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Supreme Soviet of Belorussian SSR declares independence on August 25 and changes name of country to Republic of Belarus. Communist Party of Belarus is temporarily sus pended. Moldovan Parliament bans Communist Party of Moldavia. Mol dova declares its complete independence from Soviet Union on August 27 and demands withdrawal of Soviet troops. 4 Belarus Chronology of Important Events Period Description December Belarus signs Minsk Agreement, establishing Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Under the terms of the treaty, Belorussia was divided into three parts: the western portion, which was absorbed into Poland; central Belorussia, which formed the Belorussian SSR; and the eastern portion, which became part of Russia. The Belorussian SSR was incorporated into the Soviet Union (see Glossary) when the Soviet Union was founded in December 1922 (see fig. 5). The territory of the Belorussian SSR was enlarged in both 1924 and 1926 by the addition of Belorussian ethnographic regions that had become part of Russia under the Treaty of Riga.
Average annual precipitation ranges from 550 to 700 millimeters and is sometimes excessive. 32 percent. 9 percent Ukrainian, and remainder Lithuanian, Latvian, Tatar, and other. Languages: Belarusian official language; Russian is language of interethnic communication; languages of minorities protected. Religion: About 60 percent Orthodox (early 1990s). Other denominations include Roman Catholic, Apostolic Christian, Baptist, Muslim, New Apostolic, Old Believer, Pentecostal, 7 Belarus and Moldova: Country Studies Seventh-Day Adventist, and Uniate.