NEWS ARCHIVE: DECEMBER 2010

December 30, 2010 Website "21.BY" This year more than 300 thousand people have already visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". It was just over 220,000 visitors on the same date last year

Galina Panasyuk, a primary school teacher from the Strigovskaya rural school-garden of the Kobrin district of the Brest region, has became the jubilee guest of the protected forest and the owner of a New Year gift (a computer.

Source: People's Newspaper

December 29, 2010 "Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Father Frost from Russian Great Ustyug visited the Belarusian counterpart

On December 28, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, everything was ready to serve the visit of Russian Father Frost. The fairy grandfather from Great Ustyug visited his Belarusian counterpart. A day earlier he was in Minsk where he opened a New Year celebration in the House of Moscow. The Committee for Interregional Relations and National Policy of the Russian capital was the organizer of the visit. The program of the visit to Brest region also provides for a meeting of Russian Father Frost with orphans and children left without parental care, from the Yastrebelskaya boarding school of Baranovichy district, and a visit to the Regional Center for Youth Creativity. And, of course, it includes a meeting with Belarusian Father Frost which official residence is located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

December 29, 2010 Website "Belteleradiocompany" Russian Father Frost came to the residence of Major Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha for the first time

Svetlana Vechorko tells "If someone does not have a sense of celebration in the city vanity, please go to Belovezhskaya Pushcha! A tale - the New Year's one these days - still runs the show there."

Those are lucky who today visited the estate of Belarusian Father Frost. After all, they saw not one but two white-bearded wizards in traditional red robes. After the customary greetings and hugs, brothers Santa Clauses from the Russian Great Ustyug and Belovezhskaya Pushcha went to inspect the estate.

It is difficult to perambulate 15 hectares of direct holdings for a short time. There would be handy a sleigh with sledge-footed deer. Accompanied by kids and adults, the wizards of the forest went by a glade of 12 months, stopped at a magic mill which fulfills all desires, and sang and danced in a ring around the biggest natural Christmas tree.

It turned out that many Russians are among the visitors of the estate, as always. Countrymen surrounded the magician from Ustyug and asked about his impressions and plans.

(Father Frost from Great Ustyug (Russia) "I like it very much! The next time I will come in the daytime and probably will stay here. But now I have to go. Not all the Christmas trees are put on the light in Russia.")

The guest from the Great Ustyug never stopped surprising crowded at the residence of the Belarusian colleague. Overall, representatives of nearly 100 countries visited it during its existence. And today, the estate welcomed the 300000th visitor to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Honorable mission fell on a group from the Strigovskaya school-kindergarten. The master of the estate handed a personal computer to the head of students' group in memory of this extraordinary day.

(Galina Panasyuk, a primary school teacher of the Strigovskaya school-garden, Kobrin district)
The brothers Frosts also exchanged gifts. And what about those who are older, Russian guest inventively proposed to measure the beard.

Five years ago the counterpart Joulupukki from Finland visited the residence of Belarusian Father Frost. Today, that's the Russian Father Frost from Great Ustyug. It remains to wait for major Santa Claus.
December 29, 2010 Website "Second National Channel (ONT)" Video: Hot days in the snowy realm

An unprecedented influx of visitors is in Belovezhskaya Pushcha before the New Year.

Today the 300,000th visitor was taken there. In addition, the Belarusian Grandfather Frost's colleague came from Great Ustyug (Russia) to Pushcha.

Before the New Year the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha cannot do without volunteers. Full bags of congratulations and pictures are delivered every day there.

Christina Boguta, a guide-trainee tells "Santa Claus gets a lot of letters and we, his helpers, are helping to assort and read them. Of course, we respond to all letters because children are waiting for our answers."

This year a special train car was launched and one can come to Pushcha from the capital.

The estate of Father Frost is today waiting for special guests and students from the Kobrin district were the first of them. A computer was presented to the jubilee group. Some students saw the Pushcha's beauty for the first time, others have already fallen in love charm of this protected area.

Another nice tradition is to come to the National Park on the New Year's eve and in Christmas Day. Hotels are enough, but the people wishing to come there are also numerous.

Father Christmas from Russian Great Ustyug was also an important guest. The difference of 25 degrees below zero and several thousand kilometers are between two geographic areas but there is a common desire to bring the holiday to everyone.

In addition to a strong tourist component, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is strengthening its status of a scientific center. Belarusian ecologists and foresters are sharing traditions of conservation of the untouched nature with foreign counterparts, first of all, with Polish ones, given the cross-border location of the National Park. The particular experience is on each side of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the representatives of Belarus and Poland have a lot to learn from each other for the common good.

Reporter: Dmitry Kazutin

(You can see the video clip by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
December 29, 2010 Website "Photobelta.by" Over 300 thousand people has already visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha in 2010

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More than 300 thousand people has already visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in 2010. On the same date last year it was just over 220 thousand visitors. The photos show the residence of Santa Claus.

Photos by Vladimir Zhinkov
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December 29, 2010 Website "Photobelta.by" Russian and Belarusian Father Frosts met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

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Santa Claus from Russian Great Ustyug visited the Brest region on the eve of New Year holidays. In the evening he came to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Belarusian Grandfather Frost has repeatedly been a guest of his Russian counterpart, while lord of winter blizzards from Great Ustyug first visited the residence of Belarusian Grandfather Frost. It is located deep in the primeval forest on the edge where bison had to feed in the winter period. The photos show Russian and Belarusian Grandfather Frosts who met in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Photos by Vladimir Zhinkov
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December 29, 2010 Website "Second National Channel (ONT)" Video: Belarusian Grandfather Frost came to the Internet

On the eve of New Year's the fairy tale character has got its own website and began receiving e-mail.

Grandfather Frost goes to the Global Network right from his residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Letter with the wishes and requests can be left on a special page and at the same time one can look at how and where lord of winter blizzards lives. A virtual photo gallery of the fabulous estates and an innumerable collection of children's drawings are also on the site of the fantastic character. The winter residence is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Belarus. Here towers of Santa Claus and Snow Maiden have been built, as well as Skarbnitsa (a store house for children's drawings) which stores the attributes of the New Year's hero. A 100-year-old spruce tree is one of the attractions. Its height makes 42 meters and it is the tallest Christmas tree in Europe.

(You can see the video clip by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
December 28, 2010 Website "ALE.BY" Belarusian Grandfather Frost opened a website

The Belarusian Grandfather Frost who resides in Belovezhskaya Pushcha appeared on the Internet. This was reported in the administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

: dzedmaroz.by

According to interlocutors, Belarusian Grandfather Frost is trying to be modern and, therefore, he expressed a desire to communicate with children, including to through Internet as the form already familiar to them.

The website www.dzedmaroz.by started on-line on the eve of New Year holidays. Henceforth, anyone can write an email to Santa Claus and at the same time can see where and how lord of winter blizzards lives. One can send his message to Santa Claus directly on the website. Pictures showing the estate of Grandfather Frost and children's countless drawings which are stored at Santa's home are also placed there, as BelTA informs.

Grandfather Frost spoke on the home page about the history of his estate and the role of President of Belarus.

"In summer 2003, the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It was not his first visit to this famous forest which is a national treasure and the pride of the Belarusian people. He was earlier shown the old oaks and pines, lakes and quiet rivers, herds of huge shaggy bison and timid deer, ancient burial mound-grounds and stone altars of the heathen. It was all quite fascinating and captivated the imagination. And the President wanted that every child since childhood is loved Belovezhskaya Pushcha, so that it becomes a magical place where the fairy-tale characters come to life and any miracles can appear", as it is written on the website.

"In the short term, by President's order, the estate was built where the famous Grandfather with his Granddaughter Snow Maiden, Mother Winter and other heroes of fairy tales settled", Santa Claus told.
December 28, 2010 "Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) newspaper Gamekeeper of Belovezhskaya Pushcha shot photographer

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Now the wounded man is in the Minsk hospital and the gamekeeper released on bail.

This accident which took place on December 22 in the Wildlife Sanctuary "Vygonoshchanskoye" (Ivacevichy district, Brest region) has stirred up the Belarusian community of biologists and environmentalists. The famous amateur-photographer Nikolai Vorobei was shot in presence of two witnesses in the Wildlife Sanctuary where he worked.

"He worked in our Sanctuary since August as a chief specialist", director of the Sanctuary "Vygonoshchanskoye" Sergei Gabets told. "Nikolai, one more our guard and a gamekeeper of the Sanctuary located in the village of Vygonoschi where they heard a shot. According to our instructions, they were required to find out who shoots in the Sanctuary. It was just snowed and they clearly saw traces of a car that rolled off the road into the forest. At 500 meters from the road, they found the car and traces of a man. They decided to wait on the sidelines. They stood for 40 or 50 minutes and sow that a man with a gun was going. The specialist on guard turned to him "Forest guard, stop." The man raised his gun. He saw only Nikolai as two of his colleagues were a little farther in the wood. The gamekeeper who shot to Nikolai was from Belovezhskaya Pushcha."

"What did he do in the Sanctuary?"

"Belovezhskaya Pushcha which of us is 200 kilometers away took the Vygonoshchanskoye hunting ground under subordination in May and actually banned our staff to monitor the Sanctuary. But in theory, gamekeepers, both ours and from Pushcha, have the right to be within the sanctuary.

The criminal case under Article "Intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm" has already been instituted."

The case is still under investigation. The shooter is characterized as positive. He is not tippler. He did not hold criminally liable. He is a local resident. He has a family here. There is a license for weapon. The incident took place during working hours and the gamekeeper was performing official duties," Ivan Popko, the Ivatsevichi police department's investigator, told.

"Did the Sanctuary's officer also suffer during business hours and while on duty?"

"Yes, it was during working hours but we are still finding out about their duties. The gamekeeper has been detained and released after 72 hours on his own recognizance. We are not yet ready to indict. All witnesses have been questioned. Some examinations including ballistic and forensic medicine have been appointed.

Nikolai Vorobei lost a lot of blood and got wounded in both knees. Doctors of the Ivacevichy hospital saved the life of man. On Monday, Nikolai moved to Minsk and he is now at the Research Institute of Traumatology."

Natalia Sharay
In the photo: Nikolai Vorobei // Photo by Olga LUKSHITS
December 28, 2010 "Sovetskaya Belorussia" (The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper Under arms

Shot rang out in the evening at the village of Vygonoschi, Ivatsevichi district. A bullet launched by a gamekeeper of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" targeted the employee of the Wildlife Sanctuary "Vygonoshchanskoye" Nikolai Vorobei, a known photographer and passionate photo-hunter. Nikolai with severe injuries in both legs was placed in the Ivatsevichi district hospital.

"A criminal case under article "Intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm" was instituted against the gamekeeper. For the duration of the investigations, it is too early to make any conclusions," Deputy Chief of the Ivatsevichi police department and chief of preliminary investigation Vadim Liska commented.

The Wildlife Sanctuary "Vygonoshchanskoye" was handed to the Reserve "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in May. Since it rangers of two departments work in the same area.

Tatiana Grinkevich
December 23, 2010 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 246 Special joint project of the Brest Regional Executive Committee and the newspaper "Respublika"

Andrew Pisarik (pictured), chairman of the Kamenetz District Executive Committee: Use unique opportunities

The distance from our regional center Kamenetz to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the unique nature of global importance, is about forty kilometers. Until recently, this important fact exerted no any meaningful influence on the live of the region. Regional and national bodies were mainly engaged in the service of guests staying in the city of Brest and visiting the Forest but hey focused on tourists' short-term visits to the ancient forest. As a result of such practices the town of Kamenetz today remains the only district center in the Brest region where there are no hotels. All changed after the last year's celebration of 600th anniversary of the protected status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The President of Belarus Alexander, as speaking here, unveiled the main directions of future work on creation and development of the infrastructure on the outskirts of the Pushcha's forest that can take many tourists. The task was to build a detour road along the border of the National Park during two years, and to create a network of facilities for servicing the guests. At this roundabout route, they will leave cars and continue their journey through the virgin forest in the walking groups or using bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles or electric ones. Work on this assignment is in full swing and the bypass route already finds its future shapes. Naturally, the district authorities are thinking about how to use it to supplement the budget through the development of tourist business. The income from it is negligible as yet. Of course the district, apart from Belovezhskaya Pushcha, has other attractions and everyone who come to the Brest region will certainly try to visit them. These are the Kamenetskaya Tower dominating above the district center which was built by ancient craftsmen as early as the thirteenth century and is still impressing with its imposing appearance and excellent condition. The remains of the last Polish king Stanislaw August Poniatowski were reburied in the ancient church of the village Volchin in the middle of the last century, and then they were brought from Leningrad and sent to the Polish government by I.Stalin's order. These and other cultural and historical monuments still remain to be as the potential of the future tourism industry, which is of high expectations in the region.

Meanwhile, the agricultural production, which attained a significant progress for the past five years dominated in the district economy. In 2008 and 2009, the district became the best in the harvesting of grain in the region. The average yield reached forty tons per hectare. Adverse weather conditions reduced this figure somewhat in the current year, when our economy got 96.3 thousand tons in bunker weight. It is believed that the district will also perform the five-year targets concerning the production of milk and meat. The most powerful company in our industry works in alliance with farmers. This is the public corporation "Belovezhskie cheese", a milk processing plant in the small town of Vysokoe. The uniqueness of this enterprise lies in the fact that, using Russian investments at the turn of last century, it is one of the first in the dairy industry of the country which got technically re-equipment and significantly improved its product quality. Since then, the "Belovezhskie cheese" is not inferior to its leading position on the Belarusian and Russian markets where up to 80% of the cheese production is delivered. The technology is improving at the milk processing plant in accordance with international standards. Cheese whey, for example, through the acquisition of imported equipment, is used for the production of specific albumin curd.
December 23, 2010 "Zvyazda" (The Star) newspaper, No 252 Not only gas to live in the Kamenyuki village

As we know, questions, not just complaints and suggestions, have been sent to the "hot line" of the Fourth All-Belarusian Assembly. The Brest citizen Svetlana Sergeeva asked the question which sounded like this "Why is there no installing gas-supply to the agro-urban village Kamenyuki in Belovezhskaya Pushcha?"

The newspaper's reporter also asked this question from the chairman of the Committee on Architecture and Construction at the Brest Regional Executive Committee Vladimir Porashko and behold what was the answer:

"A feed gas pipeline about 25 kilometers has to be built for gasification of the village of Kamenyuki of the Kamenetz district. It costs about 11 billons Bel.Roubles (~ $ 2.6 millions).

At the beginning of this year 125 of 222 villages of the region which got a status of agro-urban village were supply with gas over the past five years. Taking into account the limitation of financial means in the frame of the Gasification Development Programme, agro-urban village with the lowest duration of the feed pipeline are included in the plan for the coming years. So, it is not possible to install gas in the agro-urban village "Kamenyuki" soon.

The Kamenyuki Village Council Chairman Elena Mozgova said that 25 billons Bel.Roubles (~ $ 8.3 millions) were spent for the agro-urban village improvement during the preparation to the celebration of the 600th anniversary of the protected status of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Kamenyuki indeed had been have changed and became beautiful. Roofs of some houses have been renewed, their facades have been repaired and courtyards and children-play spots have been improved. A new fence has been placed along the main street and the street lighting has been replaced into a new and modern one.

Much money have been invested into the things which are invisible but define the quality of life of villagers - water and sewer networks have been renewed. The middle school, kindergarten, clinic, post office, Bank branch got overhaul. The Center of Culture and Crafts, a pride of the village, where youngsters will be able to learn traditional crafts of grandfathers and great grandfathers of the province, has been built.

According Elena Mozgova, when the settlement improvement has been starting the villagers hoped for gasification in the village of Kamenyuki. But it has to understand that the pipe network must be laid from the district town of Kamenetz and it is a lot of money. But the issue is not closed forever. Maybe such funds will be found in a couple of years. To do this it needs that the Pushcha' area gets better development and businesses which will bring in revenue to the treasury.

Svetlana Jaskevich
December 22, 2010 "Vecherniy Grodno" (The Evening Grodno) newspaper Two underpasses for bison to build on the bypass road along Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Construction of the road to bypass Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be completed by November 7, 2011. The large object does not fit into the standards - the width of the asphalt blade will be 9 meters, not 7 as usual.

We wrote about the road construction before last year. President of Belarus signed a decree in May of this year.

"The new road will be built with minimal harm to the nature of the national reserve", Igor Svirko, chief engineer of the project fulfilled by "Belgiprodor" has told. The road will not begin in the village Volkostavets as anticipated immediately, but from the border crossing "Peschatka" and will go through the village of Omelenets, bypassing tows Kamenetz and Pruzhany, through villages Lyskovo of the Brest region and Porozovo of the Grodno region, and will be finished in town Svisloch of the Grodno region.

Road construction began in June and July. To date, approximately 50% of roadbed is ready. Communications are made. The gravel base on 41% of the road length is okay, and 62 kilometers is already with the lower layer of asphalt. The top layer will be put next year. Even curbs will be under asphalt. All road construction area is divided into 11 major sections - the three of them are in the Grodno region and 8 are in the Brest region. Road workers from Brest, Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev and Rogachev are involved in the construction. About a dozen of bridges, 5 of them are in the Svisloch district, will be built throughout the road which bypasses Belovezhskaya Pushcha The biggest bridge (128 meters) is constructed through the Forest River near the village of Goliy Borok, not far from the town of Kamenetz. Roundabouts are not provided.

Totally, about 400 billion Rubles (~ $ 133 million) are planned to be spend for the major construction projects - 331 billion Rubles (~ $ 110 million) of the total sum for the road and the rest for the reconstruction of entrances to villages and for repair of existing highways.

The infrastructure along the road which bypasses the national park is planned to be developed. In particular, six parking spaces will be built, two of them in the Grodno region. Good places for investors for construction of hotels, cafes, petrol stations and shops are set aside. A new gas station will be built near the village of Porozovo. Reconstruction of hotels in the tow of Svisloch will also be made. But, as deputy chairman of the Executive Committee of the Svisloch district Nikolai Tarasevich said, it is too early to talk about the great development of roadside service.

Expert Commentary
Ruslan Novitsky, Senior Research Fellow, the Department of Monitoring and Fauna Inventory at the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources, the National Academy od Sciences:

"Our experts have developed science-based activities for conservation of flora and fauna of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. So, pipes will be installed under the road for amphibians, and concrete barriers that prevent amphibians go on the road. Construction of two underpasses for ungulates is foreseen in the project. In addition, a special fence will be built in front of transitions that will guide the animals in the underpass transition. Special plantations of trees and bushes which are a food for these animals will also be made around each of passages for ungulates. Site for additional artificial feeding will be set at the road, on the other side of the forest where they usually go out."

Help from "VG" newspaper
The length of the road bypassing Belovezhskaya Pushcha is over 200 kilometers. New roads make 40%, the others (already existing) will be reconstructed. 39 km will be in the Grodno region, 27 km of which will cover the existing highways. The new road will be of Category 4, two-lane, with a car capacity of up to 2,000 vehicles per day.

Natalya Korneyeva
December 17, 2010 Website "Broadcasting "Brest"" Father Frost greets guests in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A Father Frost's estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha awaits guests in these winter holidays.

The estate's landlord will show a carved tower to guests where he lives, as well as a Snow Maiden's house, a Skarbnitsa (Store House) that holds gifts, letters and drawings sent in the name of Santa Claus, a magic well, a windmill and a 40-meter Christmas tree, which is 120 years old. Sculptural groups and a wood composition based on fairy tales "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" and "12 months" are not far from the Tree. According to the legend, if you touch your month sculpture and make a wish, it is necessarily true.

Source: realbrest.by

December 16, 2010 Newspaper "Belorusskaya Niva" (The Belarusian Field) Stimulation to remote areas and money to an assistant

The art amateurs' Public Society of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha Euro-region has won an international grant for the project "Possibly Vanishing Village".

It was initiated by the German Foundation "Memory, Responsibility and Future" together with the International Association "Mutual Understanding".

The aim of he project is rather surprising, to raise public awareness towards small villages which are under threat of vanishing, and to preserve their ethnographic character and unique folklore. There are many inhabited localities, such as above, in Bereza, Drogichin, Kobrin and Kamenets districts. Within their territories, the villages (one per district) will be selected next year to breathe new life into them.

Denis Buslenok
December 16, 2010 Website "Marketing.by" December 11 a first 3D-Newspaper to be in Belarus

The "Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus" newspaper has made ready a New Year gift for readers - a special edition with photos of the 3D format.

One can look three-dimensional images by using special glasses that every buyer of the Saturday newspaper's special issue gets as no-charge supplement.

Modern technologies allow us to obtain the three-dimensional image, not only on screen but also in print production. The Komsomolskaya Pravda has mastered the 3D technology and invited for readers the stereo-pictures taken in the Mir Castle, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and during a photo shoot of popular TV stars Sasha Pavlova, Lucia Lushchik, Alina Kravtsova, etc.

The idea to be placed in the 3D-paper was accepted by advertisers with interest, so much of the volume numbers were adware.

Director on development of the Communication Agency "ARS COMMUNICATIONS" Roman Kostitsyn says "The project is interesting and compelling, including as giving the new business tool for companies that use the newspaper to promote their products and goods. It is no secret that print publications are now in active competition with online media, including as advertising media. The 3D-project "Komsomolskaya Pravda" certainly confirms the high competitiveness of the newspaper, not only in content but also in terms of innovative ways of presenting information and advertising."

In this case, the new format is not affected the quality of text and the informative context of the newspaper. "In our opinion, such effects are not well-taken on the information pages as this format is rather entertaining, so the information among standard materials looks normally. Images which are made in 3D are marked with a special icon. We added a detailed instruction in the issue on how to use glasses," Andrei Levkovsky, editor of "Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus" told during the press conference.

The circulation of the Saturday special issue of "Komsomolskaya Pravda" is 62 thousand copies. In addition, 3D-images can be seen on the website KP.BY. For the convenience, a direct link is also placed on the glasses.

3D-issue was completely sold out in most retail outlets. The plans of Komsomolskaya Pravda are to repeat the project, and further to make it regular.

The last page is designed specially for men to keep their attention as long as possible.
The "Molodetskoe" eggs are especially interesting for watching in the 3D format.
December 15, 2010 Website "ABRUPT" Bison from Bialowieza Forest (Poland) will arrive in the Czech Republic

In the next few days seven bison from Poland will be transported in Czech forests. Six animals grew up in the Reserve "Bialowieza Forest", on the Polish-Belarusian border. The Bialowieza females will go to North and West Bohemia, to replenish the population of the Czech bison.
December 15, 2010 Website "The Metropolitan TV (STV)" A bus with Minsk school students riding to Belarusian Santa Claus in Belovezhskaya Pushcha crushed a Volkswagen Golf

Schoolchildren and their teachers from Minsk will remember the trip to the residence of Belarusian Father Frost for a long time. On Sunday, Decemeber 12, about 11.45 pm, the oncoming clash of a "116 Neoplan bus" and "Volkswagen Golf" car happened on the highway Brest-Kamenyuki near the village of Dmytrovychi.

The bus of the Minsk travel company with 47 fifth graders and three teachers got going to Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the tour. A driver and passenger - Brest citizens born in 1980 - were in the car which moved in the opposite direction.

Upon crash a criminal case was initiated which will be led by the Department of Investigation. The transport-road examination will reveal exactly where the collision occurred, as crumpling the Volkswagen nearly flat.

Kids later continued the journey to Santa Claus in another bus. But for the people riding in the Volkswagen, the Sunday journey proved fatal - both died on the spot accident, as www.ctv.by reports with reference to the "Evening Brest" newspaper.
December 15, 2010 "Vexherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper Lublin said the best construction projects of the Brest region

On December 10, the Polish city of Lublin said the best construction projects of the season "Crystal Brick". In 2010, this prestigious international contest gathered 61 applications from the towns of Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. The winners were named in nine categories.

Immediately, four projects of the Brest region (out of six submitted) were awarded by the jury. The following projects were granted with diplomas of the contest - "Museum of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the category "Successful design solution and the original design", "the Pruzhanskiy local fuel cogeneration plant" in the category "Technical building", "The Polesie State University's hospice" in the category "Development of student campuses". The highest award of the competition "Crystal brick" - was handed over to the project "The school garden for 471 kinds in the East district No 6". All prize-winning projects of the Brest region have been developed by the public corporation Brestproekt.

According to the contest's rules, entries accepted for the projects were completed before September 1, 2010.
December 10-16, 2010 "Brestskaya Gazeta" (The Brest Newspaper) newspaper, No 50 (417) Kids traveled to Santa Claus, but had an accident

A bus with Minsk schoolchildren got an accident when going to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The accident happened about 12.00 pm on December 12 on the highway Brest - Kamenyuki near the village of Dmytrovychi, Kamenets district. A car "Volkswagen Golf" driving by a 30-year resident of the regional center was coming in the opposite direction. Suddenly, the "Golf" lost control and crossed into the oncoming traffic.

"It's hard to say why it happened. Weather conditions were satisfactory and the road was clear of snow. The visibility was good. Maybe the driver was distracted for a moment," head of the GAI office of Agitation and Propaganda at the Department of Internal Affairs of the Brest Regional Executive Committee Natalia Sakharchuk suggested.

This moment was fatal for the driver and passenger of the Volkswagen. The car jumped into the oncoming lane and crashed into the bus with children. "The bus was carrying students of Minsk in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Fortunately, none of the children was hurt. The driver and the passenger of the foreign car died on the accident spot," Natalia Sakharchuk said.

The bus was mechanically damaged and could not continue driving. Children changed their seats into other bus which brought them safely to the residence of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The blood of the lost driver was taken for testing.
December 10-16, 2010 "Brestskaya Gazeta" (The Brest Newspaper) newspaper, No 50 (417) Light of the main Christmas Tree of the Brest city will be switched on Saturday

The celebration of the opening of the main Christmas tree of the Brest city will be held for the first time
The celebration of the opening of the main Christmas tree will be held in Brest for the first time. This year the authorities did not overlook this event and decided to organize a small show.

Chief of the Department of the Culture at the Executive Committee of the City Vladimir Susko did not tell all secrets and "zests" of the celebration. He promised only that there will be provocative quizmaster Peter Prokopovich, music, songs and dances around the tree. It is planned to use a screen which will show how the preparation for the New Year at the residence of the "Supreme" Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is going on. Residents of the regional center Brest together with forty Father Frosts will give the solemn command to the lighting of fires on the main New Year's beauty.

The Christmas paraphernalia trade will be organized on the Lenin Square, and a field kitchen will treat everyone whishing with hot tea.

It is quite possible that the celebration of the opening of the Christmas Tree will be traditional in Brest. "All depends on whether the Brest residents enjoy what we have prepared for them. But it would love that the celebration of the opening of the main Christmas Tree becomes a tradition," Vladimir Susko said.

Celebrations cleared for the New Year will be held in Brest on Saturday, December 11 at the Lenin Square. The beginning is at 18.00.

Oksana BROVACH
December 08, 2010 Website "The Belarusian Radio Ratsia" Bison's artificial feeding to be starting in Bialowieza Forest (Poland)

Since the beginning of the winter, the artificial feeding of wild animals, bison first of all, started in the Bialowieza Forest. Before this, foresters prepared foods beforehand.

Erzy Dackevucz, head of the bison nursery of the Bialowieza National Park, said that bison can feed themselves in the winter period but this will cause serious losses in the bison population.

"We have to help because of much snow, somewhere more than half meter. Animals could care for themselves but it will cause much damage in the forest. So, we always feed bison artificially in winter. They come to the feed spots and live in the vicinity all winter long."

During the winter feeding the inventory of the free bison heard is also provided in Bialowieza Forest. For today about 450 bison are living in the Polish part of Bialowieza Forest, while about 500 of these animals are on the Belarusian side. Within the next few days 6 bison will be delivered from the Bialowieza National Park to the Czech Republic, to two nurseries. In this way, the natural habitat of European bison will be extended.

Natalia Gerasimyuk, Radio Ratsia
Foto from fotki.yandex.ru
December 08, 2010 Website "OPEN.BY" The 8 December the USSR ceased to exist

Nineteen years ago, on December 8, 1991, heads of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, Stanislav Shushkevich, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kravchuk, signed an agreement establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States at the residence Viskuly in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The so-called Belovezhskaya Agreements put the end to the 69-year history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Moreover, the termination of the USSR as a subject of international law and geopolitical reality was declared by leaders of those Soviet republics which established it in 1922 him.

After 13 days, on December 21, in Alma-Ata, heads of the 11 new sovereign states (except the Baltic states and Georgia) have signed a protocol to the Agreement establishing the CIS, in which they stressed that the Republic of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine on equality basis established the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The participants of the meeting adopted the declaration to reaffirm the commitment of the former Soviet republics of cooperation in various fields of foreign and domestic policy, proclaiming to guarantee of compliance with international obligations of the former USSR.

In December of 1993, Georgia joined the CIS. But in 2009, a year after the armed conflict with Russia, it left this interstate structure.

The Commonwealth operates on the basis of the statute adopted by the Council of Heads of State from January 22, 1993.

The Commonwealth is not a state and does not have supranational powers. The interaction of countries within the CIS is going through its coordinating institutions: the Council of Heads of State, the Council of Heads of Government, the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, the Executive Committee which is the legal successor of the Executive Secretariat of the CIS, the Interstate Economic Committee of the Economic Union, etc.

BelaPAN
December 08, 2010 Website "Blog" Dmitry Pankratov"" December 8, 1991. Belovezhskaya Pushcha. 19 years without the USSR

Kravchuk, Yeltsin, Shushkevich and Kebich
The Belovezhskaya Agreements signed by Yeltsin, Kravchuk and Shushkevich on December 8, 1991, verified that the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Legally, the Soviet Union lasted more 18 days (although it is believed that, in a strictly legal sense, it still exists).

It disappeared on December 25 not at 19 o'clock, when Mikhail Gorbachev publicly on TV has signed a decree (N NC-3162) on the resignation of the Supreme Commander, but only the 26th..

Mikhail Gorbachev
On December 26, in the Kremlin, one of the chambers of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR - Council of the Republic had the last meeting. At this meeting the deputies from 5 Asian countries that remained in the Union until the end, took 4 documents - the Declaration that determined demise of the Soviet Union as a state and a subject of international law (N 142-H); the Decision to dismiss the judges of the Supreme and Supreme Arbitration Courts of the Soviet Union and the College of the Procuracy of the USSR (N 143-H); the Decision to dismiss the chairman of the State Bank V. Gerashchenko who flatly refused to give the keys to emissaries of the Central Bank of Russia until the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dismisses him from the position (N 144 - N); and - just in case - his first deputy Vladimir N. Kulikov (N 145-H).

However, for Russia, all these decisions accepted on its territory had only an indirect relation. It is because two weeks earlier, on December 12, 1991, at 13.28., Russia through the decision of its Parliament withdrew from the USSR by denouncing the Union Treaty of 1922.
December 08, 2010 "Grodnenskaya Pravda" (The Grodno Truth) newspaper A 25-year-old resident of the Grodno city built a moonshine mini-factory in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Aerial helicopter patrol by officers of the Interior and the Armed Forces of the State Border Troops Committee is aimed at combating crimes.

A twenty-five-old resident of the Grodno city did not pay any attention to a helicopter flying over the forest in the area of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in the Svisloch district. But in vain! It is because Major Ivan Vladarchik, head of the Office of Law Enforcement and Prevention at the Svisloch District Department of Internal Affairs, being on board of the helicopter, already informed the staff of the mobile police station, which is working to suppress the facts of distilling, about the coordinates of his location. The offender was caught by police, they say, "the hot", during the making of moonshine at a mini-forest plant. He could not understand a long time how it could find him so easily in the backwoods.

As a result, 80 liters of vodka, and 1500 liters of moonshine mash were seized. The moonshine barely was loaded on a tractor trailer and was taken to the police station.

Given the positive experience of the aviation by the police department of the Grodno Regional Executive Committee, it was agreed with the commanders of border guards, stationed in the region, as well as with the leaders of the Department of Aviation of the State Border Troops Committee on further joint activities.

Maybe it's time to think moonshiners and stop their "business" on the human grief. Families and children suffers from abuse of alcohol and the majority of offenses and crimes are also committed in a drunken stupor. Is it worth risking himself, to bring grief to their families and to maim? Think about it...

Only for the first 10 months of this year, 562 moonshine devices were identified and destroyed by members of the Regional Department of Internal Affairs and 7,933 liters of vodka and 214,134 liters of moonshine mash were seized and annihilated. 1,578 people were involved into administrative proceedings for various offenses related to trafficking in alcohol.

Vladimir Satsyuk,
Deputy Chief of Police Office of the Grodno Regional Executive Committee
December 07, 2010 Website "TUT.BY" An exhibition of tapestries by State Prize of Belarus Valentina Markovets-Bartlova to be opened in Minsk

An exhibition of tapestries by senior lecturer Valentina Markovets-Bartlova, head of the Department of Costume and Textiles at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, was opened in the Folklore Art Gallery "Good Thinking" in Minsk on December 7.

About 30 tapestries are presented at the exhibition as BelaPAN reported Tatiana Garanskaya informs.

According to her, creativity of the artist, who is one of the most famous masters of the national tapestry, has a different thrust going deep into the Belarusian folk weaving and manifests itself in the colors, rhythms, ornaments and compositions of the monumental works by V.Markovets-Bartlova. "In her tapestries, through the associative array of images, she recreates great figures of the Belarusian history and culture, including Kastus Kalinouski, Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz and Maxim Bogdanovich," the art critic noted. The artist combines the scale of thinking and lyricism, historicism and modernity, traditional forms of smooth tapestry with modernist forms and the inclusion into the fabric inserts and glass wool, paper and stone, T.Garanskaya said.

Among the most famous works by V.Markovets-Bartlova, the art critic called a tapestry "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" for the Rehabilitation Center of Ministry of Health, tapestries with images of ancient Belarusian towns and cities for the administrative building of the Belarusian State University and a curtain for the Palace of the Republic, marked by the State Prize of Belarus.

"In addition, the artist known for its scenic costumes for the song and music ensembles "Pesnyary" and "Khoroshki" brought a galaxy of artists of tapestries and textiles at the Academy of Arts, where he worked since 1988," T.Garanskaya said.

BelaPAN
December 04, 2010 Website "BelTeleRadioCompany" Video: Snow Maiden came in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Mother Winter with her

Eugene Pustovoy met fairy-tale characters.

Invitation of Snow Maiden probably has already been heard in the northern latitudes - the home of Father Frost. After all, thousands of children, not hundreds, called her name. They called for a long time. Mother Winter tried too hard. It was not sparing of snow and all Pushcha was covered with it.

The doors in this winter wonderland, like countdown days to the New Year holidays, are open. And there are no doubts that the manor of Belarusian Father Frost is a real territory of this tale. It is because the tale is created not only by man-made but by nature itself.

Father Frost has lodged in the very old and, therefore, the most fabulous forest of the continent hundreds of centuries ago. But only under the current government the people reacted in Belarusian hospitality to the New Year's character. They cut down and let the man-made, but the fabulous estate.

The atmosphere in the estate of Belarusian Father Frost is like during a Christmas party. Adults are returning in the country of childhood. Even severe aunts and uncles can not resist at the highest natural spruce tree in Europe with a merry round dance.

The main characters of Christmas celebrations last only a seventh year in the fairy mansion, in the main forest of Europe. The visitors who came here are as many as the trees in Belovezhskaya Pushcha - hundreds of thousands. But interest continues unabated. After seven years the trail for visitors is not overgrown, or rather, is not swept here.

Granddaughter of Santa Claus helping him would be right up to the onset of spring. They together will manage to make even more miracles for the three months. There are much works. Father Frost does not let a walking stick out of his hands. He makes sure that we have not been stolen the good story. It is actual especially now, in these New Year days.

(You can see video clip by downloading the file from here)
December 04, 2010 "Sovetskaya Belorussia" (The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper A festive car to the estate of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha will appear in the train Minsk-Brest from 24 December

A festive car to the estate of Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha will appear in the train Minsk-Brest from December 24, as BelTA was told in the press service of the Belarusian Railway Department.

The tourist train-car of direct connection will run through the route Minsk-Brest-Minsk during the Christmas holidays from 24 to 29 December and from 1 to 8 January.

The holiday train will depart in the first trip from the station "Minsk-Passenger" on December 24 in 22.48. It will arrive in Brest at 8.33 the next day. A comfortable bus will bring visitors to the Father Frost's estate and a guide will tell about Christmas traditions and history of the Christmas season. The tourists will spend one day in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They will visit the estate of Belarusian Father Frost and will see a Snow Maiden's house, gifts' museum, windmill and a magic well. In addition, tourists can take a walk to the tallest Christmas tree in Europe, make a wish on the "Glade of Fairy Tales" and receive a Christmas gift from Santa Claus. The program of sightseeing tour includes familiarity with the Museum of Nature of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" which presents a rich exposition of flora and fauna, and walking along the enclosures with wild animals.

The holiday car will be sent to Brest in the train number 141 in even days and in the train number 145 in odd days. The return to Minsk is provided by the train number 28.
December 01, 2010 "Respublica" (The Republic) newspaper, No 230 A coach was at Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Coaches made by Polish craftsmen from the old drawings and sketches will appear in the near future in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They will be exactly on what members of the family of the Russian tsar and persons close to the emperor went across the protected forest in the past century.

Director General of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Nikolai Bambiza said "All coaches are harnessed horses of Belarusian breeds that are not only in the premises of the Reserve but also in the public association of Cossacks who are actively engaged in revival of traditions of Belarusian Cossacks in the Brest region. Royal carriages with visitors of Pishcha will be accompanied by Cossack patrols, allowing guests very accurately represent the time when grand grandee persons had a rest there.

Colleagues engaged in management of tourism on the Polish side of the Bialowieza Forest have prompted the idea of providing such services for the National Park's administration. A magnificent royal palace was placed there (in Poland) destroyed in the beginning of the last century. But a part of the railway which was used by the family of the emperor with his associates once visiting this area was conserved there. Now tourists wishing to visit a tavern in the way, designed as the one of imperial times, ride there. The administration of the Belarusian National Park will develop tourist services around the same direction to follow the example of the Poles.