Belarusian

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.

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 1 Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lizona, Belarus
Died: March 28, 1985

Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, a key figure of modernism, had explored a wide range of media as an artist, from paintings and drawings to stained glass and ceramics. His major projects included the ceiling of the Paris Opéra, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Jerusalem Windows of Israel.

 2 Olga Korbut

Olga Korbut
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: May 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grodno

Olga Korbut is a former gymnast who represented the Soviet Union in two Olympic Games, winning four gold medals and two silver medals. Nicknamed the Sparrow from Minsk, Korbut also participated in the 18th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships where she won two gold medals and four silver medals. In 1988, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. 

 3 Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich is known for her signature documentary-style novels, which mingle fiction and reporting. Her five-part Voices of Utopia mirrored the lives of people in the Soviet Union. With her writing, she often criticizes the governments of Belarus and the Soviet Union.

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 4 Svetlana Boginskaya

Svetlana Boginskaya
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: February 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Known as the Belarusian Swan, Svetlana Boginskaya started off as a figure skater before moving on to gymnastics at age 6. By 14, she was part of the Soviet national gymnastics team. The three-time Olympic champion is now settled in Texas and owns businesses that provide gymnastics camps and apparel.

 5 Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American internet entrepreneur who co-founded the restaurant-reservation app Resy and the winery Empathy Wines, apart from launching the YouTube webcast Wine Library TV. He has chaired VaynerX, been the CEO of the social-media consulting firm VaynerMedia, and authored several books, including a business bestseller. 

 6 Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 7 Louis B. Mayer

Louis B. Mayer
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Famous As: Film Producer
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29, 1957
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 8 Alexander Rybak

Alexander Rybak
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, and pianist. The son of two talented musicians, he began to play musical instruments when he was just five. He studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music before beginning his career. Besides being a musician, he is also an actor and has appeared in many TV shows and films. 

 9 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mikashevichy, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)

 10 Boris Gelfand

Boris Gelfand
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: June 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Legendary Soviet chess player Boris Gelfand is known for being part of the world’s top 20 players for most of his life. His accomplishments include two Belarusian national titles and a Chess World Cup. An author, too, he has co-written books such as Positional Decision Making in Chess.

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 11 Dasha Nekrasova

Dasha Nekrasova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 12 Stanisław August Poniatowski

Stanisław August Poniatowski
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Famous As: King of Poland
Birthdate: January 17, 1732
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Voŭčyn, Belarus
Died: February 12, 1798

Stanisław August Poniatowski reigned as the King of Poland from 1764 to 1795. He is best remembered as the last ruler of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Poniatowski made several attempts to reform and strengthen the ailing Commonwealth, which proved to be difficult due to several external and internal oppositions. He is often criticized for his failure to prevent the partitions.

 13 Maria Kalesnikava

Maria Kalesnikava
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (now Belarus)

 14 Galina Lukashenko

Galina Lukashenko
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady
Birthdate: January 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

 15 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Aliaksandra Sasnovich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 16 Vitaly Scherbo

Vitaly Scherbo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 17 Selman Waksman

Selman Waksman
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nova Pryluka, Ukraine
Died: August 16, 1973
Nobel Prize-winning Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist Selman Waksman revolutionized science with his pathbreaking discovery of a number of antibiotics. His research on soil microbes helped in the discovery of streptomycin, the first successful treatment of tuberculosis, though he was sued by his student Albert Schatz for stealing credits.

 18 Vladimir Matyushenko

Vladimir Matyushenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rečyca, Belarus

 19 Zinaida Kupriyanovich

Zinaida Kupriyanovich
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 17, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 20 Ilya Ivashka

Ilya Ivashka
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 21 Léon Bakst

Léon Bakst
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 27, 1866
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus
Died: December 28, 1924

Léon Bakst was a Russian painter, costume designer, and scene designer of Belarusian origin. He worked closely with the Ballets Russes, where he designed richly colored, exotic costumes and sets. His best-known works include productions like Daphnis and Chloe, Spectre de la rose, and The Sleeping Princess. In 1914, he was made a member of the Russian Academy of Arts.  

 22 Phil Chess

Phil Chess
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: March 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Motol, Belarus
Died: October 18, 2016

 23 Siarhei Liakhovich

Siarhei Liakhovich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viciebsk, Belarus

 24 Andrei Gromyko

Andrei Gromyko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1985-88)
Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Starye Gromyki, Belarus
Died: July 2, 1989

Son of a Belarusian farmer, Andrei Gromyko grew up studying agriculture. He had already started delivering anti-religious speeches by 13 and later joined the Communist Party. He later served as the Soviet foreign minister and then the head of state, becoming popular as Mr. Nyet for vetoing UN proposals often.

 25 Olga Dihovichnaya

Olga Dihovichnaya
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR (now Belarus)

 26 Tatiana Navka

Tatiana Navka
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ice dancer
Birthdate: April 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dnipro, Ukraine

Popular Russian figure skater Tatiana Navka has not just won the national and European championships thrice but is also a two-time world champion and an Olympic gold medalist. She is also a regular participant on various TV and ice shows and has her own show named the Navka Show.

 27 Veronika Tsepkalo

Veronika Tsepkalo
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: September 7, 0000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mahilioŭ, Belarussian SSR, Soviet Union

 28 Paul Baran

Paul Baran
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus
Died: March 26, 2011

 29 Ivan Baranchyk

Ivan Baranchyk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 24, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amursk, Russia

 30 Vitaly Shishov

Vitaly Shishov
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: 1995 AD
Birthplace: Rechytsa, Belarus
Died: August 3, 2021

 31 Alexey Ignashov

Alexey Ignashov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: January 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 32 Ivonka Survilla

Ivonka Survilla
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stoŭbcy Stołpce, Second Polish Republic

 33 Alla Kliouka

Alla Kliouka
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 34 Natasha Zvereva

Natasha Zvereva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 35 Emad Khashoggi

Emad Khashoggi
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

 36 Andrei Aramnau

Andrei Aramnau
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: April 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barysaw, Belarus

 37 Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: writer, journalist, computer scientist
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Salihorsk

 38 Artsiom Parakhouski

Artsiom Parakhouski
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

 39 Melitina Staniouta

Melitina Staniouta
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Rhythmic gymnast
Birthdate: November 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 40 Katsiaryna Halkina

Katsiaryna Halkina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: February 25, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 41 Nikolai Morozov

Nikolai Morozov
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Ice dancer
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Nikolai Morozov is a Russian retired ice dancer, choreographer, and figure skating coach. Morozov represented Belarus at the 1998 Winter Olympics and World Championships. He is credited with coaching Japanese figure skater Shizuka Arakawa at the 2006 Olympics where she won the gold medal. Nikolai Morozov also coached Miki Ando to a couple of world titles.

 42 Ekaterina Vandaryeva

Ekaterina Vandaryeva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: January 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Staryya Darohi, Belarus

 43 Leonid Taranenko

Leonid Taranenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: June 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malaryta, Belarus

 44 Masha Bruskina

Masha Bruskina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: October 26, 1941

 45 Simon Dubnow

Simon Dubnow
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 10, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mstislavl, Belarus
Died: December 8, 1941

Russian historian Simon Dubnow is best remembered for instilling a sociological element in the study of Jewish history. A well-known teacher and author, he was also involved with the Jewish magazine Voskhod. He escaped to Germany to avoid Bolshevism but was eventually killed by the Nazis.

 46 Sergey Rabchenko

Sergey Rabchenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 47 Gytha of Wessex

Gytha of Wessex
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 1053 AD
Birthplace: Unknow
Died: 1098 AD

 48 Chingiz Allazov

Chingiz Allazov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Kickboxer
Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgia

 49 Max Korzh

Max Korzh
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Luninets, Belarus

 50 Katya Zharkova

Katya Zharkova
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

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.