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Belarusian People's Republic

Белару́ская Наро́дная Рэспу́бліка
Bielaruskaja Narodnaja Respublika
Coat of arms of Belarus
Coat of arms
Anthem: Belarusian: Vajacki marš
"Come, We Shall March in Joint Endeavour"
Location of Belarus
Capital Minsk, Vilnia (1918)
Hrodna (1918-1919)
Capital-in-exile Kaunas (1919-1923)
Prague (1923-1945)
Paris (1948-1970)
Toronto (1970-1983)
New York (1983-now)
Common languages Belarusian
Government Republic
Rada Chairman  
• 1918–1919
Jan Sierada
• 1919
Piotra Krečeŭski
• 1919–1928
Piotra Krečeŭski
• since 1997
Ivonka Survilla
Historical era World War I
• Independence
March 25 1918
• Soviet invasion
January 5 1919
Currency Ruble
ISO 3166 code BY
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Lithuanian-Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Second Polish Republic

The Belarusian People's Republic, historically called the White Ruthenian Democratic Republic, was a self-declared independent Belarusian state. They said they were independent in 1918. It is also called the Belarusian Democratic Republic or the Belarusian National Republic. This is to be separate from the Communist People's Republics. The BNR was recognized by several Central Powers and former Russian countries. It was not recognized by most of the international community. They country ended when Belarus went under Soviet control. The Belorussian SSR was founded in 1919.

The leaders of the government went into exile. They still say the Belarusian People's Republic is a county.


Chairmans of the Council of BNR:

  • Jan Sierada (1918–1919)
  • Piotra Krečeŭski (1919–1928)
  • Vasil Zacharka (1928–1943)
  • Mikoła Abramčyk (1944–1970)
  • Vincent Žuk-Hryškievič (1970–1982)
  • Jazep Sažyč (1982–1997)
  • Ivonka Survilla (1997–present)

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