Belarus temporarily became a nuclear power when eighty-one nuclear warheads were left in Belarus after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Belarus eventually signed the Lisbon Protocol and transferred all of their missiles to Russia.
Communism never truly left Belarus with the collapse of the soviet union. Two communist parties still operate in Belarus, and they still celebrate the 1917 Russian October Revolution. Though the 35th congress of the communist party was held in Minsk, the Belarusians aren't very communist in practice.
Belarusian cancer rates skyrocketed when the Chernobyl incident occurred, due to 70% of the radioactive dust from Chernobyl descending on Belarus. 20% of the agricultural land became contaminated, culminating in two million Belarusians being affected.
Impacts of The Cold War on Belarus Paul Walters Pd. 1
Corruption is vaguely regulated and poorly enforced in Belarus. Sometimes informal payments are given to secure government contracts, and companies face discrimination and corruption to encourage state owned enterprises.
Belarus gained independence in 1991. Belarus went through economic decline when independence was gained, and currently they're heavily dependent on Russia for energy supplies. Since independence, Belarus has been ruled by Alexander Lukashenko, also known as "Europe's last dictator."