On Sunday at 9 p.m. at Savetskaya Square young people held a flash-mob “For Freedom!” About a dozen of young activists assembled in the center of the square and pinned badges “I am for Freedom” to their clothes.
In Moscow a visiting session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has opened. It is timed to coincide with Russia’s current presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Participants of the mini-summit of the PACE were addressed by the chairman of the State Duma Boris Gryzlov, the head of Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov and Rene van der Linden, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Petition to protest the decision of the Minsk City Executive Council to stop the right of usage of the church.s piece of land located at Kovaleva st. 72 and forceful purchase of the building has been submitted by New Life church to the High Economic Court. As Sergei Lukanin (the church.s lawyer) stated, this is the third attempt of the church to protest the unlawful decision of the city authorities.
According to http://www.belngo.info, the meeting of the Administrative Committee in Zhlobin ended in a decision of fining youth activists - I. Haurylenks and A. Stankevich. The three guys - I. Haurylenks, A. Stankevich and Eduard Zelianlou were detained on May 11 in Zhlobin.
Kommersant has learned the reason for the pause in the Russian-Belarusian gas conflict. Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Sidorsky sent a letter to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov suggesting that they reexamine the possibility of setting up an independent enterprise with Gazprom on the basis of Beltransgaz in exchange for continuing low gas prices for Belarus. No answer has been given to the suggestion. The Belarusian energy minister is to arrive in Moscow on June 1. Gazprom continues to say that the price of gas will rise from $47 to $130-150 per 1000 cubic meters and VAT and excise policies will change next year, in spite of Sidorsky`s claim that it will be the deathblow to the Union State of the Russian Federation and Belarus.
The court of Shchuchyn (Hrodna district) has sentenced an opposition activist Syarhei Lyashkevich to 5 months of arrest. Opposition leaders have already called this undoubtedly political process an unprecedented one. An oppositionist has been found guilty of violating article 293 Part 3 of the Criminal Code o the Republic of Belarus for the first time (“Training or other preparation of persons for participation in mass disorders, and financing or other material support of such activities).