The situation related to bison has recently become better but it proceeds to be remained expressing alarm. To minimize the negative consequences of closely-related breeding, the animals are therefore necessary to undergo a test at the DNA-level and to make a genetic passport for each bison.
November 03, 2006
| Whom from the Kamenyuki village have you fallen into hands?
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 88
On Tuesday a court of the Pruzhany district has passed sentence for militia lieutenant Ahdrei Bartashuk, former divisional inspector of the Kamenetz District Department of Internal Affairs Office. He was charged with exceeding duty commission and causing the serious corporal damage to an inhabitant of the village of Kamenyuki (Belovezhskaya Pushcha) which has brought him to the death. The former local militiaman was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
October 28, 2006
October 27, 2006
| Tourism in Bialowieza Forest to develop in the right way
Janusz KORBEL, Specially for the Website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21st Century"
An interview by Heorhi Kazulka, coordinator of the "Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21st Century" Project, with Janusz Korbel (Poland), regional activist for protection of Bialowieza Forest, member of the Public organization "Association for Landscape Protection" and one of the leaders of the "Bialowieza International Solidarity Network" Public Initiative, about problems and prospects of development of tourism and protection of Bialowieza Forest.
| "The lost Paradise" by Alexander Maslo
Valentina LAIKOVA, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 238-239
The name Alexander Maslo, woodcarver living in the deep corner of the Polessie area, has sounded all over the country in 2003 when a Residence of Grandfather Frost to open in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Sculptural compositions created by this master help the visitors plunge into a fantastic world and to cheer up. Everyone who visited the Belarusian Grandfather Frost has certainly remembered these surprising images. Many people with pleasure are photographed near to them. Alexander Maslo continues to be engaged in creativity. Moreover, he has also decided to contribute his mite to development of tourism in the Zhitkovichi district where he lives with the family.
October 26, 2006
| Village tourism in the outskirt of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Olga MEDVEDEVA, "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper, No 233
Few days ago presentation of one of the most successful projects of the UN Development Program aimed to support the village tourism in the region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was held. Belarus and Poland were covered by the project. It lasted two years and was financed from the means of the UN Development Program in Belarus. The project result in appearing a whole network of interesting tourist routes around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and in opening nearly ten new village farms. The people who decided to engage in the rural tourism have obtained financial contribution and some kind of pressure to make progress in their business.
October 23, 2006
| Bison are out
Jolanta Zachaj, Website "Hajnowka. Brama do Puszczy"
The reporting with photos about how bison were left the Bialowieza National Park to be delivered in France and Germany.
October 13, 2006
| There is this wonder in the world...
Alena YASKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 228-229
Belovezhskaya Pushcha unites Belarus and Poland in any sense. And the National Park "Pieniny" is located in the not less picturesque Slovac-Polish frontier area. How do the Slovaks use recreational opportunities of this unique corner of the country? What are interesting to attract tourists? What could Belarus borrow from the Slovak experience to itself, because country owns four national parks and one reserve? A reporter of the "NG" as a common tourist looked for the answers to these questions in this small European country.
October 03, 2006
| Bialowieza is a last European primeval forest
Wojciech Mikoluszko, "National Geographic Polska" magazine, No 10
The article with many colourful illustrations is about the Bialowieza Forest and why it was preserved. The main reason of this is because the Forest was in possessions of princes, kings and tsars.
September 30, 2006
| Belarus to be at the crossroads
Petr KRAVCHENKO, "Narodnaya Volya" (The People's Will) newspaper, No 154-157)
The section of the book by Petr KRAVCHENKO, in which the events of December 1991, and consequences of the signing and their analysis are described, is put on the website. In that time the agreements on dissolution of the Soviet Union and creation of Commonwealth of Independent States were signed in the governmental residence Viskuli located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The overall text of the book can be red on the website of the newspaper "the People's Will".
September 29, 2006
| To follow in "traces" of melioration
Valentina LAYKOVA, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 218-219
Reporters could estimate the Zhitkovichi district as an example of the situation concerning lands of the Polessie area won from bogs. Opinions are lately often raised regarding bogs to give them back to nature. Nickolai Bambalov disagrees with such the statement. Right, there are examples of the cases when melioration was groundless. In particular, it concerns some areas inside of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. As for restoration of bogs the topic is only to a certain extent.
September 28, 2006
| Belovezha is a tourist Mecca in the heart of Europe
Sergei PROTAS, Elena DOVZHENOK , "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper
The big publication with photos about achievements of tourism development and activity of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", as well as about a history of protection of Bialowieza Forest.
September 28, 2006
| Nickolai Bambiza "Pushcha requires paying absolute attention"
Sergei PROTAS, Elena DOVZHENOK, "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper
An interview with Nickolai Bambiza, Director General of the State National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", about achievements, plans and prospects of tourism development in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, as well as about of a dismissed employee "who has developed a grandiose campaign in the cyberspace and in the "independent" mass-media in order to discredit the management of the National Park".
September 28, 2006
| "Such nature as in Belarus absent somewhere else in Europe"
"Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 178
The Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Grigorov is sure about high potential of tourism in our country. We have interesting things for watching – about 5,000 objects attractive for tourists are located within the Belarusian area. Four of them are on a UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. There are Pripyatski and Berezinski reserves, ancient castle and palaces, Narochanski, Braslav Lakes and Belovezhskaya Pushcha natural areas, the August Channel and Ogniski's Channel, not mention about ancient towns with their priceless historical and cultural heritage.
September 23, 2006
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha yesterday and today
Evgeny Busco"Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No 82
The scientists of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has formulated a difficult research problem for themselves - to find the date of origination of protection in Pushcha. For the purpose to reach this task a scientific team was created. The conclusion after the first stage of the project's implementation is as the following. 1409 is rightful to consider the beginning of introducing the first measures on nature protection which later became a basis for establishing a protected status on the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and using this area as a protection game ground. 600 years have passed since that time.
September 15, 2006
September 13, 2006
| Pushcha for bicycles
Stefan JAKIMIUK, Heorhi KAZULKA, Specially for the Website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21st Century"
An interview-dialogue by Heorhi Kazulka, coordinator of the Project Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21 Century with Stefan Jakimiuk (Poland), WWF's regional leader and head of the project Pushcha for bicycles, about problems and prospects of tourism's development in Bialowieza Forest - Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
| A libraries' Day
Marina URKO "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No
The article about the library in the village of Kamenyuki and its employees.
September 08, 2006
| Attraction to the Naroch
Elena KUNTSEVICH, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 200-201
There are as many unique natural treasures in Belarus as they are, perhaps, enough to make an entire necklace. Berezinski Biosphere Reserve, National Parks "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Pripyatski", " Braslav Lakes" and "Narochanski" make only a part of these priceless riches. Especially protected natural areas cover about eight percents of the country's area. Today we invite you to make together with us a short excursion to the surprising land of Naroch.
September 07, 2006
| Belarusian archeologists to dug out Baba-Yaga
Olga Ulevich, “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi” (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper
The Belarusians have only recently begun to reveal their history. The archeologists want to transform places of excavation into museums in the open air. A mammoth changed the village of Yurovichi to the tourist Mecca. Townspeople skated using bones of horses one thousand years ago. The archeologists dream to dig out a man of Stone Age in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
September 01, 2006
| Any questions? Address to an Aarhus Center
Alena Yasko, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 194-195
In June of 1998, Belarus has joined to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. Elena Laevskaya, lawyer-adviser of an Aarhus Center, answers the received questions. How to compensate moral harm? Is one man the public too? A public organization aiming protection of environment should, according to the Aarhus Convention, be considered a stakeholder interesting in decision-making concerning use and protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
August 24, 2006
| Valery Dranchuk "I began to defend nature from early childhood…"
Nadezhda SUSLOVA, "Turizm and Otdykht" ("Tourism and Rest") newspaper, No 33
An interview to the journalist-ecologist Valery Dranchuk about beauty and protection of nature, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, tourism and personal activity.
August 12, 2006
| A trophy list
Sergei Kozhukh, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 151
The article narrows about features of national hunting tourism.
August 03, 2006
| A ballad of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Arkadiy BRZHOZOVSKY, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 144
"To Arcadi with kind greetings for the memory about Pushcha. Andrei Voznesenskiy, 1976 ". This autograph on the title page of a collection-book of verses "Release a bird" reminds to me of ten days in Belovezhskaya Pushcha where we, according to a TV-film script of the future, have found ourselves in Andrei Voznesenskiy's company who should become one of the film's heroes. The idea of the film was taken from a small poem "A flying moujik" written by Voznesenskiy's and devoted to the chairman of the collective farm "Soviet Byelorussia" Vladimir Bedulya.
July 29, 2006
| An animal living in the "cities"
Valery SIKIRZHITSKIY, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 137
The hunters, scientists and fans of nature have given many flatter epithets to a badger - able, accurate, true and clean. The way of life of the badger essentially differs from other representatives of the family of martens, for example from mink, weasel or ermine. It does not climb on trees and is not the absolute predator but it lives in "cities". Alas, this peculiar and attractive animal, however, is already under protection of a Red Data Book for the quarter of century and its quantity is insignificant in Belarusian woods. So in the territory of the Brest region Belovezhskaya Pushcha is apparently the only of their home.
July 27, 2006
July 25, 2006
| A report in relation to the ecologist Valery Dranchuk was made
The drawing up a report on infringement of rules of especially protected natural territories in relation to Valery Dranchuk, journalist-ecologist and author of green SOS-publications, finalized his next business trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
| "More new regions are added to the tourism business"
Marine GUCHEK, Yuri BESTVITSKIY, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 133
The development of domestic tourism in 2006-2010 as one of the major sources of currency's revenue return of the state is linked with solving many organizational and legal issues. On the instructions of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Sergei Sidorskiy, a working group led by the Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Cheslav Shulga will coordinate diverse problems of the promising branch and will introduce the practice of foreign countries. The reporters of the "Republic" talk to him.
July 21, 2006
| You will wake up at dawn…
Vladimir ABRAMOVICH, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 132
According the data of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus, 72 village farms of the country really accommodate the holiday-makers. The TASIC projects are also now under realization in Belarus. For example, 12 village farms to accept the tourists were created in Belovezhskaya Pushcha by financial means of one of these projects. The country will gain 400,000 Euro in the frame of the TASIC Program "Tempus" to develop routes for bicyclists in the Belarusian Lakes' area. "This is very easy to explain. The very beautiful sites are there", Victor Arhipovich said. "Lakes, rivers, woods… I recently visited the Rossonsky district to open the village farm "Beaver hut".
July 19, 2006
| Village charm has a price
Dmitriy PATYKO, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 130
The rural tourism is developed for only some years in Belarus but the first enthusiasts have already managed to prove that our simple and affecting by primordial nature rural landscapes, historical relics, talent and hospitality of the ordinary people can be not less attractive than Alpine or Flemish beauties and refinements of household of foreign village service. The value of this kind of tourist services is not only to earn money and to make employments in the field of service but also to develop villages and to protect nature. This phenomenon was a topic of the scientific seminar "Agro-ecological tourism in sustainable development of local communities: foreign practice and prospects for Belarus".
July 14, 2006
| Tsars often visited this land
Fedor MUHA, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 127
In the Kamenetz district the tourists will be attracted by village exotic and historical true stories. Five owners of village houses of the Kamenetz district have at once got financial grants from UN in the frame of a joint project initiated by this organization and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus. The purpose of this financial support is to push an unusual kind of private business, the village tourism arising in the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The work is in full swing in a large house of Elena Nesteruk from the village of Shostakovo. A local legend is based on the fact that the reigning persons quite often were on a visit to the Kamenetz's ground contiguous to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
July 05, 2006.
| A tourist path makes return to original sources or to get rest in the village of Mlyny
Galina NOVIK, "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No 59
Village tourism is a new and perspective direction of the tourism industry. "Green" travels or active rest near woods, rivers and lakes promptly become popular among the inhabitants of noisy cities. Five village houses of our district have had the rights in getting of financial support in the frame of the UN Program directed to develop rural tourism in the adjacent to Belovezhskaya Pushcha region. A George Gribov's house in the village of Mlyny at a coast of the river Lesnaya is one of them. He and his family live in the city of Brest and he holds the chair of philosophy and culture of the Brest State Technical University.
June 23, 2006.
| Village registration for tourism
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 50
The rural tourism has officially got green-light in Belarus. The decree "About measures on development of rural tourism in the Republic of Belarus" signed by the President of the Republic of Belarus in the earlier June of this year gives new opportunities, more than just legalization of the present and still few pioneers. In the opinion of some experts, the accepted document is to become a catalyst which will serve as a powerful spur to swift development of internal and entry tourism in the country. Two organizations, Public organization "Agro- and Ecotourism" and the UN Program of Development (the last by support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus has begun the project in the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha two years ago), rendered real assistance to the pioneers of the village tourism in Belarus now.
June 21, 2006
| How the war began
Fedor MUHA, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 111)
The inhabitants of the nearby-border Brest region became the eyewitnesses of the first hours of fascist's invasion. In the night of 22nd June the inhabitants of Pushcha looked in alarm at the glow of a fire expanding in the west. Then the emaciated frontier guards who escaped bloody "mincing-machine" of the first hours of the Great Patriotic War (the Second World War within the USSR's area) got coming to a farm. And then German troops came to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They left a lot of awful and cruel pictures in the memory of a twelve-year-old girl. Expecting that the wild relic wood can become a refuge for partisans, they at once began to expel the local inhabitants from it. All people from the villages were forced to abandon their houses which were then burned down. The first days of the war were marked in Belovezhskaya Pushcha by cry of women and children, and by the smoke of sites of a fire.
June 15, 2006
| Smell of lilac in Svisloch
Alexandra ANTSELEVICH, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 132
Each dweller of Minsk, much probably, will feel something native in the name of this small town, one of the oldest both in the Grodno area and Belarus, because the town and the metropolitan river share the same name. Moreover, few older settlements can be found all over Europe. The district center of Svisloch celebrates seven hundred fifty these days. The Svisloch area should be visited at least because a great part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is situated within the district's territory.
June 09, 2006.
| Green light for tourism
"Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 127-128
Talks about development of the entry and rural tourism in our country are doing for a long time. Various concepts were accepted and boards were conducted but something was absent. If to be more precise, the main namely the legislative acts which would stimulate these processes were absent. Last Friday the President of the country has signed two decrees vital for the tourism branch "On some measures of the state support of tourism in the Republic of Belarus" and "On measures on development of rural tourism in the Republic of Belarus". There is a photo of Natalia Zemlyanik and her farm house from Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
June 08, 2006
| Ticks attack not only people
Vasiliy BRUSNIKOV, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 126
Seven people at once became victims of ticks and were delivered to a hospital. However nobody bit them. The adults and children drank goat milk of an animal bitten by encephalitic tick. The most adverse situation concerning the tick encephalitis for today is observed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
June 07, 2006
| Foreigners are ready to pay thousands of Euros to get a license for hunting in Belarus
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 45
Hunters of different countries and colours like our blue-eyed Belarus and there is an end to it. They like the country not only because there is Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a hunt in which was a business of elite. However, the priority for commercial hunting's management in the Brest region doesn't belong to Pushcha. In September, 1989 the Brest Industrial Forestry Association which hunting lands make 20 percents of the total ones in the region has organized with great success first hunting tours for foreigners in the Telekhany Experimental Timber Enterprise.
June 07, 2006.
| Getting practice in Bialowieza
Dmitriy SHCHOCHIN, "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No 51
26 – 28th May of this year the seminar "Advanced practice of development of village tourism in the region Bialowieza" was held in the Polish settlement of Bialowieza. The seminar was organized in the framework of the project of the UN Development Program "Ecological sustainable development of the region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha": combining nature protection and sustainable development". The winners of a competition of financial support to the makers of rural services of the region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" covered by the project took part in the seminar.
June 02, 2006
| In a genre of gentle love
Valentin PEPELYAEV, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 101
The documentary film-maker Igor Byshnev, winner of the Third Minsk International Cinema-Festival of Ecological Films "2006 Ecofilm" and a Premium "2006 Tele-Top", will represent Belarus at the International Ecological Festival "Rescue and Save" in Hanty-Mansiysk. The documentary film-maker and scientist Igor Byshnev makes the ecological cinema. The result is bright, passionate and convincing. He, in some sense, is a pioneer of this genre. His cycle about Chernobyl was awarded almost all prizes of international cinema-festivals of this season.
May 31, 2006
| The keeper Shokhalevich
Alexander SABODASH, "Belarusskaya Dumka" (The Belarusian Idea) magazine, No 5
Working in the editing office of the magazine "Native Nature" for over thirty years, I lived in Belovezhskaya Pushcha much. I also learned, explored, found out and absorbed a lot. I want now to recollect the legendary man, Lukian Shokhalevich called the "osochnick", from the Belarusian word "sachytz" that means to keep order, watch, supervise. He was a true inspector of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and a modest owner of the green sea.
May 26, 2006
| An Earth paradise
Victor KUKLOV, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 115-116
In rest-days and holydays there are always many children in buses of the city of Mogilyov. They together with their parents or teachers go to visit a zoo garden. There are so much interesting there! One thing is to see animals on TV while absolutely another thing is to look at them alive, close by the visitors. Within the area of a large open enclosure which covers over 70 hectares, woods, lakes and fields are present. The animals, 6 bison brought from Belovezhskaya Pushcha, 17 spotted deer and 24 wild boars, live there in conditions similar to the natural environment. This allows to provide nature protection activity as well.
May 25, 2006.
| Stop, standing dead wood!
Ivan ZHDANOVICH, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 95
Did you hear? Woods got into a trouble. Spruce trees are dying in the big scale and are falling victim to hordes of little beetles, a spruce bark beetle. Age-old trees can not even resist the beetles. Belovezhskaya Pushcha, for example, has lost due to this disaster 200,000 cubic metres of wood in 1992 - 1994. The giants of hundred years old also suffered in 2001 - 2004 when damage nearly trebled. This spring there are plans to plant about 2,000,000 young oaks and pines by covering the area of 340 hectares in order to help Pushcha faster restoring its forces. It doesn't concern only to Pushcha, our forest industry incurred big losses as a whole. It is necessary to clean standing dead wood which is low worth, instead of harvesting valuable timber.
May 23, 2006
| An Oginski channel's polonaise
Victor KORBUT, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia” (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 93
In late April the employees of the Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences came back from an expedition at the Oginski channel. In the face of large-scale building works, or to be exact, of reconstruction which will be starting there since this summer, the archeologists had to reconnoiter sights possible to see for the tourists traveling along the river way from the town of Slonim to the city of Pinsk. The hydrological protected area of the national importance "Vygonoshchanskoe" which protected regime is only under some restrictions became a branch of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in 1958. This kept safe of its unique ecosystem from destructive drainage works.
May 23, 2006
| Cinderella? Why not Princess?!
Leontiy KUCHKO, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 91
It is not enough only to have thousand lakes and rivers, wild nature and primordial style of life. It should be able "to sell" them. Last year there began to speak a lot and concrete about tourism in the country, and not only in top offices. For example, joining Belarus to the International Organization on Tourism became the important event. The second example is the State National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" visited, according to the director of a local museum Grigory Romanyuk, by 180 thousand people from both our country and CIS, Europe, USA, China, Japan in 2005. This is nearly a quarter more than in 2004. Half a thousand tourists were daily serviced there last winter. Rural and agro tourism also develops well.
May 19, 2006
| National parks and sanatoriums are our brand names
Anzhelica MILTO, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 89
The one who will not have time will be overdue. This relates to the question about whether it is necessary beforehand to take care about booking places in sanatoriums of the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus. The most places in famous sanatoriums are booked even for June, do not mention about hottest summer months. But is all ready there to place mass visitors to have a rest? Today our national parks – the present Belarusian brand name – should more actively be advanced to the market of tourism services. This brand name already became attractive for the foreigners. Long-term contracts which are made with the partners from Italy, Germany, Austria, France and other countries are a testimony of this statement. Such the services as the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" invites to take part in "imperial hunting" for bison and the Reserve "Braslav Lakes" invites to take part in catching beavers are especially interesting.
Plus the note of the website's editor.
May 19, 2006
| An Earth paradise
Victor KUKLOV, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 109-110
Especially protected natural territories - reserves, national parks and protected areas with the regime of some restrictions are of big role to preserve biological and landscape diversity and to study processes in wild nature. Each of them has the own history which is short or long, sometimes being closely bound with political metamorphoses. With this respect the joint Belarusian and Russian historical and documentary exhibition "Wildness protection in Russia and the Republic of Belarus: the late XIX – early XXI centuries" are of particular interest.
May 19, 2006
| To have a rest at a river
Alena YASKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 109-110
Our "light-blue arteries" are not less attractive than lakes and reservoirs. The scientists investigated recreational capacities of Belarusian rivers. Such different factors as possibilities of driving rowing boats, water ski, excursions on motorboats, amateur fishery and, certainly, bathing were taken into account. Who will be cheerful and free to bathe in Belarusian rivers? Let's begin from the north. The route "Brest – Dnepr-Bug channel - Pinsk - Pripyat – Mosyr" is interesting. Using this way the visiting Belovezhskaya Pushcha is possible.
May 18, 2006
| An advanced post of Bialowieza
Emilia SHELEST, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 108)
Any man can scarily be found within the area of the former Soviet Union who was never hearing about Belovezhskaya Pushcha. What does the most of us are know about Belovezhskaya Pushcha? It is a few. If an especially inquisitive man will want to learn more about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, many unexpectedness and riddles are waiting for him. The first of them, perhaps, which he will face by researches, comprises the name of the National Park. Why is “Belovezhskaya”? It means that a white "vezha" (the Belarusian name of tower) is somewhere alongside of it.
May 17, 2006| "A penal stroke"
May 16, 2006
Elena TRIBULEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper
The peasants blame a local militiaman for slaughter and the death of an inhabitant of 36 years old from the village of Kamenyuki of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's area.
| Last wild-honey farmer of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Lyudmila BUNEEVA, "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper
If you belong to the constant visitors of the Gorky Regional Library, perhaps you drew attention to a large photo-portrait in the department of folk literature and bibliography. A very picturesque old man is imprinted in the frame of it. His face is strong, even severe. He has a special cap and sheepskin jacket, and a bunch of cords at his right hand. "Who is he?" the visitors ask. We also took an interest. He is the last wild-honey farmer of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, head of the department Tatiana Kovenko explained. "By the way, his great-great-granddaughter is an employee of our library".
May 13, 2006
| Our marvels of the world
Irina SVIRKO, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 85
The August channel is going to be included on a List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Four Belarusian objects are today in this UNESCO's List. Belovezhskaya Pushcha became the first inscribed in the last century. Then in 2000 the castle complex "Mir" and in 2005 the architectural and cultural complex of the Radzivily family's residence in the town of Nesvizh and the Struve's transboundary geodetic Arch.
May 12, 2006
| Teterinsk's grounds
Victor KUBETKO, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 102-103
Competent organization of works even in a small forest and game ground can bring enviable success. Even the people from the capital are aware of riches of fauna on lands of the State Forest Game Ground "Teterinskoe" located in the Kruglyanskiy district of the Mogilyov region. 40 animals of deer were recently moved to the "Teterinskoe" from Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Before 220 animals of deer were totaled in the Ground.
May 12, 2006
| Tourists in the Polessie area
Liliya KHLYSTUN, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia” (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 86
In the students days I was seriously keen on extreme tourism. However it was necessary to go thousand kilometers from a house in order getting an opportunity to float by raft on a mountain river, wander a desert, clamber on steep rocks or squeeze through the taiga thickets. But I tell the truth that I never boated across a wood until very recently, although everyone can set out for this unusual travel, in contradiction to Ural or Tan Shan for instance. This is both inexpensive and very near – just three hours by car driving to south of Minsk and you find yourself in the heart of Polessie, in the National Park "Pripyatski". In contradiction to Belovezhskaya Pushcha or Naroch Lake which became national tourist brands long ago, few people knew about "Pripyatski".
May 11, 2006
May 08, 2006
| Three truths but Pushcha alone
Victor Bakharev, Specially for the Website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21st Century"
I am sitting and reflecting why is such a sacred site of our country of Belarus, where Jan Jack Russo dreamed to take a residence, under any permanent damnation? Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the unique natural site which, as the fates decree, continually had a special status. Pushcha should become a sacred place. It really was so after the war. The Pushcha was a Reserve. But disorder began later. People, if we have something of the sacred, this is Pushcha. We, having lost it, will lose something more than just a site of good wood! We will lose the Belarusian Symbol and Sacred Place. Not be indifferent!
| A wise wood in the heart of Europe
Andrei Nekrasov, Website "Russian Newspaper"
Belovezhskaya Pushcha opens the summer tourist schedule. "Pay attention, please! We have already scheduled almost all time in May. In the earlier month we expect a numerous group of the tourist-bicyclists combined from Belarus, Germany and Poland. A big group booked to have rest with fishing in the twentieth May. Ordinary excursion tours are also booked almost for each day. In short, the season began", I immediately got this information, as the answer to one of those questions which I was going to ask in the Reserve, from the scientific employee of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Igor Romanyuk who met me. Without a seal "Confidential". How spend 850 thousand dollars on drink? The summer watch of a Grandfather Frost. Pushcha without borders.
May 01, 2006
| Green bazaar, or why Belarusian ecologists did not support an action to protect Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Heorhi KAZULKA, "Zelenyi Mir" (The Green World) magazine (Russia), May 2006
The article analyses problems of the "green" ecological movement of Belarus. As a case of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, weakness of this movement and complexity of a social and political situation for the work of Belarusian non-governmental organizations, ecologists and activists of nature protection are shown. Necessary to advance and to promote new leaders and original programs to give to a new impulse and activate the public process, including the campaign for protection of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, is concluded.
April 20, 2006
April 14, 2006
| Visiting Belarusians in Poland
Oleg SUPRUNYUK, "Brestskiy Kurier" (The Brest Courier) newspaper, No 16
Traveling log by a reporter about his visit to the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, adventures at crossing the state border, Polish authorities, EU membership and problems of Euroregion "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".
| Skill of hospitality
Sergei Kozhuh, "Sovetskaya Byelorussia” (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 70
The Belarusian tourist infrastructure, which shared pitiable situation literally ten years ago, has managed today both to get over crisis and surely strive for reaching new picks. Pleasant surprises are also prepared for the persons on leave in the future holiday season.
March 22, 2006
| Return of bogatyrs
Petr Putra, "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper, No 61-62
Ten years will soon pass since new settlers, bison from Belovezhskaya Pushcha, appeared in woodlands of Grodnenskaya Pushcha. There are already few places of "registration" of this mighty, beautiful and proud animal. Today it lives in our country in areas of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", Beresinski and Pripyatski reserves and in woods of Nalibokskaya Pushcha and Grodnenskaya Pushcha
March 21, 2006
| Be tourism in the fatherland!
Tatiana Vladimirova, "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 51)
The Brest area has all chances to become tourist Mecca. Beauty of the Brest land is well known far beyond the bounds of our country. These places attract by a surprising nature and sites of olden times. 2,084 historical and architectural monuments and about 120 estates and parks are located there. 80 large and small rivers flow across the territory of the Brest area. A unique natural monument, one of the most ancient wood reserves of Europe – the State National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", stretches out in the northwest of the Brest lands. Dream of many foreign tourists is to visit the only intact natural site on the European continent hymned in songs and literature, and also other local sights. Due to some objective reasons, development of tourist services in the area leaved much to be desired for a long time. However 2005 became the turning point for tourism development in the Brest land.
March 16, 2006
| A reserved ground
Anatoliy Kleshchuk, "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper
An only road leads to the research-town Babich. But it is also unexpectedly blocked by a barrier. This is because this old road leads to a zone, very dangerous territory which entrance is under strict restriction. Roadside signs designated radio-activity confirm words of my guide. Our route is inside of the 30-kilometer zone which keeps a lot of riddles and dangers, but not only of them. This area is rich of natural surprises. Families of roe dears, wild boars and elks run across our road time after time. Bison also were there. A shelter for settlers from Belovezhskaya Pushcha was created in one of the oak woods, of which the Pripyat Polessie region area was always glorified. Nearly all specimens of the relic animals are now gathered there.
March 14, 2006
| On how the song "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was born
Vyacheslav Semakov, "Zarya" (The Dawn) newspaper, No 29
There is scarcely any man in the post-soviet area who did not hear songs by known Russian composer Alexandra Pahmutova even once in his life. She has made nearly four hundred songs, many of which became classics, and also music to a number of films and symphonies. However the song "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with a surprising melody, imprinting in mind of everyone who will hear it, takes a special place among a set of products made by Pahmutova. The story of creation of the song is also interesting.
March 07, 2006
| Good-bye, the guest Shrovetide!
Emma DZIURICH, "Zarya" (The Dawn) Newspaper
The Shrovetide festival lasted, attracted and danced for a week but it is time to leave closing the winter and making way for Lent. According to an ancient tradition, old and young people went in the street of Brest and other towns and villages. Even major winter heroes organized a holiday in a Grandfather Frost's residence of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in honour of farewell to the invited Guest. It was with tunes, dancing and sweet gifts!
February 28, 2006
| Furious Bedulya
Irina GURINOVICH,“Sovetskaya Byelorussia” (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 39
Vladimir Bedulya is a man of legend. This is not because he is twice Hero of Socialist Work and his bronze bust has been set in the town of Kamenetz, his native land. This is not because he is a successful and permanent chairman in the collective farm (now the Agricultural Industrial Complex) "Soviet Byelorussia" already for fifty years. This is because his interests reach far beyond pure professional activity. He is the man of mad life passion and cheerful mentality. His most beloved place in the world is Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
February 23, 2006
| A song about Pushcha
Irina ORLOVA, "Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 42
The article about history, huntings, natural riches and today's achievements of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
February 20, 2006
February 10, 2006
| Belovezhskaya Pushcha: problems and prospects
Website "Alexander Kozulin"
Alexander Kozulin, candidate-presidents of the Republic of Belarus and leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party, is for preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
| Back to the nature, in the future of agro- and ecotourism
Nataliya HLEBUS, Magazine "Native Nature", No 1
In a wonderful part where a Belarusian Grandfather Frost chose to place his residence and where herds of mighty bison take a free-living walk, a Project of the Program of UN Development "Ecological Sustainable Development of the Region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha: Overlapping Nature Protection and Sustainable Development" is in progress. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus is the National Executive Agency of the Project. Head of the Project Dmitriy FRISHCHIN is our guest.
February 10, 2006
| "Wood is my temple"
Svetlana YADRANTSEVA, Magazine "Native Nature", No 1
The first impression and major memoir of childhood is the "easy breath" of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Konstantin Saevich, Professor of ecology and dean of the humanitarian and ecological faculty of Belarusian State Agricultural Technical University, never met then such the perfect air prepared from aroma of wood flowers, grasses and leafs anywhere in the world. Five Saevich's generations, speaking in the high-word style, devoted their life to serve the wood.
January 31, 2006
| How the Belarusian Santa Clause affected the President’s image
Heorhi Kazulka, Specially for the website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha – 21th Century"
Recently a significant event happened in my life. I visited the residence of the Belrusian Grandfather Frost (Santa Clause), which was placed in the depths of Belovezhskaya Pushcha... The article narrows about issues of a travel to the Grandfather Frost. It is offered to explore the “side-scenes” of this fairy tale. The conclusions on infringements of legislation and other things and events, that are not least important and actually interesting, are made.
January 29, 2006
| Does "Syndrome of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" affect especially protected natural areas?
Ales Pchelka, "World of Animals" magazine (Gomel), No 1
Physicians have an interesting term called "syndrome". This concept means the presence of steady combinations of certain pathological symptoms. Turning from medicine to ecology, it is possible to say that Belovezhskaya Pushcha also precisely features a package of steady "pathological" phenomena - few research staff, bad-managed tourism with a low level of ecological education, urban-like "improvement" of landscape, and changing natural balance. Pushcha is the place where the "illness" with the specified above symptoms has particularly clear diagnosis. I offer to call all listed above set of "unhealthy" conditions on especially protected natural areas, therefore, as the medical term "Syndrome of Belovezhskaya Pushcha"... This "syndrome" also affects stronger and stronger other especially protected natural areas of the country, in particular the National Park "Pripyatski".