Headquarters of Belarusian Popular Front party

The slightly modified Soviet Belarus’ green-red flag and coat of arms were approved as the new symbols of Belarus at a referendum in 1995. As for Pahonia and white-red-white flags in public spaces, they are reduced to only one place: BPF Party’s headquarters. When people unfold a national flag in the street, they immediately get detained by the police, stand a speedy trial in court and end up with a fine between $300 and $600 (in local currency) for “staging an unauthorized mass event”. Waving Russian flags most probably will not be persecuted.

 

HEADQUARTERS OF BELARUSIAN POPULAR FRONT PARTY

HEADQUARTERS OF BELARUSIAN POPULAR FRONT PARTY
Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) is the oldest opposition political force, which played a crucial role in securing independence for Belarus in 1991. BPF Party - one of two parties into which the original BPF split - now is not as popular as in early 1990s, yet its office remains a traditional venue for events organized by various opposition parties, movements and dissidents. Handouts, newsletters, national symbols, Belarusian music and films are up for grabs in the office. For many years, the BPF headquarters was located closer to the city center, near Pieramohi (Victory) Square. However, Minsk authorities unilaterally terminated the rental contract in 2011, thus forcing the party to look for new premises. Photo: Radio Svaboda
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  • Address: 3 Čarnyšeŭskaha St. (Metro station Akademija Navuk, 10-min walk)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00
  • Contact data: (017) 284 50 12
  • Website: Belarusian Popular Front (BPF)