Since today the leader of Belarusian Social Democrats, political prisoner Mikola Statkevich is to serve the term of restriction of freedom in the village of Blon, Pukhavichy district Minsk region. The politician is to work at a cattle breeding farm, Radio Svaboda informs. Statkevich has been told that his work would be connected with technical equipment.
Iran`s foreign minister said Thursday that negotiations are the only way to resolve the conflict over his country`s nuclear program, but he hinted at disagreements over the agenda for expected talks and issued Tehran`s latest criticism of the United States.
“As the Big Jeans Festival would take place on the anniversary of abduction of Viktar Hanchar and Anatol Krasouski, and is dedicated to solidarity with families of abducted politicians, denial to sanction the rally is impossible. Lukashenka told that search of the abducted is a matter of honour for him, and refusal would mean that in fact the authorities are involved in abductions of the Belarusian opposition leaders and a journalist. We want to help Lukashenka to find the missing,” told one of the organizers of the rally “Big Jeans Festival” Viktar Ivashkevich at a press-conference that was held yesterday in Minsk. “Big Jeans Festival” is to take place in Minsk on September 16. The rally is to start at 2.30 p.m. near “Kastrychnik” cinema, and to continue by a march to Bangalore Square, where a meeting and a concert will start at 4 p.m.
A 66-year-old pensioner from Pinsk protested against unfair imposition of tax and the policy of the authorities. For an hour the pensioner was standing near the stadium “Hvalya” with a hog-trough and three posters: “pork barrel”, “Bloodsucker”, “Lukashenka, come on, eat, pest upon you!”, the European radio for Belarus informs.
The largest group of the European Parliament has voiced support to nomination of the leader of the united European forces Alyaksandr Milinkevich for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. On September 6 the European People’s Party–European Democrats (EPP-ED), consisting of 268 deputies and is a dominating parliamentary group, adopted a decision to support Alyaksandr Milinkevich as a candidate for receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Today a group of Belarusian politicians who have arrived to visit political prisoner, a leader of Belarusian Social Democrats Mikola Statkevich at his new place of serving punishment, a village of Sitniki, Pukhavichy district Minsk region, have found out that the politician is to be transferred to another place again. Now he is sent to the village of Blon, Radio Svaboda informs.
Relatives and lawyers of Alyaksandr Kazulin, who earlier received news about his illness, are still concerned by the state of health of the former candidate for presidency of Belarus. Today the lawyer of the former candidate Ihar Rynkevich met him in Minsk remand prison.
The political prisoner Paval Sevyarynets has received summons to the prosecutor’s office. He is to be interrogated as a witness in criminal actions brought up against leaders of the organization “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich, Barys Haretski, Aleh Korban and Syarzhuk Lisichonak.
Lida city executive committee refused to sanction a meeting “For Freedom and Independence” planned for September 16. The leader of the united democratic forces Alyaksandr Milinkevich was to take part in the meeting.
On September 6 a search was held in the apartment of one of the leaders of Minsk branch of the “Young Front”, Zmitser Khvedaruk. As told by Zmitser, KGB officers and policemen managed to get into the apartment, using all possible means. They had no sanctions for a search, but that hadn’t stopped them from committing illegal actions.
Belarus Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is due to arrive in Belarus on Thursday for a two-day visit, officials said Wednesday, the second visit to the isolated ex-Soviet republic this summer by a high-level Iranian official.
The questions of streamlining the work in counteraction illegal migration would be discussed at the session of the united collegium of Russia and Belarus’ ministries of internal affairs starting in Homel on Thursday, Rashid Nurgaliev, Russian Internal Affairs Minister told to journalists on arrival to Homel. As said by him, “issues of cooperation of internal affairs bodies of the two countries in the sphere of illegal migration control are of high priority”. “The whole world is concerned by problems of illegal migration now,” R. Nurgaliev added. He informed that questions of search of disappeared citizens of the two countries at the territory of Belarus and Russia are to be discussed as well.