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EU Model More Realistic, Lucrative Says Russian Ministry of Economy
IKEA: $25mln Not to Be Invested into Belarus
Unification of Russia and Belarus under the EU model is more plausible than the formation of the common state, said deputy Minister of economic development and trade of Russia Arkadiy Dvorkovich.
Border with Russia May Be Restored
Directorate of the international furniture company IKEA Trading S.A. (Sweden) refused to carry out the investment cooperation with the Belarusian government, “Interfax” was told by the head of the Belarusian representation of IKEA Stefan Koletich.
Mass Dismissals Follow Harvest
“NEG” reports that the presidential administration forwarded a letter to the head of the State customs committee Alexander Shpilevsky, entitled “On unorganized trade in the Republic of Belarus”.
The document reads that the head of state is alarmed by the uncontrolled trade inside the country, whose share rose to 33% in the total volume of retail operations. The uncontrolled turnover of cash over seven months this year constituted around 2trln. Rubles.
EU Set to Formulate Future Relations with Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova
On the basis of materials, composed in the aftermath of the examinations of the Committee for state control of the Brest region, some officials, responsible for crop gathering, were sacked from the occupied posts and brought to the disciplinary and administrative accountability.
11:11, 30/08/2002, RIA “Novosti”
Markevich Sent to Mogilev Colony, Mozheiko – to Gomel
In the spotlight of attention of the informal two-day meeting of the Cabinet of EU Foreign Ministers, due to open on Friday in Elsinor (Denmark) will be the Union’s expansion and “new initiative on friendly relations between the neighbors”, that is with Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. This was mentioned by the permanent EU representative from Denmark, which is the EU president this year, Paul Skitt Kristoffersen.
11:10, 30/08/2002, Alesya Sidlyarevich, “Pagonya”
Prison Walls Spray-Painted
Journalists of the forbidden newspaper “Pagonya” will be serving their terms outside the Grodno region’s territory. Today at 6p.m. the criminal inspection of the Oktyabrsky district of Grodno instructed them to appear at the place of the destination by September 1. Pavel Mozheiko will be sent to Zhlobin, Gomel region, while Nikolai Markevich – to Osipovichi, Mogilev region.
Court May Recognize Yuri Zakharenko “Late”
Overnight on August 28-29 the walls of the Minsk confinement center in Okrestina street were covered with slogans “Freedom to political prisoners!”, “Freedom to Afnagel!” and “Defend Independence!” All day long the employees of the confinement center had to whitewash the graffiti. Evgeny Afnagel is a ZUBR activist, who engaged in the anti-integration action at the monument to the hero pioneer Marat Kazei on August 20. On August 27 he was sentenced to ten days of arrest. At the moment the young man is holding a hunger-strike in jail.
Minsk Keeps Silent
On September 2 there will start consideration of lawsuit, filed by the relatives of the ex-Minister of Interior Affairs Yuri Zakharenko on recognizing him dead. The wife of the ex-Minister, now living in Germany, told BelaPAN that he family intends to retain property in Minsk. Otherwise, it will be taken over by the state. The Minsk procuracy is still responsible for investigating into the general’s disappearance case.
“Deputies” Denied Observers’ Status
Official Minsk hasn’t yet sent its response to the Russia’s proposals on the introduction of common currency on January 1, 2004 instead of the previously planned term – January 1, 2005, said in an interview to the “Soyuz-info” correspondent deputy Minister for economic development and trade Arkady Dvorkovich.
Incarcerated for Paying Wages
Belarusian parliamentarians aren’t included into the list of the OSCE observers in Macedonia, due to take place on September 15. A group of OSCE observers, which includes 30 deputies from 15 countries, is headed by the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly Kimmo Kilyunen. As you remember, in September last year the Finnish parliamentarian visited Belarus as a special OSCE mission’s coordinator of limited observation for the presidential elections, reports radio “Unistar”.
Zhlobin inter-district branch of the Department of financial investigation of the Gomel region instituted legal action against the director of the “Pirevichi” company. BELTA correspondent was told in the press-center of the Committee for state control that the head of the company in order to get 20mln rubles loan to purchase cattle, submitted to the “BelAgroPromBank” false documents. In reality, he paid out the money to the workers. Under art.237/2 of the Criminal code (luring credits or funds) can now get up to five years of jail.