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Politics and News from Belarus - Charter'97


Congratulate a Political Prisoner on his Birthday!
18:40, 01/08/2006


Lukashenka Blackmails Europe
18:33, 01/08/2006

Until we see double standards in the policy of the EU countries regarding Belarus, we would react adequately; the head of the state Alyaksandr Lukashenka said addressing heads of diplomatic missions. In case there would be attempts to pressure us economically, we would adjust our position on the issues of bilateral relations, first of all in trade and transport spheres. But we would not like to take such moves certainly. They would not make us closer to the aim we are striving to consistently: to create a belt of good neighbourhood and security around Belarus, and a united stable Europe, our Europe, because Belarus has not only our Russia, but our Belarus, he added.

Lukashenka: relations with Russia are getting more pragmatic
18:10, 01/08/2006

Aliaksandar Lukashenka stated this Tuesday in Minsk at the meeting with Belarusian diplomats that not only the CIS is attacked - the attempts to part our countries, to stir them up against each other are growing outside and inside. Here I mean the transformation of the GUAM (international organization of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) into the Community of Democratic Choice, - Lukashenka explained. He pointed out, however, the relations of Belarus and Russia had got more pragmatic.

In Trial over Partnerstva Activists Witness for Prosecution Interrogated
18:01, 01/08/2006

On August 1 interrogation of witnesses continued at a closed trial in the case of activists of the civil initiative of elections observation Partnerstva in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk. As the Charter97 press center was told by relatives of the defendants, today almost all witnesses for prosecution have been interrogated in the court room. At the next session witnesses for defence should be questioned.

Special Detention Center Workers Refuse Taking Parcels For Russian Citizens
17:36, 01/08/2006

Workers of the special detention center of the Internal Affairs department of Minsk in Akrestsin Street refuse to pass food parcels for Russian citizens Nikolai Zboroshenko and Ekaterina Vinokurova. They are serving a sentence for a rally on July 22 near the Russian Embassy in Belarus. An officer on duty Haduntsou and a police sergeant-major Korbel said to a young activist Krystsina Shatsikava that they would not pass parcels as she is not a family member of the arrested.

A Protest in Support of Hunger Strikers in Brest
17:23, 01/08/2006

In the morning of August 1 about a ten taxi cars stopped at the terminal stop of number 15 near the market of automotive parts in the district Uschod. Representatives of civil society, mostly young people, gathered there. They called themselves a group of support of the hunger strikers. Before the protest volunteers and taxi drivers handed out leaflets with a slogan Together we shall win! explaining the reasons of the hunger strike of Brest taxi drivers, the Radio Svaboda informs.

Lukashenka convinced: Belarus needs its nuclear power station
17:19, 01/08/2006

Aliaksandar Lukashenka deems a nuclear power station will ensure energy security for Belarus. Our own nuclear power station is an essential factor of energy security in Belarus. It is likely to be indispensable in the future, - A.Lukashenka said this Tuesday in Minsk at the meeting with Belarusian diplomats.

USA scrutinize trial of Partnership activists
17:16, 01/08/2006

Today acting US Ambassador to Belarus Jonathan Moor has come to the building of the Minsk Central district court where the legal proceedings of Partnership activists are being held. He said he had come to see it with his own eyes, to get acquainted with the people who are concerned with the trial, and to express support for the families of the accused.

On the 28th Day of Hunger Strike Lubou Rezanovich Refuses Liquids
17:05, 01/08/2006

Today a participant of the hunger strike of taxi shuttles, Lubou Rezanovich, stated that she refuses water. A doctor Ala Vyabek is watching by a sickbed of the woman in her apartment. Today she feels worse. Do you know what do three days of a hunger strike mean? She goes without water and emergency aid that wanted to inject glucose. It may end bad, the doctor said to the Radio Svaboda.

At Meeting with Diplomats Lukashenka Repeated Old Theses
16:40, 01/08/2006

At an annual consultations with heads of diplomatic missions Alyaksandr Lukashenka has stated that Belarus is pursuing and would pursue a flexible foreign policy, but would not cave in to democracy teachers.

One third of Belarusians want to leave their country
14:18, 01/08/2006

Sociologists of the National Institute of Social and Economical, Political Research (Vilnius, Lithuania) held a survey in order to estimate the level of patriotism of the Belarusians. Respondents were asked a question: Would you like to move abroad if you had a chance?

Baranavichy activist can be expelled from Lyceum
13:25, 01/08/2006

Today, on August 1, a young activist Valeryja Bandarenka was summoned for a conversation to a Baranavichy lyceum number 1, a human rights center Viasna informs. As the girl was told, the conversation would touch upon her eviction from the lyceum. Valeryja was one of the activists detained on Lenin Square in Baranavichy on the Day of Solidarity on July 16.

Belarusian Police Looks for Foreigners among Oppositionists
13:12, 01/08/2006

In Mahilyou a meeting of young activists with an oppositionist Uladzimir Navasyad (Vladimir Novosyad) has taken place. Participants of the meeting exchanged ideas on some issues of youth democratic movement and their possible participation in upcoming local elections.

Prosecutors Office Presses Young Activists Parents
12:24, 01/08/2006

Today a deputy prosecutor of Zelva district has invited for conversation a mother of a scholarship holder of Kastus Kalinouski program, Yauhen Skrabutan, an activist of the Hrodna branch of the Young Front.

Have Belarusian Ambassador Fled Riga?
11:53, 01/08/2006

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus refutes statements of officials of Latvian Foreign Ministry, disseminated by Belarusian and Latvian media, that Belarusian Ambassador in Latvia had breached diplomatic practice.

Russian Citizen Went on Hunger Strike in Prison
11:17, 01/08/2006, photo by

An activist of a Russian youth movement Oborona Nikolai Zboroshenko, who is serving an administrative arrest in the special detention prison in Minsk, has gone on a hunger strike of protest, the Charter97 press center was informed by Oborona representatives. As we have informed, on July 26 two activists of the Russian youth movement Oborona Nikolay Zboroshenko and Ekaterina Vinokurova were sentenced to 15 and 10 days of arrest by the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk. On July 23 young people took part in a protest in front of the Russian Embassy with a demand to stop Russias support of Lukashenkas regime.

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
Conflicting Reports on Russian Oil Spill
18:21, 01/08/2006, By Henry Meyer, The Associated Press


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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