Belarus began as a former Slavic settlement. Born into a kingdom After surrendering to the Kingdom of Kiev Later occupied by Lithuania When independence was announced, it was soon taken over by the Soviet Union. Belarus It gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1957. 1991 is one of twelve countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. (Commonwealth of Indepentdent State).
Language Belarusian and Russian.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Poland and Russia were making deep political and cultural inroads in Belarus by assimilating the nobility into their respective cultures, the rulers succeeded in associating "Belarusian" culture primarily with peasant ways, folklore, ethnic dress, and ethnic customs