It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on Belarus and equally long since much has been in the news about it. As I’ve taken a keen interest in following the events (i.e. the final days of the regime) in Belarus before the September elections, I thought I’d point readers to the news as well. When MosNews is not posting nude photos or pictures of underage girls, they do occasionally publish news.
Riot police have dispersed a peaceful rally held in the Belarus capital Minsk in memory of Russian journalist Dmitriy Zavadskiy who went missing in Belarus five years ago.Russia’s First Channel television reported that special purpose OMON police troops had been used to break up the rally, which had not been sanctioned but was peaceful in nature. One of the policemen hit Zavadskiy’s wife Svetlana in the face. The woman was admitted to hospital with head injuries on Thursday evening.
Sanctions against Belarus should be broadened, the European Parliament said in a resolution Thursday in response to what it described as violations of media freedom in that former Soviet state.The Belarus Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations, saying the authorities were upholding stability at a time when governments should be concentrating on the fight against terror.In a nonbinding resolution, Parliament condemned what it called “indiscriminate attacks” on media freedom under the government of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994.These have included “arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment of detainees, disappearances and politically motivated persecution,” Parliament said.The resolution urged the executive European Commission and European Union member governments to create a support program for independent journalists. It also envisioned a possible ban on visas for Belarus officials implicated in abridging press freedoms.In Minsk, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ruslan Yesin, dismissed the resolution. “When issues of fighting terrorism are center stage throughout the world, some parliamentarians still discuss the affairs of a country with a stable political and socioeconomic system,” he said.
23 U.S. Citizens Detained in Belarus
Belarus law enforcers have detained 23 U.S. citizens for staying in the country without proper registration, the Interfax news agency reports. The agency quoted a source in the Belarus Interior Ministry as saying that the U.S. citizens were detained by officers of the Belarus State Security Committee, KGB, on Thursday afternoon near the village of Nikolayevschina in the Stolbtsovo region. All of the detained were reportedly on Belarus territory without state registration. Written reports of the incident were made.