Today's edition of The Washington Post in an editorial mentions New Year's reading of the names of more than 700 prisoners in Belarusian Radio Liberty and calls on Western politicians to take sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
"In the New Year's weekend a group of world leaders took part in a remarkable protest against the crackdown of political demonstrations in Belarus — a country which is sometimes called the last dictatorship in Europe. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Vaclav Havel, but senior members of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the House of Representatives adopted participation in special programs of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Each of the participants read a certain number of names from a total of 700 people detained regime of Alexander Lukashenko after a dubious election on December 19, "- says a leading U.S. newspaper
Reminding about the arrests of opponents of Lukashenko after a demonstration on December 19, The Washington Post writes:
"Blow Mr. Lukashenko instantly averted what some saw creeping movement toward political liberalization and greater independence from Russia, which tries to link the participation of Belarus in the new authoritarian Union. Blow strongly embarrassed EU diplomats who offered Mr. Lukashenko $ 3.6 billion assistance in exchange for fair elections. He also raised the issue, the nuclear deal signed with the Obama administration regime for two weeks before the election — in which Belarus supported one of the cherished goals of President Obama, agreeing to give up the stocks of highly enriched uranium — was not conceived as a Buy tolerance Washington to strengthen the position of Mr. Lukashenko. "
Recalling that the Obama administration condemned the crackdown Minsk demonstration in a joint statement dyarzhasakratara Hillary Clinton and EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton, in which they warned about the review of relations with Minsk, The Washington Post adds:
"So far, however, these words have not gone the actions that would impose economic sanctions on Mr Lukashenko and his gang of employees, although Poland has made unilateral action here. Broader measures are readily available: To start, Western governments could re-impose visa sanctions and zamarozhanne assets of the Belarusian top officials, who were shot in 2008. List could would be expanded to include officials involved in the arrest and any future litigation, but state-owned companies to add. "
Read about the action names of prisoners in the ether of the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty and writes The Economist, which states:
"What to do with Belarus, where dozens of opposition activists in detention (some of them have not seen since his arrest), waiting for the bogus charges of disorderly conduct? American hookworm luminaries in the field of Human Rights doing their job by reading the names of those who are sitting in prison, in the transfer of the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Among them, the former president George Bush, Czech and Polish Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Radek Sikorski, Vaclav Havel and others. Listen to this program (link to a site on whiteRussian language, but now is a good time to learn a little bit of the language, or use Google Translate). And thanked them for their own freedom. "