In the village of Sirod (Kalinkavichy district) a Chernobyl liquidator, a disabled person of the second category Vasily Silivyorst, a dweller of Homel, was detained. A police operational team detained him for removing a biography of Alyaksandr Lukashenka from an exhibition stand.
On February 3 officers of Ashmyany customs office confiscated copies of Belarusian magazine “ARCHE” and Ukrainian magazine “Krytyka”. These magazines were found during a search of belongings of a Belarusian citizen, human rights activist Yury Chavusau, who was on his way from Vilnius.
Former Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov, who had not received Minsk’s agreement, says that he didn’t want to be Russian Ambassador to Belarus. “I was always saying that I have never wanted and I do not want to leave Russia. I have even less wish to represent Russian interests in Belarus,” Ayatskov said in an interview to RIA Novosti.
The first sitting of the court in the case of entrepreneur Mikalay Autukhovich scheduled for February 9 in the court of Kastrychnitski district of Hrodna, has not taken place because of M. Autukhovich’s default of appearance. The BelaPAN was informed about that by his lawyer Halina Ivanova.
The government of Belarus has approved the list of places and objects foreign citizens are not allowed to enter with out a special written permission; Interfax was told on Thursday by a source in the Interior Ministry. The Ministry informed that “this list includes all military installations, frontier zones, frontier belt, administrative buildings of military installations and military assets”. “A number of compulsory evacuation zones affected by Chernobyl accident are included to this list as well,” FM informs.
“The Belarusian side hopes that ODIHR OSCE (the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) international observers’ mission would carry out their duties in a responsible manner, and would stick to the Belarusian law, and also guarantee non-intervention to election process, and thus to the internal political situation in our country,” said the head of Belarusian Foreign Ministry’s main directorate on Europe Valery Ramashka at the meeting with the head of the ODIHR observation mission Geert-Hinrich Ahrens.
Uladzimir Levaneuski, a son of the political prisoner, chairman of the Strike Committee of Vendors Valery Levaneuski, recently received a ruling of an administrative commission that he is to pay a fine of 87,000 BYR. It is the second fine for Uladzimir Levaneuski this year.
An official representative of the Polish Foreign Ministry Pawel Dobrowolski said to the Polish press agency that anti-Polish campaign in Belarusian mass media is a “provocation in the run-up to the presidential elections”. As said by the spokesperson of the Polish Foreign Ministry, accusations of spying brought against the Poles are “spun out of thin air”, the Radio Svaboda informs.
On Wednesday Zbigniew Wassermann, Chairman of the Sejm Commission for the Special Services, stated that allegations of the Belarusian KGB on state TV, that Polish Embassy in Belarus is engaged in spying, is to be viewed as a “election campaign’s by-product” in a country where an undemocratic president rules,” Newsru.com informs.
A hearing will start in the Oktyabrsky District Court in Grodno on February 9 to consider the case of businessman Nikolai Avtukhovich who is facing controversial tax evasion charges. The businessman is now at home following a 74-day hunger strike while in pretrial detention.
Andrzej Pozcobut, an ethnic Pole residing in the city of Grodno in western Belarus, has asked the Prosecutor General`s Office to bring criminal charges against state television show host Yury Prokopov. Mr. Poczobut says Mr. Prokopov`s program Day`s Comments, broadcast by First National Channel (BT) on Tuesday, stirred up hatred toward the Poles.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov on Tuesday was received by Sudanese President Omar Hasan al-Bashir. The president of the African country expressed interest in Belarus’ involvement in Sudan’s reconstruction projects and an increase in supplies of Belarusian-made machinery, the Belarusian foreign ministry’s press office reported.
The chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus has ended months of feverish speculation by finally confirming that Galina Zhuravkova, former head of the Presidential Administration’s property management department, was pardoned by Aleksandr Lukashenko.
After a large promotion campaign BT channel broadcast the video film “Agent 590” the day before yesterday. According to the movie producers, the Polish Embassy officers are suspected of spying. Moreover, founder of the Union of Poles in Belarus Tadevush Havin was accused in the movie. On this occasion he is to go to law, as Radio Svaboda reports.
In Poland the Belarusian officials’ search for foreign enemies is called “NKVD way of thinking” (NKVD - People’s Commissariat for Interior Affairs of the USSR). Polish experts and public figures agree that the Belarusian regime uses propaganda films and newspaper articles to draw the people’s attention from the interior problems of Belarus.
Yesterday late in the evening policemen detained five young people in Salihorsk. Ivan Shyla, Uladzimir Lepesh, Krystsina Samojlava and Hleb Sanders were detained on February 8 in the evening. Young people were charged with “attaching jeans ribbons”.
Giving a presidential candidate the opportunity to publish their articles in a non-state newspaper will be regarded as providing illegal financial support, Lidiya Yermoshina, head of the central election commission told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday.
Belarus` central election commission plans to hold a special meeting at the Palace of the Republic in downtown Minsk on February 17 or 21 to hand out registration certificates to presidential candidates.
Belarus` united opposition camp has condemned annulments of Aleksandr Milinkevich`s ballot-access signatures as the authorities` deliberate effort to discredit the presidential contender. "Mass irregularities were just impossible on our part," says Aleksandr Bukhvostov, leader of the candidate`s nomination group. "The nomination group verified signatures before handing them in to election commissions. We had photocopied of all signature sheets and asked territorial commissions to verify them together, but they turned down the request," says Mr. Bukhvostov in a statement posted on the candidate`s web site.
Today we have got a document signed by chief engineer of the Minsk City Telephone Network (MGTS) S.Papkou. As it is stated in the paper, all heads of Minsk telephone stations are to inspect the city districts and to liquidate the cables laid illegally within the interior district schemes. “Beltelecom” expects to get the results of the inspection held by the MGTS by February 24, 2006.
We asked chief engineer Papkou, who had signed the document, but he refused categorically to comment on his instruction.