Be·la·rus (bĕl′ə-rs, bĕlə-rs′, byĕl′-) or Formerly Be·lo·rus·sia (bĕl′ō-rŭshə, byĕl′-) or Bye·lo·rus·sia (byĕl′ō-) or White Russia.
A country of eastern Europe east of Poland and west of Russia. Originally settled by Slavs, the region was subject to Lithuania and Poland before passing to Russia in the late 18th century. It was a constituent republic of the USSR, known as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1922 to 1991. Minsk is the capital and the largest city.
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