Famous Belarusian - Belarusian Celebrities

The Republic of Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, has been under the dominance of several rulers over the past centuries with the result that its culture was often suppressed. But this could not dampen the spirit of modern day Belarusians in their determination to build a nation rich in the arts and culture. The nation has a diverse population comprising people of Belarusian ethnicity, Russians, Jews, Poles, and Vikings. The 20th century artist Marc Chagall who was associated with several major artistic styles, was referred to as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" by art critic Robert Hughes.

Find out more about the greatest Belarusians, including Andrei Arlovski, Marc Chagall, Alexander Lukashenko, Olga Korbut and Svetlana Alexievich.

The Most Famous Belarusian

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Olga KorbutMay 16, 1955BelarusianOlga Korbut is a former Soviet gymnast who won six Olympic medals for her country and earned the title of ‘The Sparrow from Minsk’
Andrei ArlovskiFebruary 4, 1979BelarusianAndrei Arlovski is a Belarusian mixed martial artist and actor
Marc ChagallJuly 6, 1887Belarusian, French, RussianMarc Chagall was a famous painter and designer
Svetlana BoginskayaFebruary 9, 1973BelarusianSvetlana Boginskaya is a former Soviet/Unified Team/Belarusian gymnast who was famously known as the ‘Goddess of Gymnastics’
Yanka KupalaJuly 7, 1882Belarusian, RussianYanka Kupala was a Belarusian nationalist poet, who is famous for his poem ‘Ад сэрца’ (‘From the Heart’)
Alexander LukashenkoAugust 30, 1954BelarusianAlexander Lukashenko is the current President of Belarus
Meyer LanskyJuly 4, 1902Polish, AmericanMeyer Lansky was one of America’s most powerful gangsters of the 19th century
Maksim BahdanovičDecember 9, 1891BelarusianBelarus-born Maksim Bahdanovic was a renowned poet, journalist, and translator
Svetlana AlexievichMay 31, 1948BelarusianSvetlana Alexievich is an eminent Belarusian journalist and writer who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature
Maryna LinchukSeptember 4, 1987BelarusianMaryna Linchuk is a Belarusian fashion supermodel and is known for featuring on the cover of various top fashion magazines

Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky was one of America’s most powerful gangsters of the 19th century

PolishJuly 4, 1902146 views

Zhores Ivanovich Alferov

Zhores Ivanovich Alferov is a Nobel Prize winning Russian physicist

BelarusianMarch 15, 193074 views

Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich is an eminent Belarusian journalist and writer who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

BelarusianMay 31, 1948123 views

Maksim Bahdanovič

Belarus-born Maksim Bahdanovic was a renowned poet, journalist, and translator

Svetlana Boginskaya

Svetlana Boginskaya is a former Soviet/Unified Team/Belarusian gymnast who was famously known as the ‘Goddess of Gymnastics’

Yanka Kupala

Yanka Kupala was a Belarusian nationalist poet, who is famous for his poem ‘Ад сэрца’ (‘From the Heart’)

BelarusianJuly 7, 1882158 views

Maryna Linchuk

Maryna Linchuk is a Belarusian fashion supermodel and is known for featuring on the cover of various top fashion magazines

Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko is the current President of Belarus

BelarusianAugust 30, 1954152 views

Olga Korbut

Olga Korbut is a former Soviet gymnast who won six Olympic medals for her country and earned the title of ‘The Sparrow from Minsk’

BelarusianMay 16, 1955285 views