Celebration Marks Quincentenary of Belarusian and Eastern European Book Printing

To mark the 500th anniversary of Francis Skaryna’s translation of the bible into Belarusian, on the 27th February 2017, the British Library in London hosted an event. Speakers included His Excellency Sergei Aleinik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus in the UK, Professor Roman Motulsky, Director of the National Library of Belarus, and Dr Kristian […]

The Wizards of the Emerald City

Belarus’ National Academy of Science has learned how to grow emeralds. It might sound like magic, but our chat with Andrei Soldatov, who is head of the Department of Physics and Ultra-Strong Materials, will explain the science behind this remarkable achievement. OCA: In Belarus there are apparently no naturally occurring jewels. Is this the reason […]

From death row to the Moon. An informal conversation with Barys Kit

Barys Kit is a 106-year-old Belarusian-American scientist, astrophysicist, physicist, mathematician, chemist, rocket scientist and developer of a space fuel based on liquid hydrogen which made moon flights possible for the United States. Mr. Kit’s name was included in a time capsule detailing the greatest scientists in the world of cosmonautics, which was immured in Washington […]

The science of success ! Interview with top perfumer Vlad Rekunov

Vlad Rekunov is a perfumer and Director of the Association of Manufacturers of Perfumes and Cosmetics. His mentor, Sophia Grojsman – recipient of the “Living Legend Award” from the American Society of Perfumers – has created dozens of best-selling perfumes for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Lancôme and Calvin Klein. OCA: Tell our readers […]

Settling down to Belarussian life- Post sanctions. Interview with the United Kingdom Ambassador to Belarus

Ms. Gibb is Her Majesty’s Ambassador United Kingdom in Belarus (Since January 2016). OCA: You’ve spent almost a year in Belarus now. What have you seen so far and how do you find the environment you find yourself in? Do any parts remind you of Britain? FG: I’ve been here just over nine months. I arrived in […]