Belarus Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Belarus?
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Last updated: May 24, 2020
First submittedMay 17, 2014
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Capital city
Minsk
Official languages
Belarusian
Russian
Currency
Ruble
Country from which Belarus gained its independence in 1990
Soviet Union
Outdated name for Belarus
White Russia
25.3% of the population of Belarus was killed during this conflict, the worst of any country
WWII
First and only President of Belarus, 1994–present
Alexander
Lukashenko
Because of its relative lack of freedoms, Belarus is sometimes called ...
The Last
Dictatorship
in Europe
Name one of the three major rivers flowing through Belarus
Neman | Pripyat |
Dnieper
About 20% of Belarus's farmland was contaminated by this 1986 disaster
Chernobyl
Country which lies on Belarus's southern border
Ukraine
Branch of Christianity practiced by 48.3% of the population
Eastern Orthodoxy
Belarus is the only country in Europe which has not abolished (or placed a moratorium)
on this controversial practice
Capital Punishment
Second-most popular sport after football
Ice Hockey
Alphabet used in Belarus
Cyrillic
The national animal of Belarus is the wisent, also known as the ...
European Bison
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Level 75
May 24, 2020
For those interested, here is a Belarus map Quiz
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Level 65
May 24, 2020
Please accept "Lukashenka".
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Level 56
Sep 2, 2020
I second this
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Level 63
Oct 5, 2020
I third this
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2020
Yes. Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the Belarusian transliteration compared to the Russian 'Alexander Lukashenko'. There's no reason not to accept it.
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Level 65
May 24, 2020
According to some data 1/3 of Belarusian population was killed during WWII.
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Level 59
Oct 5, 2020
I have ancestors from Minsk. Came to the US just before WWI.
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Level 68
May 25, 2020
is it possible to accept dictature ? many thanks in advance.
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Level 67
May 25, 2020
And then there is USA which also still has death penalty.. Can't imagine living in a country where the State kills it's own citizens.
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Level 70
May 28, 2020
The death penalty is illegal in at least 20 of the US states.
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Level 77
Sep 1, 2020
The other states kill more than enough people for that not to really matter.
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Level 80
Oct 22, 2020
brandy: not that many, really. The really shameful thing about the American justice system is the number of people who are presently incarcerated.
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2020
The State 'kills it's [sic] own citizens' as you call it, is in my opinion completely justified under certain egregious circumstances (such as intentional homicide) and can act as a deterrent for further perpetrations. For instance democracies that currently use capital punishment include Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, which have among the world's lowest crime rates.
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2020
This reasoning is deeply flawed. First, countless studies have shown the deterrence claim with regard to the US is a myth. Second, each of those countries has much less poverty than the US does, and their cultures are much less individualistic than the US's: people in those countries are imbued from a young age with a sense of strong commitment to social order (some might call it a learned shame, but regardless). That deters crime. Even nonviolent crime, for which the death penalty is not a factor in those countries, is much lower in these countries than in most places. There are many reasons for the low crime rates in those countries. Crediting it to the death penalty is facile. Finally, it's folly in the first place to point to the use of the death penalty in other places as justification for its use here. It's either immoral or it isn't. The fact that three other democracies are also wrong doesn't excuse the supposed greatest country on earth for its failure on this issue.
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Level 65
Aug 24, 2020
If I ruled, I would publicly make an example of those who commit crimes against my people. It’s not “nice”, rather a necessary evil.
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2020
There is no such thing as a necessary evil. That's the kind of reasoning states use to excuse their failures to find better solutions to problems.
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Level 80
Oct 22, 2020
jmellor: come on. We've argued about capital punishment on other quizzes I think so I won't rehash that, but, there's no such thing as necessary evil? So... invading Germany to stop the Holocaust and end WW2, that wasn't necessary? Or you believe that massive loss of life caused by this action was somehow less evil than executing irredeemable rapists and murderers? What about the killing of Osama bin Laden? Or testing life-saving therapies on chimps and lab rats? I don't believe that you actually believe this.
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Level 49
May 28, 2020
dang, i know Belarus a lot more than i thought i did!
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Level 67
May 31, 2020
I was totally looking in the wrong direction for the Chernobyl question... I thought some mold (mould) that affected the potatoes or something.. like potato blight.
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Level 53
Jul 2, 2020
Ah, yes, Lukashenko. Promised to get rid of corrupted politicians and pave the way to a democracy! Now refusing to leave his throne and throwing everyone in jail who dares to oppose him, classic.
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Level 67
Jul 16, 2020
Some may think this ridiculous, but why doesn't the clue to #6 use the word "war" instead of conflict. It was much more than a simple conflict. An estimated 75+ million people died.
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Level 82
Jul 22, 2020
Perhaps because "war" is part of the answer?

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Level 83
Oct 5, 2020
What is that good for?
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Level 21
Aug 12, 2020
odds of having "death penalty" accepted for capital punishment?
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Level 64
Sep 25, 2020
Can you accept death sentence for the capital punishment question? I would have gotten it if death sentence was accepted.
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Level 45
Oct 14, 2020
yeah same
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2020
Looks like Lukashenko's days might finally be numbered. Here's to hoping. Keep fighting, Belarus.
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2020
Hopefully we'll soon have a president called Madam Svetlana Tikhanovskaya
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Level 65
Oct 5, 2020
I am not sure about White Russia being the "outdated" name of Belarus. Literal translation of word Belarus is white Russia, so maybe you should form the question differently?
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Level 43
Oct 5, 2020
In English White Russia was it's old nickname that many now find outdated
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Level 73
Oct 5, 2020
Naming conventions don't necessarily rely on translations. Some countries still translate Беларусь (it was called "Weißrussland" in Germany until very recently) but in English that form is apparently outdated = largely out of use.
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Level 28
Oct 5, 2020
Can you accept rubla
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Level 48
Oct 5, 2020
Wooo! First one where I knew every single question! It was about time!