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  • 'Sextremist' Topless Protest Targets Belarus President

    06/18/2013 1:28:55 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 06/18/2013 | RIA Novosti
    KIEV, June 18 (RIA Novosti) – Self-styled “sextremist” topless protesters from Ukrainian feminist group Femen were dispersed by police in Kiev overnight after attempting to storm a building where the Belarusian president was staying, the group said on its website on Tuesday. President Alexander Lukashenko, once dubbed by US officials as the “last dictator in Europe,” is in the Ukrainian capital for a two-day official visit. The activists, carrying burning torches and with slogans including "Viva Belarus", "Dictator, Get Out!" daubed on their bodies, tried to break through security at the residence in downtown Kiev where Lukashenko was staying. They...
  • Belarusian Ruler Introduces Forced Employment

    12/05/2012 1:08:46 PM PST · by Rio · 12 replies
    Chem Info (from AP) ^ | 12/5/2012 | YURAS KARMANAU
    Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has decided to stem an exodus of qualified workers to Russia, starting by banning those who work in wood-processing industries from quitting. Critics have compared the measure to serfdom and warned that it would only deepen the former Soviet republic's economic troubles and fuel protests against Lukashenko.
  • Was Minsk bombed from Moscow?

    09/29/2011 9:03:52 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Respublika ('Republic') ^ | April 15th, 2011 | Vera Ilina
    The terrorist attack on the Minsk subway has spawned many theories and presumptions about those who were behind this horrific event. Some observers believe that the attackers may be in Russia. According to independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin, there are several arguments in favor of this theory when viewed in the context of the upcoming 2012 elections. ‘Respublika’: Dmitry Borisovich (Oreshkin), the terrorist attack on the Minsk subway was a new phenomenon for Belarus, and very unexpected. Do you have any theories as to who might be behind this event? Dmitry Oreshkin: I rather doubt this was (the work of)...
  • Terrorist attacks in Belarus. New Blood

    04/12/2011 8:22:41 AM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies
    NAVINY.BY ^ | April 12th, 2011 | Alexei Zolotnitsky
    In Minsk they will long remember the evening of April 11th, 2011, when an explosion at the ‘October’ subway station took the lives of 11 people. The law enforcement bodies after their first examination of the scene now have no doubts as to what to label the explosion: this is an act of terrorism, the likes of which modern Belarus has never before known. How it was According to Minsk police, the explosion occurred at 17:55 on the platform of the ‘October’ subway station near the second car of a train that was heading in the direction of the Culture...
  • Belarus: Blast in Minsk subway kills 7, wounds 35

    04/11/2011 11:06:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    MINSK, Belarus – An explosion tore through a key subway station in the Belarusian capital of Minsk during evening rush hour Monday, killing seven people and wounding 50 others, officials said. An Associated Press reporter at the scene saw heavily wounded people being carried out of the Oktyabrskaya subway station, including one person with missing legs.
  • Poland warns Belarus leader: Change or risk coup

    02/02/2011 8:12:11 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 4 replies
    AJC ^ | Feb. 2, 2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    WARSAW, Poland — Poland's foreign minister warned Belarus' autocratic president on Wednesday that he risks being overthrown by his own people if they decide to follow the example of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt. "Soon a jet plane will have to be kept on standby in Minsk," Radek Sikorski said, referring to the capital of Belarus. "You are losing ... sooner or later you will have to flee your own country, your own people." Sikorski spoke at international donors' conference in Warsaw where governments pledged millions in aid for the democratic opposition in Belarus, which faces censorship and the constant...
  • Holy Father holds meetings with Prince Charles and President of Belarus

    04/27/2009 10:16:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 1,351+ views
    CNA ^ | April 27, 2009
    Vatican City, Apr 27, 2009 / 10:37 am (CNA).- This morning Benedict XVI met with both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the President of Belarus.  During both meetings he emphasized the importance of inter-cultural dialogue for promoting peace in the world.At the Pope’s 15 minute audience with Prince Charles of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the trio discussed matters such as “human promotion and development of peoples, environmental protection, and the importance of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue for furthering peace and justice in the world."Prince Charles presented the Holy Father with 12 dessert...
  • U.S. Applauds Belarus Release of Opposition Politician (Diplomatic Signal Sent?)

    08/16/2008 4:03:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies · 168+ views
    AFP ^ | Saturday, August 16, 2008
    Washington welcomed Saturday the release of Belarus' highest-profile political prisoner, former presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin. "The United States welcomes the release today of Belarus political opposition figure Alexander Kozulin," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement. "We look forward to other positive steps from the Belarusian authorities that could open the possibility of a significant improvement in relations between the United States and Belarus," McCormack said.
  • Expelled US diplomats take last-minute leave of Belarus

    05/03/2008 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 34 replies · 125+ views
    AFP ^ | Sat May 3
    MINSK (AFP) - Eleven US diplomats left Belarus Saturday after being expelled by the Minsk authorities, crossing the border into Lithuania just an hour before their deadline to leave expired, an embassy spokesman said. The diplomatic spat is the latest in a series of incidents between the US and a state Washington describes as the "last dictatorship in Europe." On Wednesday, Belarus gave the US embassy 72 hours to expel 10 of its staff who were no longer welcome in the former communist state, it said. The US had originally refused to reduce its diplomatic core in Minsk. It finally...
  • Belarus expels US ambassador

    03/07/2008 8:24:21 AM PST · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 413+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Mar. 7, 2008
    Belarus expels US ambassador By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer The Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Friday demanded that the U.S. ambassador leave the country and recalled its ambassador to the U.S. over Washington's economic sanctions against the ex-Soviet nation. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said the United States was "deeply disappointed" by the move. "If they do not wish our ambassador to remain in country, our ambassador will leave," Casey said. "They have said they are recalling their ambassador, which is a very good thing, because their ambassador would certainly not be welcome here." It was not immediately clear whether...
  • US warns Belarus of more sanctions after arrests

    09/14/2007 4:48:59 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 190+ views
    earthtimes ^ | Tue, 11 Sep 2007
    Washington - The United States warned Belarus on Tuesday that more sanctions are possible if the government continues arresting and intimidating political dissidents. "As long as the Belarusian authorities are not ready to abide by democratic norms, the United States will continue to maintain and strengthen sanctions on those responsible," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. The United States has already banned US firms from doing business with top Belarussian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, over crackdowns on political opponents for rigging elections in March 2006. He has been banned from travelling to the United States. The latest warning...
  • Putin stands firm on oil blockade

    01/09/2007 11:32:58 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 542+ views
    www.timesonline.co.uk ^ | 01/10/2006 | Tony Halpin in Moscow, David Charter and Rory Watson
    Some believe the people of Belarus, "the last dictatorship of Europe", has no friends beyond its borders. Even many Belarus citizens too. A highly erroneous notion. It is the dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko who lacks support. At present, the European Union seems to focus on formal aspects of the oil blockade, namely that of Russia not announcing it advance. This while, in fact, ending the Lukashenko no one is highly feasible, if only; 1. EU representatives would forget about everything petty, like personal prestige, concerning Russia's oil blockade and respond to the situation like statesmen. 2. EU and Russia promised to...
  • Poland/Germany - Russian oil pipeline delivery cut off at Belarus

    01/08/2007 2:18:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 42 replies · 1,362+ views
    AFP via translation | January 8, 2007
    ALARM - Interruption of the Russian oil deliveries towards Poland and Germany WARSAW - the Russian oil deliveries towards Poland and Germany were stopped in the night of Sunday to Monday at the border polono-bélarusse, announced Monday the Polish company of pipelines PERN.
  • Tensions rise in Belarus gas row

    12/29/2006 2:49:40 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 1 replies · 343+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-29-2006 | BBC
    Belarus and Russia have traded accusations of "blackmail" in their dispute over gas prices.
  • Belarus: Does Minsk Stand A Chance In Gas War With Gazprom?

    12/28/2006 11:55:57 AM PST · by sergey1973 · 3 replies · 437+ views
    RFERL ^ | December 28, 2006 | Jan Maksymiuk
    December 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Gazprom and Minsk have managed to agree on one thing -- Belarus's asking price of $2.5 billion for a 50 percent stake in the state pipeline operator Beltranshaz. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov has confirmed that concession to Belarus: "We have agreed to the most comfortable conditions for Belarus," Kupriyanov said on December 27. "We want to obtain 50 percent [of Beltranshaz], not control over it, and we are [offering] a price that is even higher than the market one."
  • Belarus Opposition Leader Milinkevich Reported Detained

    11/24/2006 12:15:14 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 320+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Friday, November 24, 2006
    Belarus Opposition Leader Milinkevich Reported Detained November 24, 2006 -- A spokesman for Belarusian opposition leader Alyaksandr Milinkevich says Milinkevich has been detained by police in the Vitebsk region. According to the statement, Milinkevich he had been in the region gathering signatures in support of candidates for local elections. Spokesman Pavel Mazheika is quoted by the Associated Press as saying Milinkevich was detained along with a local opposition activist. He said police accused the activist of involvement in an earlier car accident. Milinkevich ran for president against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in an election in March, and he led public protests...
  • Russia, Belarus to pursue market norms in relations - Kremlin

    11/10/2006 2:43:37 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 2 replies · 265+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Nov 11, 2006 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, November 10 (RIA Novosti) - The presidents of Russia and Belarus said Friday they will be guided by free market principles as they seek to broaden bilateral economic ties, the Kremlin press office reported.
  • Polish community leader in Belarus ‘set up’ by Lukashenko regime?

    11/02/2006 1:50:39 PM PST · by lizol · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 02.11.06 | Krysia Kolosowska
    Polish community leader in Belarus ‘set up’ by Lukashenko regime? Belarusian customs officials claim they have found drugs in a car carrying Angelica Borys, the ousted leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus and two other members of the Union. Krysia Kolosowska reports 02.11.06 But Borys, who was questioned for two hours at the Grodno customs office, believes the package containing 1.5 grams of amphetamine, was planted in the car in yet another action against broadly conceived opposition. Angelica Borys has been victim of police repressions and intimidation since she was elected president of the Union of Poles in...
  • Belarus expels Polish priests, religious

    10/04/2006 11:33:23 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 377+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | Oct. 03, 2006
    Belarus expels Polish priests, religious Oct. 03 (Forum 18/CWNews.com) - "No reasons whatsoever" have been given for Belarus' decision to refuse annual visa renewal for 12 Polish Catholic priests and nuns, the dean of Grodno's Catholic Cathedral has told the Forum 18 news service. The 7 priests and 5 nuns have been working in different parishes of the Grodno diocese for about 10 years, but have been ordered to leave Belarus by 2007. "This is the first time so many have been refused permission to renew their visas," the dean told Forum 18, adding that nothing of the kind has...
  • Belarus' president says merger with Russia would lead to violence worse than in Chechnya

    10/01/2006 6:51:27 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 24 replies · 576+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 29, 2006
    MINSK, Belarus Belarus' authoritarian president railed Friday against a proposed merger with Russia, warning it could lead to violence and disorder worse than in Russia's restive Chechnya region. President Alexander Lukashenko's blunt remarks highlighted the rising tensions between the two ex-Soviet allies amid strained talks over natural gas prices. Moscow and Minsk signed a union treaty in 1996 that envisaged close political, economic and military ties, but stopped short of creating a single state. The Kremlin, increasingly impatient about subsidizing Belarus' Soviet-style economy with cheap gas, has since proposed that Belarus be absorbed into Russia. Lukashenko, who has vehemently opposed...
  • Protests at Belarusian school against Polish exchange teacher ban

    09/25/2006 12:11:36 PM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Sep 25, 2006
    Protests at Belarusian school against Polish exchange teacher ban Minsk - The students and staff of a Belarusian middle school quit classes on Monday to protest a government ban on exchange teachers from Poland. The walkout took place in the city of Volokovysk in the western Grodno province. Police were monitoring the peaceful demonstration but otherwise not interfering with marchers. The protest consisting of children grades 8 through 11 and their teachers came after Grodno authorities enforced a ban against Polish teachers working at any school in the region. Aleksander Lukashenko, Belarus' authoritarian president, has accused Warsaw of trying to...
  • Russia's Putin wishes Castro a happy 80th birthday

    08/14/2006 1:54:26 AM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies · 534+ views
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated Cuban leader Fidel Castro on his 80th birthday, praising him as one of the world's most outstanding politicians, the Kremlin said. The Russian president also wished Castro, who was forced to step aside as president two weeks ago because of illness, a speedy recovery. "You are well known in Russia as one of the most authoritative and outstanding political leaders today,'' Putin said in a telegram. He added that Russia and Communist Cuba would continue to be "active partners, with the aim of developing ties in various spheres in the...
  • Chavez, Ex-USSR: A New Axis?

    07/26/2006 1:17:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies · 1,367+ views
    IBD ^ | 7/25/2006
    Moscow's $1 billion sale of top-flight military aircraft to Venezuela's erratic dictator isn't just business. It's unfriendly to the U.S. and a sign of a revived Cold War. ... His latest recruit was Belarus, where he signed an "anti-U.S. pact" Monday with this Russian satellite, praising Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, who admits to having a soft spot for Stalin. "Our countries must keep their hands at the ready on the sword," Chavez said. ... There isn't any doubt Russia's $1 billion contract to sell Venezuela 30 Sukhoi jet aircraft and 33 helicopters will be trouble. ... All are perfect for...
  • Venezuela, Belarus seal anti-imperialist alliance

    07/25/2006 9:18:24 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 29 replies · 880+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 25th, 2006
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he had forged a strategic alliance to stand up to U.S. imperialism with fellow maverick Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. "Our countries must keep their hands at the ready on the sword," Chavez, in ex-Soviet Belarus as part of a world tour, said on a visit to a military academy. "After a day of intensive work, we have created a strategic alliance between our countries," he said, speaking through an interpreter. "It is absolutely vital to protect our homeland, to guard against internal and external threats." "The jaws of imperialism and hegemonism have both...
  • Belarus Opposition Leader Sentenced

    07/14/2006 9:14:17 AM PDT · by Mazepa · 20 replies · 251+ views
    RadioFreeEurope ^ | July 13, 2006
    July 13, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- A regional court in Belarus today sentenced opposition leader Alyaksandr Kazulin to 5 1/2 years in prison for his part in a week of antigovernment demonstrations earlier this year, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reported. Kazulin was a candidate in Belarus's March 19 presidential election. The prosecutor had asked for a six-year sentence. "We will now appeal this sentence to all [higher courts], and our only hope is international support and an international court, because I'm sure that in our country we will never obtain justice," Iryna Kazulina, Kazulin's wife, told RFE/RL's Belarus Service after the sentence...
  • Putin sends greetings to Belarus leader on independence day

    07/06/2006 1:01:15 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 254+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 03/ 07/ 2006
    Putin sends greetings to Belarus leader on independence day 19:44 | 03/ 07/ 2006 MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's president sent a letter of greetings to his Belarusian counterpart on the former Soviet republic's Independence Day Monday. "I am sure that comprehensive development of integration-oriented cooperation along the principles of equal, mutually beneficial partnership will effectively help Russia and Belarus in fulfilling their ambitious economic and social tasks, and consolidating democratic institutions," the Kremlin press office quoted Vladimir Putin as saying in his message to Alexander Lukashenko. In April 1997, Russian and Belarusian leaders signed a union agreement...
  • U.S. blocks assets of Belarus president

    06/20/2006 12:49:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 241+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | Mon, Jun. 19, 2006 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    U.S. blocks assets of Belarus president JEANNINE AVERSA Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Bush administration moved Monday to clamp down financially on Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko as well as other government officials. The Treasury Department added Lukashenko to its list of specially designated nationals, meaning that any assets belonging to Lukashenko found in the U.S. must be blocked and Americans are forbidden from doing business with him. Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, is often branded by Western countries as "Europe's last dictator." He won a third term in March 19 elections deemed fraudulent by Western governments....
  • Belarus will never become part of Russia - President Lukashenko

    06/17/2006 9:30:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 378+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 08/ 06/ 2006
    Belarus will never become part of Russia - President Lukashenko 19:58 | 08/ 06/ 2006 MINSK, June 8 (RIA Novosti) - President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus would never agree to becoming a part of Russia, but suggested a project to bind the two former Soviet republics more tightly together was still possible. Russia and Belarus have been mulling the formation of a union state since they signed an agreement on April 2, 1997 on creating a common economic, customs, and political space, but negotiations have stalled recently over a number of issues, including a proposal by Russian state-controlled energy giant...
  • Where is the Belarusian opposition heading?

    06/04/2006 11:26:07 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 180+ views
    CES ^ | May 25, 2006 | Rafal Sadowski
    Where is the Belarusian opposition heading? Having managed to mobilise a relatively large number of people during the election and the protests that followed it, the Belarusian opposition is now moving on to a new stage of activity. In early May, activists grouped in the headquarters of the leader of democratic forces, Alyaksandr Milinkevich, began working towards the creation of a broad social movement called For Freedom. However, their efforts are being hindered by the lack of a clear strategy, and by the conflict between the two opposition leaders, Alyaksandr Milinkevich and Anatol Lyabedzka, which has been building up since...
  • Russia/Belarus: Possible Gas Price Hike Could End Warm Ties

    06/01/2006 1:41:01 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 16 replies · 324+ views
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | June 1, 2006 | Brian Whitmore
    PRAGUE, June 1, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- For more than a decade, Russia's relations with Alyaksandr Lukashenka's Belarus have been a fairly predictable affair. Moscow provided cheap energy, and Minsk returned the favor with absolute political loyalty. There were even moves to solidify the partnership by forming a union state -- a largely symbolic political marriage with elements of economic and military cooperation. But threats by Russia's state-controlled Gazprom to charge market prices for natural gas may upset the balance of the relationship -- and put at risk the generous social-welfare state that has kept Lukashenka popular despite his autocratic tendencies....
  • Bush imposes travel ban on Belarus government

    05/16/2006 1:19:28 PM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 217+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 15, 2006
    Bush imposes travel ban on Belarus government May 15, 2006 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush imposed a U.S. travel ban on members of the Belarus government on Monday, citing electoral fraud, human rights abuses and corruption. Bush took action following a crackdown on the Belarus opposition after the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko in a March ballot that Western governments denounced as rigged. "I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to take all available measures to restrict the international travel, and to suspend the entry into the United States …...
  • Poland revives cold-war tactic: democracy via radio

    05/11/2006 10:48:20 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 136+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 11, 2006 | Andrew Curry
    Poland revives cold-war tactic: democracy via radio Beamed nightly into next-door Belarus, Radio Racja supplements state-run media. By Andrew Curry | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor BIALYSTOK, POLAND – It's a passion radio journalist Aliaxey Minchonak had to leave his country to indulge: sending his favorite rock music onto the airwaves. Back home in Belarus, bands like "Independent Republic of Dreams" are forbidden - and so, it would seem, are the ideals they espouse. But here in a ramshackle building not far from the Belarussian border, a Polish-funded team of reporters is offering an alternative to the state media...
  • Russia Says West 'Counterproductive' On Belarus

    04/28/2006 11:01:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 7 replies · 196+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | April 28, 2006
    Russia Says West 'Counterproductive' On Belarus April 28, 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his NATO counterparts today that Western efforts to isolate Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime are "counterproductive." Lavrov said Russia "could not agree with or approve of" such moves. After the talks with Lavrov, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO and Russia were far apart on Belarus. Russia maintains close political, economic, and military ties with Belarus. The March 19 Belarusian presidential election, in which Lukashenka was reelected, was denounced as fraudulent by Western countries. The European Union imposed travel bans on senior...
  • Putin subverting US Government! (HOT)

    04/21/2006 6:38:28 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 41 replies · 9,172+ views
    National PR-ity // Moscow drafts a plan to influence the United States The Kremlin has taken up the promotion of Russian interests in the United States head-on. The key role will be given to the Russian-U.S. Council for Business Cooperation (RUCBC) whose supervisory board will include high-ranking officials from the Russian president’s administration, ministers and prominent public figures. The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to find sources to finance the NGO. However, it has already been suggested that big business contribute for the council’s activities. The first donation is expected to amount to $50 million. Work has in progress...
  • Jail Diary

    04/22/2006 9:30:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 207+ views
    Transitions Online ^ | 21 April 2006 | Weronika Samolinska
    Jail Diary page 1 of 4 by Weronika Samolinska 21 April 2006 A Polish reporter describes her experiences in a Belarusian jail after being arrested at an opposition rally. Weronika Samolinska, a reporter for the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, was detained by Belarusian police on 24 March during one of the daily rallies in Minsk protesting what demonstrators called the flawed election of Alyaksandr Lukashenka to a third term as president. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and after her release on 3 April described her experiences in a reportage that appeared in English translation in the online...
  • Double Standard for Dictators

    04/13/2006 11:43:36 PM PDT · by vertolet · 5 replies · 361+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Friday, April 14, 2006;
    The E.U. is isolating one dictator while proposing concessions for another. Guess which one sells gas. THIS WEEK the European Union took an important step toward sanctioning Europe's last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, banning the Belarusan president and 30 of his aides and political collaborators from entering any of the union's 25 countries. Mr. Lukashenko staged a rigged election last month extending his term in office and arrested many of the people who tried to protest. While Mr. Lukashenko's regime is hardly likely to collapse under pressure from Brussels, the E.U. foreign ministers at least delivered the message that the union...
  • Depressed leader calls off his big day and vanishes

    04/02/2006 8:15:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies · 874+ views
    London Times ^ | April 03, 2006 | Jeremy Page
    IT SEEMED a simple question: where was the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko? But on the eve of his planned visit to Moscow yesterday, no one could answer. And, in the absence of official information, rumours swirled that “Europe’s last dictator” was in hiding, suffering from severe depression. Mr Lukashenko has been seen just once since the day after he won a third term in an election widely condemned as a farce and he even postponed his own inauguration ceremony, scheduled for last Friday, to an unspecified date this month. Now there is uncertainy over whether he will attend a...
  • The beginning of the end?

    04/03/2006 9:50:53 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 341+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 01.04.06 | Krysia Kolosowska
    The beginning of the end? The democratic opposition in Belarus did not win the presidential election but it made a large step towards victory, Belarussian opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich said in Warsaw, ahead of meetings with Polish leaders last Thursday. 01.04.06 Milinkevich was defeated in the March 19 poll, which was branded in the West as rigged. He came to Poland to tell the world what is going now in his country, ruled by the authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. The democratic opposition in Belarus did not win the presidential election but it made a large step towards victory, Belarussian opposition...
  • Belarusian ‘pro-democratic forces’ need western help.

    03/29/2006 9:36:59 AM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 160+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 29.03.06 | Slawek Szefs
    Belarusian ‘pro-democratic forces’ need western help. The Belarusian quest for democracy is becoming ever more visible and sonorous. Western democracies have been responding to the brutal supression of the opposition forces by the Lukashenko regime, however, with more verbal than practical steps. Report by Slawek Szefs 29.03.06 Declarations of support are very important, but not sufficient, especially when coming from far off. Clearly the opposition in Belarus, NGOs and all forces commonly known as civic society require concerted and co-ordinated support. Deputy head of the European Parliament, Janusz Onyszkiewicz from Poland, says a clear message must be sent to the...
  • Macbeth of Minsk

    03/28/2006 9:50:57 AM PST · by lizol · 2 replies · 210+ views
    TOL ^ | 27 March 2006
    Macbeth of Minsk by TOL 27 March 2006 For those used to the grand one-scene news dramas of recent years, Belarus' nonrevolution may have been a disappointment. But in the real drama of Belarusian politics, a page has turned: President Lukashenka is entering the troubled Act III of his rule. For international media now used to the single-scene dramas provided by the revolutions in Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, Belarus' nonrevolution seems to have come across as something of a nonevent. In the coverage of many media, including the BBC, this was a dull affair. The demonstrations, portrayed as small...
  • Revolution of the Spirit

    03/27/2006 8:55:41 AM PST · by lizol · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Transitions Online ^ | 27 March 2006 | Vitali Silitski
    Revolution of the Spirit by Vitali Silitski 27 March 2006 With Minsk's central square cleared of protesters, the prospects for democracy look bleak in Belarus. But that's not necessarily the case. There was no Orange-style revolution in Belarus following the 19 March presidential elections. But there may have been the beginning of a revolution of the spirit that will bring the last tyranny in Europe to an end. Observers should not lament the “failure” of revolution but should hail the beginning of a genuine democratic movement, which is stronger today than it was just a few years ago. From the...
  • EU Urges Belarus to Free March Leader

    03/26/2006 7:43:34 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 273+ views
    breakingnews .ie ^ | Mar. 26, 2006
    EU urges Belarus to free march leader 26/03/2006 The EU called on its European partners today to protest at Belarusian violence against demonstrators and the detention of opposition leader Alexander Kozulin. Austria, which holds the EU presidency, said it was “appalled by the violence used against demonstrators by the Belarusian authorities”. It also demanded the immediate release of Kozulin and other opposition members, and called for international solidarity. Austria “urges the international partners of the EU, and in particular Belarus’ other neighbours, to follow the same approach towards Belarus”. Human rights group Vasnya said more than 100 people were detained...
  • Bush calls on nations to condemn Belarus

    03/25/2006 2:32:12 PM PST · by lizol · 17 replies · 386+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 24, 2006
    Bush calls on nations to condemn Belarus Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:23 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush condemned a Belarus crackdown on protesters on Friday and the White House said Washington would impose financial sanctions and travel restrictions against Belarussian officials. Bush, in a reference to those in Belarus who considered the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko a fraud, said in a statement that he appreciated "those who labor in the shadows to return freedom to Belarus." "And our nation's thoughts are with those who have been harassed, detained, imprisoned or beaten for their efforts," Bush...
  • 22 reporters held in Belarus this week--watchdog

    03/24/2006 4:19:30 PM PST · by bd476 · 14 replies · 454+ views
    Reuters ^ | 24 Mar 2006
    PARIS, March 24 (Reuters) - Police in Belarus have arrested 22 reporters since the beginning of this week, an international media watchdog said on Friday in what it called an unprecedented crackdown on journalistic freedom. "These arrests are intended to gag dissent and to sow a climate of terror in the country. The independent journalists should be immediately released," the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement. RSF said 13 of the journalists were still in prison, mostly serving sentences of several days "for alleged 'hooliganism', 'taking part in an unauthorised gathering' or for 'offering obscenities'". It said...
  • At least 3 Poles detained in Minsk

    03/24/2006 11:46:58 AM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 24.03.2006
    At least 3 Poles detained in Minsk 24.03.2006 The Polish embassy in Minsk has enquired about the fate of the Polish citizens detained last night when the gathering of the opposition on the city’s main square was dispersed by the local police. 3 Poles are believed to have been detained. These include a former Polish ambassador to Belarus and a journalist. Representatives of the Polish embassy in Minsk will meet local officials to establish what befell the missing Poles.
  • Russia: OSCE stirs Belarus tension

    03/24/2006 9:48:18 AM PST · by bd476 · 11 replies · 339+ views
    CNN and Associated Press ^ | Friday, March 24, 2006
    MOSCOW, Russia (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday of instigating tensions during the parliamentary election campaign in Belarus, Russian news agencies reported. It was the first official comment from Moscow after riot police stormed into a square occupied by protesters in the Belarusian capital, detaining some 200 and bringing to an end an unprecedented, around-the-clock rally against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. But it was far from the first Russian criticism of the trans-Atlantic group's vote monitoring activities. "Long before the elections, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and...
  • White House Joins EU in Belarus Sanctions

    03/24/2006 9:20:01 AM PST · by bd476 · 4 replies · 295+ views
    Yahoo News & AP ^ | March 24, 2006
    WASHINGTON - The United States joined European nations Friday in imposing sanctions on Belarus in retaliation for a crackdown on political protesters after an election that the White House said was fraudulent. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said Washington would act in unison with the European Union in applying targeted travel restrictions and financial sanctions against President Alexander Lukashenko and others. "We urge all members of the international community to demand that authorities in Belarus respect the rights of their own citizens to express themselves peacefully and to condemn any and all abuses," McClellan said. He said the United...
  • Belarus police break up opposition rally

    03/23/2006 8:00:40 PM PST · by bd476 · 23 replies · 546+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 23, 2006
    MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian police on Friday broke up a days-old opposition rally mounted in protest against President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election, detaining about 200 demonstrators in an early hours swoop. Opposition leaders, who have charged that last Sunday's presidential elections in the tightly controlled former Soviet state were fraudulent, condemned the police action and vowed to go ahead with plans for a major rally on Saturday. "It is a shame. The authorities ... attacked people at night as cowards," one opposition leader, Alexander Kozulin, told reporters. Crack police units surrounded the demonstrators in October Square in central Minsk, loaded them...
  • Belarus riot police halt protests

    03/23/2006 7:54:27 PM PST · by Heatseeker · 2 replies · 187+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 March 2006 | BBC
    Riot police in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, have broken up a five-day demonstration against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. More than 100 troops poured into the central square and loaded protesters onto waiting trucks. Small groups of demonstrators had gathered in the square since Mr Lukashenko secured a third term in office last Sunday. The opposition condemned the election result, saying the vote was rigged. The BBC's Emma Simpson says about 150 demonstrators were in the square when it was cleared in less than 20 minutes. An Associated Press reporter at the scene said some of the demonstrators were...
  • Politics: the art of the nearly impossible

    03/23/2006 9:49:56 AM PST · by lizol · 182+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 21.03.06 | Peter Gentle
    Politics: the art of the nearly impossible Twenty five years ago this week the Solidarity trade union called for a four hour warning strike, with a general strike threatened to follow four days later. Participation in the warning strike was 100 percent. Maybe the Belarusian opposition should take note..? Letter from Poland By Peter Gentle 21.03.06 On the March 27, 1981, at 8 a.m., workers all over Poland downed tools and stopped work for four hours. Communist Poland came to a standstill. In the streets the flags of Poland and Solidarity hung from every conceivable point, fluttering in the early...