The area was later integrated into the early Principality of Polatsk, an early East Slav state, and this is the time when the first written mention of Minsk is made.
In the next couple of hundreds years, this region becomes a disputed area between Polatsk and Kiev, an early Ukrainian state, and Minsk is constantly fought over.
Escaping the Great Mondol invasion of Rus in 1237, Minsk becomes part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and subsequently, when Lithuania and Poland form one state, part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
At the end of the Polish-Russian war, Minsk has only 2000 inhabitants and around 300 houses.
In 1793, Minsk is annexed by Russia again and from that point on, Russia keeps control of the city most of the time.
The WW2 has brought great devastation to Minsk when the whole city was subjected to air bombing.
Minsk is a capital of Belarus and the largest city in the country.
The name Minsk is thought to have originated from a river name Men, however throughout the ages, under the influence of Russian and Poles, the name was transformed into Minsk.
Some Belarusians still pronounce it as Mensk, paying homage to the original name.Today, Minsk is home to almost two million people, most of them ethnic Belarusians.Russian constitute the second largest ethnic groups in the city, closely followed by Ukrainians.Smaller ethnic groups are represented by Poles, Jews and Tatars.Belarusian and Russian languages are spoken in Minsk and throughout the whole country.The first settlement was founded in place of Minsk by the early East Slavs some time before the 9th century.