According to Vesti (via N.G.), beginning this month Belorus will lower the price of the tourist visa for the citizens of U.S. from $100 to $50. Last year only 5,500 Americans visited Belorus. The reason for such a low number, according to Uri Sivakov, the head of Belarus' Ministry of Sport and Tourism, is the high cost of the tourist visa.
Hm. I highly doubt that the $50 difference was the deal breaker.