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Volha Zavadzkaya’s Attorney Accused Of Libel
Alyaxandar Bukhvostau: Leanid Kozik’s Election Was Not Legitimate
A criminal action brought up against attorney Ihar Aksionchyk on charges relating Article 188 Part 2 of the Criminal Code is being investigated at the moment. This information was confirmed by press secretary of the Republican public prosecutor’s office Alyaxej Taranau. Aksionchyk was not interrogated jet, as he went underground in Moscow. Soon he will be summoned to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for interrogation.
ULADZIMIR KARMILKIN DIED
Not all members of the Belarusian Trade Union Federation agree that the New BTF chair was elected legitimately. The leader of the agricultural machine-building trade union Alyaxandar Bukhvostau believes that it would be more honest to appoint the BTF chair by a president’s decree. “Mr. Kozik could hold two offices, vice head of the presidential administration and Chair of the Trade Union Federation. The Chairman is to be elected at a conference. So Chair’s election at the plenum would not be recognized by many trade union organizations. The legitimacy of his election is rather flimsy. We should arrange a conference and finally decide what to do with the BTF”,
- Internet outlet praca.by informs.
Belarusian Renaissance, Belarusian journalism and history suffer an irreplaceable loss. Uladzimir Karmilkin has departed this life. There was not a single independent newspaper in Belarus where his photographs did not appear. The complete Belarusian history of the last decades, portraits of all prominent political and cultural figures of the present, unique audio documents of major Belarusian events can be found in his archive. He was beside Vasil Bykau, Zianon Pazniak, Ryhor Baradulin… Everybody knew him. Always and everywhere he seemed to be nearby: at mass actions and cultural events, at parties’ congresses and youth meetings. On July 3 Uladzimir Karmilkin was the only reporter who managed to make pictures of a protest action of artist Pushkin… And now he launched into eternity.Verdict In Zavadzky’s Case Remains Valid
We grieve about Uladzimir Karmilkin. We shall remember him. We present own condolences to the relatives and friends of the late.
Belarusian Regime Is Iraq’s Reliable Friend
On Tuesday the panel of judges of the Supreme Court of Belarus declined a collective appeal of the attorneys of the disappeared ORT cameraman Zmitser Zavadzky’s family and of the convicts’ relatives. The panel of judges upheld the conviction against the group of Ihnatovich, which was found guilty in committing a number of grave crimes including Zavadzky’s abduction. In March 2002 two leaders of the gang were sentenced to life imprisonments, two other members of the gang were sentenced to 25 and 12 years of imprisonment.
Businessmen Set to Defend Their Rights
Irak is ready to sign dozens of contracts with Belarus for sums equal to billions of dollars, but the UN Committee blocks their realization, said Iraqi Ambassador Daif Ahmed. “Belarus and Russia are standing in the first place among the European countries with which Iraq is cooperating and will cooperate after the lifting of sanctions”,
- declared Iraqi diplomat. “The Belarusian leadership showed itself as a reliable friend of Iraq people”,
- added the diplomat.
Valery Tsepkala Appointed Lukashenka’s Aide
Regional organization “Private property” has submitted to Minsk executive committee a request for carrying out a picket. The coordinators plan to carry out an action on July 29 from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersection of the Kujbyshau and Kulman streets by the entrance to the trade center “Parking”. The main slogan is “Say NO to violations of businessmen’s rights!”
On July 15 Alyaksandar Lukashenka issued a Decree appointing former Belarusian ambassador to the USA Valery Tsepkala aide of the president and conferring him first rank of government personnel employee.