The “Union of Belarusians abroad”, registered in Prague, is carrying out in the Czech Republic a wide information campaign on the protection of the Belarusian Humanities Lyceum. The organization’s members held a number of meetings with the political and public figures of the Czech Republic, where they informed them about the ongoing situation with the Belarusian language and schools in Belarus. Concomitant letters were sent to the Czech president Vatslav Klaus and Senate’s spokesman Petr Pitgart.
ZUBR resistance movement’s female activist Tatiana Elovaya has finally received an official response to the complaint, which she had filed to the procuracy over the misbehavior of employees of the Okrestina pre-trial confinement jail.
The Russian president’s residence “Bocharov ruchei” hosted the meeting of Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko. In an opening speech Vladimir Putin stressed that the two incumbents “will have an opportunity to discuss in an informal surrounding all issues, which accumulated both politically and economically. In his turn, Alexander Lukashenko noted that they have to discuss numerous aspects, as far as some really bad things happened behind our back.” “I sincerely hope that our meeting will help refute all insinuations, which had been undertaken on both ends,” – said Alexander Lukashenko: “I’ll tell you in person what happens behind our back.”
The Supreme court of Belarus started the case consideration of the Justice Ministry’s lawsuit on the liquidation of the public association “Human rights center “Vesna”. On September 13 the organization’s members were officially notified of that. The lawsuit was signed personally by the Justice Minister of Belarus Viktor Golovanov back on September 2.
The head of “Gasprom” Aleksei Miller called discrepancies in the gas cooperation with Belarus “crucial”. “We developed a totally different vision of cooperation in the gas business and our differences in approaches seem insurmountable,” – said Miller in an interview to the “Personal viewpoint” NTV program, commenting on their plans on the formation of the joint gas transportation consortium.
Delegation of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly arrived on Sunday for a working visit to Belarus. The schedule of visit includes meeting with representatives of official structures, political opposition and public organizations.
On September 15 Alexander Lukashenko will meet in Sochi with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin. The meeting is urgent, for the relations between the two countries have seriously deteriorated over the past fortnight, while in Belarus they arrested the stock of the oil refinery, which belongs to “Slavneft” and ceased export of Russian oil abroad. Experts assume that by so doing Lukashenko is trying to avoid Russian ruble’s circulation on the country’s territory.
The government of Russia is deeply concerned over the arrest of a part of the Russian companies’ property in Belarus, said at the Saturday briefing the chairman of the Russian government Mikhail Kasyanov, who opened the Moskovsky “Manezh” exhibition, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russian press.
What does the future has in store for the “union” of Russia and Belarus? This issue will be discussed today in Sochi by Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, reports NTV company. In the “Bocharov ruchei” residence the sides will determine whether or not Belarus should accept Russian ruble starting from 2005 and at what prices Russia will sell natural gas to Belarus.
“Gasprom” made everything clear for Belarus once and for all, said the company’s press-secretary Sergei Kupriyanov, commenting to RIA “Novosti” on the Russian government’s cancellation of order, under which “Gasprom” used to sell gas to Minsk at Russia’s internal prices.
Grodno hosted the conference of the Comradeship of Belarusian language, named after Fransisk Skarina. They elected as their new chairman Mikola Markevich, who used to be the editor of “Pagonya” newspaper, liquidated by the Supreme Economic Court almost two years ago.
The government of Russia cancelled its ruling, under which “Gasprom” used to supply gas to Belarus at low cost. RIA “Novosti” was told in the Department of governmental information of Russia that the Premier Mikhail Kasyanov signed an order in which they recognize as ineffective starting from January 1, 2004 the concomitant government’s order on privileged gas supplies. Previously, “Gasprom” sold gas to Belarus at Russia’s internal tariffs.
On September 13 evening Alexander Lukashenko engaged in the solemn ceremony of installing the memorial plate at the new park. He also planted a small tree near the National Library construction site. However, on the memorial stone, erected there, it is now engraved “the stone was laid by the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko”… Seemingly, soon our parks will be decorated with statues and monuments of the incumbent head of state…
Yesterday police received an anonymous phone threat. The unidentified caller said that there was laid an explosive in the building of the Red Cathedral in central Minsk. The law-enforcers searched for a bomb, but found none of it there. The Cathedral continued its work in a regular regime.