Irishman Moves To Minsk, Comes Up With Own Rules To Survive In Belarus

Meet Niall Doherty, an Irishman who moved to Minsk four years ago, but has started his own Youtube channel Irish Partizan just recently.

He welcomes his subscribers to his Soviet apartments, talks about prices, recommends places to visit, cooks Belarusian dishes and just has fun with locals.

In an interview to a local website, Niall said that he started working for EPAM, a global provider of software engineering and IT consulting services, in 2014 and stayed.

“Life in Minsk is much cheaper than in Dublin, and my Belarusian salary is much higher than the Irish one. Therefore, here I can afford much more than at home.

And there are so many opportunities to spend money in Minsk. Cycling, a fitness room, pubs, bars – everything you want. If not for that, I would certainly return home,” he said.

Looks like life in Minsk has taught Niall some things since he came with his own rules for a foreigner to survive in Belarus. The first one is to learn the Russian language. We told ya!

“The second is not to drink in public places unless you want to get acquainted with riot police. Third, if you happen to be drunk, don’t show up like that in public.” 

Speaking about famous Belarusians, Niall recall three names – Alexander Hleb, Olga Korbut and Alexander Lukashenko, who is a number one, obviously.

According to an Irish vlogger, Belarusians are hardworking, warm-hearted, and it’s really hard to quarrel with us. By the way, if you want to make friends with locals, BelarusFeed has some easy tips that are working.

And, of course, he couldn’t but notice that “Belarusian women are in all respects better than Irish, They look better and have better personalities.” Well, we won’t argue about that.

More and more foreigners are coming to work, live and have family in Belarus every year. Watch an Italian, American, Indian, Iranian and Guinean explaining why they decided to move to Belarus.

Chiara Sammarco who moved to Minsk to work as a developer; Boris Boignard, a French who bought a country house in a small village to treats locals with delicacies or an American who set up a hospitality business.