Fedor Mikheev is a man with passion, a passion for history. He has surrounded himself with a group of people who share the same love for history. Together, they have been discovering and turning pages of Belarussian history by re-enacting the history of war.
“I’ve always been interested in studying the history of wars of our country, in particular, in the history of the Great Duchy of Lithuania, – tells us Fedor. – We started in 1999 with the history war club named Knyazhii Goof. We recreated the history of the middle ages as it was on the Belarussian land; knight uniforms and armour, day-to-day life, living quarters, etc. There was so little information; we had to dig deep into the archives and books to complete the picture. All of the armour that we made were the authentic replicas of the original pieces. They were exhibited in the National Museum of Culture and History of Belarus”.
Knyazhii Goof was the first of its kind in Belarus. It was later that similar war re-enactment clubs came to be. But it was Fedor Mikheev and his colleagues who were the pioneers in the field.
“People partook in various re-enactment themes: templars, scots, a few others. But no one performed the history of Belarussian war”, – recalls Fedor.