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Of Belarus, the Czech Republic came back a group of Czech senators, members of the Standing Committee in strengthening democracy in the world. One of them, Thomas Yirsa, offered his afterword to the visit and about, which translated He said at a press conference in Minsk happened key misunderstanding.

"When he left, I would like to say that we have no problem with the fact that the Czech Republic has continued to further support Belarus at the level of bilateral relations as well as at the level of the European Union" — then said Tomas Yirsa. An official translation in Russian sounded "and there should be no reason, run the Czech Republic to support the Republic of Belarus …" Readers of our website reproached us that Radio Liberty and filed inaccurate paraphrase. Today, Senator Thomas Yirsa Radio Svoboda your press release, and offered an interview.

Senator highlights four points, which, in his opinion, harm the image of Belarus as a European country: the death

Image of Belarus as a European country harm: the death penalty, unfair elections, criminalization of "non-registered organizations," state regulation of the media and the Internet.

Kara and unfair elections, criminalization of "non-registered organizations," state regulation of the media and the Internet. Mr. Yirsa repeated his words about the need for cooperation with Belarus and the Czech Republic said:

(Yirsa): At the press-conference in Minsk, one of the journalists complained that our official visit to Parliament we witnessed him recognition. To this I replied in time when the opposition is completely disconnected with no one to guide the formal negotiations except with a modern parliament, although there are doubts about the fairness of the elections. Of course, the Czech Republic at the state level supports the opposition, but must negotiate with the current regime, a modern administration, because it makes decisions: on visas for Belarusian policy direction, the accession or non Belarus to certain structures. Opposition pressure has an effect on the decisions of power — it is the democratic system, when someone in authority, someone in the opposition and criticize power, the power to somehow adjust its course. Therefore, the Czech Republic and support the opposition.

You have been in Belarus for more than ten times. However, the last visit was made possible after a long break, if you have been refused a visa. How has Belarus?

— M. rises backwoods worth it. But politically Belarus spin in one place. All the time topchatsesya on the spot, in the six years that have not been there, I have, unfortunately, no political changes are not seen. We, the representatives of Central Europe, the former member of the so-called "Eastern Bloc" is simply hard to imagine that Lenin was able to stand in front of the parliament, which will street names and collective Dzerzhinsky, Krupskaya, all of the characters that remain of the former Soviet Union. I understand that

Minsk rises backwoods worth it. But politically Belarus spin in one place ..

Belarus for several generations belonged to the Soviet Union. And yet, those mass graves in Kurapaty, where we laid a wreath are a typical example of the fact that Lukashenka's state power can not adblytatstsa the Soviet ideology of the Communist filing stories, and so those Kurapaty so for society and are not open.

How do you assess the state of the Belarusian opposition before the elections? As far as a surprise to you is that the agreement on a single candidate is not expected?

— I think this is a great misfortune that the Belarusian opposition is not able to join together in a number of standard political parties. Razyadnanasts huge, and this is due, apparently, to those people Opposition today have never lived in a democracy, nor their parents or grandparents did not live … The history of democratic Belarus was very short, so it will be difficult to unite the opposition. It is clear that this plays into the hands of Lukashenko. On the other hand, we met with several emerging parties, they might be hope, so I hope for their success.

Your visit to Minsk coincided with the centenary of the Belarusian poet, former Czechoslovak citizen of Larissa

The Belarusian opposition is not able to join together in a number of standard political parties. Razyadnanasts huge.

Heniyush. A surprising coincidence was the fact that the open board her memory did not succeed in any Zelva nor Vawkavysk nor in Prague …

— We talked about it with the Czech Ambassador in Minsk. He assured that in the Czech Republic this is not a problem, but is that Belarusians have agreed on who will be the one board. The fact that this board is not in Belarus, we also discussed at several meetings. One of the Belarusian politicians explained by the fact that Mr. President does not understand the verse and therefore does not realize who she was Larissa Heniyush. I must say that I personally know about it, about how it has helped people respected presence at the celebration of its centennial in a castle Vimperk. When we were in the new library in Minsk, we were asked to find a catalog of her works. Also a big impression in the museum of the book at us made the first Belarusian Bible, which was published in 1517 in Prague Francis Skoryna.

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