/ mɪnsk /
Prevedi Minsk na: nemački
The capital of Belarus and of the Commonwealth of Independent States; Also called: capital of Byelorussia.
Or Mensk; Industrial city (machinery, textiles, leather; a center of the Russian computer industry) and capital of Belarus;
Minsk dates from the 11th century and has in turn been held by Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, and Russia before Belarus became an independent republic 1991. The city was devastated by Napoleon 1812 and heavily damaged by German forces 1944. Mass graves from between 1937 and 1941 of more than 30,000 victims of Joseph Stalin's terror were discovered in a forest outside Minsk 1989.