KGB committed attempt to recruit Zubr activist. Today morning policeman came to Zubr activist Alena Kopach. He gave her subpoena and taken her to room in Metro police department. Soon two people came in. one of them was in police uniform. He said that he was an officer of criminal police. The other was dressed in civil and he did not identify himself. He was asking questions about Zubr, about its structure, about Nikita Sasim and about places where printed production is printed and stored. He said that Alena will be expelled from university if she would not answer the questions. After young lady refused to speak, she was released. But that man said that they would meet again.
The Belarusian foreign ministry`s spokesman told reporters in Minsk on November 9 that the decision to open the European Commission`s office in Belarus should be agreed upon with the Belarusian authorities.
Talks between Russia and the European Union troika, which consists of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, will deal with bilateral problems, Belarus, Transdniestria and individual international issues, European Commissioner for External Policies and European Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner told the press on Wednesday.
Today in the court of Tsentralny district of Minsk legal proceedings against the newspaper “Pressball” has started at the suit of former bookkeeper of the State training school of Olympic reserve Svyatlana Ramanovich. The reason for the article “News from Fields”, which according to the bookkeeper, insults her dignity and honour.
“Inherently the Belarusians are underground partisans. They are afraid to participate in mass protest actions so far, but anyone can take part in the Days of Solidarity. It is not difficult to switch off the light, and everyone should think of what is going on in Belarus. If somebody is not affected by the tragedy, and his family is unharmed, it does not mean that tomorrow they will be happy, and no one would lose job, be beaten or arrested illegitimately. We are Europeans, we are civilized people, and not just partisans in the underground,” the deputy head of the United Civil Party Liudmila Hraznova said to the Charter’97 press center before the Day of Solidarity on November 16.
The chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Narodnaya Hramada) Mikola Statkevich serves a term in Baranavichy for organizing street protests against rigged results of parliamentary elections and referendum. The head of Swedish diplomatic mission in Belarus, Mr. Stefan Ericsson assured Mikola Statkevich that Swedish Social Democrats are to cooperate with the party lead by Mr.Statkevich.
Belarusian political refugees, who started a hunger strike in the center of Brussels in Shuman square on Tuesday morning, are faced with problems. They have not succeeded to receive a police permission to stay by the buildings of the European Commission and the Council of Europe at night. The head of the Belarusian-European Association Zmitser Pimenau, who participated in the protest as an observer, is taken to a police department.
Russian World Trade Organisation (WTO) ambitions might do more to create a free Belarus than EU political pressure, finance experts say. The logic goes that cheap Russian oil and preferential access to Russian industrial markets gives president Alexander Lukashenko the cash to buy support at home and in Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said some former Soviet states cannot be expected to become Western-style democracies overnight. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Mr Lavrov also called on the West to recognise that Russia has legitimate interests in the former Soviet space.
Mikalay Charhinets, the chairman of the Standing Committee on International Affairs and National Security of the upper chamber of illegitimate Belarusian “parliament” calls upon the Foreign Ministry of Belarus to consider the question of granting the right to enter Belarus for different foreign politicians more attentively. His initiative was declared at the meeting with journalists on November 9. The meeting was organized at request of Charhinets, who had been denied entry visa to the USA for participation in the 60th UN General Assembly session in New York.
Deputy Foreign Minister on Asia, Oceania and Commonwealth Affairs and President Ahmadinejad`s Special Envory Mehdi Safari met in Minsk with Head of Belarus Presidential Office Victor Shiman, said IRNA.