Belarusian People's Republic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Belarusian People's Republic
Белару́ская Наро́дная Рэспу́бліка
Bielaruskaja Narodnaja Respublika
Partially recognized
1918–1919
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Anthem
Belarusian: Ваяцкі марш
"March of the Warriors"
Land claimed by the BNR at the time.
Capital 1918  Minsk · Vilna
1918–1919  Hrodna
Capital-in-exile 1919–1923  Kaunas
1923–1945  Prague
1948–1970  Paris
1970–1983  Toronto
1983–present  New York
Languages Belarusian
minority languages recognized for official usage:
Polish
Yiddish
Russian
Government Republic
Chairman of the Rada
 •  1918–1919 Jan Sierada
 •  1919 Piotra Krečeŭski
Chairperson-in-exile
 •  1919–1928 (first) Piotra Krečeŭski
 •  1997–present Ivonka Survilla
Historical era World War I
 •  Independence March 25, 1918
 •  Soviet invasion January 5, 1919
Currency Ruble
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Lithuanian–Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Second Polish Republic
Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic
Today part of  Belarus
 Russia
 Lithuania
 Poland
 Latvia

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 country.

Presidents[change | change source]

Chairmans of the Council of BNR: