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is an urban-type settlement
Urban-type settlement ; , selyshche mis'koho typu ) is an official designation for a type of locality used in some of the countries of the former Soviet Union...
in Vitsebsk Voblast
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. First references are dated by 1059
It is the birthplace of the current leader of the country, Alexander Lukashenko
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The Kapust Hasidic dynasty
A Hasidic dynasty is a dynasty of Hasidic spiritual leaders known as rebbes, and usually has some or all of the following characteristics:#Each member of the dynasty is a spiritual leader, often known as an ADMOR or simply as Rebbe and at times called the...
originates in Kopys. By the end of the 18th century there was a Jewish typography in Kopys.
A castle stood in the town of Kopys.