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Vitsyebsk
Vitebsk, or Vitsebsk (Belarusian: Ві́цебск, Łacinka: Viciebsk, pronounced [ˈvʲitsʲepsk]; Russian: Витебск, pronounced [ˈvʲitʲɪpsk], Lithuanian: Vitebskas), is a city in Belarus. The capital of the Vitebsk
Vitebsk
Region, it had 342,381 inhabitants in 2004, making it the country's fourth-largest city
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Russian Language
Russian (Russian: ру́сский язы́к, tr. rússkiy yazýk) is an East Slavic language
East Slavic language
and an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
and many minor or unrecognised territories throughout Eurasia
Eurasia
(particularly in Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Caucasus, and Central Asia). It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Latvia, Moldova, Ukraine
Ukraine
and to a lesser extent, the other post-Soviet states.[31][32] Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages
Indo-European languages
and is one of the four living members of the East Slavic languages
Slavic languages
(which in turn is part of the larger Balto-Slavic branch)
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Josaphat Kuntsevych
November 12 (Latin Church, Romanian Greek Catholic Church, Ruthenian Catholic Church[2]) November 14 (Latin Church, extraordinary rite)November 25 (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)Title as Saint Bishop and martyrBeatified May 16, 1643 Rome by Pope Urban VIIICanonized June 29, 1867 Rome by Pope Pius IXPatronage UkraineOrdination history of Josaphat KuntsevychHistoryPriestly ordinationDate of ordination 1609Episcopal consecrationDate of consecration November 12, 1617Family shieldJosaphat Kuntsevych, O.S.B.M., (c. 1580 – 12 November 1623) (Polish: Jozafat Kuncewicz, Lithuanian: Juozapatas Kuncevičius, Ukrainian: Йосафат Кунцевич, Josafat Kuntsevych) was a Polish-Lithuanian monk and archeparch (archbishop) of the Ruthenian Catholic Church, who on 12 November 1623 was killed by angry mob in Vitebsk,[a] Vitebsk
Vitebsk
Voivodeship, in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (now in Belarus)
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Bryachislav Of Polotsk
Bryachislav Izyaslavich (Belarusian: Брачыслаў Ізяславіч, Russian: Брячислав Изяславич) (c. 997 – 1044) was the prince of Polotsk between 1001 and 1044. His name, possibly, may have been of something in approximation to Vratislav or Wroclaw. He was son of Izyaslav Vladimirovich. During his reign Polotsk was at war with Kiev and Novgorod. In 1015 he has inherited the city of Lutsk after the death of his grandfather Vladimir I of Kiev. Bryachislav Izyaslavich was born in Polotsk. Either upon his father's death in 1001 or his minor brother Vseslav's in 1003, he inherited the Principality of Polotsk, himself being a child at this time (his grandparents married about 978). Under his rule, Polotsk attempted to distance itself from Kiev
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Polotsk
Polotsk
Polotsk
or Polatsk (Belarusian: По́лацк, translit. Połack, Russian: По́лоцк, translit. Polotsk, Polish: Połock, Lithuanian: Polockas, Yiddish: פּאָלאָצק‎, translit. Polotsk)[2][3][4][5] is a historical city in Belarus, situated on the Dvina River. It is the center of the Polotsk District
Polotsk District
in Vitebsk
Vitebsk
Voblast. Its population is more than 80,000 people.[6] It is served by Polotsk Airport and during the Cold War
Cold War
was home to Borovitsy air base.Contents1 Nomenclature 2 History 3 Cultural heritage 4 Sports 5 Notable people 6 Gallery 7 References 8 External linksNomenclature[edit] The Old East Slavic name, Polotesk, derives from the Polota
Polota
River, which flows into the Western Dvina
Western Dvina
nearby
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Appanage
An appanage or apanage (pronounced /ˈæpənɪdʒ/) or French: apanage (French pronunciation: ​[a.pa.naʒ]) is the grant of an estate, title, office, or other thing of value to a younger male child of a sovereign, who would otherwise have no inheritance under the system of primogeniture
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Baltic Sea
The Baltic Sea
Sea
is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by Scandinavia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Germany
Germany
and the North and Central European Plain. The sea stretches from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 10°E to 30°E longitude. A mediterranean sea of the Atlantic, with limited water exchange between the two bodies, the Baltic Sea
Sea
drains through the Danish islands into the Kattegat
Kattegat
by way of the straits of Øresund, the Great Belt, and the Little Belt
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Black Sea
The Black Sea
Black Sea
is a body of water and marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean
Ocean
between Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Western Asia.[1] It is supplied by a number of major rivers, such as the Danube, Dnieper, Southern Bug, Dniester, Don, and the Rioni
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Grand Duchy Of Lithuania
The Grand Duchy of Lithuania
Lithuania
was a European state from the 13th century[1] until 1795,[2] when the territory was partitioned among the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia, and Austria. The state was founded by the Lithuanians, one of the polytheistic Baltic tribes
Baltic tribes
from Aukštaitija.[3][4][5] The Grand Duchy later expanded to include large portions of the former Kievan Rus'
Kievan Rus'
and other Slavic lands, including territory of present-day Belarus, parts of Ukraine, Poland
Poland
and Russia
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Algirdas
Algirdas
Algirdas
(Belarusian: Альгерд, Ukrainian: Ольгерд, Polish: Olgierd; c. 1296 – May 1377) was a ruler of medieval Lithuania. He ruled the Lithuanians
Lithuanians
and Ruthenians
Ruthenians
from 1345 to 1377. With the help of his brother Kęstutis
Kęstutis
(who defended the western border of the Duchy) he created an empire stretching from the present Baltic states
Baltic states
to the Black Sea
Black Sea
and to within fifty miles of Moscow.Contents1 Background 2 Expansion of Lithuania 3 Religion and death 4 Assessment 5 See also 6 ReferencesBackground[edit] Algirdas
Algirdas
was one of the seven sons of Grand Prince Gediminas. Before his death in 1341, Gediminas
Gediminas
divided his domain, leaving his youngest son Jaunutis in possession of the capital, Vilnius
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Battle Of Grunwald
Kingdom of Poland Grand Duchy of Lithuania Polish–Lithuanian vassals, allies and mercenaries:[1] Czechs, Bohemia,[1] Moravia,[1] Ruthenia,[2] Masovia,[3] Moldavia,[4] Tatars,[2] Wallachia,[5] Smolensk Teutonic Order Allies (Pomerania-Stettin), guest crusaders, and mercenaries from western EuropeCommanders and leadersKing of Poland Władysław II Jagiełło, supreme commander[1] Vytautas
Vytautas
the Great, Lithuanian commanderGrandmaster Ulrich von Jungingen †Strength16,000–39,000 men[6] 11,000–27,000 men[6]Casualties and lossesUnknown (light) Very heavy: 203–211 out of 270 Teutonic knights killed[7]Battle site on a map of modern Polandv t ePolish–Lithuanian– Teutonic WarGrunwald Marienburg KoronowoThe Battle of Grunwald, First Battle of Tannenberg or Battle of Žalgiris, was fought on 15 July 1410 during the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War
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Magdeburg Rights
Magdeburg
Magdeburg
rights (German: Magdeburger Recht; also called Magdeburg Law) were a set of town privileges first developed by Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (936–973) and based on the Flemish law,[1] which regulated the degree of internal autonomy within cities and villages, granted by the local ruler
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Union Of Brest
Union is the state of being united or joined. Union may also refer to:Contents1 Labor 2 Education 3 History and politics 4 Mathematics and computer science 5 Entertainment5.1 Music6 Places6.1 Canada 6.2 Paraguay 6.3 Philippines 6.4 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6.5 United States7 Sports 8 Ships 9 Other uses 10 See alsoLabor[edit]A trade unionEducation[edit]A students' union Union College, Schenectady, New York
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Great Northern War
Coalition victory:Tsardom of Russia
Russia
establishes itself as a new power in Europe. Decline of the Swedish Empire
Swedish Empire
and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.Territorial changesTreaty of Nystad: Russia
Russia
gains the three dominions Estonia, Livonia and Ingria
Ingria
as well as parts of Kexholm
Kexholm
and Viborg. Treaties of Stockholm: Prussia gains parts of Swedish Pomerania; Hanover gains Bremen-Verden. Treaty of Frederiksborg: Holstein–Gottorp loses its part of the Duchy of Schleswig
Duchy of Schleswig
to Denmark. Treaty of the Pruth: Azov and area is ceded back to the Ottoman Empire. Russia
Russia
demolishes strategic castles such as Taganrog
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Yaroslav The Wise
Yaroslav I, Grand Prince of Rus', known as Yaroslav the Wise
Yaroslav the Wise
or Iaroslav the Wise (Old East Slavic: Ꙗрославъ Володимѣровичъ Мѫдрꙑи; Russian: Яросла́в Му́дрый, translit. Jaroslav Mudryj [jɪrɐˈslaf ˈmudrɨj]; Ukrainian: Яросла́в Му́дрий, translit. Jaroslav Mudryj [jɐroˈslɑu̯ ˈmudrɪj]; Old Norse: Jarizleifr Valdamarsson;[1]; Latin: Iaroslaus Sapiens; c. 978 – 20 February 1054) was thrice grand prince of Veliky Novgorod
Veliky Novgorod
and Kiev, uniting the two principalities for a time under his rule. Yaroslav's Christian name was George (Yuri) after Saint George
Saint George
(Old East Slavic: Гюрьгi, Gjurĭgì). A son of Vladimir the Great, the first Christian Prince of Novgorod, Yaroslav acted as vice-regent of Novgorod
Novgorod
at the time of his father's death in 1015
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First Partition Of Poland
The First Partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
took place in 1772 as the first of three partitions that ended the existence of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
by 1795. Growth in the Russian Empire's power, threatening the Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Prussia
and the Habsburg Austrian Empire, was the primary motive behind this first partition. Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
engineered the partition to prevent Austria, jealous of Russian successes against the Ottoman Empire, from going to war. The weakened Commonwealth's land, including what was already controlled by Russia, was apportioned among its more powerful neighbors—Austria, Russia and Prussia—so as to restore the regional balance of power in Central Europe
Central Europe
among those three countries
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