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Political Council decides not to register VIPs as delegates to key opposition forum
Kazulin’s lawyers to send claim to general prosecutor
The opposition coalition`s Political Council decided Monday not to register VIPs as delegates to the Congress of Pro-democratic Forces to be held in Minsk on May 26 and 27, Alyaksandr Bukhvostaw, chairman of the organizing committee for the Congress, told BelaPAN.
Military exhibition MILEX-2007 opens in Belarus (Photo)
After Kazulin’s claim was turned down by the Supreme Court, his lawyer says the only thing they can do is draw up a new claim to the general prosecutor of Belarus. Still, it is evident that the regime keeps showing its rigidness and inability to meet the claims of both Belarusian and international democratic communities.
Iran, Belarus to stand together against critics
Today, on May 22nd, the military exhibition MILEX-2007 opens in Minsk, Belarus. After Rosoboronexport ignored similar exhibition in the Czech town of Brno, large-scale participation of Russian defense enterprises in MLEX gets special value. Recently serious Russian sources refer to the Belarusian defense sector exclusively in a positive context. There are a number of objective reasons for that. In many post-soviet republics people can’t help surprising that the enlisted service in Belarus is considered if not prestigious then at least necessary. In Some high-ranking managers of the Russian defense enterprises say that the State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus is the kind of integration and management which is being restored in Russia with great pains.
18:21, 22/05/2007, By Andrei Makhovsky, Reuters
Political prisoners still remain in prisons of Belarus
Neither explicitly mentioned the United States, a frequent critic of both countries. But each vowed to help the other to fend off any hostile action linked to a position of strength.
Lukashenka and Ahmadinejad: we are not outcast
Today two political prisoners, Mikola Statkevich and Paval Sevyarynets, have been released in Belarus. However, such political and public activists as the Young front leader Zmitser Dashkevich, a former candidate for presidency in Belarus Alyaksnadr Kazulin, an opposition leader Andrei Klimau, a young activist Artur Finkevcih, a human rights activist Katsyaryna Sadouskaya, leaders of entrepreneurs Yury Lyavonau and Mikalay Autukhovich remain imprisoned or a sentenced to restriction of freedom.
Machine Operators on Strike Threatened by Dismissal
Belarusian and Iranian rulers Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad summed up the results of the Iranian delegation’s visit to Belarus and made a number of sound declarations on the results of the bilateral talks.
“Cottage of representatives’ dweller” Kamyanetsky: those who have not become disabled are not liquidators
A strike of machine operators in the rural cooperative “Varanyany” Astravets district, Hrodna region, continues for the second day. The strikers informed the Charter’97 press-center that 24 workers are taking part in the strike today (while there were 43 of them yesterday). Machine operators are threatened by firing. Days of the strike are considered absence from work. Officials of the region are inactive.
Two political prisoners, Mikola Statkevich and Paval Sevyarynets, can be released
23 May the” house of representatives” of the National Assembly is to adopt the two readings of the bill ”On state social benefits, rights and guarantees for separate categories of citizens”. This was reported to the BelaPAN by chairman of the permanent commission on labor, social security, and relationship with veterans and invalids Syargei Kamyanetsky.
Israel alarmed by Ahmadinejad’s visit to Belarus
Today trials are to be held in Navapolatsk and Maryina Horka. Recommendations on conditional early release of political prisoners Paval Sevyarynets and Mikola Statkevich. The hearings on release of Sevyarynets are to start at 2.30 p.m. Mikola Statkevich had been told to arrive to Maryina Horka in the afternoon as well.
Andrei Klimau was refused of hospitalization
Israel follows the visit of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Belarus with tense interest. Main fears of Jerusalem are not caused by discussions over economic cooperation of the two countries, which is a quite innocent and legitimate topic, but rater by political statements.
Kanapliou called President of Iran “extraordinary personality”
Political prisoner Andrei Klimau who is at present kept at the Minsk isolation ward has been refused of hospitalization. Andrei’s state of health leaves much to be desired, his mother Alla Petrovna reported to the press service of the Unites Civic Party. He suffers sharp headaches and heartaches .He wrote that it might happen that his health would not stand sufferings.
Ahmadinejad visits exhibition of armaments in Minsk
Chairman of the ”house of representatives” of the National Assembly of Belarus Uladzimir Kanapliou considers President of Iran Mahmud Ahmadinezhad to be an “ extraordinary personality”.
International exhibition of arms and military equipment Milex-2007 is to open in Minsk on Tuesday. The exhibition is to take place in Minsk on May 22-25 in the National exhibition center Belexpo. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has arrived to Minsk is expected to visit the international exhibition.