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Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic

Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Native NameБелорусская Советская Социалистическая Республика
Беларуская Савецкая Сацыялістычная Рэспубліка
Common NameByelorussian SSR
Conventional Long NameByelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Full-nameByelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Year Start1919
Year End1991
P1Lithuanian-Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Flag P1Flag of the Lithuanian-Byelorussian SSR.svg
Flag S1Flag of Belarus (1991-1995).svg
Image FlagFlag of Byelorussian SSR.svg
Image CoatCoat of arms of Belorussian SSR.png
Government TypeSoviet Socialist Republic
CapitalSmolensk, Minsk
Common LanguagesBelarusian, Russian, Polish, Yiddish
Established1 January 1919
Ussr-start30 December 1922
Ussr-end25 December 1991
Pop10,151,806 (1989)
Time-zone+ 3
National AnthemAnthem of Byelorussian SSR
MedalsOrder of Lenin, one Hero City and one Hero Fortress

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The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (abbreviated as Byelorussian SSR or BSSR) ( Belaruskaya Savetskaya Satsyyalistychnaya Respublika [BSSR]; Belorusskaya Sovetskaya Sotsalisticheskaya Respublika [BSSR]) was one of fifteen constituent republics of the Soviet Union. It was one of the four original founding members of the Soviet Union in 1922, together with the Ukrainian SSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR). The Soviet Republic, along with the Ukrainian SSR and the Soviet Union, were founder members of the United Nations Organization in 1945.

The Soviet republic, Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia (SSRB), in the lands of Belarus was declared on 1 January 1919, but it took a few years to define its status. Byelorussia was also one of several Soviet Republics occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II. The end of the Soviet Republic occurred in 1991 and the country was later renamed the Republic of Belarus. In earlier time periods Byelorussian territory was commonly referred to in Western Europe as White Russia, and therefore the republic was sometimes known during its early existence as the White Russian Soviet Socialist Republic.

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