Several days ago a former political prisoner Siarhei Skrabets received an answer from the senior assistant of the prosecutor Yauhen Babiankou concerning his request to bring a criminal case on the fact of forgery of Aliaksandr Kazulin’s signatures.
On 22 August a theatric play was staged by the Free Theater. The police detained the people who came to see it. Three under-aged spectators have been already summonsed to KGB. All of them were told that they would not be able to enter any high school and would be expelled from their secondary schools in case they visited the theater once again.
The Supreme Court did not satisfy the suit of the initiative group of citizens who intended to collect signatures for abolishment of the contract system. The citizens asked the court to abolish the ruling of the Central Election Commission who refused to register them. The court confessed the groundlessness of the CEC refusal, but stated that the proposal to amend the labor legislation contradicted to the Belarusian legislation. As a result the CEC refusal to register the initiative group was left in force.
During the last two summer months the Belarusian authorities continued persecuting democratic activists: policemen groundlessly detained people without composing detention reports or accused them in administrative violations. Despite the summer season the Belarusian opposition continued active work and preparation to autumn actions including the European March appointed on 14 October and the Social March. Democratic activists distributed agitation materials with the aim to inform citizens about the marches. Besides, during this period the democratic circles celebrated an important date of the Belarusian history, 27 July. This day in 1990 the deputies of the Belarusian Parliament of the 12th Convocation adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty.
Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov declared at the briefing in Astana on Wednesday that Kazakhstan is interested in oil transit through Belarus and its refining at the Belarusian enterprises. “Today we are witnessing the sharp crises of confidence between political authorities of Russia and Belarus. It pushes Alyaksandr Lukashenka to the most incredible alliances declaring energy independence and security from Moscow, insisting on preservation of its monopolism in the sphere of oil and gas deliveries to Europe. The potential Russia’s competitor is Kazakhstan which persistently and quietly pursues the policy of its national interests. And they are gradually expanding not only over the Central –Asian region but over China and Europe either”, the Wider Europe international portal columnist Raman Yakauleusky declared in his interview with the Charter’97 press center.
When Belarussian police crashed the latest premiere at the Free Theater three weeks ago, company founder Nikolai Khalezin didn`t, at first, consider the raid out of the ordinary; the police had disrupted the company`s performances before. This time, though, 50 people present, including the actors and audience members, were taken into custody. "Police used to burst into our performances with machine guns but they disappeared just as fast, "Khalezin told Ingo Petz of Germany`s S ddeutche Zeitung. "A mass arrest like this is a first."