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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97


Yakov Gutman: Ambassadors’ Involvement in Festivities to Be Taken For Support of State Policy
15:21, 01/07/2003, photo by IREX/Promedia


Russian Television Journalist Expelled
16:20, 01/07/2003

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent expulsion of Pavel Selin, a correspondent with the Russian television network NTV based in Belarus’s capital, Minsk.

Russian FM Gets Official Minsk’s Decision on NTV Correspondent’s Exile
16:00, 01/07/2003,

Russian Foreign Ministry received official Minsk’s decision on the deportation from Belarus of NTV correspondent Pavel Selin, reported today the official representative of the Russian Federation’s Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko.

Belarus’ Interests in Latin America
15:36, 01/07/2003, Yuri Svirko, Radio Svaboda

On Friday in Moscow there will end another joint meeting of the Belarusian-Russian intergovernmental commission on the military-technical cooperation. Meantime, in Minsk there will be held consultations between the Ministries of foreign affairs of Belarus and Russia, where the sides will discuss the issues of cooperation with Latin America. They will also work out the mechanism of interaction in lobbying and promoting the interests of Belarus and Russia in Latin America. The issues, raised simultaneously in Minsk and Moscow, have pretty much in common. Arms trade is perhaps Belarus’ only interest in the Latin American market.

Newspapers Die Out Aloud in Belarus, People Go Missing in Silence
15:15, 01/07/2003, Irina Khalip, “Novaya Gazeta”

On the daily agenda of the last PACE session there was no Belarusian issue. In September last year they passed resolution, which unambiguously stated that the state of affairs in Belarus deteriorated. And for as long as the Belarusian government fails to meet democratic criteria, such as freedom of speech, investigation into disappearances, cancellation of death penalty and new electoral law, they won’t restore Belarus’ “special guest” status with PACE.

State Machine Versus Vasil Bykov
13:51, 01/07/2003, Vadim Dovnar, “Belorusskaya Gazeta”

Vasil Bykov never loved those in power. The only Soviet head of state, whom the national writer of Belarus respected, was Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he also criticized quite frequently. This lack of sympathy to Bykov was also manifested by the officials of all levels and times. However, their hatred took on different forms. Let us not concentrate on the Soviet times, but rather turn to the history of independent Belarus.

2,000 Copies of “Predprinimatelskaya Gazeta” Annihilated
13:13, 01/07/2003, BDG

“Marat” publishing house – publisher of “BDG” – learned about the fate of two thousand copies of “Predprinimatelskaya Gazeta’s” issue #17 of June 9-16, 2003. That issue was prepared by the “BDG” editorial board, being published in Smolensk. As it turned out the whole print run was destroyed upon the order of deputy head of the Mogilev police transportation department, major Artemenko.

Valery Schukin Deprived of Opportunity to Engage in Parliamentary Elections
13:08, 01/07/2003

On June 30 morning in Vitebsk the human rights defender and journalist Valery Schukin was seeking Vitebsk residents’ support in the solution of his personal residence problem. Approximately 300 meters away from the regional executive committee he had been passing for 1,5 hours the flyers with the text of his address to the head of the local officials Vladimir Andreichenko, pleading with him to solve his residence problem, which had been in consideration of the Polotsk town hall for over three years. By so doing, Schukin intends to attract public attention to the problem, which may prevent him from engaging in the presidential elections 2004.

Lukashenko: Russia Exerts Pressure on Belarus Via “Weapons of Mass Destruction”
12:55, 01/07/2003

Russia is trying to pressurize Belarus through the “weapons of mass destruction”, that is mass media, said the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko on June 30 in an interview to the three domestic state-owned TV channels – BT, ONT and CTV.

Television Paradoxes of Russian-Belarusian Merger
11:24, 01/07/2003, Ilya Sykhov,

Moscow and Minsk are once again on the edge of a scandal. This time the reason for the rupture in their relations is television. NTV correspondent Pavel Selin was stripped of accreditation card and exiled from Belarus, followed by a five-year travel ban, imposed on him by the Belarusian authorities. The official Minsk is awaiting public excuses from NTV company, otherwise threatening to shut its representation in the country.

Lyceum Teachers to Meet Education Ministry Officials
11:22, 01/07/2003

At 11a.m. July 1 there will be held another meeting between the teachers of the National Humanities Lyceum and the Education Ministry’s officials. As you remember, the Lyceum was liquidated upon the Ministry’s order of June 26, while its premises, after the repair works, will be taken over by the Minsk Humanities Lyceum.

Journalism Faculty at “Modern Knowledge Institute” Liquidated
11:21, 01/07/2003, Radio Svaboda

In Belarus they not only suspend publication of independent newspapers and deport foreign TV correspondents. The dismissed professors of the Institute of modern knowledge assert that upon Alexander Lukashenko’s order they annihilated the very system of the non-state journalistic education.

Belarus Expels Russian Journalist
11:20, 01/07/2003,

Pavel Selin, the Minsk correspondent from Russia’s leading nationwide channel NTV, was given 24 hours to leave Belarus on Saturday. Belarusian authorities accuse the reporter of biased coverage of the writer Vasil Bykov’s funeral. This is not the first time that Minsk has found fault with Selin’s reports. He had already received two official warnings for previous reports.

Andrei Sannikov: Energy cooperation of Belarus with Europe broken down due to repressions against opposition • 14:59, 25/09/2007
President of PACE: «Dialog with Belarus is impossible without discharge of political prisoners» • 12:32, 25/09/2007
Authorities responsible for arrests on European March’s Eve • 17:56, 24/09/2007
Festival in Lutsk: Belarusians having right to freedom (Photo) • 11:48, 24/09/2007
Natallia Pyatkevich‘s reply to opposition? • 18:11, 21/09/2007
Aliaksandr Milinkevich invited European Leaders to the European March • 15:35, 21/09/2007
First steps must be taken by Belarusian authorities • 12:09, 21/09/2007
Official Minsk against Nuclear Weapons • 19:08, 20/09/2007
Georgia supporting Belarus in its “battle” with Russia • 13:58, 20/09/2007
Well-known public figures of Belarus insisting on dialogue • 19:15, 19/09/2007
No Russian Ruble
11:18, 01/07/2003


Tycoons Set to Take Over Belarus Says Lukashenko
13:10, 01/07/2003

Alexander Lukashenko said that he doesn’t intend to embark on complete privatization of state property. “We will sell only those companies, which we cannot manage on our own. We can also sell some normal, operational ones, but for a good price,” – said the Belarusian incumbent in an interview to the national TV channels on Monday. At the same time, he said that the so-called oligarchs are envying us and our companies, wishing to take them over right away.”

Foodstuffs to be removed from markets, aren’t they • 18:28, 30/07/2007
Students to be taught to love their home country • 16:14, 25/07/2007
«Basowiszcza-2007» • 14:00, 19/07/2007
Radioactive brick detained on the border • 17:37, 18/07/2007
Poland to join Schengen zone on January 1, 2008 • 16:59, 11/07/2007
Goods confiscated from entrepreneurs • 12:34, 04/07/2007
Sanitary authorities in Minsk suggest removing retail kiosks • 16:31, 19/06/2007
British embassy announces a change in visa application process • 15:38, 19/06/2007
Kidnapped Belarusian woman freed in Nigeria • 13:40, 17/05/2007
Belarusian entry makes Eurovision final • 15:29, 11/05/2007

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