NEWS ARCHIVE: SEPTEMBER 2010

September 29, 2010 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper "Swapping import for export "

Monday, September 27. Brest’s regional Office for Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism praised the tour operators who made "a substantial contribution to the export and import of tourist services, promotion of Belarus’ tourist opportunities and development of a competitive tourist product."

For note: ñBrest region currently counts 120 registered tourist-service providers, 15 of which are agencies that only sell the products of tour operators.

Before opening the solemn ceremony, head of the Brest office, Nikolay Hevruk called on the guests to air the industry’s problems. Tour operators did, but without much enthusiasm. Of difficulties complained the representatives of the agrotourism who rent their country houses.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha, as usual, came into critical view. Professionals talked of foreign tourists being puzzled to see large tour coaches making trips to the mansion of the Father Frost. Foreigners believe that only ecological means of transport, such as a bicycle, should be used in the oldest forest of Europe.

This, however, cannot stop the flow of visitors to Belovezhskaya Pushcha: the number of tourists, including those coming from abroad, is growing year after year. A diploma for this achievement went to a representative of the National Park.

Such companies as AlatanTour and the Brest affiliate of the state-owned CentreKurort were also marked for high export figures.

Elena Tribuleva
September 29, 2010 "Kamenetz. Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (Kamenetz Town. The Kamenetz Land's News) newspaper Save it for descendants

Natural habitats of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha are unique. Its woodlands are part of primeval mixed soft- and hardwood forests that survived in natural form and are priceless from the scientific point of view. To restrain anthropological pressure, the national park has put a number of limitations in place, such as a ban on visits to specially-protected areas without permit. Driving motor vehicles outside roads or parking them outside designated areas is also forbidden. Individuals found guilty of infringing the environmental regulations will be administratively liable.

Per Clause 42 of Belarus’ Forest Regulations, harvesting and conservation of wild-growing plants and mushrooms that are listed in the country’s Red Book is forbidden. Visitors to forest reserves must observe fire safety rules, hold harmless and prevent from damage, including through breaking, cutting, destroying, littering, and air-polluting, trees, underwood, and other forest vegetation, ant colonies, nests, holes, and other habitats of wild birds and animals.

For more information on the Forest Regulations, call the office for forest protection and management of the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha at (01631) 56-2-44.
September 28, 2010 Website "The Brest Regional Executive Committee" The scheme of distribution of the service objects at the detour highway of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" of the Brest Region

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Click the picture to enlarge the scheme in the new window.

September 28, 2010 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 184 A story of Rozhovka’s survival

In the early morning today, the inhabitants of Rozhovka, a small village that administratively belongs to Kamenets district, gather by the Orthodox Church to celebrate an event that grew into a beautiful legend for this settlement on the outskirts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

From the very outset of WW2, the ancient forest that surrounds the village became a safe home for partisans. Locals would help them with what they could, which often would make them the target of brutal punitive operations. For the collaboration with partisans, the German intruders encircled Rozhovka on September 28, 1942. The inhabitants were forced to a ditch on the edge of the village. The raid commander had already lined the soldiers to shoot the crowd when a German plane appeared in Rozhovka’s sky. The plane touched down by the crowd and the officer who was inside ordered to cancel the massive shooting. What happened later made the officer to order an icon of the God’s Mother. The icon painted by a German artist is still worshiped by believers in Rozhkovka’s Orthodox Church.
September 27, 2010 Website "The Second National TV-Channel (ONT)" Video: A small land

In the small village of Klretnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
It's about the investment affinity. These are not mere words for people of the small village of Kletnoe of the Prizhany district as the neighbours already envy to be like them. The reason is quite serious because a sporting complex, restaurant and hotel have appeared there, a gas line, sewerage and even walkway tiles were lead there. It is nearly no surprising for many small towns and big villages, whereas it's a point of envy for some small ones.

In the 70s of the last century about three hundred people lived in the village of Kletnoe. Now the population is less than 70. As looking at from here, it is well seeing that the Belarusian typical landscape with the dying out village gets quite modern outlines. Gas, water pipe, sewerage system, high-speed Internet … Recently the locals could not think about all these boons of the civilization. However, after the investor came there, or to be exact, he was back to the home land, all things started for changing.

There is a central three-storey hotel building. A banquet hall is below. Rooms are above. Every object has its own colour spectrum. Improvements are of the best category – jacuzzi and even sauna. A penthouse has a billiard and an art exhibition in the obvious Belarusian colour style. Guests will hardly find familiar views on these canvases but a woman portrait at the first floor can be compared with the original right here. The investor's mother, Vera Nikolaevna, is temporary as a custodian here. She did not want to move from her small wooden house a few steps away from the palace, despite the son's recommendations. She says the native house is more habitual. The mother says that the son had eagerness to create from childhood. Nikolai Burnos is now going back and forth between the village of Kletnoe, the capital of Minsk and the Russian city of Saint-Petersburg where his basic business is. We could meet him in the Belarusian capital. He says he visits the native land more often after the beginning of big-scale construction works there, for pleasure of the mother. As to the reason of such care, it is not only the business, although, for sure, this not poor businessman has counted up the profit from almost $ 20 millions invested into the native village. But he dreamed to equip Kletnoe with modern services and utilities in the young age, although not always on well.

Nikolai Burnos, businessman (Russia): "I remember I initiated works and we planted trees in the middle of a street, on the carriageway. When the parents came back home in the evening, their car was not capable of driving through because the trees are growing. I was punished very strong by the father."

"If countrymen did not like my innovations then, now all villagers of Kletnoe are totally "for". Their plain real estate by adding such comforts of civilization has risen in price very much. So, if an ordinary small house in this village cost about five hundred dollars a few years ago, now it is 10 and even 20 times more. In couple of months there will be a real tourist paradise here: a restaurant, phyto-center, sports complex with bowling as one of the services, basic and summer buildings and 8 separate dwelling houses on the pond coast. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is as close as from the other side of the water reservoir. If replacing it with Alps, real Switzerland will turn out. In fact, the conditions are not worse. Even a deserted kolkhoz farm will eventually get "the light future" as it was promised almost a century ago."

Sergei Tarasevich, assistant on construction of the tourist village: "We will raise horses for riding in the farm, and for coaching. Milk ad eggs will be produced in the farm that the tourists could eat Belarusian natural products in the restaurant. We will also raise the cattle for "a marble meat". It's delicious".

The conditions here are not only for rest but also for work because the professionals (it might be of a young age) have to serve the resort of such the level. The revival of Kletnoe depends on them. The tourist complex will open doors in November. Success of this business is directly connected with one more construction – a detour road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha. And the roofs of "the Belarusian village of the future" will attract tourists contemplating the reserve through a car windshield. Nikolai Burnos says that such objects as his one should be 50, and even 100 on this line. However, foreign investors do not hurry up yet to take villages and collective farm-"phantoms" in vicinities of the source of inspiration.

Answering the question what to do, Nikolai Burnos said in his own way and took up a role of moderator because he knows potential investors, unlike the local authorities. He is personally familiar with many Russian super-rich people and is able to show "the goods" for "sharks of the foreign capitalism", including our Belarusians living abroad. The people from nearby villages, of course, heard about the success of Kletnoe and envy of it in an amicable way. It is because if one got lucky it means the others have a hope to find any rich man with rational mind and kind heart going by. Then, maybe, their native village will not die together with last dwellers.
September 22, 2010 "Kamenetz. Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (Kamenetz Town. The Kamenetz Land's News) newspaper Belovezhskaya Pushcha’s popularity on the rise

The number of visitors to Belovezhskaya Pushcha in January through September 2010 increased by 65 000 year on year, from 250 000 to 315 000. Tourists from around the world are attracted by the beauty of the natural forest, the center for environmental education with a nature museum, and new sightseeing routes. The visitors like the luxurious hotel and the local food served by the restaurant. The Estate of Father Frost is soon opening an authentic tavern which will serve piping hot traditional Belarusian food…

September 22, 2010 Website "The Association of Tourist Agencies of Russia" Poland: Bialowieza Forest is a natural wonder

Poland: The Bialowieza Forest is a natural wonder
Bialowieza Forest is a distinctive symbol of Poland’s natural resources and diversity. UNESCO has done justice to the fact by adding the ancient forest to the World Heritage List. The most precious part of Bialowieza Forest is protected within the boundaries of the national park, almost half of it being a forest reserve.

About 100 000 tourists visit Bialowieza Forest yearly, staying in the village of Bialowieza in the heart of the forest. The village is well prepared for receiving both tourists, and conference attendees and participants of travel incentive programs.
September 21, 2010 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper A long way home

The number of mushroom hunters getting lost in Belarusian forests is on the rise.

Mushroom hunting lovers flocked to forests in Belarus to harvest mushrooms sprouting up in abundance this fall. But even the most experienced of them, in their excitement, may end up circling for hours inside the forest which has, all of a sudden, become unrecognizable. An elderly person may find it very hard to find their way home out of this sort of situation.

In one such incident, an 84 year old woman from the village of Podbela in Belovezhskaya Pushcha returned home 24 hours after leaving to pick some mushrooms. She owes her rescue to a group of local students who joined a search party dispatched to find her. The old lady walked in their direction after hearing their voices ringing through the thick of the forest.

Indian summer has just begun, and the nice weather is inviting townsfolk and villagers to go mushroom hunting. If you have succumbed to the temptation, be sure to memorize your route, so that you can retrace your steps on your way home.
September 19, 2010 Website "The Belarusian Radio Ratcia" Environmental activists in Poland hit the hunting grounds in Bialowieza Forest to save deer

Environmental activists in Poland have launched a campaign to help save rutting male deer in Bialowieza Forest, who are easy prey to hunters’ shots, as does enter the period of heat.

As their initial step, the activists demanded that Poland’s minister of the environment establish preservation zones and prohibit hunting in these, and as a further step, walked into the hunting grounds.

Radoslaw Slusarczyk of Pracownia na rzecz Wszystkich Isto says:

"The individuals who are going into Bialowieza Forest are well trained, they are wearing gold-colored shirts which are well visible from a long distance, and they are crossing the places visited by potential hunters. These individuals, are, in essence, preventing the hunters from hunting with their presence: hunters must not shoot at animals while there are other humans within the hunting area, as this would be dangerous primarily to the people present there. These are all provisions of the hunting act, and this is the way we maintain presence in those areas and protect the animals."

In response to the petition by twenty-nine environmental organizations, the minister of the environment appealed to foresters and hunters to refrain from hunting for the duration of the campaign.

Natalia Gerasimiuk, Radio Ratcia.
Photo from elfy.pun.pl
September 18, 2010 Website "The Real Brest" Moonshine from Pushcha

The law enforcing agents arrested in Belovezhskaya Pushcha a married couple who made the home-brewed vodka in their hand-made mini-plan.

All their equipment took its place in the forest next to the village of Popelevo of the district Pruzhany. This little plant belonged to a local 43-year-old woodman. He and his wife were caught when their work was in full swing. Militiamen eliminated the mini-plant and 2.5 tons of home-brewed wash with it. A report was drawn for the owners of "productive forces" and the married couple will have to pay a big penalty.

Sergei Volkov, the newspaper "Zarya"
September 18, 2010 "Kamenetz. Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (Kamenetz Town. The Kamenetz Land's News) newspaper The area where a motorway will pass around Belovezhskaya Pushcha

From day to day works on construction of a detour road around Belovezhskaya Pushcha are more and more intense. This is because 330 billions Roubles (~$ 110 millions) should be spent while the terms of works are shorter than 2.5 years primary established. Workers from different building companies of Belarus are here. Of course, there are much work for local teams. The workers from the Pelishche forest area are one of them being here since June. Their daily job is to cut a pine forest in the road section between the villages of Rechitsa and Vyazny (the length about 7 km), 25 meters wide.

"The works will be complete for one week" the foreman Sergei Zayats said. "All wood will be used, not only timber and fire wood but also wood-cut residuals like branches and needles. They will be crumbled up in a special machine and will be used for fuel in boiler-rooms.

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Georgiy Parafeniuk
Photo by Nikolai Shuma

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September 14, 2010 Èíòåðíåò-ñàéò "The Metropolitan TV (STV)" A Peterburg’s businessman has built a paradise for tourists by a cost 20 million dollars in the Pruzhany district

For last three years a sporting complex, restaurant and hotel were built, a gas-supplying and a sewage system were conducted and even a sidewalk tile was rut in the small village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region, by the verge of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. And it is the most interesting that all these things were made by just only one man.

An ex-inhabitant of this village, who is a Peterburg’s businessman today, Nikolai Burnos is known by everybody in Kletnoe. He set telephones for all retired people for his own money, laid on gas in the village, built a sewage with cleansing plants. Now one can see the multistoried hotel for vip-people and eight hotel-cottages there, Building of the restaurant, sporting complex and health center with a bath-house, swimming-pool and massage are going to finish in September.

The sporting complex will have an indoor soccer, volleyball and basket-ball hall, a tennis-court, a bowling for four paths and a fitness-centre. Now the estimate of an old stockbreeding farm, that there is nearly, is made. Burnos is going to get horses for equestrian walks there.

The serving personnel for the hotel and the sporting complex will be transported by his own bus from the town of Pruzhany.

The businessman Nikolai Burnos says:
It is inadmissible to leave Kletnoe to the mercy of fate, we must regenerate our village, I’m sure. And look – a detour road has been built near. Believe me, many foreigners are delighted by Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Belarusian nature. And I don’t doubt, more and more tourists will arrive here. And they can stay in Kletnoe and get the service, which is habitual for them.

The source: the newspaper "Respublika". Photo by Eugenia Berezhuk

in the village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
in the village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
in the village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
in the village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
in the village of Kletnoe, the Pruzhany district of the Brest region
September 13, 2010 Website "The Belarusian Radio Ratcia" Bison again to appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha 58 years ago

The first bison were set free to Belovezhskaya Pushcha after the long time of reestablishment and close keeping.

Peter Batzko, a modern chronicler of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, says, it was a beginning of the new free herd:

"In 1952 the 13th September, two bison were set free after the long time of the close keeping. And there is an anniversary today. Later the next bison were set loose to the Pushcha’s territory and so the free herd appeared".

Nearly 600 representatives of the Pushcha kingly bison's dynasty live in the all Pushcha, for both sides of the frontier. Every year in January we make a calculation of the free herd, and for all year we look after the health of these animals.

Natalia Gerasumiuk, Radio Ratcia.
Photo from novaya.com.ua
September 13, 2010 Website "Pruzhany. The District Weekdays" Wood’s larceny in Belovezhskaya Pushcha: a forester took one half, but where is the second half?

a harvested timber
The 10 September a message from the management of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was taken: 15 cubic meters of raw timber disappeared from the forest area Suchopolskoe. Now it is known, a local woodman stole nine cubic meters. Who needed another part, we will know during the investigation of the criminal offence.

September 08, 2010 Website "The Web-Portal of the National Library of Belarus" Laureates of the 50-th National Competition "2010 Book’s Art" are called

Memorable statuettes and diplomas were handed laureates of the competition at the Day of Belarusian Literature in the town of Hoiniki.

Experts chose 23 winners in 21 nominations of the books which were presented to the competition by 44 publishing houses and publishing organizations.

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A book "Belarusian national dress: cutting out, embroidery and ornamental seams" (the Publishing House "The Belarusian Science") was declared by judges as the best publication. In the nomination "The best popular-scientific publication" a book «Tsar’s Hunts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha» (the Publishing House "Belarus") was given. A book "The Embroidery by Bands" (the Publishing House "Harvest") has got a diploma of the 1st degree.

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In the special nominations "For Contribution to Keeping of Spiritual Heritage" and "I Get to Know the World" the publlications "The Sluzkoe Gospel" and "Along the Roads of Orthodox Belarus" of the Belarusian Orthodox church became the winners. In the nomination "The Best Book Published to Order" the Publishing House "Brest. On the Crossroad of Ways and Ages" (The public corporation "Polygrarhyk") won; the nomination "My Land" was the publication "The Power’s Land. Belovezhskaya Pushcha"; in the nomination "Our Victory" was the publication «The Victory’s Encyclopedia. Belarus-Moscow" ("The P. Brouka’s Belarusian Encyclopedia"). In the nomination «Polygrafart» the public corporation "The Red Star" was rewarded for binding-stitching works and a case for the "The Sluzkoe Gospel".

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The source: BelTA
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September 07, 2010 Website "BelaPAN" 41 road-service objects will be built around Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The 7 September while Alexander Lukashenko was visiting the public corporation "Homeland" in the district Pruzany of the Brest region he was told about building of detour’s section 144 kilometers long around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". The President’s press-service informs us about it.

The Brest Regional Executive Committee’s chairman Konstantin Sumar told Alexander Lukashenko about building of the road-service objects and recreational zones. After all building of 41 industrial projects is planed in the area of the Brest region. Specifically, three trade outlets, 11 feeding establishments, 14 petrol stations, 4 hotels, a car wash, 4 parking and 4 technical maintenance stations.

Becoming acquainted with plans, the President once more emphasized significance of development of such branch as agro-ecological tourism, for that as he said all necessary conditions are given in our country.

Let's remind that building of the detour around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" on the section "Volkostavece – Svisloch" in 2010 and 2011 were foreseen by the President’s decree number 244, the 14 May of 2010.

Viacheslav Budkevich
September 06, 2010 Website "Belarus Birds' Life" Nikolai Cherkas became two-time winner of the "Golden Folio"

On the 50th jubilee national contest “2010 Book’s Art” that took place in the town of Khvoyiniki, Nikolai Cherkas’s and Iryna Parmuzina’s book "Tsars’ Hunts in the Bialowieza Forest. Pages of History" was recognised the best book in the category "Popular Science Edition.” This is the second award Nikolai Cherkas was honoured with. Last year his photo album "Belovezhskaya Wonder" was distinguished a diploma and a "Golden Folio" statuette on the Day of Belarusian Literature in the town of Smorgon as the best belles-lettres volume in the category "Treasures of the Motherland".

Nikolai Cherkas in Belovezhskaya Pushcha with a crane youngling
Nikolai Cherkas in Belovezhskaya Pushcha with a crane youngling
Nikolai Cherkas was one of the founders of the "Belarus Birds' Life" (APB) public organisation and is now a member of its auditing commission. For a long time he had been working as a research fellow in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha." Recently he became Candidate of Biological Science (PhD).

In his interview to APB Nikolai Cherkas emphasises "Our photo album "Belovezhskaya Wonder", created together with Igor Byshnev, is a book that is not nearly similar to other books about Bialowieza Forest."

Cover of the photo album 'Belovezhskaya Wonder' by I. Byshnev and N. Cherkas
Cover of the photo album "Belovezhskaya
Wonder" by I. Byshnev and N. Cherkas.
History of photo albums dedicated to Belovezhskaya Pushcha begins in 1894 with the works of E. Vishnyakov. During the Soviet times photo albums circulations were enormous. After the collapse of the USSR publishing of books took other dimension, mostly not related to nature protection and animal world. For instance, much attention has been paid to the Father Frost residence… We were the first who combined historical materials, modernity and at the same tried to show the beauty of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It should be mentioned that many texts that appear in the book have been published for the first time. They were suited with original text; and the book itself seems to be very good. We tried to adapt and present many historical dates in a new way; therefore without doubts we can admit that the book "Belovezhskaya Wonder" is in its manner an original edition. Notwithstanding, at a big way we were writing this book as ornithologists who took historical events into account.

One friend confided that he found out about the book only when it was given to him as his Birthday present. It was a great pleasure for me to know that my book can be called for even on such joyful occasions of a person’s life.


Cover of the book ''Tsars’ Hunts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Pages of History'' by N. Cherkas and I. Parmuzina
Cover of the book ''Tsars’ Hunts
in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Pages
of History'' by N. Cherkas and
I. Parmuzina
"Tsars’ Hunts…" is a continuation of my research works on Grouse Family (Tetraonidae). Once I was searching for forestry assessment reports in the archives to compare location of the mating-places in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and to find out to what extent this oldest European forest has changed within the last hundred years. In the Grodno city's archive I found data that somehow attracted no one. Those were amazing old photos… Nowadays all the volumes dedicated to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, all exhibitions or visits where Belovezhskaya Pushcha is presented include those unique photos."

Friends and colleagues congratulate Nikolai Cherkas on his double success and wish him further luck in his endeavours! Give us the third folio!

Denis Kitel, APB expert on nature protection issues

September 06, 2010 Website "21.by" A Diploma for Belovezhskaya Pushcha from Moscow

The photo from the website http://www.kamenec.by/?p=2200
A photo-album "The Power’s Land. Belovezhskaya Pushcha" that was printed last year for the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the protected status in Belovezhskaya Pushcha has got a special diploma of the international competition "Book’s Art" for participating states of the CIS that had passed in the framework of the XXXIII International Book’s Exhibition-Fair in Moscow.

The book that has already been called an encyclopedia of the famous protected forest was published with our countrymen’s participation. It contains over ten of the numerous legends of Belovezhskaya Pushcha that were collected by scientist and writer Viacheslav Semakov who made an invaluable contribution to investigation of the Pushcha’s nature and its history. The competition’s jury noted the originality and the high art’s standard of photographs which scow the riches of the nature reserve’s flora and fauna and also the magnificent book’s design. Written by the calligraphic handwriting texts of the Mikolaj Hussowczyk’s poem "A Song about the Appearance, Savagery and Hunting of the Bison" and the Ipatievskaya Chronicles on 13 turn pages are contained in this book. In all 155 editions from 11 countries were submitted to the competition.

Elena Tribuleva, the newspaper "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest)
September 03, 2010 Wensite "TUT.BY" Wild boars consume corn in one of the agricultural enterprises of Svisloch district

This year the corn yield on fields of the agricultural enterprises "New Court-Agro" of Svisloch district is very good. But the trouble is that the crops are still growing while wild boars eat with delight appetizing maize ears and arrange night-rest places among fields.

"There are such "fodder areas" virtually on every field," the deputy director of the enterprise Dmitriy Kadrgulov says (he is on the picture). "We have sown grasses but all have been dug up. Bison also disturb much. As soon as young green pea-pods have been appearing on a 10 ha field, they have been destroyed for couple of days. Red deer also eat grain-crops and rape, together with bison. However, sunflowers are too tough for wild animals. This year all 80 hectares growing close to the forest remained intact.

The enterprise is situated at the outskirts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, therefore unbidden forest visitors make attacks on its fields.

"The damage is not compensated because the proprietor of crops must do all possible measures to prevent damage or destruction of agricultural plants," Petr Rudkovskiy, senior specialist of the District Inspection of Natural Resources and Environment Protection, explains the appropriate document.

To take these measures is impossible because each field cannot be fenced and guarded. That's the vicious circle, in wich forest animals feel themselves free.

However, the similar situation is also observed in other enterprises of the district adjoining to the Pushcha's woodland.

Galima Romanchuk, newspaper "Grofnenskaya Pravda"