The independent newspaper “Volnaye Hlybokaye” underwent censoring by the head of the publishing house in Maladziechna. Without permission of the editorial office the report about the congress of the Belarusian Popular Front, held on December 20, was removed.
A new branch of science was introduced in Belarusian universities. The course “Basics of Belarusian Ideology” is to last for 24 hours and consists of 16 lectures and 8 seminars. Students are to study it during the second half-year and to pass a test.
Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko, on a visit in Moscow, expressed the hope that Russia and Belarus would make specific decisions on matters of the gas policy on Thursday. After the negotiations with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko, Semashko said the sides had been able to progress on the matter on Wednesday. The rest would be achieved on Thursday.
Lukashenko`s golden rule 11:33, 05/02/2004, By Olga Birukova (Minsk), a reporter for the Belorussky Rynok newspaper in Minsk
President Lukashenko wants the right to control private business, but ministers fear it will scare off investors.