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 Andrei Arlovski

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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk

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.

 2 Svetlana Alexievich

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Famous As: Write and Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk

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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 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 Boginskaya

Svetlana Boginskaya.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: February 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minsk

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

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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 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

 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 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.

 9 Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Belarus
Birthdate: August 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kopys

Alexander Lukashenko has served as the first and only president of Belarus since July 20, 1994. He is said to be an authoritarian leader and elections are not considered to be free and fair under him, including the 2020 Belarusian presidential election. The European Union and the United States have many times imposed sanctions on Lukashenko for human rights violations.

 10 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)
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 11 Vitaly Scherbo

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

 12 Alexander Rybak

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

 13 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

 14 Alexander Hleb

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk

 15 Dasha Nekrasova

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

 16 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)

 17 Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky

Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 11, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: July 20, 1926

 18 Vladimir Kozlov

Vladimir Kozlov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: professional wrestler, judoka, television actor
Birthdate: April 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv

 19 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

 20 Zinaida Kupriyanovich

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

 21 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)

 22 Alexander Ustinov

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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 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

 26 Darya Domracheva

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

 27 Max Mirnyi

Max Mirnyi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minsk

 28 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

 29 Alexey Ignashov

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

 30 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

 31 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.

 32 Natasha Zvereva

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

 33 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

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

 34 Ivan Baranchyk

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

 35 Evgeny Morozov

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

 36 Léon Bakst

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

 37 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.

 38 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

 39 Siarhei Liakhovich

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

 40 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

 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 Sergey Rabchenko

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

 43 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

 44 Leonid Taranenko

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

 45 Maryna Linchuk

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

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.

 46 Max Korzh

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

 47 Kiryl Relikh

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

 48 Gytha of Wessex

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

 49 Chingiz Allazov

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

 50 Ilya Ivashka

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: February 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.