According to the European Commission, annual losses of Belarus caused by its expulsion from the General System of preferences of the European Union will make about 12 million euro. The representative of Eurocommission has declared in particular: «We have received various information on the prospective losses. Even the sum of 300 million euro was mentioned. According to our data, annual losses of Belarus will make about 12 million euro, i.e. about
0,4 % of the total Belarusian export to the European Union.
Aliaksandr Halieu, lawyer of political prisoner Zmiter Dashkevich has known that new criminal case against his client was brought as long ago as 14 August. Aliaksandr Halieu says that he phoned interrogator and he assured Aleksandr that no case was brought.
An opposition activist in Rechytsa, Homyel region, has been jailed for six days by a district judge’s decision viewed as a move to isolate him for the period of a national end-of-harvest festival, Dazhynki 2007, hosted by the city on September 21 and 22.
A judge of Minsk’s Leninski District Court ruled on September 21 that the obscenities case against Alyaksandra Klimovich, a member of the youth wing of the Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), should be revised.
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) René van der Linden declared that Europe is ready “to start up a dialog with the Belarusian authorities again”. “But the process is impossible to begin without the concrete positive steps taken by Belarusian side, and particularly without the discharge of those people who considered to be political prisoners”, - President of PACE stressed.
The Belarusian Free Theater still stages plays despite the detentions of all viewers and actors which were held recently during Edward Bond’s play “Eleven Vests.” The troupe discusses new performances, international tours and plans to get the prestigious “Europe’s Award.” The actors of the Free Theater are going to take part in the European March on October 14. “We are a European theater and we can’t see any other alternatives to the European route of Belarus. Of course the entire troupe of the Free Theater will come to the European March to stand with those who share our views. We will be granted Europe’s major theatrical award – “Europe’s Award” – in April 2008 in Salonika. And there we want to tell our European colleagues, “there is no more underground culture in our country, no more dictatorship in Europe, Mikola Khalezin told Charter’97. The whole interview with the well-known dramatist follows.
Democratic activist, father of two children Leanid Navitski was sentenced today to 10 nights of arrest by the Partisansky district court of Minsk. The activist was detained 21 September on a charge of organization of the European March. After the detention, 100 flags of the European Union and informational materials with the symbols of Europe were confiscated. “I was leaving my flat when the people in civvies came to me. They introduced themselves as the KGB agents and enter the flat under pretence of looking for illegal inhabitants. They call for a district militia officer, a group of criminalists, witnesses. They didn’t give a copy of the report”, - Leanid Navitski said in the court-room.
Young activists Vital Tsihanovich and Alina Hladkaya are sentenced to 15 and 7 days of arrest respectively by the court of Partyzanski district of Minsk. Activists were arrested 22 August in the night. Having searched the young men militiamen found in their bags informational materials about the European Union.
Controversial issues at the privately owned market Herakambel will be considered on Wednesday in Barysau district executive committee. Such a promise was given to the participants of the meeting by chairman of Barysau district executive committee Vasiliy Dzialiuk.
Entrepreneurs working at Novo-Barysauski market have come to the central place of Barysau. They announced the beginning of the warning strike and put forward the initiative group for negotiations with Mayor of the city Vasiliy Dzyaliuk.
An unusual performance could be seen in Minsk center in the evening 23 September. Approximately at 20.00 the people walking near Kastrychnickaya Square saw on one of the buildings a 6-meter blue poster with the image of the flag of the European Union and information about the beginning and place of holding of the European March. But the most interesting was the militiaman, running hither and thither on the roof.
Alexander Lukashenka thinks that Russian Gazprom makes profit out of Belarus. “Gazprom is having good money here and making profit out of Belarus”, - Lukashenka declared in Rechytsa on Dazhynki (harvest fest).
Two buses with visitors of the rock-festival “Right to Be Free” which was to start 22 August in Lutsk, a Ukrainian city, were detained today in the night near Minsk. One bus was detained near town Dziarzhynsk, the other – near Stoubtsy. Officers of the State Road Inspection stopped buses under the pretext of the supposed speed-limit breaking by the drivers. There were approximately 40 people in each bus.
One more criminal case is brought before the court against the political prisoner, leader of “Malady Front” (Young Front) Zmitser Dashkevich. He is indicted of refusal to attest, Article 402 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. As it became known to the pressroom of Charter’97, Zmitser Dashkevich wrote about this in his letter to his friends. According to Zmitser Dashkevich, investigators of Shklou District Interior Department demanded Dashkevich to attest against a young activist Ivan Shyla, who was accused of “activity on behalf of an unregistered organization”.
Democratic activist Leanid Navitski was guarded to the Partisansky district court of Minsk. Two activists Alina Gladkaya and Vital Tihanovich were guarded there with him. They were detained late at night on 21 September. The militiamen searched there bags and found the informational materials about the European March.
Around five thousand people participated in the rock festival ”Right to Be Free” organized by Belarusians in the Ukrainian town Lutsk 22 September. The festival was accompanied by hardships: buses with the festival guests were detained at the exit from Belarus by the special regiment, thus the people were made to hitchhike or travel by electric train. It took the musicians hours to pass the customs and boarder guard control. But the festival was held and struck its target.
Democratic activist Leanid Navitsky is still kept at the Partisansky district militia department in Minsk. Lawyer Pavel Sapelka was not allowed to meet with the defendant. He was not brought to the court either.
Youth leader Andrei Kudin was detained today for distribution of the “Vibar” (Choice) newspaper reporting on the European March which is due 14 October in Minsk. The activist was guarded to the Partisansky district court of Minsk where Judge Mikalai Trubnikau sentenced him to 10 base rate penalties (Br 310 thousand). The judge concluded that the activist called people for participation in the unsanctioned action.
Minsk expects Moscow to decide on giving Belarus a stabilization loan, Prime Minister Syarhey Sidorski told reporters while touring the Minsk region on September 20. He noted that the presidents of Belarus and Russia had reached an agreement on such a loan.
A joint enterprise to organize the extraction and processing of brown coal in Belarus will be registered within a week, Prime Minister Syarhey Sidorski said while touring the Minsk region on September 20.
Leader of the movement “For Freedom” Aliaksandr Milinkevich sent an invitation for the European March to chairman of the European Commission, chairman of the European Parliament and heads of the European states. ”We invite our friends to stay with us on this day of October 14 and we will be grateful for your solidarity and support. The majority of Belarusians look to Europe with hope and expects a normalization of our relations with the EU”, it is said in the invitation.
Authorities have to start the dialogue with the opposition, Viktar Ivashkevich, organizer of the European March appointed for 14 October, considers. The full-value dialogue with Europe is impossible without such step taken by the official Minsk.
Head of the Liberal Democratic Party Syargei Gaidukevich declared that he didn’t exclude the future elections to be held on the proportional-majority basis. ”it is possible under coordination of certain external and internal factors”, the “deputy” specified.