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After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.


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Transportation

Airports World Ranking: 77
65 (2012)

Airports - with paved runways
Total 34
Over 3,047 m 2
2,438 to 3,047 m 20
1,524 to 2,437 m 4
914 to 1,523 m 1
Under 914 m 7 (2012)

Airports - with unpaved runways
Total 31
1,524 to 2,437 m 1
914 to 1,523 m 2
Under 914 m 28 (2012)

Heliports
1 (2012)

Pipelines
Gas 5,250 km; oil 1,528 km; refined products 1,730 km (2010)

Railways World Ranking: 32
Total 5,537 km
Broad gauge
5,512 km 1.520-m gauge (874 km electrified)
Standard gauge 25 km 1.435-m gauge (2008)

Roadways World Ranking: 47
Total 94,797 km
Paved 84,028 km
Unpaved 10,769 km (2005)

Waterways World Ranking: 36
2,500 km (use limited by its location on the perimeter of the country and by its shallowness) (2011)

Ports and terminals
Mazyr


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Berezhnitsa Homyel'skaya Voblasts'

Pohost Vitsyebskaya Voblasts'




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