The leader of the Belarusian Radio-electronic Industry Trade Union Alyaksandr Bukhvostay hasn’t managed to arrive to one of Lithuanian health resorts on time. He was on his way to the resort on a bus. At the Belarusian –Lithuanian border he was detained under a pretext of checking where and why he goes, www.praca-by.info reports. A personal search lasted for two hours. The trade union leader even was undressed. It is clear that nothing illegal was found. When policemen let him go without saying any apologies, it turned out that the bus had left.
The leader of the Young Front Zmitser Dashkevich in his letter to his friends informs that he would go on a hunger strike in case the administration of the remand prison of Minsk would not give him a Bible.
On October 4 the court of Leninski district on Minsk dismissed a suit of a chairman of the association “Stolichnoe taxi” Ihar Verkhavets against a newspaper “Tovarisch”. As we have informed, a suit of defense of honour and dignity against the newspaper of the Party of Communists of Belarus, “Tovarisch”, has been filed. The case has been filed by a chairman of the association “Stolichnoe taxi” Ihar Verkhavets. The newspaper told about the problems of Minsk taxi drivers many of whom can lose their job in the near future. In an article “Law of Serfdom” in the newspaper “Tovarisch” it was said that in connection with the decree of Transport Ministry on limiting the age of vehicles used for taxi, drivers cannot leave one employee and go to another. In particular, Verkhavets was insulted by the phrase: “Many taxi drivers think that this situation is to Verkhavets’ benefit”.
On September 29, 2006 the authorities transferred to the church’s account money and in 10 days (in accordance with the court’s decision), i.e., after October 8, 2006 Minsk City Executive Council will have the “right” to demand to give up the building. On October 3, 2006 members of New Life church submitted an application to the Minsk City Executive Council to request a permit to have a meeting. It is planned to be held on Saturday, October 21 on Bangalore square from 2 PM till 4.30 PM.
A foster parent of Vika Moroz, a 10-year-old orphan girl who refused to return to her orphanage after a summer break she had spent with an Italian couple and was later ordered to go home by an Italian court, apologized to Belarus ambassador to Italy, Alexei Skripko, on Italian TV.
European countries concerned over future gas deliveries from Russia because of problems of the latter with Belarus and Ukraine. As informed by Ukrainian magazine “Korrespondent”, an analyst of Oxford institute on energy problems Jonathan Stern.
In the morning of October 4 in Navapolatsk a pensioner, a member of the Conservative Christian party Belarusian Popular Front Anatol Kulik announced a hunger strike to show solidarity with imprisoned politician Alyaksandr Kazulin.
The administration of Belnaftamkhim (Belarusian Oil Chemistry) Concern refused to provide any office room to the primary unit of the Free Trade Union of Belarus that was established by the workers of the open company Polatsk Shklovalakno (Polatsk Fiberglass). According to the present legislation in the case an organization has no office at which its legal address is registered it can’t be registered (if it had no registration before) and in the case it is registered it automatically loses the registration.
An appeal on behalf of Brest branches of the BPF Party, the United Civil Party, the Belarusian Social-democratic Party and the Party of Communists of Belarus has been directed to the chair of the TV and Radio Company Berastse Larysa Dabradomava. Referring to the Constitution, the opposition activists ask the administration of Brest TV and Radio Company to provide them with the possibility to take part in TV programs where important social events are discussed. They believe that their participation in these programs will increase the public interest to the local TV and will help in solving some concrete problems.
In its letter dated 3 October the administration of the public association Belarusian Language Society proposed to the head of the Government Siarhei Sidorski to set aside the decision of the Education Ministry according to which the Belarusian history and geography was transferred to the Russian language of teaching in the senior forms of general Russian-language schools since 1 September 2006.
Some citizens of Georgia who do not have Russian visas, can get to Russia via Belarus, Interfax was told in an operative group of the Federal border service of FSB of Russia. “Georgian citizens arriving in Belarus often board trains to move over to Russia without visas.”
The leader of the Young Front Zmitser Dashkevich is to stand trial in the court of Kastrychnitski district of Minsk, Radio Svaboda informs. Zmitser is charged with participating in activities of an unregistered organization. He faces up to 2 years of imprisonment. Since September 15 Zmitser is kept in custody.
The Vice Chairman of the European Parliament Mario Mauro has sent a letter to the Belarusian government, asking Alyaksandr Lukashenka “to consider formal desire of the little girl to stay in Italy, in the family of Giusto – Bonarcin”.