Find out more about the greatest Belarusians, including Andrei Arlovski, Marc Chagall, Alexander Lukashenko, Olga Korbut and Svetlana Alexievich.

The Republic of Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, has been under the dominance of several rulers over the past centuries with the result that its culture was often suppressed. But this could not dampen the spirit of modern day Belarusians in their determination to build a nation rich in the arts and culture. The nation has a diverse population comprising people of Belarusian ethnicity, Russians, Jews, Poles, and Vikings. The 20th century artist Marc Chagall who was associated with several major artistic styles, was referred to as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" by art critic Robert Hughes.

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
(Mixed Martial Artist, Actor)

04 February 1979

Marc ChagallMarc Chagall
(Artist)

06 July 1887

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
(President of Belarus)

30 August 1954

Olga KorbutOlga Korbut
(Gymnast)

16 May 1955

Svetlana AlexievichSvetlana Alexievich
(Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

31 May 1948

Svetlana BoginskayaSvetlana Boginskaya
(Olympic athlete)

09 February 1973

Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik
(Rabbi)

27 February 1903

Maryna LinchukMaryna Linchuk
(Fashion Model)

04 September 1987

Yanka KupalaYanka Kupala
(Poet)

07 July 1882

Zhores Ivanovich AlferovZhores Ivanovich Alferov
(Physicist)

15 March 1930

Maksim BahdanovičMaksim Bahdanovič
(Poet)

09 December 1891

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
(Tennis player)

31 July 1989

Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
(Association football player)

01 May 1981

Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak
(Belarusian-Norwegian singer)

13 May 1986

Vladimir KozlovVladimir Kozlov
(professional wrestler, judoka, television actor)

27 April 1979

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir
(Politician, Diplomat)

22 October 1915

Giovanni Battista PiranesiGiovanni Battista Piranesi
(Italian artist, Etching)

04 October 1720

Casimir IV JagiellonCasimir IV Jagiellon
(King)

30 November 1427

Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
(Tennis player)

06 July 1977

Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
(Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer)

07 December 1976

Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
(writer, journalist, computer scientist)

1984 AD

Boris GelfandBoris Gelfand
(Chess player, Non-fiction writer)

24 June 1968

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Léon BakstLéon Bakst
(Russian painter)

27 January 1866

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
(Biathlete)

03 August 1986

Vitaly ScherboVitaly Scherbo
(Athlete)

13 January 1972

Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich
(Boxer)

29 May 1976

Felix Edmundovich DzerzhinskyFelix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
(Revolutionary)

11 September 1877

Yakub KolasYakub Kolas
(Writer)

03 November 1882

Aleksandr DedyushkoAleksandr Dedyushko
(Russian television actor)

20 May 1962

Yuliya BalykinaYuliya Balykina
(Sprinter)

12 April 1984

Aliaksandr HlebAliaksandr Hleb
(Footballer)

01 May 1981

Sergey SidorskySergey Sidorsky
(Prime Minister)

13 March 1954

Maria KaczyńskaMaria Kaczyńska
(First Lady of Poland)

21 August 1942

Stanisław August PoniatowskiStanisław August Poniatowski
(King)

17 January 1732

Chaïm Soutine, a painter of Belarusian Jewish origin made a major contribution to the expressionist movement while living in Paris. The country has also produced some fine writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire who is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century and Mendele Mocher Sforim who was one of the founders of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature. The Belarusian physicist Zhores Ivanovich Alferov invented the heterotransistor and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Belarusians.