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What You Need To Know About Mogilev

Mogilev is a city in eastern Belarus, about 76 kilometres (47 miles) from the border with Russia’s Smolensk Oblast and 105 km (65 miles) from the border with Russia’s Bryansk Oblast. As of 2011, its population was 360,918, up from an estimated 106,000 in 1956. It is the administrative centre of Mogilev Region and the third largest city in Belarus.

Population: 368 765 (2013)
Area: 118,5 km²

Currency

The Belarusian ruble, the local currency of Belarus, is not a fully convertible currency, so you won’t be able to get any before you arrive in the country. The official currency of the Republic of Belarus is available in: banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 rubles; coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 kopecks, and 1 and 2 rubles.

Safety and Health

The crime rate in Belarus is relatively low, and crimes against foreigners are rare. The most common crime against foreigners is robbery, but taking sensible precautions should keep you safe.

There are several different types of police in Belarus. These include:

  • Traffic Police: responsible for road safety
  • NCB Minsk: the general police force
  • KGB: state security agency

Tick-borne encephalitis is caused by a virus from ticks commonly found in heavily forested areas of Belarus.  The incubation period for tick-borne encephalitis is 7-14 days, so if you experience flu-like symptoms see a doctor as quickly as possible. When travelling in Belarus, as with any country, it’s best to take a first aid kit with you.  Healthcare in Belarus can be limited in rural areas. If you fall seriously ill you should try to make contact with your Embassy or local Consular department.

Religion

Mohilev was the episcopal see of the Latin Catholic Archdiocese of Mohilev until its 1991 merger into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev.

It remains the see of the Eparchy (Eastern diocese) of Mogilev and Mstsislaw in the Belarusian Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Economy
After World War II a huge metallurgy centre with several major steel mills was built. Also, several major factories of cranes, cars, tractors and a chemical plant were established. By the 1950s, tanning was its principal industry, and it was a major trading centre for cereal, leather, salt, sugar, fish, timber and flint: the city has been home to a major inland port on the Dnieper river since (year/period) and a airport since. Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the establishment of Belarus as an independent country, Mogilev has become one of that country’s main economic and industrial centres.

Get around

Local transportation system includes buses, trolleys and minibuses (marshruka’s). They are quite cheap: buses and trolleys in March 2008 were roughly US$0.25, and minibuses were around US$0.40. Cabs prices can be quite different, especially they might be expensive for not fluent in Russian language travelers.