The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (Byelorussian SSR or BSSR; Belarusian: Белару́ская Саве́цкая Сацыялісты́чная Рэспу́бліка, Белару́ская ССР Byelaruskaya Savyetskaya Satsyyalistychnaya Respublika, Byelaruskaya SSR; Russian: Белору́сская Сове́тская Социалисти́ческая Респу́блика, Белорусская ССР Belorusskaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika, Belorusskaya SSR) was one of fifteen constituent republics of the Soviet Union (USSR).
The Soviet republic, Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia (SSRB), in the lands of Belarus was declared by the Bolsheviks on 1 January 1919 following the declaration of independence by the Belarusian Democratic Republic in March 1918. In 1922, the BSSR was one of the four founding members of the Soviet Union, together with the Ukrainian SSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR). Byelorussia was one of several Soviet republics occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II. The BSSR, along with the Ukrainian SSR and the Soviet Union, were founding members of the United Nations Organization (UN) in 1945. The end of the Soviet Republic occurred in 1991 when it became an independent country and renamed itself to Republic of Belarus.
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