The foreign ministers of Germany and the UK: Confronting Lukashenko

Society The world is watching with growing horror at how the past eighteen months the Belarusian regime ruthlessly and systematically trying to dismantle the civil society and the opposition of a newborn at home, writing in the pages of The Wall Street Journal foreign ministers of Britain and Germany, William Hague and Guido Westerwelle.

Guido Westerwelle

They call for action: "At the next meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Committee, we urge the EU to re-impose strict set of sanctions against Belarus and consider other measures against Lukashenko's regime. We can not close our eyes to the fact

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Who's afraid of wolves and sanctions?

Society At the end of the debate the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution which did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and considers it necessary to impose sanctions. Details of voting and the response from Minsk.

The resolution was voted the overwhelming majority of the deputies of the Assembly. In defense of the official Minsk were only representatives of the Russian delegation, together with the Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov. MP from Lithuania Emanuelis Zingeris after the vote on the resolution, told "Freedom":

"Mr. Zyuganov taught how to live. He

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Tom Stoppard: Personal contact leads to action

Society English-language channel Al Jazeera English broadcast an interview with a famous British playwright Tom Stoppard, where the main topic was the political repression in Belarus "Free Theatre" and the role of creative people in the struggle for freedom.

To the question of why Tom Stoppard became interested in the subject of Belarus, English playwright said it happened quite unexpectedly.

Stoppard"With me zvyazalisya banned in Belarus actors (" Free Theatre ") and asked for their support. So I decided to meet them. This was somewhat years. Since then, I keep a relationship with them. I also watched how they

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The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders calls to stop the persecution in Belarus

Society The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders appealed to the authorities of Belarus with an immediate statement, which calls on the Government of Belarus to immediately stop all forms of harassment of human rights defenders in the country.

Statement draws attention Belarusian authorities the inadmissibility of persecution of human rights defenders. The document mentions the recent warning issued by the Belarusian Helsinki Committee for an appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

"The Observatory considers that the warning issued by the BHC is a direct reprisal for the lawful use

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Lukashenko has made it clear that he is ready for a political bargaining

Society At the end of the debate the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution on Belarus. As her comments in Minsk?The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that so far have not received the text of the PACE resolution.

A spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh"We do not yet have information on the decision and therefore there is nothing we can not comment."

Milinkevich

The leader of the movement "For Freedom" Milinkevich noted the joint position of the European institutions:

"The most important thing — it shows that the different structures that exist

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And where riots?

Society Well, here I could not believe that the broken glass at the Government House penal law allows us to treat as a "riot." And rightly so — says Svetlana Kalinkina in his blog, which reprints the "Belarusian Partisan".

Straight from the tin Scientific and practical commentary to the Criminal Code, which finally appeared in stores in Minsk, indicates that Article 293 of the Criminal Code (namely, it is charged to the prisoners "American") are not written about the events of December 19.

To quote our theorists of criminal law:

"Riots in the sense of art.293 must be

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Sanctions: Pros and Cons

Society Social activist, an observer for the presidential elections of 2010 Valentine Svyatskaya hopes that the previous text of the resolution approved by MEPs on January 20, did not experience much change in the next Monday.

On conviction Svyatskov, in the current environment against the Belarusian regime should be applied possible increasingly restrictive measures. Concerns about this — they say that ordinary citizens of the country will suffer — it admyatae:

"I fully support everything that was mentioned in the EP resolution. Actually, I must say that such stringent documents has never taken against Belarus. All appropriate and) because sanctions

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PACE Resolution on Belarus

Society The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 27 January adopted a resolution on the situation in Belarus after the presidential election:

First Parliamentary Assembly deplores the unprecedented wave of violence, intimidation, mass arrests and persecution of political opponents, human rights defenders, media workers, students and citizens of Belarus that followed the announcement of the results of the presidential elections held in Belarus on 19 December 2010.

More than 600 second the man wasand arrested, including presidential candidates, while attacks and raids were conducted in the homes of opposition leaders, human rights activists and journalists, as well as

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Growing trade deficit

Society The trade deficit in goods and services in Belarus in January-April 2011 amounted to $ 2 billion 800.4 million, which is 2.1 times more than the same period last year. It is said statistical report of the National Bank of Belarus.

In April trade deficit fell to $ 399.3 million from $ 879.4 million in March, $ 921.1 million in February and $ 554 million in January.

Merchandise trade deficit for 4 months increased by 1.8 times — up to $ 3 billion 470.3 million trade surplus in services increased by 11.2% — to $ 669.9 million

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European Commissioner: Belarusian gas transit will become unnecessary Europe

Society The Russian newspaper "The View" cites the new EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, who said that the introduction of a gas pipeline "Nord Stream" and "South Stream" will make it unnecessary hydrocarbon transit through Ukraine and Belarus.

We offer you an abridged translation of the publication.

The introduction of the gas pipeline "Nord Stream" and "South Stream" will make it unnecessary hydrocarbon transit through Ukraine and Belarus. This statement was made by the European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger.

Refusing to transit officials expect to receive gas and pipeline Nabucco, which competes with the "South Stream".

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