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Opposition Activist Fined
Testimony of Bruce Jackson Before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations On Democracy in Russia: The Full Text
On 18 February the Administrative Commission of Rahachou District Executive Committee headed by Valiantsina Zaitseva, Executive Committee Head for Affairs, imposed a fine of 120 thousand rubles on Dzmitry Shkulkou, a deputy of the local District Soviet and a member of UCP. This is the information provided Radio Liberty. The deputy was accused of illegally producing flyers covering the reform of the housing and utilities complex.
Iryna Krasouskaya Met With Mikhail Saakashvili
On February 17 the hearings in the US Senate committee on Foreign Affairs took place. The situation with democracy in Russia was discussed. The Republican Senator Richard Lugar was presiding at the hearings. Bruce Jackson, president of the Project on Transitional Democracies, American NATO Committee president appeared before the Senate as well. He touched upon the topic of Russian support to dictator regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Belarus. We offer you the full text of the testimony by Bruce Jackson.
Leaders of opposition parties to meet with deputy justice minister on Tuesday
An informal meeting of the leader of the civil initiative “We Remember”, a member of the “Free Belarus” Iryna Krasouskaya with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili took place in Tbilisi. Iryna Krasouskaya informed Georgian President about the situation in Belarus, about the course of investigation of the cases of disappeared Belarusian oppositionists and a reporter. She offered her condolences in connection with untimely death of Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania. Mikhail Saakashvili told about success and problems in carrying out reforms in Georgia, and expressed support to Belarusian democratic forces in their struggle for free, democratic Belarus.
Facing Putin in Bratislava
The leaders of several opposition parties will meet with Deputy Justice Minister Oleg Kravtsov on Tuesday to discuss the ministry’s directive that all parties should relocate their cells from residential to office buildings. The justice ministry last week started sending out warnings to parties that missed the February 1 relocation deadline.
12:08, 21/02/2005, By Ariel Cohen, "The Washington Times"
Perspektiva leader released from jail
President Bush`s summit with Vladimir Putin in Bratislava Thursday Feb. 24 will be the most difficult meeting two men ever had. A year after Mr. Putin handily won a second presidential term, his domestic and foreign challenges are snowballing, and his aura of an almost-superhuman invincibility is quickly dissipating. This is not to say Mr. Putin should be looked down upon or counted out: He is still in control.
Belarusian politicians comment on developments in Marinich’s case
Anatoly Shumchenko, leader of the Perspectiva association of market vendors, told BelaPAN on his release from a Minsk jail on February 19 that he was determined to continue fighting for small business owners’ rights.
Prosecutors question ex-MP over his plan to start anti-nuclear campaign
Belarusian opposition leaders have expressed disappointment with the results of Mikhail Marinich’s appeal hearing on Friday. A Minsk Regional Court panel reduced the opposition politician’s prison sentence from 5 to 3 1/2 years, citing his past services to the state and poor health. In a controversial trial in late December, the 65-year-old politician was found guilty of misappropriating office equipment that the Delovaya Initsiativa (Business Initiative) association, of which he was chairman, had received from the US embassy for temporary use.
Levaneuski and Vasilieu case: last news
The Prosecutor’s General Office on Friday summoned Vladimir Parfenovich, former dissident member of the House of Representatives, over his plan to set up a movement against possible construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus.
Volha Suzko and Kanstantsin Lesunou were twice punished for flyers about the presidential elections in Ukraine won by Viktor Yushchenko
The defense lawyer for the convicted leaders of businessmen Valery Levaneuski and Aliaxandr Vasilieu filed with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus an appeal against the verdict passed by the Leninski Borough Court of Hrodna.
10:53, 21/02/2005, By Radio Liberty
International conference in Minsk
On 17 February late in the day Vital Kozarau, the judge of Chyhunachny Borough, fined them for distributing flyers on behalf of an unregistered civil organization. This is already the second punishment awarded to young Homel residents.
Belarus` opposition politicians holding conference in Ukraine
The two-day forum is attended by the experts of the Human Rights House Foundation from Norway and Poland, Norwegian PEN-Center, Amnesty International, the Minsk office of OSCE, as well as by lawyers, journalists and human rights activists including Belarusian Association of Journalists, Belarusian PEN-Center, Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Legal Initiative, the Human Rights Center Viasna and others.
The Russian America has never interviewed the Aleksandr Lukashenko
Belarus’ opposition politicians, who lost last year’s parliamentary election condemned by domestic and international observers as severely flawed, began a conference in Chernihiv, Ukraine, on February 20 with 110 delegates participating.
10:41, 21/02/2005, Valeriy A. Tarasov, publisher of The Russian America newspaper
The three reports that astounded The Russian America. In the course of recent days, a number of leading news agencies around the world have issued reports that the newspaper The Russian America conducted an interview with the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in which the President disclosed a set of policy programs that he intended to implement in his country. The state information agency of Belarus mentioned that The Russian America planed to dedicate 12 full pages of its next issue entirely to President Lukashenko. Finally, according to the information of the same news agency, The Russian America recognized President Lukashenko as “the best politician of the year.” (At the picture: the author of the scandalous interview Arkadiy Mar in the program of Belarusian TV