former region of eastern Europe that is roughly coextensive with present-day Belarus (q.v.), or Belorussia.
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also spelled Byelarus, formerly Belorussia, or Byelorussia, officially Republic of Belarus, Belarusian Respublika Byelarus', also called White Russia
, country of eastern Europe. Until it became independent in 1991, it was the smallest of the three Slavic republics that formed part of the Soviet Union. On the northwest Belarus adjoins Latvia and Lithuania, while Russia lies to the northeast and east, Ukraine to the south, and Poland to the west. The capital is Minsk.
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"White Russia" (Belarusian: Белая Русь ~ English: White Ruthenia) is a name that has historically been applied to various regions in Eastern Europe, most often to that which roughly corresponds to present-day Belarus. In English, the use of "White Russia" to refer to Belarus is dated.
Many other languages, however, continue to use a literal translation of "White Russia" to refer to Belarus. Because of the association of the name, "White Russia," with perceived Russian and Soviet imperialism, some people in Belarus consider the name "White Russia" to be derogatory.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Russia