Lithuania seeks the entry into the Schengen zone in 2007 but asks the European Union to consider simpler visa formalities for the South Caucasus and make an uncustomary decision on Belarus and the Russian Kaliningrad region.
Recently the editorial team of the Hazeta Slonimskaya lost one more place where it sold the newspaper. One of Slonim private businessmen, who had been selling the newspaper in his private shop for a long time, was invited to the education department of Slonim municipality. The officials presented an ultimatum to him: he should stop selling the independent newspaper.
On October 25 members of the New Life Church will apply to the Prosecutor General with the request to charge STV and its employees with slander. The believers are exasperated with slanderous information about their Church shown by STV, its author Ludmila Dzhurayeva, and guests: head of Minsk municipal department for religions and nationalities Ala Rabitseva, and Dr. of History Ivan Yanushkevich.
In the run-up to the local election Kletsk authorities decided to put the plug on local pro-democratic activist Siarhei Panamarou. During 7 months Siarhei Panamarou printed Boiki Kletsk newsletter out of his own pocket, where he informed people about political, economic, and social news in the country, which were not covered by the official mass media.
On October 25 New Life Church sent an official letter to the Ministry of Public Health of Belarus. The letter reads that it is the 20th day of the protest action against the illegal ruling of Minsk City executive committee, and 11 persons are taking part in the protest from the very beginning. Their state of health is quickly declining, and 2 persons have been hospitalized already.
The former candidate for presidency, a leader of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Alyaksandr Kazulin and a former deputy of the parliament Syarhei Skrabets are continuing the hunger strike in the colony Vitsba-3. The BelaPAN was informed about that by the brother of S. Skrabets, Alyaksandr.
The leader of the civil initiative of elections observation “Partnerstva” Mikalay Astrejka is to make shoes in Shklou medium security colony. Radio Svaboda was informed about that by mother of an activist Yauhen Astrejka, who visited her son in Shklou colony on October 25.
It was stated at a press conference dedicated to Belarusian-Latvian business-forum, economy minister Mikalay Zajchanka. “We are ready to sell packet of shares, even controlling interest in our oil refineries, for instance, or Belshyna, nut under a condition of mandatory realization of investment part,” Economy Minitser Zajchanka underlined.
Today the New Life Church has received a letter from the Supreme Economic Court informing that the pastor of the church, Vyachaslau Hancharenka, can be brought to account for non-compliance to the court decision and fined 200 basic units - 6 million 200 thousand Belarusian rubles. The Charter’97 press center was informed about that by the church’s spokesperson.
The administration of the colony Vitsba-3 has offered the political prisoner Syarhei Skrabets to stop his hunger strike in support of demands of the former candidate for presidency of Belarus Alyaksandr Kazulin. The Charter’97 press center has been informed about that by a brother of the former deputy, Alyaksandr Skrabets, who had received a letter from Syarhei Skrabets one of these days.
Today in a live broadcast of Belarusian radio a deputy of the “chamber of representatives”, a deputy head of the international commission Syarhei Kastsyan stated that in the conditions of ‘energy pressure’ Belarus should build a nuclear power station as soon as possible, Radio Svaboda informs. “In case international pressure on Belarus would continue, there won’t be another way out but to develop our nuclear weapons like Iran,” Kastsyan said.
Representatives of National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz Ukrainy (NAK) refuted information that Ukraine is ready to deliver 10 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas to Belarus in 2007. Russian “Kommersant”, referring to sources in Ukrainian cabinet of ministers, informs that it was Belarus who had offered this scheme (as it is the most economical at the CIS territory).