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Belorussian also spelt Belarusian, Byelorussian and Belarussian the name given to the distinct group of slavs who inhabit present day Belarus between Poland and Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine. The prefix "Belo" can be translated into 'White' so these people are sometimes called White Russians though not to be confused with the pre-Soviet political group of Russians with the same name. While only a state briefly after the First World War the Belarusian people trace their distinct culture to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Rus' and Samogitia.

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