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Lukashenko: State Will Support Orthodoxy
Any Deviations from Constitution Mean Death to State Says Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko doesn’t see any serious drawbacks in the religious law, passed by the parliament this autumn and claims readiness to sign it. “Some disliked the draft law, but, for the justice’s sake, one should say that it doesn’t discriminate against other denominations. It simply gives special place to the traditional confessions, which always played significant role in our country,” – said the Belarusian leader at the Minsk meeting on Wednesday with the Ukrainian and Kiev Orthodox Archbishop Vladimir.
Procuracy Cares Little for Political Motives Behind Disappearances
Alexander Lukashenko warned the “parliamentarians” that there can be no deviations from the Constitution during the passage of the Law on National Assembly. “I fear the chain reaction on power division in the country that it might bring about,” – said Lukashenko during the Wednesday meeting. The head of state explained that every branch of power is given its own role and place, starting from the president and ending with the local authorities, so “the laws must not destroy the Constitution”.
Belarus Falls in North Korea Footsteps
Chairman of the United Civil Party Anatoly Lebedko was summoned on October 8 to the Minsk city procuracy to the investigator Vladimir Chumachenko. UCP leader was interrogated as a witness on criminal cases over the disappearances of Yuri Zakharenko and Viktor Gonchar. According to the UCP leader the procuracy does not take into account the political motives behind the disappearances.
Procuracy General Interrogates “Narodnaya Volya” Reporter
The process of intensified integration between Russia and Belarus requires economic and legal reforms, said the chairman of the presidium of the Council for the exterior defense policy of Russia, deputy director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of sciences Sergei Karaganov in an interview to the “Echo of Moscow” radio station.
Official “Milking” Underway
Journalist of the newspaper “Narodnaya Volya” Marina Koktysh for the second time over the past few days has been summoned for interrogation to the procuracy general. There the woman was told that she will act as a witness and suspect in the criminal lawsuit, filed against the director of the Minsk Tractor Plant Mikhail Leonov.
11:19, 09/10/2002, “Moskovsky Komsomolets”
ZUBRs Remember Their Teachers
When Alexander Lukashenko invents another grandiose idea, there’s usually no money left for it in the Belarusian treasury. The money is usually wasted on some less massive projects, such as the ice palace construction and the alike. When the state runs out of funds it starts extorting them from the ordinary tax-payers. Money extortions have become a reality and normal practice in the life of the contemporary Belarus. The scheme is a typically Soviet one: “If you don’t pay, we’ll switch off gas in your house”. That’s how they were building the Palace of Mercy in Minsk last year, when the businessmen sacrificed three something million dollars for the purpose.
11:18, 09/10/2002, ZUBR
2/3 Young Belarusians Willing to Emigrate
ZUBRs from Vitebsk celebrated the Day of the teacher and protested against miserable wages on Monday. They passed around the town the flyers of the following content: “A young teacher with higher education diploma and 57thsd rubles salary is looking for a new president”. Those, who pay interest in the proposal, were offered to join the ranks of the ZUBR movement.
Brief Outline of Friendship with Iraq
According to the NISEPI poll, 34,7% Belarusians are inclined to believe that the social-economic situation in the country will deteriorate, while only 16,9% are still harboring illusions that the situation might somehow change for the better. For the young generation pessimism is even more typical: 41% of the polled, aged 18-29, are convinced that the situation will deteriorate all the more and only 10,2% preserve faith in improvement. As a result, many are willing to emigrate abroad. 38,3% of all surveyed respondents wish they could leave the country, while among those, aged 18-29, their percentage equals to 63,4%.
11:08, 09/10/2002, “Narodnaya Volya”
Soligorsk Human Rights Advocate Punished by Huge Fine
Visits to Minsk by Saddam Hussein’s envoys are becoming so intensive that soon the Belarusian citizens will learn their names better than, say, of the Kremlin officials. None of the Russian Vice-Premiers visited Minsk twice in six months. As for the Iraqi Vice-Premier Abdel Hueishi, he rendezvoused with his Belarusian colleague Leonid Kozik twice in Minsk and once – in Baghdad.
Zavadsky Family Lawyer Faces Two Years of Jail
Judge of the Soligorsk town court Oksana Koleda sentenced the chairman of the local branch of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Leonid Marhotko to a fine of 150 minimal salaries, which constitutes approximately 2 million 550 thousand Belarusian rubles or 1380 USD.
Mikhail Leonov Rests in Jail Till Late 2002
The lawyer of the Zavadsky family Igor Aksenchik may get up to two years of jail for accusing prosecutor general Viktor Sheiman of masterminding Dmitry Zavadsky’s abduction. Trial over the attorney commenced on Tuesday in the Leninsky district court of Minsk.
Communists in Opposition Evicted from Office
Belarusian procuracy prolonged on October 7 the custody term for the former director general of the Minsk Tractor Plant Mikhail Leonov to the end of 2002.
The Party of communists of Belarus, chaired by Sergei Kalyakin, left on September 8 the facilities it had previously occupied (on the intersection of Skarina prospect and Kozlova street in central Minsk). Communists in opposition were evicted from their office and weren’t offered any other space in exchange.