Since the announcement of the HELP! Action, at a special forum, dedicated to this problem we are being posed all different questions. Today we publish the first part of our answers to them. In future we intend to keep answering them.
Editor-in-chief of the “Local newspaper “Shag”” Anatoly Voitsekhovsky is harboring hopes that his periodical will soon see light. Expectedly, after the newspaper wasn’t accepted for publishing by the Belarusian printing houses, the new issue will appear in Smolensk. For this purpose, asserts Voitsekhovsky, they have already opened bank account in Russian rubles.
In an open address to the officials the president of the US-registered Universal Association of Belarusian Jews Yakov Gutman pleads to put an end to the manifestations of official anti-Semitism in Belarus. In his letter to the Ministers of defense, healthcare, culture, interior affairs and prosecutor general of Belarus, it is written that in the town of Mozyr (Gomel region) they started laying a gas pipeline under the surface of the old Jewish graveyard, closed in 60ies.
Bodyguard 12:39, 11/09/2003, Igor Svabodin, photo by IREX/Promedia
The new chief of the presidential Security Council appeared yesterday near Alexander Lukashenko. Major-general Yuri Zhadobin was appointed to this post from the position of deputy Interior Minister of Belarus and commander of internal forces. There’s no law-enforcement structure in the country, which would be more loyal to the president and whose loyalty has been tested so much.
Seemingly, the Russian ruble will soon be launched into circulation in Belarus in cashless transactions. At today’s governmental meeting they will most likely ratify the concomitant presidential decree. As journalists were told by the chairman of the Belarusian National Bank Petr Prokopovich, in general the project was approved and after being amended will be submitted for president Lukashenko’s consideration. The chief banker’s assistant Sergei Dubkov added that “under the existing decree the cashless Russian ruble is supposed to appear in Belarus on October 1”.
The Ministry of labor and social protection of Belarus invented a new position of a “deputy head for ideological work”. As deemed by those, who oppose that decision, the main task, pursued by these individuals, will be to prevent free thinking and dissent among the workers.
The Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died in the hospital of Karolinska, Stockholm, 12 hours after the unknown assassin stabbed her in the NK supermarket. The organizing committee and Charter’97 press-center mourn over the tragic demise of Anna Lindh. The Foreign Minister of Sweden is known in Belarus for her strong-worded criticism of Alexander Lukashenko’s policy. She regularly upheld the repressed Belarusian politicians and journalists and even engaged in solidarity actions with Belarusians, which had been organized in Sweden.
In such a way the Swiss “Neue Zuercher Zeitung” edition comments on the Russian side’s intentions to cancel privileged gas import rates for Belarus. Apparently, the participants of the integration game returned to their initial positions, writes the Swiss periodical. Once “Gasprom” sells gas to Belarus on same prices as to Ukraine, the Belarusian economy will seriously suffer from that. Most of observers don’t rule out that Minsk and Moscow will try hard to settle down the conflict peacefully.