Belarus is occupied and controlled by the Russian Empire.
Belarus declares its independence as the short-lived National Republic. Soon thereafter, the Red Army invades.
The Belarussian Soviet Socialist Republic is proclaimed.
Belarus suffers from purges against intellectuals and political opponents ordered by Joseph Stalin, which lead to the killing of over 100,000 people in Belarus.
Belarussian becomes the official language.
Belarus declares its independence after the Soviet Union falls.
A friendship and cooperation pact is signed with Russia and Russian is restored as the nation's official language.
Belarus signs an economic union agreement with Russia.
The value of the Belarus ruble is halved. Belarus soon agrees to a deal that includes plans to combine its currencies and tax systems with Russia.
A dispute emerges between Russia and Belarus over Belarus’s debt owed to Russia. Russia reduces the amount of gas sent to Belarus, leading Belarus to shutdown Russia’s gas pipeline to Europe. The two countries eventually reach an agreement after Belarus pays back the outstanding debt.
The government asks the International Monetary Fund for an emergency loan of $8 billion. A panic on basic goods ensues.
President Lukashenko expels several European Union officials because of EU sanctions on Belarus, prompting the EU to take all its ambassadors out of the country.