A member of the old Soviet block, Belorussia, also called Belarus, has borders with Russia
, the Ukraine
, and Latvia
. With a vast plain over the whole of its area, this country consists of several lakes, marshes, and immense forests offering a protective habitat to numerous animals. Minsk
, a capital that was devastated during the Second World War, is a model of Stalinist architecture. This police state does not allow easy access to the country making travel to Belarus complicated. Here religion and orthodox song are fundamental. The beauty of the orthodox churches
is a manifest example of this.