Belarus — the third in the world in the number of visa sanctions for officials

Society In an interview with the Belgian edition of «EUobserver» one EU diplomat said that after the recent introduction of visa sanctions Belarus got into trouble the top three in the number of government officials, banned in the West. Just ahead of Belarus and Myanmar Zymbabve.

Myanmar — the undisputed leader in the number of officials against whom the visa sanctions applied: the "black list" of more than 400 names. Do not have a pass to a united Europe, and about 200 Zimbabwean officials.

But getting closer to them are selected Belarusians: before the visa sanctions act itself

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Romania puts in place the Belarusian Ambassador

Society Official Bucharest called "unacceptable" comments Chief of Mission of Belarus Sergei Malunova about Romania's participation in yesterday's conference "Solidarity with Belarus" in Warsaw.

The forum discussed the financial support Democratic Forces Belarus.

Sergei Malun named Romania's participation in the conference "unfriendly" in against Belarus and made it clear that the Romanian authorities should do their own economic problems, instead of supporting Belarusian opposition.

Meeting with the well-known human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeeva

Society The human rights organization Belarusian Helsinki Committee holds a meeting with one of the founders of the human rights movement in the USSR Lyudmila Alexeeva.

One of the most famous Russian human rights activists to speak to the Belarusian youth on the theme "The human rights movement: the base, the present and the future." The meeting will be held on June 717th BHC hours indoors.

The Foreign Ministry Radoslaw Sikorski called biased journalists

Society Commenting Interfax speech Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski at the donor conference of civil society in Warsaw on February 2, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh said: "There's nothing to say it is not a diplomat, and certainly not the Minister of Foreign Affairs (…) so may only engaged by a journalist. "

Expressing his personal opinion, a spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that "Sikorsky showed remarkable geographical knowledge by comparing the distance between Minsk and other European capitals."

At a conference in Warsaw, the Polish Foreign Minister said: "Minsk closer to Warsaw, Vilnius and Budapest than to

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Estonia canceled fees for national visas to Belarusians

Society Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that the decision to cancel the visa fee for issuing national visas for Belarusian citizens intended to express the support of civil society.

"Promoting traveling to EU countries will help strengthen Belarus Civil Society and get the experience of the European Union — said the head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry. — We hope that other countries European Union also find opportunities to facilitate travel Belarusian citizens the European Union and in the near future, will sign an agreement on visa regime with Belarus and reduced fees for Schengen visas. "

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Mazzei: To compare the situation in Egypt and Belarus is incorrect

Society Political crisis deepens in Egypt. Supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak began to sort things out on the street with stones, clubs and knives. The very same Egyptian leader said yesterday that he would not run in the next election, but he wants to see out in the president's chair at least until September. The opposition does not accept such a prospect, and requires the immediate resignation of the dictator, who, in their opinion, in 30 years in power brought the country to poverty. As the events in North Africa assessed Belarusian politicians? Or to the place of

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Nekljaev complains about the torture of prisoners at the UN

Society Ex-presidential candidate, the leader of the civil campaign "Tell the Truth" Nyaklyayeu turned to Juan Mendez, the UN special rapporteur on torture.

— Today, Belarus has created a situation where even the relatives of prisoners have the opportunity to to see them — said the correspondent of "People's Will" Nyaklyayeu. — Relatives are unknown. The situation of prisoners is just terrible. Many say that the cells they are under pressure, but the public does not know who crushes on them, what methods is that pressure.

All attempts by the public to open the "veil of ignorance," in this issue

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Leave him alone with the Russian cash cow!

Society We continue to receive numerous letters of response to the events of the 19th of December and the subsequent brutal government repression against the political opposition and the whole of civil society in Belarus.

Who is to blame for what happened on that cold December night? Can the West through economic and political sanctions to secure the release of arrested opposition politicians?

That's like trying to answer these questions our listener Levon Lieberman of Bobruisk, from a letter which will start today's conversation. He writes:

"In fact, those people do not commit antygramadskaga — he paid his own

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Political prisoners among the nominees for the award I Love Belarus

Society February 12 unregistered organization "Young Front" will present their award "I Love Belarus".Among other awards on a This year, claim:

politician Nikolai Statkevich; girl Anastasia Palazhanka; journalist Irina Khalip Koktysh, Natalia Radin and Kalinkina; poet and presidential candidate Nyaklyayeu; Swedish journalist Maria Sovderberg.

"Young Front" will announce the winners in the categories:

"Belarusization" "Politics" "Culture" "Sport" "Pro-Belarus" "Journalism" "Public decorum" "Fighter of the Year"

Award "I Love Belarus" is based "Young Front" in 2010. "The idea of premium — to try to gather in one room of those whose activities in various areas of public life, we can succinctly

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U.S. State Department: Sanctions are not the U.S. policy towards Belarus

Society Sanctions against Belarus are just a tool, but not a permanent U.S. policy towards the country. This was stated by the head of the Division of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, U.S. Department of State Lawrence Silverman.

"Sanctions — it's not a goal, it's not politics, it is a tool, a way to influence. Policy of the Obama administration is not only in the application of sanctions. We would certainly like to see other relationship with the government. Something similar happened in 2006, 2007 and 2008x … There were positive signs, "- said Silverman, speaking at the Brookings Institute.

On

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