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Alyaksandar Lukashenka: “Belarus as a part of Russia means the beginning of my end”
Businessman detained in Minsk for spreading leaflets
“I’m not buying it. It would be the beginning of my end, everything good what has been done would be crossed out,” said Lukashenka on December 5 in Minsk at the meeting with the deputies of “the house of representatives”.
A businessman, a member of “The Private Property” Viktar Novikau was detained at Dinamo stadium while he was spreading leaflets with a call to participate in the human rights action on December 10. The businessman was detained by the market securities, and then he was brought to the city police station 1. They filled in a protocol for the violation of Article 167, part 2 of the administrative codex. Later Viktar Novikau was taken to Lenin district Department of Internal Affairs of Minsk; afterwards he was carried to the special police station, where he spent a night. He will be put under trial.
Youth will be standing arm to arm to the families of the killed
Borisov Public Council on Social and Economic Development proposed to the democratic forces to carry out a national campaign on creating “a Grey Book” on violation of the electoral law during elections. It will be personified and include last names of those members of electoral committees, public prosecutor offices and courts who violated the electoral law and its legalization. Besides, the Council suggested consolidating of the democratic forces before the parliamentary electoral campaign.
On December 10, at 5 pm in the center of Minsk along Skaryna Avenue from Nezalezhnast Square to Peramohi Square people will be standing. They will be holding candles and portraits of the Belarusian regime’s victims. Iryna Krasouskaya and Svyatlana Zavadskaya, whose husbands were kidnapped by the “death troops”, called upon people to come to the action.
17:03, 08/12/2003, Voice of America Press Releases and Documents
Decision on OSCE Office in Minsk postponed again
Irina Krasovskaya is the wife of missing Belarus opposition figure Anatoly Krasovsky. On a recent visit to the U.S., she met with officials of the State Department and National Security Council as well as members of the U.S. Congress. They discussed the deplorable human rights situation in Belarus. Mrs. Krasovskaya also requested help in pursuing an independent investigation into her husband`s disappearance. Mr. Krasovsky was a well-known businessman and supporter of Belarusian democracy and human rights until his disappearance in September 1999.
It can happen that the OSCE mandate will be prolonged at the last moment at the OSCE Permanent Council Assembly.