European Parliament committee that decides

Society Tomorrow Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament will hold a hearing on the situation in Belarus. From our correspondent in Brussels Rickard Ezvyak.

The hearing will be held before the full session of European Parliament, to be held in late January. It is expected that the European Parliament will adopt a resolution that condemns the events that took place during and after the disputed elections on December 19. It is assumed that the resolution will demand the release of all political prisoners in Belarus, as well as a call for the EU to liberalize the visa regime

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Ashton will require the release of political prisoners Martynov

Society EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton during a meeting with Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov will demand the release of political prisoners. This is BelaPAN reported Katsyyanchych May, a spokesman for Lady Ashton. According to her, the meeting is scheduled politicians in Brussels on January 12.

The phone Catherine Ashton confirmed that it has very accurately confirm the immutability of the previously announced by the EU's position towards Belarus and call to release all those detained for political reasons. Evrachynovnitsa also try to convey to the Belarusian authorities to respect the position

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Christmas tree in the Belarusian Cathedral in New York City

Society In the Sunday, January 9, after the bishop's liturgy at the Cathedral of St.. Cyril of Turov in New York, in the parish hall, was held on Christmas tree for the children with their parents.

At the Department of the Belarusian emigrants came from New York City and the surrounding area.

The children sang songs, recited poems and receive a gift from St. Nicholas, then drove with her parents dance. All participants were singing Christmas carols. And then listening to Christmas songs performed by the famous singer Danchika exile.

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Bulgaria — for further sanctions against Minsk

Society Bulgaria insists on continuing political pressure and tougher sanctions on the Belarusian authorities to force them to respect human rights, said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladen.

"I think that with regard to Belarus still should use a different tool: pressure, pressure categorical, sanctions and support for the opposition," — he said at a meeting with Russian journalists in Moscow on Friday.

So the minister replied to the question whether Bulgaria considers appropriate in respect of the use of the tactics of the Belarusian authorities' compliance Human Rights in exchange for European credits for Belarus. "

Mladen reminded that on

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The currency exchange fee increases 200 times

Society From 12 January, the purchase and sale of foreign currency at the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange have to pay a fee of 2% of the transaction amount. It is 200 times more than they spend now.

Notice of increase of commission extended the National Bank of Belarus. That's it — the main shareholder of the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange. The official explanation — it is necessary to align the conditions for currency transactions on the stock exchange and OTC market.

Stanislav Bogdanovich — The former chairman of the National Bank of Belarus — says that

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The mysterious mission Martynov in Brussels

Society Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov is on a working visit to Brussels. No details about the meeting, the Minister of his agency provides.

As it turned out, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov left Minsk last week. Over the weekend in Prague, he had a meeting with the European Commissioner in the Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule. The Foreign Ministry about it do not say anything, but the press service of Mr. Fule reported:

Commissioner Füle handed former appeal to the Belarusian authorities that made Catherine Ashton …

"First of all I must say that it

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Russia and Belorussia?

Society Every day during the summer on the site of Liberty new page book by Alexander Lukashuk "Liharev. Oswald in Minsk."

The first U.S. ambassador to the independent Belarus David Swartz loved to show Oswald's house guests from Washington — they are frozen in surprise, which causes sudden encounter with history. Everyone thought that Oswald lived in Moscow.

If Swartz flew to Minsk in 1992, he also knew nothing about the life of an American citizen there Oswald — only knew that he lived in the Soviet Union.

David Swartz

Swartz was a career diplomat, who in 1972 was

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Changing course in relations with Belarus

Society We offer you a translation of the article Yerga Forbrig (Joerg Forbrig), one of the leaders of the program for Central and Eastern Europe Marshall Fund of the "Germany-USA" in Berlin, published in today's edition of the International Herald Tribune.

EU policy towards Belarus in tatters. Two years of contacts with the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the direct cooperation within the framework of the "Eastern Partnership" soft push, aimed at providing at least some space for the Democrats in the country — all over the collapse of December 19, when police suppressed a courageous mass protest against electoral fraud

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Ashton: The Belarusian authorities have remained a matter of days and hours

According to the Company's press service Catherine Ashton, "The high representative of the EU recalled Sergei Martynov, that the European Union is considering appropriate measures in response to the post-election events in Belarus in order to approve them at a meeting of the Council of Foreign Affairs on January 31. "

Ashton called for the "immediate release of those detained on political grounds, and an immediate end to persecution of the opposition and democratic forces and civil society."

Before meeting with Martynov Ashton met with representatives of the Belarusian democratic forces and relatives of the defendants in the case

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What prompted Europe Milinkevich?

Society Jan. 12 in the European Parliament will be held a special meeting on the situation in Belarus. According to the Belarusian issue will perform Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule, the head of the OSCE ODIHR mission in the 2010 elections Geert Ahrens and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the presidency of the OSCE, Evaldas Ignatavičius.

Invited to a meeting of representatives of the Belarusian delegation political parties and public organizations, as well as relatives detained in the case on December 19.

It is assumed that at the meeting, Leader of the movement "For

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