After spending winter in a fridge, Minsk bats return to the wild

In a rescue centre in ex-Soviet Belarus, a group of bats wake up and are released into the wild after spending the winter months hibernating inside a fridge. Volunteers at the centre tuck the bats up inside cloth bags in an ordinary domestic fridge — which gives them just the right amount of moisture and cold for a good winter’s sleep. The Kozhanopolis centre in the capital Minsk takes in bats that are found by members of the public after struggling to find a safe place to hibernate.

Belarusian Men Race Half-Naked in Frigid Temps

Shirtless men participated in the so called ‘Real Man Race’ in freezing temperatures in Minsk on Friday. The men chose to compete in either a 1K or 3K course as temperatures dipped to below 14 degrees Fahrenheit in the Belarusian capital. (Feb. 24)

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Belarus ‘real men’ run shirtless in sub-zero temperatures

Belarus celebrates its ‘Day of the Defender of the Fatherland’ with nearly 1,000 men taking part in the ‘Real Man Race’ in the center of Minsk. The participants run shirtless in temperatures of minus 10 Celsius, with a choice between 1km and 3km courses, and at the end of the race they all receive medals from the Belarusian Athletics Federation.

RAW: Putin arrives at Zapad 2017 war games, watches joint exercises

Russian President Putin is touring a Leningrad region military range where Belarusian troops are being hosted for the Zapad 2017 drills – criticized by some neighboring countries despite Moscow and Minsk’s transparency and invitations given to observers.

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Emmanuel Macron meets Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko

French President Emmanuel Macron met his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday at the Elysée Palace in Paris, to discuss the 2015 Minsk peace agreements between Kiev and the pro-Russian rebels. IMAGES

Mad Max-style? Cars meet in mortal combat during Minsk survival race

A survival car race dubbed ‘Battle of Cars 2017’ took place in Minsk, Belarus. More than 30 crews from Belarus, Russia, and Norway took part in the competition.

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Moo-ving too fast? Cow falls from truck on city road in Belarus

Dashcam footage captured the moment an unfortunate cow fell off the back of a truck being driven down a highway in Minsk on Wednesday. After cow calmly got back on its feet as traffic passed it. According to local reports, the driver of the truck had even worse luck attempting to re-capture the runaway cow and the Ministry of Emergency Situations was called in to provide assistance. Eventually the animal was tied to a tree and returned to the vehicle.

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Belarus opposition protest: Several dozen detained at unauthorized ‘Freedom Day’ rally in Minsk

Dozens of protesters have been detained following an unauthorized opposition protest, dubbed ‘Freedom Day,’ in Belarus’ capital, Minsk.
About 500 people attempted to reach the gathering point – the Belarus Academy of Sciences – but were blocked by police.

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