NEWS ARCHIVE: MAY 2006
May 31, 2006
"Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) Newspaper, No 119
Belovezhskaya Pushcha to get into communication
Rural tourism will be at the peak of popularity during the current year.
The summer is traditionally a period to have a rest in open air. Picnics with fragrant kebab, bathing in Belarusian lakes with very clean water, all of theses already attracts of became tired townspeople. It would be desirable to see new places but to reach them it is not obligatory to spend time in a bus or train for two days.
Village farms offering this kind of rest become more and more numerous day after day, however information about them is limited. A new website devoted to rural tourism (www.belregion.active.by
) started recently up. It places diverse information about farms, historical monuments and tourist routes of the region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Apart from this, the website has function of feedback thanks to which everyone wishing can duly receive complete answer to exciting questions.
The directory for tourists "Rest in a village house at the entrance of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" will also assist to make fascinating travel across the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, famous all over the world.
This superb illustrated edition shows riches which the Belarusians have and promotes that as many as possible the people could see a unique Belarusian nature and touch a history of our country, representative of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus Olga Belyakova noted.
We hope that both the directory and website will allow attracting the tourists to visit the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This will ultimately bring positive effect to develop an infrastructure in five districts, Kamenetzkiy, Pruzhanskiy, Volkovysskiy, Zelskiy and Sviclochskiy, covered by the project, manager of the project Dmitriy Frishcin declared.
The directory "Rest in a village house at the entrance of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" being in the format pdf can be loaded by following the link: http://un.by/pdf/Usadby-UNDP.pdf
May 30, 2006
"Travel notes by "Locomotive IS""
The archive: Through the webpages
An Imperial railway in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Official duties required my presence in Poland before the Easter feast, the calendar date of which coincided by the Orthodox and Catholics this year. Because of some peculiarities of air travel tariffs my departure to Moscow was scheduled on Sunday and the visit of a state border belt Czeremcha-Czisowka to the east of Poland, therefore, was under plan on Saturday. However, the plan was operatively corrected on one's way and I went in Bialowieza along an imperial railway, instead of visiting Czisowka. But everything is step by step.
Further read (unfortunately in Russian) by following the link http://parovoz.com/stories/bialowieza/
. Apart from the text, on the page there are a lot of photos of railway infrastructure in the region of the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
May 23, 2006
"Respublika", (The Republic) newspaper, No 91
To visit Polish people of the same age
Thirty young men and girls from the frontier town of Vysokoe of the Kamenetz district as pedestrians set out for Poland through the frontier crossing "Peschatka". On the Polish side they were placed in a comfortable bus headed for the town of Kleszczeli which administration invited the Belarusian neighbours for visiting. The visit was organized in the frame of the international Project "Young openers of frontier ways" which is a part of the program of development of the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
. The guys from Vysokoe visited memorable places of the frontier area in the neighboring country, saw the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
and companionably played football and volleyball with young people of the same age.
May 23, 2006
"Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) Newspaper, No 112
A bus with owner's name as a gift
A new comfortable bus "MAZ" appeared in the town of Stolbtsy of the Minsk region. Its sides have the drawn arms of Stolbtsy. Such the gift was made for the town by MinOblTrans (Minsk Regional Transport Board). As a ceremony, General Director of the enterprise Victor Rusak handed keys over the Chairman of the Stolbtsy District Executive Committee Igor Radyuk. On Saturday the bus driven by one of the best drivers of the district Ivan Karlinskiy set off on the first distant journey. The chiefs of some regional services, first of all of agricultural enterprises who most successfully led sowing campaign in the district, were rewarded with this incentive trip - an excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha
May 22, 2006
Giants of Belovezhskaya Pushcha at home
688 bison live now in Belarus, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Valentin Malishevskiy informed.
He noted that 8 populations of bison are totaled in the country. Development of all populations is dynamic and sustainable, Deputy Minister added. At the same time, as he said, today there are still some species of animals in Belarus preservation of which populations causes fears by the Belarusian scientists. For example, a marsh-otter living in woods of Belarus supersedes a more aggressive mink once delivered to our country. "These species are externally very similar against each other and we cannot eliminate mink avoiding fear to eliminate the marsh-otter", Valentin Malishevskiy noted.
The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection reminded that the rare or endangered species of wild animals and plants are under protection of the state and are listed in the Red Data Book of Belarus. A third edition of this Book was recently issued.
May 21, 2006
"Web-shop "Exclusive book""
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Hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Exclusive books and issues)
In 1862 a unique book "Hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with illustrations by Michael Zichi was issued. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is famous as a unique oldest reserve and it is mentioned as long ago as in the Ipatievskaya Chronicles. All Russian kings, since the Vladimir Monomakh's time, hunted there. This book is about how the imperial hunting has being put into practice there. The issue is designed with unique illustrations.
The editorial office:
21,5 x 28,7 cm, 174 pages
Book-cover if of manual manufacture from a natural leather. A stamping of the cover and spine is by a gold foil in 23 carats. The rotund spine is decorated by bandage. The fly-leaves are made from a marbled paper of manual manufacture.
May 19, 2006
"Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia), No 91
Additional second of happiness
Time to have rest has come. The same ideas go through the brain "Where to go and how many days to spend? What to choose? Turkey or Ukraine? But maybe the best is to be resting within the native borders?" The choice more and more often is to prefer our "blue-eyes" country. For example, the lakes Naroch and Braslav Lakes, regarding the quantity of the tourists served, come back to stable positions of the Soviet times.
About 30,000 people visited protected sites for a season at that time, General Director of the National Park "Braslav Lakes" Ivan Kasianenko told during a recent briefing. We now set up 30 comfortable parking for tourists and we think that all complex of the Braslav area consisted of 200 lakes is under expectation of the true pilgrimage. Judging by the last seasons, the inhabitants of St.-Petersburg, Latvia and Lithuania will basically arrive.
As to the share of a tourist product, only 20 percents actually concerns of Belarus. The rest of the share, unfortunately, comprises travels outside the country. But this does not mean that the state marks time expecting tourist boom as minimum as in the next century. For example, every fourth of the mentioned 20 percents of the tourists who preferred Belarus had rest in sanatoriums and National Parks of the Property Management Department of the President. This is the essential moment which very well indicates priorities of the state politics in the tourist branch.
Traditional forms of rest are also in progress. Let's take, for example, hunting. As for the already mentioned National Park "Braslav Lakes", tours for the hunters are being booked to the end of the year. The director of the Park is convinced of the fact that there are all opportunities to increase shooting a wild boar which population already begins to create problems. Beavers are also numerous on the Braslav land as never before, approximately more than three and a half thousand specimens. The increase to catch them would not negatively affect nature at all.
It's obvious that the industry of rest organized by the Property Management Department of the President is directed to create a maximum of services not only for the foreign tourists but also for the inhabitants of the country who more and more willingly spend holiday in native places. The atmosphere of the National Parks "Narochanski", "Braslav Lakes", "Pripyatski" and "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
promotes this as good as possible.
May 13, 2006
"Zarya" (Dawn) newspaper, No 53
Visiting reserved sites
The National park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is always populous. Both the tourists from Belarus and nearby foreign countries come to admire local sights there. Enclosures with wild animals living in the reserved wood are one of the most favorite places.
This picture shows the meeting of children with a red deer.
Photo by Roman Kobyak
May 11, 2006
Information Agency "BelTA"
A Belarusian Grandfather Frost to dress in a spring costume
This is the view of the spring costume of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost who is living in his estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
May 06, 2006
"Zarya" (Dawn) newspaper, No 51
Two-headed eagles returned home
Restoration of ten bridges of a former imperial road Pruzhany - Belsk (Poland) is complete in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". the road was open on August 25, 1903 with participation of the Emperor Nickolai II and Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. In that time the road of military importance passed through Belovezhskaya Pushcha and lead to an imperial palace in Bialowieza (it is now the territory of Poland) and further to a railway station.
All ten bridges, on which handrails are possible to read superscriptions "Cast in Chenstokhovo, 1903", were saved up to now at the road on the Belarusian side of Pushcha. Unfortunately, symbols of the Russian Empire, two-headed eagles decorating handrails of bridges were lost within the war. In the framework of a project on restoration of historical sites in Belovezhskaya Pushcha conducted in the National Park, there was decided to put imperial eagles back to their place and restore former greatness of the bridges. It allowed to make a road one of the historical and tourist objects of the National Park as it is now important too. Today the former imperial road connects the Belarusian and Polish parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A tourist check post (Pruzhany - Bialowieza) of simplified crossing the state border is located at this road.
Photo by Roman Kobyak
May 04, 2006
Website "ITAR-TASS" (Russia)
Trophies of imperial hunting are in Moscow at an exhibition of natural reserves
MOSCOW, May 4. /By Elena Dorofeeva, reporter of ITAR-TASS /. An exposition devoted to a history of natural reserves from times of the Russian empire is open today in a building of Federal Archives at Pirogovka in Moscow.
The exhibition begins with photos of Nickolai Second hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
. To make them the most visual, horns of bison with brands were delivered from the Darwin Museum. These brands testify that the animal was a bag by the emperor and his brother. Sergei Goranin, lead expert of the Russian State Archive of Economy, told the ITAR-TASS's reporter that Nickolai Second has taken care of preservation of Belovezhskaya Pushcha
. An Act signed by him "On establishment of rules about hunting reserves" is submitted at a stand. The sovereign himself strictly observed rules of seasonal hunting, Mr Goranin added.
May 04, 2006
Website "Ecology and life"
An exhibition on wildness protection to open
The Committee on Archives and Office-work at the Ministerial Council of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian State Archive of Economy with the participation of:
the State Archive of Russian Federation, Russian State Military Historical Archive, Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, Russian State Archive of Newest History, Russian State Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents, Archive of the President of Russian Federation, Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian State Library, Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Preservation of Biological Diversity, Federal Service on Supervision of Nature Use, Timiryazev State Biological Museum, Darwin State Museum, Lomonosov Research Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University, Centre of Protection of Wild Nature;
Chambers of Representatives of National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus, National Archive of the Republic of Belarus, National Historical Archive of Belarus, National Historical Archive of Belarus in the Grodno city, Belarusian State Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents, State Archive of the Brest region, State Archive of the Vitebsk region, State Archive of the Gomel region, State Archive of the Grodno region, State Archive of Public Associations of the Grodno region, State Archive of the Minsk region, State Archive of the Mogilyov region, Zone State Archive in the Polotsk city, State Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
represent a historical and documentary exhibition "Wildness protection in Russia and the Republic of Belarus. The end of XIX - the beginning of XXI Centuries". The opening of the exhibition is in the Exhibition hall of the Federal Archives on June 4, 2006 at 3.00 p.m.
"The purest pleasure, the pleasure of Nature ." (L.N. Tolstoy). The modern natural heritage cannot be imagined without Baikal Lake and Sakhalin Peninsule, without oldest Belovezhskaya Pushcha
, without fantastic Sayany taiga and originality of the Belarusian Polessie, without unique Ilmenskiy mountains and mysterious glacial boulders of Belarus. It is not casual that the reserved areas are often called the Earth paradise. The bright anf magic world of living nature is filled by wisdom and harmony, simplicity and naturalness. Whether our children can enjoy by charm of its primeval beauty in the future, it depends on each of us.
The represented exhibition will help understand and overestimate much in the history of mutual relations between a man and Nature. Basic landmarks of development of wildness protection in Russia and the Republic of Belarus and the history of nature protection activity since first acts and first reserves up to shaping modern ecological politics are submitted in the form of documents, photos and museum exhibits for the first time for a public review. The new exposition will tell how the natural reserves were created, how they survived in the difficult periods of the history, how they suffered from short-sighted decisions by some politicians, how the enthusiasts - scientists and expert on local lore, history and economy - rescued reserves to avoid their destruction. The fact that the first state reserve appeared 90 years ago, in a very hard for Russia period of the First World War is indicative.
The today's exhibition is tribute of memory to the people who devoted themselves exploring the mysterious world of Nature and preserving its primordial conditions. A sculptural portrait of V.V. Dokuchaev, diplomas, letter, photos and other documents of such famous scientists as V.L. Komarov, N.M. Kulagin, V.N. Sukachev, F.R. Stilmarlk and others is submitted at the exposition .
Among exhibits are documents from Belarusian archives on protection of bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
in XIX century, the
Lenin's Decree of 1921 "On protection of natural monuments, gardens and parks", the notorious decisions of the governments of the USSR and allied republics of 1951 which resulted in liquidation of some reserves of the Soviet Union. Laws of Russia of 1995 and the Republic of Belarus of 2000 "On especially protected natural territories", and the Russian law "On protection of environment" of 2002 which describe development of wildness protection at the present historical stage are among the acts of recent years submitted to the exhibition.
Numerous photos are of a special interest. They present rare animals, unique treasures of nature, and the people who created reserves and fought for their right on existence. Colourful posters, maps, children's drawings, well executed zoological exhibits and compositions of flora evidently demonstrate how natural environment is rich and diverse.
The heads of archival departments of Russia and the Republic of Belarus, Federal Service on Supervision of Nature Use, representatives of Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Russian Federation, scientists, outstanding politicians, state and public figures are expected to be taken part in the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition is open from May 5 till June 4, 2006 from 12.00 p.m. at the address: Pirogovskaya street 17, house 1. Monday and Tuesday are days off.
The Federal Archival Agency
May 03, 2006
Website "UACoins.com - Shop for a collector"
Bison. Belovezhskaya Pushcha. 1 Ruble. 2001. An edition of 5,000 copies
Bison. Belovezhskaya Pushcha. 1 Ruble. 2001
Coins were put in circulation 30th
Drawn by S.P. Zaskevich (Belarus).
Minting by the Join-Stock Company "State Mint", Warsaw (Poland). The coins have the form of a circle and the edging setting out round in a circle on the obverse and back sides. A lateral side of coins has the grooved surface.
The obverse side: the relief image of the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus in a circle framed with a geometrical ornament, under the Emblem the year of stamping is specified; superscriptions are in a circle - "THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS" at the top and "ONE RUBLE" at the bottom.
The back side: a relief image of a head of bison in the background of a styled wood; superscriptions are in a circle - "BELOVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA" from the left up and "BISON" from the left down.
The quality of the coin made is "proof-like".