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Political Analyst Matskevich’s Wife Detained in Minsk City Executive Committee
Belarus’ Nuclear Weapons: Idle Talk or Workable Plans?
Today relatives of the hunger strikers, church members of the New Life Church, have tried to come to the deputy chairman of Minsk city executive committee Mikhail Tsitsyankou. However, in the building of City Mayor’s Office they were detained by unknown people in mufti. The Charter’97 press center was informed about that in the press service of the New Life Church.
Milinkevich: “Andrei Sakharov Tried to Make Politics Ethical”
The “deputy” Syarhei Kastsyan stated that Belarus has a right to develop its own nuclear weapons. The statement has been made on air of the state Belarusian radio. According to the Belarusian laws, it could be considered a prohibited appeal, but Kastsyan claims that he acted in compliance with the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and opinion.
Participant of Hunger Strike Placed to Intensive Care
The prize given to the leader of the democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich by the European parliament today is named after Andrei Sakharov, a prominent Soviet nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist. Alyaksandr Milinkevich told to Radio Svaboda that first he heard the name of Andrei Sakharov when the famous scientist was not interested in human rights defence. “He as a physicist, and me too. I knew his works, I knew hi as a brilliant scientist,” A. Milinkevich said.
Andrei Sannikov: “Even in this case there shouldn’t be any exceptions”
Today, on October 26, Volha Kryshneva was admitted to the intensive care of the regional hospital in Baraulyany, Minks region. She has cardiac abnormalities. A 50-year-old woman has been taking part in the hunger strike in defence of the New Life Church. She abstained from food for 21 days.
Journalism Students Forced to Write Obligations Not to Travel Abroad
“I think that when a blacklist of officials exists, visa ban against them must act. Despite of everything. Why Pyatkevich and Halavanau were issued visas? Firstly, Switzerland is not a member of the EU. Secondly, a rule of international organizations works. States at which territory such organizations work, in this case are obeying their regime. For instance, even Fidel Castro visited the USA, as Cuba is a member of the UN. The International Labour Organization, like the UN, is an international organization. Certainly, Switzerland could have made relevant recommendations, their trip could have been prevented. But the Swiss are very careful in their performing a duty of a host of many international organizations. But I believe that even in this case there shouldn’t be any exceptions,” the international coordinator of the Charter’97 press center told, commenting on the visit to Switzerland of the deputy head of the presidential administration Natallya Pyatkevich and Justice Minister Viktar Halavanau.
Central Election Commission Not to Invite Foreign Observers to Local Elections
In early October Belarusian School of Journalism, together with the Polish Center of International Relations, carried out a training seminar for Belarusian journalists in Warsaw. Among the participants there were students of the Journalism Department of the Belarusian State University. On the way back to Minsk a group of seminar participants went through the passport control on the Poland-Belarus border. A KGB employee took down the names of all students who had participated in the training session. Dasha Rumiantsava, member of BPF youth and a sophomore student of journalism at BSU, was one of such students.
A Picketer and a Journalist Detained Near Presidential Administration
Central election commission of Belarus does not plan to invite international observers to the local elections scheduled on January 14, 2007. “Usual world practice shows that international observers are not invited to local elections. That is why we are not planning to invite international observers,’ the chairman of the Central Election commission of Belarus Lidziya Yarmoshyna said on Thursday to journalists in Minsk.
Why visas to Halavanau and Pyatkevich have been issued?
An opposition activist Ales Abramovich has been detained by police near the building of the presidential administration in Minsk for an attempt to stage a picket. Besides, two journalists were detained. The oppositionist came to the presidential administration with a poster “Freedom to Kazulin and other political prisoners!”
Alyaksandr Milinkevich: “Europe Supported Democratic Belarus”
Last Monday Belarusian Prime Minister Syarhei Sidorski signed a decree of the Council of Ministers No 1356 on sending a government delegation of Belarus to Switzerland. As informed by the Narodnaya Volya, a deputy Prime Minister Andrei Kabyakou, the deputy head of the presidential administration Natallya Pyatkevich, Justice Minister of Belarus Viktar Halavanau, a first deputy Minister of Labour and Social defence Alena Kolas, a deputy head of the financial relations department of the central economic administration of the Council of Ministers Alykasandr Rumak, a deputy director of Minsk Automobile plant Eduard Padalyak and the head of the external ties and partnership policy of Labour and Social Defence Ministry Ihar Staravojtau went to Geneva for holding consultations in the headquarters of the International Labour Organization on issues connected with recommendations of this organization.
10 Trade Union Activists On Hunger Strike At Belshyna
The leader of the united democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich has been called a laureate of the 2006 Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought by the European parliament. “Today about half a billion of Europeans have extended a helping hand of support and partnership to Belarus, which citizens strive for freedom and estimate freedom, truth and justice highly,” Alyaksandr Milinkevich said commenting the decision on the European parliament.
Milinkevich Set to Sue Belarusian TV
10 activists of the Belarusian Independent Trade Union are on hunger strike at the joint stock enterprise Belshyna, www.praca-by.info informs. They protest against actions of the administration. A deputy chairperson of the primary organization of the BITU Alena Zakhodzhaya is not taking food for the 24th day. Yesterday, on October 25, a meeting of the CEO of the enterprise Dzmitry Katsyarynich, participants of the protest and the chairman of the BITu Vasil Korabau, took place.
Belarus Can Close Russian Military Facilities at its Territory
Today the leader of democratic forces of Belarus Alyaksandr Milinkevich plans to bring a legal action against the First National Channel concerning insult of honour and dignity, Radio Svaboda informs. As he believes, on August 13 and 27, as well as on September 6 in a program “In the focus of attention” he and his family were brought into discredit. TV reports stated that the elder son the former presidential candidate, Alyaksandr, buys up houses in the native village of the Milinkevichs, “on the money of the West”, allegedly “to hold opposition meetings there”.
Belarusian authorities have viewed the words of Russian president Vladimir Putin on prospects of Belarusian-Russian relations, said on Wednesday when the president answered questions in a live broadcast, as Russia’s lack of interest in creation of a “union state”, Interfax informs. “Considering the key and the form of stating his position on prospects of the “union construction”, one could say that Vladimir Putin’s statements have a nature of an ultimatum,” the head of the commission on international affairs and national security of the “council of republic” of the “national assembly” of Belarus Mikalay Charhinets said. The politician noted that in response to those statements Belarus could “consider a question of further deployment of Russian military facilities at our territory”.