NEWS ARCHIVE: DECEMBER 2009

December 30, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: Belarusian Father Frost is ready to meet the New Year

In the area of a winter fairy tale, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, not only granddaughter Snow Maiden but also Mother-Winter helped the main character of the New Year's holidays.

Eugenie Pustovoi tells, "Father Frost is contented with the result. His residence is ready to meet 2010.

(Father Frost and Snow Maiden)
Most often free time, when the New Year comes closer and closer, gets less and less. Visitors in the residence are numerous like snow. Tens of groups come in common days while near hundreds are in pre-holiday ones.

The residence of Belarusian Father Frost is man-made but at the same time is fantastic. Snow near a Christmas tree, a natural spruce tree highest in Europe, will be in any case, even if the nature will be capricious. Snow guns guarantee by serving it.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 29, 2009 Website "Marketing.by" A virtual Belovezhskaya Pushcha to appear in the cyberspace

The reserved dense forest of Belovezhskaya Pushcha covered by legends can perfectly pretend to the site where fairy tales come to life and any miracles get possible. Oak and pine trees oldest in Europe grow there. Herds of huge shaggy bison and fearful deer wander there. Ancient burial mounds and grounds, and stone heathen-altars keep their secrets

A new promo-site "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with interactive infividual guide which will assist to orient in the deep forest has been started by the 600th anniversary of the most ancient reserved territory of Belarus. Visitors have opportunities to see where they can get in Pushcha based upon their time of stay (a few hours, day or two days), the type of transportation (on foot, a bicycle or a common bus) and time of the beginning of all excursions (at 12.00, 14.00 and 16.00). The information sections of the site mention all basic issues of the reserve history, the USSR disintegration, nature protection and a Father Frost residence.

The malty-media project "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has been created by the company Astronim* on demand "The National Agency on Tourism" of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus.
December 25, 2009 Website "21.by" A first celebratory carriage to depart today from the station "Minsk-Passenger" to a residence of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

At 6 p.m. it has gone away being a part of a train "Minsk-Brest". The celebratory carriage will transport passengers daily up to Orthodox Christmas. Tourists will spend one day in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They will visit a residence of Belarusian Father Frost, a Snow Maiden house, a museum of gifts, a wind mill and will walk to a highest living Christmas tree in Europe. Its height is 40 meters.

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December 25, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: the Belarusian railway also create the celebratory mood

A special carriage has been departed today from the main metropolitan station to Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

It is the last preparations and at 6.00 p.m. the travel to the most known in the country residence of Father Frost began. We are going with comfort, by train in Brest and from there by bus to take excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Tickets already are sold like hot cakes. But after holidays one also can make excursion by the railway.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 25, 2009 Web-newspaper "The Union Time" Belarusian Father Frost to expect for a fife hundred thousand visitor in his residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarusian Father Frost to expect for a fife hundred thousand visitor in his residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the BelTA's reporter today learned at the press-conference in Minsk.

Today, on December 24, the residence of Belarusian Father Frost celebrated the 6th anniversary. First hundreds people have visited the residence exactly in this day. Since then, according to the Father Frost, almost half-million adults and children from 92 countries all over the world have visited the estate. "We expect that a 500-thousand visitor will come to us and we will hand him a gift", he said.

He added that there is an idea to gather all Santa Clauses and Father Frosts in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. New Year's wizards from approximately ten countries have already responded to this offer. By the way, Santa Clause from Lapland has already visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha. He was in delight from the estate, Belarusian children and the nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The main Belarusian Father Frost has told about his estate and has noted that in the winter visitors have more chances to see bison. Two feeding-rack constructions are set here in the winter and about 30-40 bison of different ages come almost every day there.

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December 24, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: Father Frost, despite of pre-holiday rush, found time to come to the capital from Belovezhskaya Pushcha and to answer journalists' questions

Alexander Dudik tells "People believe in him, love him and every year wait for magic from him. Father Frost has turned from the fantastic character into something intimate and tangible already for a long time. He has got a house in Belovezhskaya Pushcha exactly 6 years ago. And all people thirsting for miracles send now letters there. The New Year pre-holiday time is most hot. Father Frost has frankly admitted about it at the press-conference. But he has added that such kind of efforts are always pleasant.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 24, 2009 Website "BelaPAN" Video: Children ask main Belarusian Father Frost in their letters to present a mobile phone, laptop and brother or sister

On December 24, main Belarusian Father Frost and Snow Maiden have arrived to Minsk from the residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to meet journalists.

Letters are very numerous and they are sent all the year round. On the eve of holidays their flow is considerably increased. Now, for example, 1,500 letters are received daily and we have got used to this already".

Each letter, the Father Frost has told, has any request. What ask? A modern mobile phone, a mountain bicycle, a laptop, even a car And, certainly, brother or sister.

According to the visitor from Belovezhskaya Pushcha, there was an attempt to invite Santa Clauses from different countries but only Finnish Santa has replied. In all about half-million visitors from 92 countries has visited the residence of Belarusian Father Frost for the six years since its existence. As he said, his granddaughter Snow Maiden who perfectly speaks in several languages helps him communicate with foreigners.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 24, 2009 Website "The General Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Belarus" The Prosecutor Office of the Gomel district has taken measures on pre-trial adjustment of disputes between enterprises

The Prosecutor Office of the Gomel district considered the reference from the enterprise "GomSelMash" about inadequate execution of the contractual obligations by the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" of the Brest region and established that in August of 2008 the given subjects (enterprises) negotiated a contract on delivery of combine harvester in August and September of the last year. The deal cost totally Br 2,589,096,000 (~650,000 Euro). However the payment was made only partially. The sum of the debt is Br 323,098,000 (~80,000 Euro) and it is not paid off under various pretexts.

An offer made by the Prosecutor Office was accepted and the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has voluntary transferred the sum of the debts to the enterprise "GomSelMash".
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December 21, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: The symbolical passing of New Year through the state border to hold in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Belarusian Father Frost is now the main frontier guard of the country (but temporarily).

Svetlana Vechorko tells. Among many traditions appeared in the residence of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, this one is, perhaps, most unusual. The manor of the Pushcha's wizard located near to the state border annually turns to the admission point and he temporarily takes functions of the main frontier guard upon himself.

It is necessary to note that the frontier guards do not visit the colleague in Belovezhskaya Pushcha with empty hands. Last year they have given a dog puppy to the owner to guard his residence. This time the symbolical initiation of Father Frost into the frontier guards was held.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 21, 2009 Website "BelTA" Photo-news: Father Frost from the Belovezhskaya Pushcha is admitted to the border troops


Belarusian Father Frost is sworn in as border guard
December 20, 2009 Website "Belmy.info" There will be three Father Frosts in Belarus

Father Frosts of the Ministry of Forestry will compete with Father Frost from Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Zyuzya from the town of Postavy. The newly-made Father Frost has located in Nalibokskaya Pushcha.

Now the number of skating rinks, ice palaces and Fathers Frosts is bigger then in Russia.
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December 16, 2009 Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Belovezhskaya Pushcha in all times

The opening of the 3rd exposition hall in the new museum of nature in Belovezhskaya Pushcha should be held soon after the New Year holidays.

The concept of the exposition was developed by scientists of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus and by experts of the Minsk Art Center. Except for other exhibits of the third hall of the museum, a collection of insects living in Pushcha and a herbarium of plants will be presented. Let's remind that the new museum of nature has opened the door for first visitors on October 3 of this year. The exposition about history of Belovezhskaya Pushcha has been developed in one of its halls for the first time. Artifacts found out during archeological researches in the national park are demonstrated in this exposition.
December 15, 2009 Website "TUT.BY" A hunter from France has also shoot a bison after a hunter from Germany

A hunter from France has shoot in the National Park "Pripyatskiy" a 500-kilogram she-bison and its 165-kilogram calf.

The grief-hunter has explained to militias that he knew about prohibition of hunting for bison but being in the conditions of insufficient visibility he has mixed these animals with wild boars. He has had a license for shooting wild boar.

The foreign citizen has completely compensated the damage and has paid about Br 93 billion (~22,000 Euro).
December 12, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: To visit Father Frost in Nalibokskaya Pushcha. Now citizens of Minsk and the metropolitan region should not go far

The New Year's wizard is going to meet visitors in a new residence.

Alena Leshkevich tells "That's the true residence of Father Frost and Snow Maiden and the first in the Minsk region. Right now it is under construction yet but soon the fantastic characters will make their home here. The manor takes a wonderful place, in the forest of Nalibokskaya Pushcha which covers over 200 thousand hectares. Tourists can see here a lot of interesting - bison, deer... Local hunters suggest that the fantastic characters will make the site even more attractive.

It will be the only in the Minsk region residence of Father Frost and Snow Maiden, but the second in the country (the first residence is in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Workers promise to finish the metropolitan residence in some days. Therefore, the wishing to get in the fairy tale should hurry.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 10, 2009 Website "The Belarusian Railway" On December 25 a celebratory carriage of the train No11/28 will set off from the station -Passenger to the city of Brest as a part the New Year's travel to the estate of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This is the new project provided by the tourist company "Dortour" of the Minsk branch of the Belarusian Railway. It will ply daily between December 25 and 30 and between January 2 and 7.

All wishing can become passengers of this celebratory carriage. The tourist company "Dortour" organizes excursions both for individual tourists and groups.

Tourists will spend one day in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They will see sights of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"- to visit the residence of Belarusian Father Frost, to look at a Snow Maiden house, a museum of gifts and a wind mill, to admire fantastic surroundings of the residence with sculptural compositions of fantastic characters on a Glade of Fairy Tales, to see a magic well, to get a unforgettable walk to the highest European Christmas Tree of height of 40 meters and to get acquaint with many other things. The visit in a Museum of Nature of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" with a rich flora and fauna exposition and the walk along a zoo enclosure are also a part of the excursion program.

Information prepared by the press-center of the Belarusian Railway
December 09, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Vidoe: Representatives of diplomatic missions and community organizations to discuss development of Belarusian-Polish cross-border cooperation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Forest

It will be attended by representatives of all Euroregions: "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "The Bug", "The Neman", "The Dnepr", "The Lake Land". During 3 days at the international conference the experts will present projects in the field of environment, tourism, rural development, culture and small business.

(Zoya Mechkovskaya, director of the foundation "Euroregion Belovezhskaya Pushcha")
(Vladimir Petrochuk, prefect of Hainowka Board, Poland)

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)

December 09, 2009 Website "InfoBank.by" A fine of 70,000 Euro can be given to a German tourist

In the early century bison were close to be vanished from the face of the earth. And only thanks to efforts of scientists and experts the population of these giants has been restored. Today they are 360 living in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. However, despite of it, the death of every animal is similar to the tragedy.

Shooting for bison is permitted only under a special license, moreover, it is allowed to shoot only selected animals. This is the main point for instructing the hunters. This case was as usual. After the theory, a group of 10 foreigners accompanied with a huntsman has set off for hunting to the forest. A trophy of the German citizen has surprised all participants - the hunter has hit a two-year she-bison.

George Shakhalevich, senior huntsman of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", says:
This hunter got instructions about bison which can be in this area, and like all hunters he has signed for instructing. However, for some reason it seemed to him that a big wild boar goes. The visibility was 100 percent there.

The foreigner is worrying very much over the incident happened. He pleads guilty and is ready to compensate the caused damage. It is known that the 55-year foreigner came to Belovezhskaya Pushcha for hunting not for the first time. It is wrong to call this accident as the common poaching because the foreigner had all the package of documents on this kind of hunting, but only for wild boar, not for bison.

Eduard Shestak, chief of the Svisloch District Department of Internal Affairs, says:
We investigate the fact after getting results the legal treatment to operations of participants and organizers of the hunting will be given.

The minimal fine which threatens to the hunter is 70,000 Euro. A stuffed animal will be made from the skin of the killed bison. As to the national park, the managers will think of lessons on zoology for hunters.

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December 08, 2009 Website "TUT.BY" A hunting in Belovezhskaya Pushcha has cost 70 thousand Euro to a German citizen

A hunter from Germany by mistake has shot a small bison in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", the general director of the national park Nikolai Bambiza told to the BelTA's reporter.

The incident has taken place yesterday in the Svisloch forest area where the hunting for German citizens was organized.

Nikolai Bambiza explained that hunting for bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is forbidden and shooting of these animals in the national park is conducted only for regulation of their number. The park has a license for commercial hunting for deer and wild boar and the citizens of Germany have arrived in Pushcha to get these kinds of trophies.

The fact of bison killing was investigated by a special commission which has recognized that this incident has taken place by mistake. The German has mistaken the small bison suddenly run out for the trophy permitted for hunting.

According to Nikolai Bambiza, the German hunter is worrying very much over the incident occurred. He pleads guilty and has compensated to the national park the caused damage. The hunting for bison has cost to him 70,000 Euro.

Olga Kobyak, BelTA
December 08, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: A hunter by mistake to shoot a small bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The incident has taken place in the Svisloch forest area where the hunting for the Germanys was organized. They have come to the national park to get trophies of red deer and wild boar. Hunting for bison is forbidden in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A special commission has investigated the case of shooting. It has recognized that the incident has taken place by mistake. The hunter compensated the damage to the park in the sum of 70,000 Euro.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
07, 2009 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Video: Granddaughter of an owner of a fantastic estate to arrive in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Snow Maiden comes on the eve of New Year holidays and helps within three months visitors of the fantastic area to believe in the present miracle.

Eugenie Pustovoi tellsa "All ages are obedient to love a fairy tale. The atmosphere at the entrance to the estate of Belarusian Father Frost is cheerful like at a New Year's morning performance. Even the adults come back to the country of childhood.

The rumour about a Belarusian exotic and a fantastic gift of Europe Belovezhskaya Pushcha - and about New Year's fantastic characters has reached even the most exotic countries. Citizens from Mauritania and China have met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The door in the true winter fairy tale and in the New Year's holidays is open. There are no doubts that the estate of Belarusian Father Frost is an area of the true fairy tale. That's because it is created not only in the man-made way but also in the natural one. The residence can be copied but Belovezhskaya Pushcha not. It doubts whether the present Father Frost will move from this place. It is because, for example, there is a highest and oldest natural spruce tree of the continent here. The 40-meter beauty is over 120 years.

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December 06, 2009 Website "The Second National TV-Channel (ONT)" Video: A celebratory "merry-go-round" started in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This is one of few days when Father Frost leaves the borders of his residence. That's the very worth occasion the meeting of Snow Maiden.

Over one thousand people were going to see the snow granddaughter. There were even students from India and China. Snow Maiden together with Mother-Winter has arrived in an open-carriage because of a lack of snow. At once after the meeting there was a walk across the estate with songs and dances.

However, the main action was developed near the oldest in Europe New Year Christmas Tree. The holiday's round dance has turned into two rings. There was no wish to stay at one place and both children and adults were dancing.

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December 06, 2009 Website "The Capital TV (CTV)" Vedeo: A Residence of Belarusian Father Frost officially to be open in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The New Year residence is considered working only after the arrival of Snow Maiden. Some hundreds of visitors have met her today.

The arrival of Snow Maiden in the residence is an official start of the New Year's actions. By tradition the long-awaited guest has arrived with her raven. Some hundreds of visitors have come to meet Snow Maiden.

The main Christmas tree which is, by the way, the highest living spruce tree in Europe, was illuminated with 10,000 small lamps. A new stone Mill of Sins has been constructed in this autumn. A gallery of wooden characters has also been replenished with new sculptures. Songs and dances became the culmination of the holiday. Even foreign visitors have begun to spin in a round dance.

The manor of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha started in December of 2003. During this period 451,000 tourists from 70 countries of the world visited this place.

(The video-reportage can be watched by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
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December 04, 2009 Website "21.by" Nikolai Korbut to be appointed Manager of the Department of Affairs of the President

Nikolai Korbut has been appointed Manager of the Department of Affairs of the President. The president has signed the edict about it on December 4.

Before Nikolai Korbut was the first deputy manager of the Department. He has replaced Nikolai Domashkevich who had period of office since January 10, 2008.

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December 04, 2009 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Returning Snow Maiden

On December 6 Returning Snow Maiden will be in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Her arrival will start the winter celebratory actions taking place in a residence of Belarusian Father Frost.

For coming Sunday a concert-entertaining program with participation of children groups is prepared for all small and adult visitors of the residence. The organizers of the action promise to present gifts to all kids who will arrive in Pushcha. Since this season the cost of tickets to enter the Father Frost's manor is Br 10 thousand (~$ 3.5) for children and Br 17 thousand (~$ 6) for adults.