Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Belarus.

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.

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

31 May 1948

Ivano-Frankivsk

Gemini

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
(President of Belarus)

30 August 1954

Kopys

Virgo

Andrei ArlovskiAndrei Arlovski
(Mixed Martial Artist, Actor)

04 February 1979

Minsk

Aquarius

Olga KorbutOlga Korbut
(Gymnast)

16 May 1955

Grodno

Taurus

Maryna LinchukMaryna Linchuk
(Fashion Model)

04 September 1987

Minsk

Virgo

Svetlana BoginskayaSvetlana Boginskaya
(Olympic athlete)

09 February 1973

Minsk

Aquarius

Maksim BahdanovičMaksim Bahdanovič
(Poet)

09 December 1891

25 May 1917

Minsk

Sagittarius

Victoria AzarenkaVictoria Azarenka
(Tennis player)

31 July 1989

Minsk

Leo

Alexander HlebAlexander Hleb
(Association football player)

01 May 1981

Minsk

Taurus

Yuliya BalykinaYuliya Balykina
(Sprinter)

12 April 1984

28 October 2015

Bulgan

Aries

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

27 April 1979

Kyiv

Taurus

Alexander UstinovAlexander Ustinov
(Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer)

07 December 1976

Novosibirsk

Sagittarius

Evgeny MorozovEvgeny Morozov
(writer, journalist, computer scientist)

1984 AD

Salihorsk

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
(Biathlete)

03 August 1986

Minsk

Leo

Siarhei LiakhovichSiarhei Liakhovich
(Boxer)

29 May 1976

Vitebsk

Gemini

Max MirnyiMax Mirnyi
(Tennis player)

06 July 1977

Minsk

Cancer

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.

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