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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97


Narodnaya Volya Pressrun Arrested
11:22, 01/11/2005


Vasil Yakavenka: Dzerzhinskys Rehabilitation is a Blasphemy
17:23, 01/11/2005

A worker of the historic-demonstrational center of the KGB of Belarus has created an excursion route around the places connected with the life of Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Bolshevik secret police, the Cheka (Vecheka, All-Russian Extraordinary Commission to Combat Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, later known by many names). It is considered that this route would enjoy great popularity among few tourists visiting the country of Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The phenomenon, from which our society had suffered tremendously, is being whitewashed. The punitive system founded by Dzerzhinsky, is related to the greatest mistake of the Bolsheviks, mass execution of people, a writer, the author of historical novels Vasil Yakavenka commented on the KGBs initiative.

Polish Diplomats Visited Kurapaty on All Saints Day
17:02, 01/11/2005

Today Polish Ambassador to Belarus Tadeusz Pawlak and Polish diplomats from the Polish Embassy came to pay the tribute to the memory of innocent victims, including Poles, shot by NKVD punitive detachments in the time of Stalin. About 4,000 Poles were shot in Kurapaty, according to some estimation.

U.S. embassy denies charges it is trying to destabilize Belarus government
16:21, 01/11/2005

The U.S. embassy in Minsk on Monday rejected a Belarusian official`s allegations that Washington was trying to destabilize the ex-Soviet nation. "The United States doesn`t seek to destabilize, threaten or undermine the Belarusian state and continues to respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Belarus," the embassy said in statement. "The United States encourages and supports the free, democratic process in Belarus as elsewhere and orients its assistance to those Belarusian organizations that seek help in facilitating the democratic process."

EU foreign ministers to discuss situation in Belarus on November 7
16:18, 01/11/2005

The situation in Belarus will be an issue under discussion at a meeting of the EU Council in the "General Affairs and External Relations" configuration to be held in Brussels on November 7, Nicolas Kerleroux, a spokesman for the Council, told BelaPAN.

Heads of EU diplomatic missions to tour Mogilyov region
16:15, 01/11/2005

The heads of the diplomatic missions of European Union member states in Belarus are expected to be on a visit to the Mogilyov region on November 2 and 3. The delegation will reportedly include the ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom.

Milinkevich: Whole generation of Belarusians do not want their country to return to Soviet past
16:13, 01/11/2005

Belarus has a whole generation of people who do not want their country to return to the Soviet past, Aleksandr Milinkevich, opposition forces` single candidate for next year`s presidential race, said at a convention of the Francisak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society (BLS) in Minsk on Sunday.

Plans for Russia-Belarus Union Play on Nostalgia
16:12, 01/11/2005, Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times

After several years of gathering dust, the longstanding proposal to unite Russia and Belarus into a common state is being revisited, with plans afoot to draw up a constitution proposal later this month. It is unclear, however, whether the move is anything more than an attempt by the Kremlin to court an electorate nostalgic for the Soviet Union.

Accidental Death?
16:03, 01/11/2005, Bozhena Yantariova, Narodnaya Volya

On Friday the head of one of the closed Belarusian special detachment colonel Uladzimir Tkachenka (Vladimir Tkachenko) died. The name of Tkachenka emerged in newspapers before the presidential elections in 2001 in connection with high-profile abductions. At that time almost all independent mass media received an anonymous letter allegedly written by the KGB officers. They told about a special detachment which was called death squad by people.

Aleksandr Moroz: Revolution not ended. Russia and Belarus never had democracy
13:05, 01/11/2005

The leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) Oleksandr Moroz believes that the orange revolution has not finished yet. The anniversary of its beginning will be celebrated by the SPU leader at the squares of Kyiv, Donetsk or Kharkiv. Oleksandr Moroz thinks that it would be possible to speak about the end of revolution when people could feel completely free and able to influence the social and political life, the press service of the SPU informed on Friday, October 28. The SPU leader also noted that there has never been democracy either in Ukraine, or Russia, or Belarus, so it is necessary to learn a lot and do a lot for achieving it.

Ales Bialiatski: In Three years More Than 150 Organization Closed
12:14, 01/11/2005

The bill On Counteraction to Extremism is adopted by the chamber of representatives in the first reading. The head of the human rights center Viasna head Ales Byalyatski comments on the law in his interview to Radio Svaboda:

Belarus election unlikely to be fair-US ambassador
11:38, 01/11/2005, Reuters News

Belarus`s poor record of past elections and severe bias in the state media make it highly unlikely next year`s presidential election will be fair, the U.S. ambassador told Reuters on Friday. Alexander Lukashenko, accused in the West of undermining human rights since coming to power in 1994, is eligible to run again by virtue of a constitutional change approved in a referendum, dismissed outside Belarus as rigged.

Poland: Leaders of Union of Poles in Belarus meet in northeastern city
11:34, 01/11/2005

Members of the Main Council of the Union of Poles in Belarus (ZPB), elected [in] March 2005 at a congress which was later declared [null and] void by the Belarussian authorities met in Bialystok, northeastern Poland on Friday [28 October] to discuss further actions.

Polish leader in Belarus released from border detention
11:29, 01/11/2005

After detaining her for several hours on Friday [28 October], the Belarusian border services have allowed Andzelika Borys to enter Poland. The chairwoman of the Union of Poles in Belarus [ZPnB] not recognized by the Belarusian authorities was subjected to a detailed search at the Berestovitsa-Bobrowniki border crossing. The Belarusian border guards carefully checked her passport, baggage and the car in which she travels.

Anatol Lyabedzka: There will be no imitation of Ukrainian and Georgian developments in Belarus
11:28, 01/11/2005, BelaPAN

Focusing their main priority on establishing communications within the country, the single pro-democratic presidential hopeful Alyaksandr Milinkevich`s team is also building international connections. The first foreign trip was undertaken by Milinkevich himself. He visited a large international conference in Prague, Forum-2000, at the invitation of the former Czech president Vaclav Havel. Then Anatol Lyabedzka, leader of the United Civic Party (UCP) and head of the National Committee, which is the opposition`s shadow cabinet, visited Kyiv.

Minsk residents, foreign diplomats commemorate Stalin terror victims
11:26, 01/11/2005

About 250 people, mostly activists of Belarus` opposition Conservative Christian Party (CCP), gathered near the entrance into the Park Chelyuskintsev subway station in Minsk at 11 a.m. on October 30 to take part in a traditional march on the occasion of Dzyady (ancestors` remembrance day) observed in Belarus on November 2.

Ex-Altai region governor may become ambassador in Minsk
11:24, 01/11/2005

Former Altai region Governor Alexander Surikov is likely to be appointed Russia`s ambassador to Belarus, a Moscow-based source told Interfax on Friday.

Language society set to resume campaign for establishment of national university
11:23, 01/11/2005

Oleg Trusov, chairman of the Francisak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society (BLS), suggested that BLS activists resume the collection of signatures for the establishment of a national university with instruction in Belarusian.

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 Marchs Eve • 17:56, 24/09/2007
Festival in Lutsk: Belarusians having right to freedom (Photo) • 11:48, 24/09/2007
Natallia Pyatkevichs 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
2 years of imprisonment for Internet-site hacking
14:51, 01/11/2005


Russia to export first S-300 missile systems to Belarus in March
16:40, 01/11/2005

Russia will provide Belarus with the first S-300 missile systems next March, a senior Belarussian officer said Tuesday. "Four missile systems will be sent to equip four air defense divisions by next fall," said Igor Azarenok, a commander of Belarus` Air Force and air defense troops.

Former world champion Zhelezovsky complains to Lukashenko over harassment
11:40, 01/11/2005

Six-time world speed-skating champion Igor Zhelezovsky has sent an open letter to Aleksandr Lukashenko to complain about alleged problems that he started experiencing after failing to attend the Belarusian leader`s conference with top sports officials on October 6 as the head of the Belarusian Union of Skaters.

Foodstuffs to be removed from markets, arent 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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