Russian is the language of communication in Belarus and nearly everyone speaks Russian
fluently, even the non-native Russian speakers. English and other popular international
languages were rarely taught in the past, but are growing in popularity, with English
leading the charge. Despite this, few people speak enough English to have a conversation
in the language.
Most Belarusian citizens adhere to Eastern Orthodoxy in
some form, although the Soviet Union suppressed religion for a number of years causing
many adherents today from regularly practicing.
Orthodoxy is a Christian religion that claims to be the most loyal to the Christian
faith and religion as it was described by Jesus and the Gospels in the New Testament.
Christianity, including Orthodoxy, was founded after the death of Jesus in about
30-33 AD; various branches of Orthodoxy were officially recognized by governments
long before Catholicism was recognized in the Roman Empire.
Orthodoxy and Catholicism have many of the same beliefs; both believe that there
is a single God who created everything and a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ
who is the forgiver of sins. However, Orthodoxy is decentralized so each bishop
oversees their local country or region, giving each orthodox country a different
leader. In this way, no bishop has more power than any other, meaning the tenants
and interpretations of the faith remain relatively unchanged. These beliefs are
based on the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, in
particular the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the