A string correspondent of the independent newspaper “Narodnaya Volya” Vasil Hrodnikau died of a traumatic brain injury. The BelaPAN was informed about that by the department of medicolegal investigation of Minsk regional clinical hospital. As said by the duty doctor, he died a day or two ago. The doctors’ opinion is to be sent to the prosecutor’s office of Minsk region, which is in charge of this case.
Introduction of a post position of a president of a so-called “Union state” would be an untimely step. It was stated by the deputy chairman of the parliamentary assembly of the “union” of Belarus and Russia, Vadzim Papou (Popov). Tomorrow the session of the union commission on preparation of the draft Constitutional Act to take place in Moscow.
Belarus` president told Ukraine`s premier Tuesday that relations between the neighboring ex-Soviet republics should be built on a foundation of pragmatism. It was the first meeting between high-ranking officials of the two countries since Ukraine`s Orange Revolution.
The Homel regional branch of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee is to bring to a termination its activities one of these days. The decision to close all regional branches of the BHC has been made by the council of this public association because of difficulties with legal addresses.
On October 18 the court decision of October 7, 2005 on the case of the “New Life” church administrator Vasil Yurevich was received. It was stated in the court decision, which had been read in the court in presence of public that he was found guilty of taking part in an illegal church service. However in the written court decision the administrator is found guilty of organizing a church service on September 4 this year. It is stated there that Vasil Yurevich was an organizer because he greeted the parishioners.
On October 16 in Paris an action of solidarity with victims of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime was held by two French NGOs. First one is the university-based group “Perspectives Bielorussiennes”, well-known in France for its very good quality papers about Belarus. Second one is the young but active "Paris-Minsk" group, that created a web site in French, http://www.paris-minsk.org, aimed to inform French people on political situation in our country.
Recently the BPF party received a letter from the head of the public associations department of the Justice Ministry Aleh Slizheuski, which is called “On Information Providing”. It results from the document that officials of justice ministry have started a search for public associations’ representatives, who had taken part in the Congress of Democratic Forces.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov on 18 October paid an official visit to Minsk, where he held talks with Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhey Sidorski. The visit suggests that Ukrainian-Belarusian relations, which soured after President Viktor Yushchenko came to power in the Orange Revolution, are warming up.
Al-Baath Arab Socialist Party and Belarusian Communist Party on Monday signed a cooperation agreement following official discussions between the two parties headed by al-Baath Assistant Secretary General Abdullah al-Ahmar and the Belarusian Party`s First Secretary Natiana Golopiva.
The son of the journalist Veranika Charkasava (Cherkasova), who was killed on October 20 last year, Anton Filimonau, is still subpoenaed to appear as a witness. The BelaPAN was informed about that by Veranika Charkaasava’s mother Diana Charkasava. On October 18 D.Charkasava and A.Filimonau were summoned by the head of investigation department investigator for particularly important cases of the Minsk Prosecutor’s office Viktar Feshchanka. “He said that there cannot say anything consolatory for us,” D.Charkasava said. “The Prosecutor’s office still has questions to Anton. The investigator told about the results of the expert examination, which show that the son can be implicated in the crime. It is very strange that these results are informed only now, after a year, though the examination was a complex one. But even if there is some coincidence, it does not proof anything”.
The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to submit a document to the government on the creation of a single regional air defense system for the Russia-Belarus Union, Minister Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday.
“If the elections would be carried out in a normal way, it would be necessary to reform leadership of the country,” told Alyaksandr Lukashenka today at a consultation on draft projections of social and economic development, budget and main directions of money and credit policy of the country in 2006.
Today’s sitting of the joint collegium of the defense ministries of Belarus and Russia in Moscow will be headed by ministers of the two military agencies Leonid Maltsev and Sergei Ivanov, a BelTA correspondent was told in the press service of the Russian defense ministry.
One of the important results of a Tuesday visit by Ukrainian Prime Minister to Belarus was signing an intergovernmental Protocol on regime of crossing the Ukrainian - Belarusian borderline by residents of the frontier regions, the Cabinet`s press service reported.