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Belarus: Art Contest Commemorates National Hero

When it comes to firebrands of the 19th-century Belarusian nationalist movement, few are held in such high esteem as Kastus Kalinouski, the leader of the 1863 uprising against the Russian Empire. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of Kalinouski’s birth in February, RFE/RL’s Belarus Service invited listeners to submit original artwork inspired by the anticzarist patriot. The “I Love Belarus” competition received more than 200 entries. Here are some of the most popular. (8 PHOTOS)

One listener inserted Belarusian poets, painters, and leaders of the nationalist movement into this iconic Beatles cover for the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
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One listener inserted Belarusian poets, painters, and leaders of the nationalist movement into this iconic Beatles cover for the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

"Who do you love? I Love Belarus!" Important figures from Belarusian history are interwoven with the roots of a plant.
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"Who do you love? I Love Belarus!" Important figures from Belarusian history are interwoven with the roots of a plant.

One listener decided on a pop art portrait of Kalinouski.
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One listener decided on a pop art portrait of Kalinouski.

"Kastus Kalinouski -- a fighter for freedom."
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"Kastus Kalinouski -- a fighter for freedom."

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