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Wives of Missing Belarusian Oppositionists Set to Visit Moscow
Leaders of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Tatiana Protko, Garry Pogonailo and wives of the missing Viktor Gonchar, Anatoly Krasovsky and Dmitry Zavadsky will visit Moscow on October 29. As reported by the “Izvestia” correspondent, they will be accompanied by “deputy” Valery Frolov, who initiated last week a “parliamentary” inquiry into the procuracy general’s office over the investigation of political disappearances.
17:00, 23/10/2002, Valery Schukin, “Narodnaya Volya”
Young Belarusians Mostly Jobless
Riana Novikova is 1,5 years old. She was born in Paris and is currently living with her mum in Serdicha street in Minsk. Little baby and her mother were violently separated. On October 17, 2002 at 9.10 a.m. officer of the ninth Minsk patrol regiment Yarosh, clothed in civilian, detained Riana’s mother, who was passing out flyers in the Skarina prospect. The girl saw her mother only late at night: when the law-enforcers convoyed her home in order to search for the leaflets there. From there they delivered the young woman to the pre-trial confinement center, despite her baby’s cries.
Belarusian FM: Nemtsov Interfered in Belarus’ Interior Affairs
According to the data of the Ministry of labor and social protection, every second registered unemployed person is a young man or woman, aged under 29. Among the jobless young people 30% represent the graduates of various educational institutions. The lowest demand at the country’s employment market is for the secondary school graduates. Moreover, the employers manifest no desire to hire almost a thousand of new specialists with higher education diplomas.
Moscow Harshly Reacts to Minsk Incident
Press-secretary of the Belarusian FM Pavel Latushko told “Interfax” that PS leader Nemtsov was deported from Belarus in compliance with the Belarusian legislation.
SPS Releases Statement on Nemtsov and Hakamada’s Apprehension in Minsk
Deputy head of the Russian government’s apparatus Aleksei Volin assumes that the Russian citizens “must count on respectful attitude towards them on behalf of the Belarusian authorities. This respect must spread not only to politicians and diplomats, but ordinary people, as well,” – emphasized the government’s chairman in an interview to the RIA “Novosti”.
Putin’s Press-Secretary: Official Moscow’s Reaction Will Follow
Russian “Union of right-wing forces” (SPS) passed a statement concerning the recent detention in Minsk of Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada. RIA “Novosti” quotes the text of the statement as reading: “today in Minsk at around 2p.m. Moscow time the Belarusian customs officers arrested co-chairmen of the political party SPS Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada”.
Russian FM: Incident with Nemtsov Casts Shadow on “Union State’s” Construction
“Interfax” agency quotes press-secretary of the Russian president Aleksei Gromov as saying that Moscow’s official reaction to the Minsk incident will “surely follow”.
Belarusian Authorities Say They Had No Clue
Official Moscow is “embarrassed and concerned”
over the news that the Belarusian authorities denied access to Minsk to the Russian national, deputy of the Russian Duma from SPS Boris Nemtsov, “Interfax”
was told on Wednesday by the deputy official FM representative of the Russian Federation Boris Malakhov.
DETAILS OF SPS LEADERS’ ARREST IN MINSK
Alexander Lukashenko’s administration officials claim that they know nothing of Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada’s detention in the Minsk airport.
NEMTSOV AND HAKAMADA BANISHED FROM BELARUS
Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada, who hours ago arrived in Belarus, were captured by individuals, who called themselves special services agents, the journalists were told by the first deputy chairman of the SPS faction in Russian State Duma Boris Nadezhdin, who referred to the information, which he received on the phone personally from Boris Nemtsov. Along with the SPS people they also detained Russian political counselor Sergei Markov.
Full Transcript of EU Council’s Declaration
Leaders of the Russian “Union of right-wing forces” (SPS) Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada as well as political researcher Sergei Markov, were detained and convoyed off back to Moscow. RIA “Novosti”
was told by the leader of the opposition United Civil Party Anatoly Lebedko that in the “Minsk-2” airport Nemtsov and Hakamada were detained by three plain-clothed detectives and the frontier guards.
BELARUS TO STAY WITHOUT GAS?
The Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, presiding in Luxemburg, passed on Monday a special statement on Belarus, in which it shared concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the country. Following comes the full text of the declaration:
11:55, 23/10/2002, Kommersant
Local Elections Scheduled for Early March’2003
Yesterday deputy chairman of the “Gasprom’s” board Alexander Ryazanov told the leadership of the Belarusian fuel and energy complex, which arrived in Moscow, an unpleasant news: starting from winter the country may be left without gas. The limit of gas consumption under the inter-state contracts will be exhausted by the country in November 2002, while the local consumers pay almost nothing for it. “Gasprom” faced the same problem in Belarus as five years ago in Ukraine – unsanctioned pumping out of gas.
Lukashenko Commands to Intensify Relations with Iraq
reports that local elections will take place in the beginning of March next year. This was announced by the chairwoman of the Belarusian Central Electoral Committee Lydia Ermoshina during her Ruesday meeting with Alexander Lukashenko.
Lebedko to Be Interrogated on His Phone’s Bugging
On October 22 Alexander Lukashenko met with the deputy head of his administration Nikolai Ivanchenko, who informed him about the outcomes of the visit to Iraq by the official Belarusian delegation, chaired by Nikolai Ivanchenko as head of the Belarusian side of the joint Belarusian-Iraqi commission for trade-economic cooperation. The goal of their visit was to work out new ways for intensifying the trade-economic contacts.
Komsomol Museum to Appear in Minsk
The state procuracy didn’t satisfy the UCP leader Anatoly Lebedko’s request to open legal action on the matter of eavesdropping of his phone conversations with the SPS leader of Russia Boris Nemtsov. However, reports the UCP press-service, the investigator of the Minsk city procuracy Vladimir Chumachenko will anyway pose a few questions to Lebedko, concerning the incident.
Administrative building in the Karl Marx str. 40 in Minsk has been passed over for the free-of-charge rent to the public organization “Belarusian national youth union”, said on October 22 press-conference first secretary of the organization’s central committee Alexander Nahaenko. According to him, in connection with the building’s takeover by his organization, there has been set up a working group on its further development and proper utilization. In particular, they plan to launch on its premises the museum of the komsomol movement’s history. They already invited best students from the archeological university departments to engage in the project.