Area: 207,600 sq km
Landlocked; fertile agricultural land with extensive forests on the North European plains. Surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Smallest of the three Slavic nations of the former USSR.
Population: 9,587,940 Annual Growth: -0.47%
Official language: Belarusian and Russian; the latter is more widely used Languages: 11 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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Belarus stumbled into an unexpected independence, yet it remains, in political structure and operation, a virtual throwback to the Communist era. Elections are largely a sham, and the nation remains firmly in Moscows sphere of influence. The prospects of a grassroots democratic revolution seem very slim. But growing numbers are opposed to the regime and vocally in favour of increased freedoms; change came unexpectedly and quickly to the USSR in 1991 and more recently to Ukraine and Georgia. Pray for hope, justice and a brighter future for the people of Belarus.
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