Alexei Miller, the head of Gazprom, and Alexander Ozerets, the Minister of Energy of Belarus republic, examined the state of 50% Beltransgas purchase agreement preparation, said in Gazprom`s announcement.
3 April Bar of the Minsk city court annulled decision of the Leninsky district court of the capital which sentenced Kanstantsin Lukashou, brother of a well-known public figure Vyacheslau Siuchik to two years of probation with a two years suspended sentence. That was reported to the BelaPAN by V.Siuchik.
The working meeting of heads of the border guarding bodies of Ukraine and Belarus Nikolai Litvin and Alaskandr Paulousky which was due 3-4 April in Kiev had been cancelled.
According to the informal information, that was caused by the political crisis in Ukraine. Nothing has been reported concerning the supposed date of the postponed meeting.
A headmaster of a grammar school No.2 in Barysau Pyotr Vasilkouski threatens not to give a secondary school diploma to a young activist Matsvej Belyaj. Today the activist has come to the school in a sweater with the words “For Freedom!”
A well-known human rights’ defender Valyantsin Stefanovich is sure that the actions of authorities taken against oppositional leader Adrey Klimau are non-legitimate. “The public prosecutors’ actions are confusing. The article was published in Internet and the sites are not assigned to mass media by the law on mass media. It is attempted to stipulate their equal character in a new version of the law. It is to be mentioned that similar cases have been already brought. The information located in Internet was classified as “distribution of information containing slander against President of the Republic of Belarus”. It is advisable here to mention Viktar Ivashkevich’s and the”Rabochy” newspaper case as well as the case of cartoons about Lukashenka. Such non-legitimate practice has been already set up here”, declared the rights” defender in his interview with the Charter’97 press-center.
The oppositional leader Andrei Klimau who has been taken to the prosecutor’s office of Minsk, is denied a duty attorney. The human rights center “Viasna” has found out that after being presented a charge under Article 361 part 1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus he was taken to a remand prison in Valadarski Street in Minsk.
3 April morning policymaker Andrey Klimau was arrested in Minsk. The militiamen brought him to the public prosecutor’s office in Minsk. He is charged of the crime stipulated by Clause 361 of the criminal code of Belarus (call for armed overthrow of the state system). It is still unclear what part of the Clause 361 Andrey Klimau is charged of breaching.
The Charter’97 coordinator Zmitser Bandarenka comments on the arrest of the oppositional leader Andrei Klimau. “Klimau’s arrest causes surprise. I know two impressive and exalted persons in Belarus. They are Andrei Klimau and Alyaksandr Lukashenka. They both are emotional and never have to search for words. Recently Lukashenka openly announced in presence of journalists that he had falsified the elections results in 2006. The Belarusian prosecutor’s office hasn’t reacted to that, though special addresses have been made on this occasion. But for an unknown reason the reaction to Klimau’s words is always different. As for “seizure of power”, one could remember that before November 1996 the Constitutional Court of Belarus for 17 times recognized actions of Alyaksandr Lukashenka illegal. And for more than 10 years the international community finds all elections and referendums in Belarus rigged, illegal and non-democratic. Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones”.
The authorities continue struggling against public organizations in Belarus. Presently the sitting of the OSCE on human factors is being held in Vienna. The major subject of the discussion is freedom of associations and meetings. The official Belarusian delegation attempts to persuade the OSCE in intensive development of civil society in Belarus. The figures have been submitted for confirmation that there are over 2000 registered public organizations in Belarus. Meanwhile, the public organizations, which defend the democratic values, suffer the authorities’ persecution.
The leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka comments to the Charter’97 press-center the arrest of the former deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the 13th convocation, a member of the United Civil party Andrei Klimau: “For us an arrest of the UCP member Andrei Klimau is another episode of repressions carried out be the authorities. Only this year we had three outrageous examples of outright political repressions. First Dzyanis Dzyanisau was arrested, and now no lawyer could explain why this young man stays in prison. The episode with Krystsina Shatsikava is a return of punitive psychiatry of Stalin and Brezhnev times. And now is Andrei Klimau’s turn. I would call that a spring exacerbation. When street political protests are growing, the hand of the regime reaches after handcuffs. We have been observing that for 13 years, and nothing has changed in 2007. The regime doesn’t like independent and all-sufficient people who could influence others”.
A young activist of the democratic movement Barys Haretski has been released from a remand prison in Akrestsin Street in Minsk. The BelaPAN has been informed about that by the human rights activist Vyachaslau Siuchyk. He specified that B. Haretski was released from the prosecutor’s office of Minsk, where he had finished reading materials of the criminal case initiated against him for violation of Article 193 part 1 of the Criminal Code – “Activities on behalf of an unregistered organization”.
The Prosecutor’s office of Minsk has accused a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the 13th convocation, a former businessman Andrei Klimau of calls to overthrow of the state regime. Arrest has been chosen as a measure of restraint for him. Andrei Klimau has been placed to a remand prison in Valadarski Street where he is to stay before the court.
On March 29-30 Lennart Meri’s First Memorial conference “Remember about Future Europe” was held in Tallinn. The Conference was held under the patronage of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Well-known politicians, public leaders, journalists from Europe and the US have taken part in the conference. Belarus was presented by the leader of the initiative “We Remember” Iryna Krasouskaya, the international coordinator of the Charter’97 Andrei Sannikov, Oxford university post-graduate student Yan Churilovich. Participants of the conference discussed current problems of European integration, energy security, relations with Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus.