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Belarus is officially a republic country. However, in practise, the government restricts basic human rights and does not uphold the rule of law. Other national governments have expressed grave concerns over the lack of true democratic principles in what has been referred to as "Europe's last dictatorship."

Life for Christians:

Although the constitution protects religious freedom, a 2002 religion law affords the Belarusian Orthodox Church the primary role of developing the traditions of the nation's people. Other "traditional faiths" maintain historical importance, but religious groups outside those outlined in the religion law face serious restrictions. All congregations must register, but it is an expensive and drawn-out process that frequently proves to be humanly impossible.

Country Information


9,477,918 (July 2020 est.)

Religion (%)
Orthodox (48.3), Catholic (7.1), Other (3.5), None (41.1)

Ethnicity (%)
Belarusian (83.7), Russian (8.3), Polish (3.1), Ukrainian (1.7), other (2.4), unspecified (0.9)

President Aleksandr Lukashenko (1994)

Government type
Presidential republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship

Legal system
Civil law system.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Belarus

Pray for increased freedom of religion – not only indicated as mere written words in the country’s constitution but also demonstrated as a living reality in the lives of the oppressed believers. May there be a lifting of restraints on evangelical groups in their efforts to spread the Gospel and plant new churches.


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