The long road from slavery in Egypt

The opponents of Lukashenko society prone to mystical thinking, there is a theory that helps chronic Belarusian president to remain in power "dark forces", pulling at key moments the world's attention (as it is known, a single community, able to solve the main problem of the Belarusian democratic company) from Belarus loud events in other parts of the world. Thus, the election of 2001 remained in the shadow of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center before the 2004 referendum nobody cared because of the horrific terrorist attack in Beslan, in February 2006, has blazed "cartoon scandal", the French

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Repressed in trouble will not leave

Society Repressed and victims of political persecution Brest democratic organizations and parties offer assistance and compensation.

The head of the Brest regional branch of the Belarusian Free Trade Union Valentin Lazarenkov reported, the union negotiates with the Ukrainian colleagues that from Belarus will be able to relax in the summer thousands of people on the Black Sea. Ukrainian trade unions have made such a proposal in a month after the presidential elections in Belarus:

If we Ukraine offers such opportunities through their trade unions, this is what we call solidarity …

"The results of the election, the discussion of

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Foreign exchange market does not react to the credit of the EurAsEC

Society As the foreign exchange market has reacted to the decision of the Council of the EurAsEC Anti-Crisis Fund will give Belarus a loan of $ 3 billion over the next three years? Monitoring of exchange offices and banks shows that there is practically no reaction.

For nearly three months painting in currency exchange changes little. However, during the last days of wanting to buy dollars, euros, Russian rubles at the bank exchange rate supposedly less, but, as they say themselves "waiting list", it is a visual illusion. The process of self-organized, list control "people-counters." Meanwhile kanversavanyh owners to

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The building of the European Council held a picket in support of political prisoners in Belarus

Society In a demonstration attended by about 30 representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Belgium and Poland, as well as Dmitry Barodka, a confidant of former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov.

The protesters were carrying banners "Freedom to political prisoners", "Stop the Terror in Belarus."

The representative of the Belarusian diaspora Igor Lazarchuto announced that the next rally is planned at 13.00-15.00 European time.

U.S. senators call for targeted sanctions against the Belarusian regime

Society In an article in today's edition of The Washington Post Senators John Kerry (Democrat) and Joe Lieberman (Independent) urged the West to respond to the post-election crackdown in Belarus targeted economic-financial and visa sanctions. They write:

John Kerry

"The situation in Belarus requires a strong and uncompromising response from all sides. Political prisoners Belarusian regime, including four former presidential candidates, be released immediately, and their safety is guaranteed. While there is no clear and unambiguous evidence that the Belarusian government is committed to the fundamental rights of its citizens, we propose to make the following five steps:

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Sanctions of the EU and the U.S. will be simultaneously

Society As expected, the Council of the European Union today to approve the sanctions against the Belarusian authorities for the non-democratic presidential elections and the deployment of a wave of repression after them. United States intend to introduce their own additional sanctions against the official Minsk with the EU at the same time.

Thus The U.S. and EU are going to come up with a unified international message to the Belarusian authorities.

The meeting of the European Council on Foreign Affairs, which will bring together the heads of 27 foreign ministers of the EU member countries, scheduled for 16 hours,

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Young Front says the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the European Union

Society An unregistered organization "Young Front" addressed an open letter to the foreign ministers of the EU countries."You have a challenging task: the adoption of visa and economic sanctions against the perpetrators and executioners of the Belarusian people. On the eve of the Belarusian authorities was more openly ostentatious steps: released from the KGB jail journalists Natalia Radin, Sergei Wozniak, Irina Khalip, poet and former presidential candidate Vladimir Neklyaeva"- It is said in the letter.

"The political bargaining has already begun. So time for Europe to become a place of strong, not weak.'s Time to introduce tougher sanctions and take

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Kozulin: I was relieved only when the United States imposed economic sanctions

Society Jan. 31 foreign ministers of the European Union will consider the proposed resolution, adopted on 20 January at the European Parliament session in Strasbourg. A united Europe has finally determine its response to the post-election situation in Belarus.

What about the effect of sanctions thinking members of the presidential races in different years? A single candidate from the democratic opposition in the presidential election in 2001 Goncharik convinced that, together with the political restrictions on the top leadership of Belarus West needs to strengthen the support of civil society:

"I am generally against sanctions, even when I was

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Belarus once again fall into the same list Zymbabve, Myanmar and Transnistria

Society Today in Brussels European Council will consider the issue of sanctions against the official Minsk for the deployment of the country's wave of mass arrests.

European diplomats last week agreed on a list of more than 150 representatives of the Belarusian regime, who will be banned from entering the EU. This list now have to approve the foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries. They also have to approve other measures against the Belarusian authorities and in support of civil society in Belarus.

On the eve of the meeting of the European Council, we talked about the

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What to expect from Belarus today's meeting of the Council of the European Union?

Society Our radio correspondent in Brussels managed to find out some details of the resolution to be adopted today by the Council of the EU on sanctions against the Belarusian leadership.

May Katsyyanchych, Press Representative Catherine Ashton, the High representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, told us that the list of Belarusian officials against whom the visa sanctions will be applied, will be "significantly expanded" compared with the list in 2006, which was 41 people .

EU diplomat who asked to remain anonymous, told us that in the new list the visa ban would fall under the "more

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