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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 September 10, 2014. Soligorsk which translates into "The town of salt" has one of the biggest potassium deposits in the world, producing and exporting potash fertilizers.

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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 Russia and many countries of the former Soviet Union in Minsk on September 1, 2014.

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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 (L) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) stands nearby, in Minsk August 26, 2014.

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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 the upcoming Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk,  on July 3, 2014.  The former Soviet nation celebrates its Independence Day on July 3 in memory of the end of Belarus occupation by Nazi Germany troops during the Red Army main summer offensive in 1944.

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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, June 27, 2014. More than one thousand doctors left the university this year.

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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

Smoke rises from the chimney stalk of a gas-fired power station after sunset on the outskirts of Minsk, November 18, 2013.

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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 a dog at a mass grave in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk...A man runs with a dog at a mass grave in Kuropaty on the outskirts of Minsk, October 26, 2013. 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, overnight on October 29, 1937. October 29 is marked as an unofficial day of commemoration for victims of political repression. Between 600,000 and 1.5 million people fell victim to Stalin's repressions in Belarus, according to various estimates. Picture taken October 26, 2013.

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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. Read more

A woman attends a gathering at the "Yama" memorial in the centre of Minsk. Belarus. This marks the 70th anniversary of the destroying of Minsk's ghetto during World War Two, when several hundred thousand Jews were slaughtered.

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A woman attends a gathering at the Yama memorial in the centre of Minsk to mark the 70th anniversary of the destruction of the ghetto in the Belarus capital during the second world war, when several hundred thousand Jews were killed

Belarussian Orthodox believers attend the solemn liturgy in Minsk on July 29, 2013, celebrating the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia which is celebrated in the three former USSR Slavic countries - Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

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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

Belarussian servicemen salute from tanks, as they take part in a military parade, during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk July 3, 2013.

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Service personnel in Belarus salute from tanks, as they take part in a military parade during celebrations marking Independence Day in Minsk on Wednesday