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Young people wearing Belarus traditional clothes and wreaths dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Ivan Kupala night, an ancient heathen holiday, held in the countryside near Minsk last night.
A woman is reflected in a puddle as she crosses a road in Minsk, during warm winter weather
Servicemen of the Belarus Interior Ministry’s special unit kiss an Orthodox cross after a service at a military base in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday
A caretaker washes down an elephant at the mobile Diva circus in the town of Molodechno, some 70 kilometers northwest of Minsk on Friday
Journalists wait outside the meeting room in Minsk, Belarus as Ukrainian peace talks dragged on into a second day
A photographer clambers along mounds of potassium waste from the local salt mine in the town of Soligorsk, some 140 km south from Minsk on Wednesday. Soligorsk which translates into “The town of salt” has one of the biggest potassium deposits in the world
Soldiers of Belarus special mission unit take part in a demonstration at the cadet of the Suvorov military school during the traditional school year opening ceremony marking the start of the academic year in Minsk on Monday
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stands nearby, in Minsk
An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk
Medical University graduates throw up mortarboards during the celebration of their graduation in Minsk on Friday. More than one thousand doctors left the university this year
Ludmila and Tofig Akhundov perform with hippos in a circus in the Belarus capital of Minsk
Smoke rises from the chimney of a gas-fired power station after sunset on Monday in the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus.
A man runs with his dog through the cemetery in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk where more than 100 Belarussians, including 22 writers and poets, were executed by the NKVD secret service, predecessor of the present-day Belarussian KGB secret service, on October 29 1937. The date is now marked as an unofficial day of commemoration for victims of political repression. Between 600,000 and 1.5m people fell victim to Stalin’s repressions in Belarus, according to various estimates.
Unemployed people pick cabbages at a state-owned vegetable factory on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, for $9.80 a day. All the factory’s employees, including engineers and office staff, also have to work at least several days in the fields without extra pay to bring in the vegetables before the first frost.
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Belarus interior ministry troops take part in an exam outside Minsk to achieve the burgundy coloured “madder beret”, which signifies they have qualified as members of the ministry’s elite special forces
An Orthodox priest blesses apples during the Transfiguration of Jesus holiday, also known as Yablochny Spas, in the ancient Belarus town of Turov, 250 km south of Minsk
Belarussian Orthodox believers attend the solemn liturgy in Minsk, on Monday, to mark the 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, which is celebrated in the three former USSR Slavic countries – Belarus, Russia and Ukraine
Service personnel in Belarus salute from tanks, as they take part in a military parade during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk on Wednesday
Belarus teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade in Minsk, on Tuesday. Belarus celebrates Independence Day on Wednesday, an official holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the second world war.