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Minsk (Mensk)

Country Belarus
Population 1.7 million
Area Code 17
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Time GMT +2

Minsk is a green and spacious city, nice to stroll about the streets in the shelter of omnipresent trees. The local gay life revolves around cruising places in vast parks and forests within the city limits. Due to the policy of the orientation to the East implemented by Belarus authorities, Minsk has been subjected to the Westernization to a much lesser extent than Moscow or even Kiev.

Despite valiant efforts of local gay activists, the development of a gay community has not yet begun. The state regulated economy foresees no place for the gay business, while the public attitude is far from tolerant. Several endeavors to run a gay club failed due to the lack of money; predominantly gay clientele in one of them has alledgedly been a cause for the early termination of its lease agreement; there is at least one documented report of a violent and brutal police raid on a gay club.

Gay Minsk may be worth exploring, but we advise you not to venture on your own, unless you are fully self-confident, aware of local customs and speak fluent Russian or Bielorussian.

Address 43 Platonova ulitsa (Metro Yakuba Kolasa or Akademiya Naouk). Click here for directions.
Opening time 22.00-6.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Notes The club began as a gay place, but later targeted a larger audience and opened its doors for all 'progressive teenagers'. Yet the importance of getting advice from a local gay before going there cannot be overstated.

Address 4 Tolbukhina St. (Metro Park Tcheluskintsev, shopping center Torgovy Mir, 3rd floor).
Opening time 22.00-6.00 Tue-Sun, women only 18.00-22.00 Fri.
Notes Disco & techno music on the dancefloor, drag queen shows on Fri and Sat at 2.00.


  • Central Square (on the benches around the fountain representing a boy and a swan and farther in the park, near the President's residence);
  • Gorky Park (Metro Ploshcha Peremogi, paths near the WC);
  • Tchelyuskintsev Park (Metro Park Tchelyuskintsev, paths next to the central WC; mostly older gays);
  • Pobedy Park (Masherova Prospekt, near the Komsomolskoye lake; mostly in the summer);
  • Nude beach on the bank of Minskoye morye (Minsk lake);
  • Banya (sauna) Nr. 1 (24 Bogdana Khmelnitskogo ulitsa, tel. 232 40 04; full of students from neighboring dormitories);
  • Banya (sauna) Nr. 6 (5 Maryevskaya ulitsa, tel. 236 01 73);
  • Banya (sauna) Nr. 7 (7a Moskovskaya ulitsa, tel. 220 67 11; mostly older gays).


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