On April 10 the Minsk City Executive Committee received an application to hold Charnobylski Shlyakh (Chernobyl Way) on April 26.
Alyaksei Yanukevich, the head of the BPF Party, Vital Rymasheuski, co-Chairman of the Organizing Committee on creation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, Yury Hubarevich, the first Deputy Head of the For Freedom movement, Dzmitry Kuchuk, the Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian party Zelenye, and activist Illya Dabratvor.
Organizers ask City Committee to hold the action as follows: gathering near October cinema from 2 to 3:0 pm and march along Surhanava Street to the Church in honour of the Icon of the Mother of God "Seeking Out of the Lost", located next to the Park of Peoples' Friendship. It is decided not to hold the rally this year.
Alyaksei Yanukevich states in his comments to BelaPAN that it is decided to "combine social and political topics". "There are traditionally significant topics concerning memory of Chernobyl, its victims, policy towards contaminated areas. However, this year issues of an actual bankruptcy of an adventure with construction of a nuclear power plant under Russian direction in the country are of extreme actuality, as well as threats of placement of Russian nuclear weapon in Belarus amid increased Russia's military presence in our country. Thus, resounding "No to Russian nuclear threat!" must become one of the key objectives of the action”, Yanukevich said.
Chernobyl way is a street action that the Belarusian opposition holds in Minsk every year since 1988, in the format of march, which usually ends with a rally. 2011 year was the exception when capital's authorities banned a march, having given permission only for a rally.