All printing organizations are to submit documents for re-licensing before March 1, 2004, disregarding to the fact to which term they have received the previous license. Organizations and firms are to receive a special license for publishing books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, booklets, postcards and other printed matter, ONT TV channel informs.
Oppositionist from Vitsebsk was detained on February 5 with the poster “Collection Of signatures Against Union Treaty, Illegally Signed By A. Lukashenka”. Five minutes in the room of Svyatlana Varatynskaya, judge of the district court of Chyhunachny district were enough for Mr. Pleshchanka to be accused of unsanctioned picketing and even received a verdict for another violation of the law on street actions he was fined 2 million 800 thousand rubles, human rights center Viasna informs, referring to Radio Svaboda.
On February 6, the court of Maskowsky District of Brest dismissed a complaint of the head of the city organization of the Belarusian Popular Front Nina Davydowskaya who appealed against the decision of administrative commission of Maskowsky district, which fined her 49,000 rubles for dissemination of printed matter without imprint and which “caused damage to the state interests”. The police named in this way the leaflets that were handed out by the Belarusian Popular Front members on December 10, on the International Day of Human Rights near Brest plant “Tsvetotron”. The leaflets contained the appeal to the workers to stand up for their rights.
The member of the European Coalition “Free Belarus”, leader of the civil initiative “We Remember”, Iryna Krasowskaya, whose husband disappeared without traces in 1999, delivered a speech in Riga at the international forum “Future of democracy outside the Baltic states” on February 6. We offer you the full text of Iryna Krasowskaya’s speech.
In the beginning of February a number of editorial offices of independent newspapers received the new prices for a “pack of TV schedules”, with the cost 5 millions 25 thousands Belarusian rubles for a month (more than 2,000 USD). As the press service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) informs, these documents do not differ in any way from those dated by January 30, though different newspapers asked for schedules for a different number of TV channels. In all the agreements the same price (5 million 25 thousands) is indicated, though, there is no list of TV channels that are included to such a high-priced pack.
Valer Levanewsky, Chairman of Belarusian strike committee of businessmen was summoned to the police department of Lenin district of Hrodna for providing explanation. He was summoned to police by the order of the prosecutor general of Hrodna Oblast, to which a letter by Levanewsky with standard New Year congratulations was attached. The letter was addressed to representatives of the Ukrainian diplomatic corps. The same letters were sent to all Embassies in Belarus.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Russia-Belarus "union" will take place in Moscow on February 10, 2004. Pavel Borodin, the state secretary of the "union", will deliver a report devoted to priority issues concerning the development of the union, the information department of the "union`s" constant committee reported.
Belarus demands from Russia to increase oil supply and continue gas supply and electric power supply at the internal Russian prices. It was stated by Syarhei Sidorsky, Belarusian Prime Minister. As said by him, Russia wants to change the agreement reached before on supply of 18 million tons of oil, diminishing this quantity to 15 millions tons.