Belarusian Democratic Republic

A short lived Belarusian Republic from 1918 - 1919

The Belarusian People's Republic, historically called the White Ruthenian Democratic Republic, was a self-declared independent Belarusian state. They said they were independent in 1918. It is also called the Belarusian Democratic Republic or the Belarusian National Republic. This is to be separate from the Communist People's Republics. The BNR was recognized by several Central Powers and former Russian countries. It was not recognized by most of the international community. They country ended when Belarus went under Soviet control. The Belorussian SSR was founded in 1919.

Belarusian People's Republic
Белару́ская Наро́дная Рэспу́бліка
Bielaruskaja Narodnaja Respublika
Belarusian: Ваяцкі марш
"March of the Warriors"
StatusPartially recognized
Capital1918  Minsk · Vilna
1918–1919  Hrodna
Capital-in-exile1919–1923  Kaunas
1923–1945  Prague
1948–1970  Paris
1970–1983  Toronto
1983–present  New York
Common languagesBelarusian
minority languages recognized for official usage:
Chairman of the Rada 
• 1918–1919
Jan Sierada
• 1919
Piotra Krečeŭski
• 1919–1928 (first)
Piotra Krečeŭski
• 1997–present
Ivonka Survilla
Historical eraWorld War I
March 25 1918
January 5 1919
ISO 3166 codeBY
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Lithuanian–Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Second Polish Republic
Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic
Today part of Belarus

The leaders of the government went into exile. They still say the Belarusian People's Republic is a country.

Presidents change

Chairmans of the Council of BNR: