NEWS ARCHIVE: JUNE 2006

June 29, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 117 On an old road of the tsar times…

The town of Pruzhany. An agricultural village will be built in the area near the lake Krasnoe (Red), BelTA Information Agency informed. The tourist complex in the style of old times will be placed 10 km from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Comfortable wooden houses, aqua-park in the open air, sports grounds, sauna, tavern and stable with horses for riding will be constructed there. The cost of this project makes about 10 billion Belarusian Roubles (~480,000 US $). The second tourist project common with the Republic of Poland is the 100-kilometer transboundary route "Royal High Road". It will follow the road of tsar times and will connect the central administrative place of the Polish part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the village of Bialowieza and the Belarusian town of Pruzhany.

Elena BEGUNOVA
June 28, 2006 "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper, No 145 The each carries the own burder

A brigade from the village of Yasen of the Pruzhany district (Belovezhskaya Pushcha)
A brigade from the village of Yasen of the Pruzhany district (Belovezhskaya Pushcha).
Photo by Anatoli Kleshchuk
June 27, 2006 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 115 On a royal high road

The 100-kilometer "Royal high road" will connect the border area of the neighboring Poland through Belovezhskaya Pushcha with the district town of Pruzhany and the nearby settlement of urban type of Ruzhany. According to a program of development of tourism accepted in the district, routes of international importance will be open in the coming fife years on this ancient way which the kings and magnates of the Rzech Pospolyta (the former Polish state) used. The routes will pass by a tourist village which is planned to be constructed at a picturesque coast of the lake "Krasnoe" (Red). An original tourist complex will grow near at a building agricultural village which will unit the nearby villages Mokroe (Wet) and Kozly (Goats).

Fedor MUHA
June 23, 2006 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 50 Pushcha erases the borders

Within the territory of the Euro-region "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" the new project of transboundary partnership and cooperation which got the name "What are in the Pushcha's towns?" started for realization. The aim of the project is strengthening and development of relationships between the Polish town of Hajnowka and the Belarusian ones of Kamentz and Pruzhany in the field of tourism and culture. A primary meeting of the participants of the project where the Belarusian party delegated its members was hold in Hajnowka last Tuesday. Prospects of cooperation and further popularization of cultural, natural and historical values, which are rich in the towns of the region and introducing to which should be encouraged in every possible way, despite of the border dividing our countries, were discussed at the meeting. The project is financed from the budget of the European foundation of regional development. The term of the project's realization is till February 2007. The first powerful step of realization of the project should become the issue of a guide-booklet which will reflect all information concerning opportunities of rest and tourism in the Pushcha-side towns.
June 21, 2006 "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" (Independent Newspaper) newspaper (Russia) A submarine for Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Kiev tries to compete to Moscow in the field of military-technical cooperation with Byelorussia.

On a background of declarations of the officials from Moscow about inevitable decreasing technical cooperation in the military field between Russian Federation and Ukraine due to desire of the persistent from Kiev to be Ukraine a part of NATO, the Minister of Defence of the "independent state" Anatoli Grizenko has undertaken urgently to look for markets for selling of production of the national military industrial complex. …….

The meeting of Grizenko and Malzev, the last is the Belarusian Minister of Defence, despite of many efforts of the both parties (by the way, the head of the Belarusian military department, General-Colonel, can surely be given the heist appreciation for culture and diplomacy to held the dialogue), just confirmed the earlier said by the Russian Vice-Premier, Minister of Defence Sergei Ivanov "No one, except for Russia, is in need of production of the Ukrainian military enterprises". As a matter of fact, no one serious document in the field of advancement of military cooperation between two countries was signed in Brest where the ministers of defence met. ……….

According to "NVO" sources in Brest, the "sanatorium" arrangements were sweetened with an excursion trip of Mr Grizenko to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The visitor from Kiev got much impressed from hand-feeding bison there. At the same time, this cognitive sally could get another subtext like remaindering about 1991 because a famous tripartite agreement which caused the disorder of the Soviet Union was signed in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Ukraine was one of the most active participants of this event.

The author of this article already visited these places and, despite of natural beauty, got a rather strong filling for the accident happened here. By the way, the President Lukashenko, whose one of the residences is situated in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, repeatedly said that the signers of that "partisan" act "profaned such the remarkable place". According to sources of the weekly journal, Leonid Malzev could at least specify the location of "a little house" in which presidents Eltzin, Kravchuk and Shushkevich "disorganized the Great Power (USSR)" as he couldn't show it to the colleague. Of course, it's certainly being hinted at like all is right, the Union can't be returned but what is a matter to "fraternize" with NATO?! We say we together with Moscow have partly corrected "the Belovezhskaya mistake". We are in progress to build the Allied state. We develop a grouping of two armies. We shall possible soon sign an agreement about the uniform system of air defence.

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Tatiana VLADIMIRIVA

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(The article is set in the short-cut form, reference by “BP - 21 Century")
June 16, 2006 The Website "Shop.coll.ru - Philately" The archive: Through the webpages

The postage stamp "Bison. Belovezhskaya Pushcha". 1969

The postage stamp
June 09, 2006 "Narodnaya Gazeta", (The People’s Newspaper) Newspaper, No 127-128 Green light for tourism

Natalia Zemlyanik and her farm house from Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Natalia Zemlyanik and her farm house from Belovezhskaya Pushcha
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".
June 09, 2006 "Vecherniy Brest” (The Evening Brest) Newspaper, No 46 Prompting for tourists

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus by support of the UN Development Program issued a publicity booklet for tourists "Rest in a village house at the entrance of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in which not only architectural and natural monuments of the Brest and Grodno regions, the most interesting to the travelers, are listed but also available addresses of village farms already opened to accommodate the tourists are specified. Five village houses of the Kamenetz district and one of the Pruzhany district are called. The booklet meets all European standards - some photos of farms are placed, as well as telephone numbers for contacts with the owners, type of accommodation, convenience service, kitchen etc are specified. The booklet has a circulation of a thousand copies.
June 07, 2006 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (The Kamenetz’s News) Newspaper, No 51 On Pushcha's glades

After spruce trees began "to fall out" from a wood of Belovezhskaya Pushcha (because of decrease of a level of subsoil waters and affection caused by bark beetles), oak and pine plantations gradually began to replace them. Seedlings of these species are planted on forest glades since 2002 when a hurricane damaged the Pushcha's forest in the area of 180 hectares. Works on restoration of the forest have been conducted in the area of about 400 hectares this spring. Tree plantations were "put" on Pushcha's glades. 150 hectares were under works on promotion to restoration of natural forest.

This is not cheap business because each branch should be fenced to rescue a planted tree from herbivorous animals. Infertile grounds which were passed to possession of the National Park from neighboring enterprises will also be under reforestation. Spruce trees, most likely, will be planted on sandy soils and shallow gullies.

Spruce will not disappear, although scientists assert that climatic conditions of the southwest of Belarus do not match environmental requirements of spruce trees in their entirety.

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The note of the website's editor

Everyone has to wonder what kind of pathos, pride and nonsense is when the state propagation advertises creation of artificial plantations in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in areas where relic forest of natural origin earlier existed. This is indeed what the value of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is, namely the originality and relic character, instead of artificial state. However, this simple truth is understandable neither for the officials from the administration of the National Park, Property Management Department of the President, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, nor for the members of Scientific and Technical Council of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, nor for the journalists. The experts from the Ministry of Forestry are the only (!?) who share this understanding, although they should theoretically be the first to support artificial afforestation which is the long-term tradition of forest management. Is this the paradoxes of the Belarusian reality? Probably, it is better to consider this as the parameter of a level of nonsense of those who today manage Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the indicator of deadlock and inability of the present chiefs to provide good management in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Read more precious information concerning inadmissible actions on artificial planting of woods which replace the primary primeval forest on these pages:

Heorhi Kazulka, Ph.D. of Biology
Editor of the website "BP – 21 Century"