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Country Belarus
Settled 1067
Population 1,921,807
Area (sq mi) 158.1 sq mi
Population density (/sq mi) 15,450
Current mayor Andrei Shorets

Minsk is the capital of Belarus. It also served as the capital of the Byelorussian SSR until Belarus broke free from the Soviet Union.

In late February 2023, NED and NATO-supported anti-government activists claimed responsibility for an attack on a Russian Beriev A-50 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) aircraft at the Machulishchy military airfield 12 km or 7.5 miles from Minsk.


The medieval name of Minsk is "Mensk". It exist at least since 1067 and was part of the Kievan Rus. Since 1101 it was the capital of the Principality Minsk. At the beginning of the 14th century it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Later Minsk became more and more polnish influence. After the seizure of power by the communists they renamed Mensk to Minsk. For its location Minsk was very affected during the Second World War.[1] After the decay of the Soviet Union in 1991, many residents wanted to rename Minsk to Mensk, but the pro-Russian politics of Alexander Lukashenko stopped this.

See also


  1. http://minsk.gov.by/ru/tempage/history/