2 FOCUS The Minsk Times Thursday, April 23, 2009 The city which More joint projects Despite the economic is always close recession being seen in many countries this year, Belarus and Lithuania initiate new projects at hand, Co-operation in trade and logistics, as well as the hotel and restaurant business and roadside services, is especially or the most eye-catching interesting for both sides. Lithuanian investors, regard- less of the crisis, are ready to in- of Minsk’s sites vest money into the Belarusian economy. The development of infrastructure surrounding the By Olga Pasiyak compare to the 688-metre sky- deepest (20m below the surface) Avgustovsky Canal also looks scraper in Dubai (the world’s but an even deeper point exists promising, while Lithuanian Reading the Guinness highest building) but is sure to in Minsk’s metro — between supermarket chains are keen to Book of Records, I suddenly be impressive, being twice the the stations of Moskovskaya stock up on Belarusian goods felt sorry for Minsk. All highest, height of the National Library. and Vostok (27m below). Of (equal in quality to those from most beautiful and most attrac- 19TH CENTURY BEAUTY. course, Oktyabrskaya can Europe and China). Lithua- tive sites are situated beyond its Minsk’s oldest fountain was hardly be compared with nian Senukai plans to construct suburbs. Nevertheless, there is built 135 years ago — in 1874, Kiev’s Arsenalnaya — located stores in Mogilev and Grodno. plenty to admire in the capital; when a pipeline of spring 120m below ground. The Belarus is interested in at- it’s often called the cleanest and water was launched. ‘The Boy situation may change in future tracting Lithuanian investors most compact of cities. Al- with a Swan’ still pleases those of course! to develop hotels, cafes, restau- though its almost millennium who sit beside it. It is not the FAR AWAY FROM THE rants and rural guesthouses, as old history was completely de- largest fountain but is one of HUSTLE AND BUSTLE. Minsk well as other tourist facilities. stroyed during WWII, it was the most beautiful. Located is worthily known as a green Opportunities for business fully restored in just a few dec- in Alexandrovsky Park, near city — owing to its many collaboration will significantly ades. Let’s look at Minsk’s most the Yanka Kupala Theatre, its parks. The first appeared in expand once a document on attractive sights… ‘1874’ inscription remains. the early 19th century, initiated visa free travel for Belarusian- ONLY CLOUDS ARE HIGHER. LONG ROAD. The main by Minsk Governor Zakhar Lithuanian border residents is GEORGE SHABLIUK One might think that the difference between a small Korneev in 1800 and launched signed. National Library (73.67m) and large city is that smaller five years later on the banks of is the tallest building in the capital. However, this is not cities are quicker to navigate. One avoids the frustration the Svisloch River (now known as Maxim Gorky Park). Two Invitation true. The 24-storey building located on Melnikaite Street of so many traffic lights and queues when a city is compact. centuries ago, it covered 18 hectares; it now occupies 28. Minskers love their city received is almost 90m high. Until the early 1990s, it hosted the Minsktrans’ Transportation Department tells us that It is home to trees local and exotic. In the 19th century, (previously known Yekaterinenskaya) — built in as Revival’ award, notes the two buildings were laid out in with Belbyttechnika Scientific- the longest route in Minsk the words ‘take rest after work’ 1613 and located near Nemiga. the mid-17th century. The Production Association; now, it offers offices for rent. is serviced by bus number 84 (Malinovka-Slepyanka) were placed above the entrance to the park — good advice for However, historians say the former Basilian Monastery is monastery has preserved its initial form while the church satisfaction Medical Academy of The views from the top are — 48.9km — which takes an modern city residents... also among the oldest (found has been rebuilt several times, Gdańsk keen to expand unimaginable. hour to complete its full circle GUESTS FROM THE PAST. on the opposite side of City losing its originality. Mr. contacts with Vitebsk A 45-storey business centre (dependent on traffic flow). Finding the oldest building Hall on Svobody Square — it Likhodedov also notes that Medical University is now being planned for Max- UNDERGROUND. in Minsk was a challenge. hosts various organisations). private houses dating back to im Tank Street, with construc- Minskmetroproekt tells us that Architects believe it to be St. Vladimir Likhodedov, a the 16th century have been On meeting the General tion already begun. It won’t Oktyabrskaya station is the Peter and St. Paul’s Cathedral laureate of the ‘For Spiritual preserved in Minsk. Consul of Belarus to Gdańsk, Ruslan Yesin, the Rector of the Polish Academy, Janusz Easing Hope for life lived to the full Morys, has proposed close collaboration with the Bela- life at the By Nadezhda Suprun rusian university. The educa- tional establishments are to border First paediatric kidney exchange groups of students and teachers, with Vitebsk By Valery Sidorchik transplants (from living Medical University then visit- relative) are a success ing Gdańsk to outline further Belarus, Russia and at Republican Centre of plans for joint work. Mr. Mo- Kazakhstan to harmonise Urology and Nephrology rys is especially interested in customs legislation at 2nd Children’s Clinical studying the latest scientific The customs authorities of Hospital in Minsk developments conducted by Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan 11 year old Stas Kovalchuk Vitebsk Medical University. have met in the Gomel region — suffering from a rare con- ALEXANDER RUZHECHKA to tackle the use of IT at their genital kidney disease called borders. The Head of the Fed- eral Customs Service of Russia, Fanconi’s Anaemia — is among the first children to have a suc- Closer to Andrey Belyaninov, notes that further joint activities should cessful kidney transplant in Minsk. In 2005, doctors said he each other result in a fully-fledged Cus- was incurable; two years later, Minsk and Baghdad toms Union of the three states. his kidneys ceased to func- Young patients doing well after operation ready to establish regular flights The Chairman of the State Cus- tion entirely. For the past three swered that everything was fine sis since he was five. with fewer risks. Previously, toms Committee of Belarus, years, he has endured daily and my husband was greatly Transplant surgeon Oleg children were sent abroad to Air traffic uniting the two Alexander Shpilevsky, tells us peritoneal dialysis to keep him relieved.” The young boy used Kalachik, the chief specialist of receive treatment — which countries will become pos- that customs tariffs between alive. The operation was his to be taught at home — prior the Health Ministry for Neph- was costly. The Republican sible if Iraq is interested in the countries are almost agreed, last chance for a full life and his to the operation — but will now rology and Kidney-transplant Centre of Urology and Neph- organising flights to Belarus, with final terms being techni- parents were only to happy to be able to go to school and even Therapy, tells us that both op- rology is providing operations with Iraqi air carriers servic- cally improved. An agreement have the opportunity to donate realise his long-held dream of erations have been a success. funded by the state budget, ing the route rather than the has been reached that cargo an organ. Stas’ father, 48, was swimming in a lake. The patients are stable and offering real hope to children National Airline Belavia. Iraqi clearance at checkpoints shall most compatible. Another child, aged 10, was their new kidneys are function- (22 are now on the waiting partners are able to send staff be reduced from 45 minutes to Stas’ mother, Nadezhda, operated on using his 28 year ing as hoped. Mr. Kalachik ex- list). “Another kidney trans- for training at the Belarusian just 7-10 minutes. Soon, cross- speaks of her son and husband old mother’s kidney. His con- plains that kidney transplants plant is planned for the com- State University of Transport border movement of goods will with tears in her eyes, “On re- genital abnormality of the uri- for adults have come a long ing months; we have a good and at Minsk State Higher be controlled online, allowing gaining consciousness after the nary tract was diagnosed on his way in Belarus over the past foundation of experience now Aviation College. Belarus information on goods in transit operation, Vladimir phoned me sixth day of life; despite several two years, enabling doctors and have well-trained special- has also offered assistance in to be shared in real time. to ask how Stas was feeling. I an- operations, he has needed dialy- to start paediatric operations ists,” asserts Mr. Kalachik. training technical staff.
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