Celebration of the 600th anniversary of nature protection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (October 3, 2009)

Events, facts, documents and evidences: On October 3, 2009, celebrations to mark the 600th anniversary of nature protection in Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been held in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and other top-officials from the government took part in the celebration.

The official wording of the celebration title launched in Belarus at the top governmental level and advertised in all Belarusian media for the past 2 years, sounded as the following the 600 anniversary of tablishing of the reserve status in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The following inscription which now meets the national park's visitors - "Belovezhskaya Pushcha. 600 years of establishing the wilderness protection status" was made on the wall of the new restaurant for the celebration. Read here about the falsification of this statement (slogan).

A big number of people have gathered in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. There were a few thousand specially invited guests of the Belarusian and foreign delegations. Residents of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and tourists from all over the country (most of them were from Brest and Grodno as the closest regional centers) have also come to see the celebration and performances. Cars and buses have been as many as they were not only along the main street and at the entrance to the village but also filled the side streets and courtyards. Accordingly, there was a lot of traffic police, police and officials in plain clothes with special means of communication and distinctive appearance. Belovezhskaya Pushcha was under the highest security mode. A control system with the modern means was established at the main entrance to the administrative and tourist center of the National Park. To get to the territory center, it was necessary to show the passport and to go through a special radio-metal locator and check-out of personal belongings. Then those who passed could take sits in serving buses which brought people to the home lawn (guest glade) located five kilometers from the administrative and tourist center. The highest security measures were also established there.

At 11.00 a.m., an hour before the public presentation by the head of state, people were temporarily stopped to enter because the home lawn (guest glade) was full with participants and spectators. The entering all comers resumed only after 3 hours when the performances of artists came to the end. Then people could watch and participate as buyers in a fair and sale of handicrafts. The fair continued until the evening. Then at 21.00 all the guests were able to witness the grand fireworks in the floodplain of the Pravaya Lesnaya River near the village of Kamenyuki.


Before the beginning of the celebration, there were preventively detained (arrested) the residents of Belovezhskaya Pushcha Heorhi Kazulka, Vladimir Gayewski and some others by security services. They were neither offenders nor immoral elements of society but they were not allowed to celebrate together with other participants and guests. The purpose of this action was to isolate the activists of nature conservation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha or simply "too" enterprising people during the festive events with participation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

For this reason, the original photographs made from "the BP-21" for this page are not available because some of then have not been made while others nave been deleted from the camera by the intelligence services during the detention. In this regard, only those photos are used on this page that made online by news agencies and other websites**. Therefore, the photo-page content is a bit formal, with the absence of other interesting details and materials on the subject.

Details on how the triumphal events to be celebrating in Belovezhskaya Pushcha are outlined in numerous formal and thematic news. You can also find related videos. We, therefore, confine ourselves to the main points of the solemn celebration without their detailed description.



Before the official observances President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited the administrative and environmental center, the Museum of Nature and other places of the National Park.

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(The President visits the administrative and environmental center with the Museum of Nature)
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(The President visits other facilities of the Park)

Official celebrations began on the home lawn (guest glade) of the National Park with a 15-minute speech of Alexander Lukashenko.

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(Speech of Alexander Lukashenko)

Then the concert with participation of Belarusian artists and special guests has been began.

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(The concert)
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(Alexandra Pakhmutova and Nikolai Dobronravov are the authors of the song "Belovezhskaya Pushcha")
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(Guests at the concert)

A whole town of crafts and arts in which craftsmen showed their skills has been placed at the guest meadow.

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(The town of crafts and arts)

The general view of the home lawn (guest glade) during the holiday celebration.

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(The general view of the home lawn (guest glade))

Watch fireworks on a separate page here.


**On this page the photographs from the websites "Kamenets and Surroundings", "The Metropolitan TV (STV), "The Official Web-Portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus" and "Mobil Tele-Systems" have been used.