Activation of informational pressure on Belarus from East and West have been seen recently. Aliaksandr Lukashenka said it during conference about national TV channels and perspectives of TV development in Belarus. Head of state considers that this pressure will grow because of forthcoming political events including political event of 2006. “We must be ready to resist this pressure single-handed”, -- said Lukashenka. He marked that new and new programs of “Voice of America” and Radio “Liberty” that broadcast on Belarusian territory. Anti-Belarusian channels of neighbor countries especially Russia don’t get behind.
Leaflets “Freedom to Marinich!” continue appearing in towns of Belarus. Last week they were distributed in Vitebsk region. Leaflets appeared in Dokshytsy, Hlubokaye and Pastaby on railway stations, bus-stations, on central streets and near educational establishments. The same leaflets appeared in Minsk region. Residents of Marina Horka, Dziarzhinsk and Fanipal could see it on week-end. Also leaflets with “Zubr” logo and numbers of contact pager appeared this towns.
Ludmila Gryaznova told to Radio “Liberty” that investigator from department of supervision for law compliance in media Pavel Radzionau was interested where Friaznova found information for her monitoring of Human right violations. Griaznova said that it would be more logical to check information in monitoring and use legal measures to those people who violates Human rights in Belarus.
The information minister of Belarus Uladzimir Rusakevich thinks it is too early to set aside the articles of the criminal code according to which journalists can be punished for insulting the honor and dignity of state officials: «Someday, when the level of the political culture of the society will be much higher, this norm will become unnecessary, but it won’t happen quickly», -- said the minister in his interview to “Interfax” agency.
All juridical bodies and private individuals who sell periodicals will have to present to district and city executive committees detailed information about all newspapers they sell by 15 February. This order doesn’t concern the state enterprises “Belsayuzdruk” and “Belposhta”.
Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Elizabeth Jones during telephone conference bridge with Belarusian journalists said that Presidents of the United States and Russia discussed Belarusian situation during summit in Bratislava. Ms. Jones criticized last year’s parliamentary elections as not free and transparent, urging Aleksandr Lukashenko’s government to ensure that the next election is free and fair.
Russia does not preclude a chance of closing its sugar market for Belarus if that country does not stop illegal deliveries, said on Wednesday Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev, speaking with reporters after the “government hour” at the State Duma.
Standing between rows of transmission shafts on the expansive shop floor of a Ukrainian truck factory, Stefan Laxhuber, a German fund manager, watches intently as workers bolt the different pieces that make up a drive train on to big steel frames gliding slowly down the production line.
Belarus has a total of some 40 monuments and memorial signs commemorating the victims of Stalinist purges executed between the 1920s and 1950s, prominent Belarusian historian Igor Kuznetsov said at Monday’s meeting held by representatives of associations uniting the Stalin terror victims and the Moscow-based Memorial human rights group.
Head coach Mikhail Zakharov has submitted his resignation to the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation (BIHF) after the national team failed to win a spot at the 2006 Olympics at last week’s qualifying tournament in Latvia.