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Country Summary for
I. Relevant Legislation
II. Regulated Cultural Property
Definitions (Law No. 1940-XII, Arts. 1-3)
'Historical and Cultural Heritage'— includes all the important traces and things which are marked by the historical and spiritual development of the people of Belarus and which are of the historical and cultural values. Historical and cultural values are the most important material units and spiritual products of people's artistic activity which are very valuable from the spiritual, aesthetic and document points of view and which are taken under protection of the State in the order, described in this law.
'Material Values'—objects whose nature depends on their material.
'Moveable Material Values'— objects whose transportation would not cause loss of essence or technical condition.
The state register of the historical and cultural values of the Republic of Belarus has the following chapters:
1) Historical and cultural values of the people of Belarus which legally are beyond the frontiers of the Republic of Belarus.
2) Historical and cultural values of the people of Belarus which are illegally kept beyond the frontiers of the Republic of Belarus.
3) Historical and cultural values of the people of Belarus which disappeared in the obscure conditions.
4) Historical and cultural values which are in the danger of their destruction or disappearance. (Law No. 1940-XII, Art. 21)
III. Export Restrictions
IV. Ownership Rights and Restrictions
V. Violations, Penalties and Sanctions
VI. International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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for Cultural Property
Department on Historical and Cultural Heritage Protection and Restoration
of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
27 Kirova Street
Minsk, 220050, Belarus