Authorities sharply increase the price of beer, vodka and cigarettes

Society The Belarusian government has prepared a draft state solution, if adopted with effect from January this year, excise duties on beer, vodka and cigarettes will rise by 4-5 times, said the agency "Interfax-West" a source in the bodies of state administration.

"Excise taxes are traditionally indexed each year in line with inflation. In This year, Economy Ministry expects inflation to 40%, with the new excise he wasand increased by 8%. To protect the relevant budget income from inflation is offered in proportion to increase the rates of excise duty, "- said the source.

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Of oil to the refinery — only until the end of January

Society In Moscow continues talks on Russian oil supplies to Belarus 2011y. Meanwhile raw materials to Belarusian refineries does not arrive. According to the Petroleum Information Agency at the Ministry of Energy of Russia in connection with the change of mode of levying duties, shall be adjusted accordingly in the contracts. Now negotiations are solely between business entities.

In the oil company "Rosneft" in turn, confirmed that the supply of oil to Belarusian refineries are not carried out because the company is in talks with Belarusian partners on terms of the sale of oil and its processing. The company

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A.Rubinov — about the causes of the Western reaction

Society Claims of Western politicians and experts to how were held in Belarus presidential election, and suggestions for sanctions are not connected with the process of voting, said today the chairman of the National Assembly of Belarus Anatoly Rubinov.

According to him, first of all, do not understand the claims of violation "of some European standards for elections." No list of these standards did not serve anybody. By international observers did not have any major complaints about the voting process. It was said that, that a large number of people voted early. However, it is their right, and it is

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Opposition offers Europe a new policy

Society The Western media continues to write about the situation around Belarus, about today's meeting of the European Parliament on the issue of sanctions against Belarus, about the performances of the Belarusian opposition in Europe. We bring to your attention the publication in today's issue of The Washington Rost and The New York Times. 

Belarusian opposition calls on the EU to adopt a new strategy

The New York Times

Belarusian opposition calls on the EU to adopt a new strategy: to drastically reduce contacts with the Belarusian authorities at the same time enhancing the support of civil society. This was

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Tuition fees in higher education will grow by nearly a third

Society Universities raise the prices of training for paying students. The formal reason — increase the tariff rate of the first rank. While the exact new prices for tuition only published in the Academy of Management under the President. The other institutions of higher learning while preparing documents.

In the beginning of the school year, full-time students of the Academy of Management paid 3.99 million, and from January 1 — 5170000. Height — up to 30%! The fact that the tuition increase, a spokesman for the Belarusian State University Olga Shchedrin confirms:

"That's right. But we do not say what

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Kastusyou not allowed to travel to Warsaw

Society KGB investigator did not allow ex-presidential candidate Grigory Kastusyou travel to Warsaw to participate in the conference, which will discuss the situation in Belarus.

This was Interfax reported in the press service of the Belarusian Popular Front party.

"The former presidential candidate is one of the suspects in the December 19-20 (of the riots) and without permission of the investigator does not allowed travel outside of Belarus ", — the press-service.

BPF conference in Warsaw will be its chairman Yanukevich. The meeting will participate Belarusian and Polish politicians, as well as relatives of the arrested.

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The index of economic freedom in Belarus again a little worse

Society Index Economic Freedom compares the conditions for economic development in 179 countries of the world.

In the ranking of countries are assessed on 10 indicators that reflect different aspects of economic life, freedom of enterprise, trade and tax system, government spending, pricing policies, freedom of investment, banking system, providing private ownership of pasyagannyav state, the level of corruption in the economy, the labor market. Each of these indicators, as well as the overall index of economic freedom is measured by a scale stoballnoy — 100 points correspond to the maximum of freedom, 0 — minimum.

This year Belarus received

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What has happened can not be considered a defeat for Democrats

Society Many people in today's Belarus believe that after the 19th December of 2010, the country became the other. And it's not just the fact that over a short strip of the so-called "liberalization", when it was possible, without fear, to gather with like-minded people on the street to talk "politics" not only in the kitchen and even occasionally hear seditious thoughts on state television.

The upshot is not only a political thaw. Dramatically changed the attitude of the world to the Belarusian regime. Virtually buried hopes for closer ties with the West, to large-scale Western investment … The

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Jerzy Buzek: Our guests from Belarus — it's actually the winners of the last presidential election

Society In Brussels, a meeting of the Committee for International Affairs of the European Parliament — it considered the situation in Belarus. The discussion was attended by the members of the delegation for relations with Belarus and human rights sub-committee in the European Parliament, representatives of the Belarusian democratic forces.

Carried live webcast. At the end of the session the Belarusian delegation handed MEP white-red-white scarves. As explained in his speech Neklyaeva Eve, she is the daughter of the poet, believes in the power of symbolic steps, but first of all Europe needs to make concrete steps to stringent

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Oil supplies stopped. Another step of the Kremlin?

Society From 1 January 2011, Russian companies have stopped the supply of oil to Belarusian refineries. They propose to increase the price of hydrocarbons for Belarus for $ 45 per ton.

In the State Concern "Belneftekhim" explained that oil supplies to Belarus discontinued due to lack of contracts. A spokesman of the State Concern "Belneftekhim" Marina Kastsyuchenka announced the continuation of the negotiations with the Russian side.

"It's a common thing ended Year ended one contract begins. Due to the fact that the big Christmas holidays in Russia, these negotiations are not over yet. Talks with entities owned

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