NEWS ARCHIVE: December 2005

December 30, 2005 "Web-Newspaper BelaPAN" A "miss" for a Minsk bison San Sanych was delivered

A bison San Sanych, darling of the visitors of the capital's zoo, has got a girlfriend. The she-bison is called "Miss". She is four years old. She was delivered from Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Miss became a New Year's gift from the National Reserve to the metropolitan zoo.

The bride feels not bad. She becomes accustomed and chews hey. Now the she-bison is adapting to the new situation and she will be resettled to the fiance in a month's time. The employees of the zoo hope that San Sanych and Miss will come to an understanding. Then, maybe, descendents will appear in eleven months, which is time duration of pregnancy of bison, the "Minsk-News Agency" informed.
December 28, 2005 The Website " TUT.BY" A Belarusian Santa Clause has a highest Christmas tree

An estate of Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
A highest European Christmas tree is in Belarus. About 5,000 tourists per day come to Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the eve of a New Year to look at it.

Numerous tourists like true pilgrims come to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In these days a major Belarusian Grandfather Frost (Santa Clause) accepts about 5,000 visitors per day. They are from Belarus, Europe, North and South America, and even from Africa. They go to see both the Santa's estate and Belovezhskaya Pushcha because this wood is unique. There is no other ancient wood in Europe such as this saved up to now.

Only Litvin lakes in Croatia and Belovezhskaya Pushcha as unique natural monuments got awarded with all existing international diplomas. There are no reserves all over the world which are analogues to the Belarusian one. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is recognized as a World Heritage Site of Mankind. This evidence also attracts numerous tourists for visiting, especially now, on the eve of the New Year.

The inhabitant of Riga Catharine Osipchikova noted "We wanted very much to see Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Grandfather Frost's Residence for a long time. We liked it very much, our impressions are very good. There is much interesting to tell in Riga about".

The highest in Europe Christmas tree is a new sight of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in this year. England took last years' priority in regards to the heightest Christmas beauty-trees. A 30-meter high Christmas tree impressed on by one's beauty in London some years in succession. The Belarusian tree grew 40.5 meters high. But it was dressed up for the first time. This Christmas tree is alive that makes one more its feature. The cut tree was set in London, by the way.

A Christmas spruce tree in the estate of Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
The expert on local lore Vyacheslav Semakov emphasized that "the Englishmen are already aware of it and already resigned to the fact that our Christmas spruce three is the higher than their one. But there is no wish to give back the priority, therefore they have made a longest bench close to the Christmas tree. Its length is 200 meters".

One can touch a deer in the fairy-estate which drive the Grandfather Frost all the night and turns to a tree in the earlier morning. One can touch a magic mill which will grind all sins and will leave them for the past. Those who were not able to visit the major Belarusian Grandfather Frost write numerous letters to his address. 60,000 letters were already delivered for today. The Grandfather Frost makes answers to each of them without fail.

The National TV
December 21, 2005 "Naviny Kamyanechchyny" (Kamenetz's News) Newspaper, No 101" Tourism in Pushcha: perspective development

The seminar "Belovezhskaya Pushcha Euro-region: perspective development" was held in Bialowieza (Poland) on December 15-16. One of the basic objectives of the seminar was development of tourism in the area around Belovezhskaya Pushcha, both in Poland and Belarus. Top-managers from Minsk, representatives of the Brest Regional Executive Committee, and also experts of Kamentz and Pruzhany districts who are responsible for tourism took part in discussions as the Belarusian party. Three people represented the Kamenetz district. The neighbours have achievements to teach us. About three hundred thousand tourists visit the Polish part of Pushcha every recent year. We, excluding pupils who come to a residence of Grandfather Frost, have twenty times less visitors. Therefore tourism in the Belarusian part of the Euro-region has rather big prospects for development.
December 21, 2005 Website "TUT.BY" About 5,000 tourists visit an Estate of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in some days

A new record was recently set up in an estate of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha - about 100 groups comprised about 5,000 tourists visit the estate in some days.

A BELTA's reporter was told in a reception office of the Grandfather Frost that the quantity of excursions is growing as the New Year comes nearer. Such attention is not casual because there are too much "temptations" there, both for children and the adult. At once after visitors pass a gate guarded by two knights - Dub-Dubovich, the Oak-knight, and Vyaz-Vyazovich, the Elm-knight, - they are immersed in the surprising world of a fairy tale. Thirteen various objects situated on the visitors' way force to forget about humdrum life and to enter an empire of the present marvel for some hours. A stone of desires, a magic well, houses of the Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden, a wind mill, a deer mounting and other sights are no matter of indifference to the tourists. A skarbnitsa - storehouse of letters and drawings sent by children all over Belarus or Grandfather Frost's grotto - is especially impressive.

A living spruce tree, the largest in Europe and forty meters high, is located at the centre of the estate, for round folk dances and New Year's songs around the tree. The experts assert that this spruce tree grew half a meter tall for the last year.

Information source: the Website "Embassy of Belarus in Russia"
Let's be at one with Belovezhskaya Pushcha!

The Brest regional office of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Gramada) supports the Information campaign devoted to problems of ecological education and tourism in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Ecological politics is one of the priorities for world social democratic movement and, therefore, we call the members of BSDP (Gramada), Belarusian public and all the people who warry about nature to support the Public information campaign "Pseudo-ecological tourism and education in Belovezhskaya Pushcha - WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? "devoted to problems of ecological education and tourism in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a natural monument of world importance and we cannot keep aloof of its problems. We ask all to put support, opinion and offers regarding the raised problems on the Forum of the Website "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - 21st Century" (http://bp21.org.by/ru/forum/).

P.S. Please, more detailed about the Information campaign read in the press release of the Project Group "Belovezhskaya Pushcha - 21st Century" http://bp21.org.by/ru/docs/doctur.html.

December 14, 2005 Website News Service
Pseudo-ecological tourism and education in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Announcement on the beginning of the Public information campaign "BELOVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA - WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?" devoted to problems of ecological education and tourism in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

Last years, on a background of incessant public scandals and unmasking connected with infringement of nature protection legislation and large-scale fellings of relic reserved wood of Belovezhskaya Pushcha which have a poor scientific base, the administration of the National Park actively developed tourism. For these purposes the government allocated significant finances and equipment. Overhaul of basic infrastructure was conducted, service was improved and a Grandfather Frost's residence was built in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. All this, plus permanent advertising in central mass-medias and some governmental decisions to limit the rest of children abroad, allowed a considerable increasing number of visitors coming to the National Park. In this way the Belarusian state provides a perspective politics and creates some kind of a tourism model in Belovezhskaya Pushcha which should become an example and tourist card of Belarus.

It would seem that it is necessary to be glad of such the events and evolution because, for sure, the development of tourism should become a priority way to make progress of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha region and should replace quick consuming natural resources of the reserved wood in the future, which is a practice till now. Nevertheless, last months' events are a basis to doubt in getting success planned by the government. It proved to be that advertising and external luster of the repaired buildings and show-windows hide a "facade for show", non-professional level, weakness, and frequently simply pot-boiler of how eco-tourism activity was organized. First of all, it concerns to ecological education in the National Park.

More detail, please read here http://bp21.org.by/en/docs/doctur.html.
December 14, 2005 Website "Charter'97" Moonshine can be produced in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and "Dudutki"

The Council of Ministers has conceded a right for two juridical persons to produce and sell original alcoholic drinks at cultural and ethnographic centers, national parks and reserves in order to restore the richness of Belarusian national traditions, the Interfax News agency was informed in the government.

According to the Council of Ministers' decree No 1376, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and Museum Complex of Ancient National Crafts and Technologies "Dudutki" are allowed to do it.

As earlier informed, according to President's Decrees No 11 of 9th September 2005 which orders state regulation of production, sale and advertising of alcoholic drinks, these institutions can produce and sell original alcoholic drinks without any special sanctions. The decree specifies that the original drinks are produced from natural grain and vegetative raw material under folk recipes according to technological documents coordinated with bodies on standardization.

December 13, 2005 "Vecherniy Minsk" (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, No 281 Secrets of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This is the title of the book issued in the city of Brest.

"Rocket hedgehog" from Belarusian woods", this is the heading of the first chapter. Its contents is to specify what secrets of the last years are the matter. In those years a cold war's problem was very dramatic, while arms race was moved at a gallop.

"We shall put hedgehog in your trousers!", Nikita Khrushchev, the former USSR leader of those times, responded literally to threats of the enemy party in such the wit-way. The events developed, by the way, very dramatic. The world hung by a tread to start the third world war, the nuclear one.

Since the middle of 60-s, at the edge of the Soviet land - in woods in the west of Byelorussia, rocket arms were hastily placed. Secret cargoes, secret building... 155 rockets of the middle distance range were set up in the area of the country. Objects in the West European countries were their target. According to a Soviet military defense doctrine, it was the serious factor to hold aggressive politics of NATO.

It is narrowed about the past top-secret objects of the Soviet army in woods of Western Byelorussia in animated and interesting form. However, a reader will also "visit" an office of the USA "major missile specialist" Werner von Braun, and nuclear arsenal dungeons.

"The USSR's disintegration: sight from Belovezhskaya Pushcha", this chapter narrows about events happened in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in December 1991. It was the troubled time.

In the section "Nearby the Pushcha's forest", it is narrowed about weekdays of tourism managers, telecommunications workers, road police employees, security guards, businessmen, railwaymen and a museum of old locomotives in Brest.

A story about the general Belarusian Grandfather Frost is no of the "biggest secrets". His estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is well known. And who plays a role of the fantastic personage? It proves to be that he is Vyacheslav Semakov, the scientist and man of the most interesting fortune. It is on the page 242 of the book about.

The book "Secrets of Belovezhskaya Pushcha" calls inquisitive people to recognize the ancient wood and its vicinities. The authors write as though they invite - come "to warm the heart at high birch trees!"

There are very many good books about Belovezhskaya Pushcha. But this bright reporter work will not be lost among the others. The authors, journalists Stepan Gribenchuk and Anatoliy Polonskiy, were the officer and soldier of the USSR inter-continental ballistic rocket army in the past.

The book is sold in post-offices, book shops and Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Natalia KAZAKOVA
December 10, 2005 Web-Newspaper "BelaPAN" A matter on criminal case concerning a former management of the National Park "Braslav Lakes" is brought into the Supreme Court

The National Office of Public Prosecutor has forwarded a matter on criminal case concerning officials who managed the State Nature Protection Institution "The National Park "Braslav Lakes", former general director, chief accountant and chief of the Department of Fauna Protection, to the Supreme Court of Belarus.

The Public Prosecutor's press centre informed that the former managers are indicted for numerous abuse of duty power, theft of property, service forgeries and other crimes. The damage grand total brought to the enterprise came to over Br 901,600,000, BELTA informed.
December 10, 2005 "Zarya" (Dawn) newspaper, No 143
The Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
The Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden invite the visitors

Since earlier December the Grandfather Frost from Belovezhskaya Pushcha with his Granddaughter Snow Maiden, who have come back from North Pole, again meet the visitors in their estate which is placed in dense woods of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Gifts are already ready and they are awaiting over fifty thousand children as the guests for New Year's holidays and school vacation.

Photo of Roman KOBYAK, BELTA
December 10, 2005 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 232
The Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
The visitors are always welcomed here

Since earlier December the Grandfather Frost from Belovezhskaya Pushcha with his Granddaughter Snow Maiden, who have come back from North Pole, again meet the visitors in their estate which is placed in dense woods of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Gifts are already ready and they are awaiting over fifty thousand children as the guests for New Year's holidays and school vacation.

Picture shows the Grandfather Frost from Belovezhskaya Pushcha with his Granddaughter Snow Maiden in the estate.
Photo of Roman KOBYAK, BELTA
December 08, 2005 Website "TUT.BY" Moonshine can officially be produced only in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and "Dudutki"

The government of Belarus has approved a list of juridical persons who produce original alcoholic drinks at the cultural and ethnographic centers, national parks and reserves, and other objects of the Republic of Belarus in order to restore the richness of Belarusian national traditions.

According to the decree No 1376, the State Institution "National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and Institution "Museum Complex of Ancient National Crafts and Technologies "Dudutki" are included in the list.

Informational source AFN
December 08, 2005 Website "Charter'97" The Belovezhskaya Agreements are fourteen

The Belovezhskaya Agreements which ended the existence of the Soviet Union were signed in the residence "Viskuly" (Belovezhskaya Pushcha) fourteen years ago. President of Russia Boris Eltsin, President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus Stanislaw Shushkevich signed the Agreement on December 8, 1991.

No one of parties had a final text of the agreement before to come in Belarus. At the meeting there was proposed to create a certain "Commonwealth", instead of the USSR, but no one could find any suitable juridical formulation of how to cease the existence of the Soviet Union. After all someone recollected that the only representatives of three of four countries which created the USSR in 1922 (Russia, Belarus and Ukraine) assembled in "Viskuly". The fourth was the Transcaucasian Federation which, as it is known, ceased the existence in 1936.

In the end the parties agreed upon discontinuance of the existence of the USSR and appearance of the CIS - Commonwealth of the Independent States, instead of the USSR. Two weeks later more eight presidents joined Eltsin, Kravchuk and Shushkevich in Alma-Ata and created the CIS. On December 25, 1991 Michael Gorbachev tendered his resignation from the post of the President of the USSR and a red flag of the Soviet Union was lowered from Kremlin, the website "Pravda.ru" reminds.
December 06, 2005 Web-newspaper BelaPAN A Snow Maiden has come to a residence of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost

On the eve of Christmas holidays, A Snow Maiden has come to a residence of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The presence of the young assistant of the Grandfather Frost makes happy only in the winter, there is therefore a special celebratory ritual to meet her. The New Year's guest was met with songs and dances. Many visitors including foreign ones came to participate in one of the first pre-celebrations in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

General Director of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" of the Property Management Department of the President of Belarus Nickolai Bambisa told BELTA Information Agency that there are a lot of people in the Grandfather Frost's residence. More and more visitors arrive there as near as New Year's holidays are becoming. Kids and adults do like this fantastic hero. The foreign guests are also pleasured to visit the unusual place of the Belarusian National Park.

Many people specially take Belovezhskaya Pushcha to celebrate a New Year therefore all places in local hotels are booked long time before the holiday. Local actors make a especial celebratory program for such the visitors.