The last presidential candidate was released in the morning on August 16 Tipo-law’s funeral. As it became clear later than August 15 Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree pardoning policy. Himself Alexander Kozulin states that no pardon did not ask.
Last year, when the issue of trade preferences in Europe Belarus, the Belarusian authorities released some political prisoners shortly before the end of their sentence.
Observers believe that at this point in the election campaign, the authorities may again go for such a step for the legitimization of the House of Representatives and the latest lifting of economic sanctions.
While behind bars remain Andrew Kim and Sergei Parsyukevich.
Alexander Kozulin meets with colleagues
Released from the bullpen Alexander Kozulin now held several meetings with opposition politicians. He avoids contact with journalists for a press conference to be held on August 20.
European Alliance welcomed the release of Alexander Kozulin
Along the way, the EU Commissioner for external relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner said that "relies on other positive actions of the Belarusian authorities." The European Union stands for the release of all political prisoners in Belarus.
PACE: "Release Kozulin — a step in the right direction"
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Lluis Maria de Puig praised Alyaksandr Kozulin. He noted that "the Assembly assist Belarus to join the family of European democracies is an asset, and the release of political prisoners is a necessary condition
"Amnesty International": release Kozulin — good news
"Amnesty International" and the International Federation for Human Rights welcomes the release of prisoner of conscience Alexander Kozulin. Dasledchytsa "Amnesty International" in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova Heather McGill said that Alyaksandr Kozulin — it is a pleasant and slightly sudden news.
V.Levaneuski: "Toward Freedom, too, need to get used to"
Former political prisoners and human rights activists welcomed the release from prison of Alexander Kozulin, also express outlook on the prospects of a possible premature release of Sergei Parsyukevich and Andrei Kim.
Belarusians in New York welcomed the release Kozulin
Another demonstration of solidarity with political prisoners have accomplished building of the Belarusian Embassy in New York. Belarusians welcomed the release of Alexander Kozulin and achieved complete liberation of all political prisoners.
Javier Solana welcomed the release Kozulin
High Commissioner EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana welcomed the release of Alexander Kozulin and expressed hope that it would promote "mutually beneficial" dialogue the EU and Belarus.
"Head A.Kozulin will try to compensate for the country from the Belarusian policy moral damages in the amount of 2 million euros," — referring to the lawyer Igor Rynkevich Interfax.
To morrow is held presidential elections in Belarus and would participate in them the same candidates as in March 2006, for whom would you vote? (National Survey 2-12 July 2008)
In 2006, the last rector of BSU and presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin was punished by five and a half years’ imprisonment for "hooliganism, a company and an active role in group activities that violated public policy." Many international organizations, the European Union and the United States considered him a political prisoner and insist on his release. Belarusian authorities do not agree, considering it a criminal offender. How do you think?
According to the independent Institute of Socio-economic and political research.
Kozulin: I can not accept a pardon
"I accept the release as a symbol of justice, but I can not accept a pardon on the moral and ethical judgment," — said in a statement Alexander Kozulin, disseminated by his press office.
A.Milinkevich "Kozulin strengthen democratic movement"
"I think this is not the case. I thought it would be at the end of the election, but was released earlier. Undoubtedly, this is due to the fact that the authorities are very profitable, that were evaluated certain progress in democratization, liberalization of Belarus — Alexander Milinkevich.
A.Levkovich: "The authorities wish to gain political dividends"
"The authorities are trying to show the intention to make a dialogue with the West and to conduct the election, political campaign," — said the chairman of Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada).
Kozulin postponed the meeting with journalists on Wednesday
Now the website is located Alexander Kozulin press release about the circumstances of the release of the political prisoner nedavneshnego. Alexander Kozulin was released August 16 from Vitebsk colony, where he served five and a half years in prison for malicious hooliganism.