George Bush to Meet Relatives of Abducted Belarusian Oppositionists 11:01, 27/02/2006
On February 27 in Washington, in the White House a meeting of the U.S. President George Bush with the wives of abducted opponents of Belarusian regime, leaders of the civil initiative “We Remember” Iryna Krasouskaya and Svyatlana Zavadskaya. Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President For National Security Affairs, is to take part in the meeting.
The meeting is a part of the strategy of the U.S. President, aimed at drawing attention to the situation in Belarus and showing solidarity with victims of political repressions, as George Bush said.
A businessman and a public figure Anatol Krasouski was abducted in Belarus on September 16, 1999 together with his friend, vice-Prime Minister Viktar Hanchar. A cameraman of the Russian TV Channel ORT Dzmitry Zavadsky disappeared without traces in Minsk on July 7, 2000. A number of high-ranking Belarusian officials, including a former head of Lukashenka’s Administration, and now a head of his campaign initiative group Viktar Shejman, and the Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumau, are suspected of implication in abductions of Anatol Krasouski, Dzmitser Zavadski, and a former Vice-Prime Minister Viktar Hanchar and Ex-Minister of the Interior Yury Zakharanka.