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 Andrei Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: February 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Babruysk, Belarus

Andrei Arlovski, also known as “The Pitbull,” is a Belarusian MMA fighter who is known for his UFC Heavyweight Championship win. He has also appeared in films such as Universal Soldier: Regeneration and been part of shows such as MTV's Bully Beatdown. He has competed for Strikeforce and Affliction, too.

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 3 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. 

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 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. 

 7 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
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 8 Boris Gelfand

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

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.

 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 Alexander Rybak

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

 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 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

 15 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

 16 Zinaida Kupriyanovich

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

 17 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

 18 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)

 19 Alexander Ustinov

Alexander Ustinov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer, Kickboxer, Thai boxer
Birthdate: December 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Novosibirsk

 20 Alexander Israel Helphand

Alexander Israel Helphand
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Theoretician
Birthdate: September 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berazino, Belarus
Died: December 12, 1924

Initially inspired by Marxist ideals, Alexander Israel Helphand later got involved in revolutionary activities and was arrested. He escaped to Germany, where he later negotiated Lenin’s re-entry into Russia in a sealed train through Germany from Switzerland, where Lenin was exiled. Nevertheless, Helphand wasn’t allowed by Lenin to re-enter Russia.

 21 Zhores Ivanovich Alferov

Zhores Ivanovich Alferov
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Zhores Ivanovich Alferov was a Soviet and Russian academic and physicist whose work, which led to the formation of semiconductor heterostructures, earned him the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics. Alferov's work helped revolutionize semiconductor design, which in turn played a major role in the development of satellite communications and mobile phones.

 22 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

 23 Darya Domracheva

Darya Domracheva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Biathlete
Birthdate: August 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 24 Léon Bakst

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

 25 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

 26 Alexey Ignashov

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

 27 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

 28 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

 29 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.

 30 Ivan Baranchyk

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

 31 Alla Kliouka

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

 32 Evgeny Morozov

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

 33 Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph B. Soloveitchik
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: February 27, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pruzhany
Died: April 9, 1993

Joseph B. Soloveitchik was an American Orthodox rabbi, Jewish philosopher, and Talmudist. Over the course of his illustrious career, Soloveitchik served as a mentor, guide, advisor, and role model to several Jews. He also wrote many essays on Jewish tradition, for which he was honored with the prestigious National Jewish Book Award in 1985 and 2010.

 34 Siarhei Liakhovich

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

 35 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

 36 Vladimir Samsonov

Vladimir Samsonov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Table tennis player
Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 37 Leonid Taranenko

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

 38 Sergey Rabchenko

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

 39 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.

 40 Maryna Linchuk

Maryna Linchuk
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Maryna Linchuk is a Belarusian model who came into prominence after appearing in advertisements for popular brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Dior, and Escada. Renowned for her association with Vogue, Linchuk was named in Vogue Paris' top 30 models of the 2000s list. She has also walked the ramp for designers like Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, and Louis Vuitton.

 41 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

 42 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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Gytha of Wessex

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

 46 Kiryl Relikh

Kiryl Relikh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: November 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baranovichi, Belarus

 47 Chingiz Allazov

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

 48 Maria Kaczyńska

Maria Kaczyńska
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First Lady of Poland
Birthdate: August 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Machów, Lublin Voivodeship
Died: April 10, 2010

 49 Rogneda of Polotsk

Rogneda of Polotsk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: 0962 AD
Birthplace: Polatsk, Belarus
Died: 1002 AD

 50 Egor Gerasimov

Egor Gerasimov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 11, 1992
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.