Archives

News – belsat.eu, Minsker beaten and abducted by masked men now in critical condition, on November 12, 2020 6:18 AM at 6:18 AM

Read More

Raman Bandarenka.

On November 11, masked men battered Minsk resident Raman Bandarenka. The 31-year-old man is unconscious, his condition is critical.

On Wednesday evening, plainclothes people arrived at the popular offstreet yard known as ‘Square of Change’ and started to remove white and red ribbons, which aroused the local residents’ indignation. A fight broke out; Bandarenka was thrown into a van and driven away (video below: TG @motolko help).

At the moment, Raman Bandarenka is in the neurosurgery unit of the emergency care hospital in Minsk; notably, he was taken there from Tsentralny district police department where he spent about two hours.

According to the doctors, the man is in ‘extremely critical condition’. He has been diagnosed with closed craniocerebral injury, acute subdural head hematomas, brain haemorrhage. The man slipped into a coma, his relative told Belsat TV. Some doctors speaking on condition of anonymity have confirmed that the patient was beaten by pro-government forces.

When reached by journalists, Raman’s mother has declined to comment on the situation.

Raman Bandarenka resides in one of the blocks of flats not far from the improvised ‘Square of Change in Charvyakou Street. Previously, the man served with the internal troops in the so-called spetsnaz unit 3214. He is the director at one of the Cleanness Island shops.

“Yesterday Raman Bandarenka was beaten up in the Square of Change. Now he is in hospital, his condition is grave. He has very severe head injuries and cerebral edema. After all that has been done to him, Roman may die. All of us hope for the best. But we realise that his blood is on the hands of the regime which is trying to save itself at the cost of the lives of Belarusians,” opposition politician Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Thursday.

In turn, the Belarusian Interior Ministry says that the policemen found ‘a 31-year-old citizen who got injures in a fight’ and law enforcement officers called an ambulance.

“The man has been hospitalised. The conflict is known to have started over the white-red-white ribbons that were hanged in the yard. A check into this fact in underway,” the statement reads.

Doctor in shock after police brutality and torture in jail

belsat.eu

, On November 11, masked men battered Minsk resident Raman Bandarenka. The 31-year-old man is unconscious, his condition is critical.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Total Lawlessness In Residential Complex “Cascade”: Fascists Break Into Minsk Residents’ Apartments, on November 12, 2020 3:30 AM at 3:30 AM

Read More
Eight buses with people in balaclavas have arrived in the revolutionary district., Eight buses with people in balaclavas have arrived in the revolutionary district.

News – belsat.eu, Belarusian athlete in wheelchair found guilty of participating in unauthorised event, on November 11, 2020 9:36 AM at 9:36 AM

Read More

ВViktar Zakharyeu in courtroom. 11 November 2020. Photo: Belsat.eu

Viktar Zakharyeu, the only Belarusian crossfit instructor who uses a wheelchair, has been tried in Savetski district court of Minsk on Wednesday. The man has first-degree disability.

He was charged under Art. 23.34 (violating rules of holding mass events). On October 4, the man showed up at the protest march on October, 4.

The hearing was supposed to take place on the first floor, but it was moved to a courtroom on the ground floor because there is no elevator in the building.

ВViktar Zakharyeu at court building. 11 November 2020. Photo: belsat.eu

Policeman Hromau who was giving testimony in court claimed that Zakharyeu took an active part in the rally, chanted ‘Long live Belarus’ and waved his arms. In turn, the defendant opposed, saying that he hardly could be spotted in waving, since he needed to turn the wheels of the chair with the help of his hands.

However, the judge remained dismissive of Viktar Zakharyeu’s words and imposed a fine of 405 rubles on him.

The protest rallies in Belarus have been underway for three months. The major demands are Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s resignation, holding a free and fair election, releasing political prisoners, putting an end to police violence as well as state-run TV stations’ providing people with unbiased and reliable information. According to human rights activists’ estimates, more than 17,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the election day; many of them were beaten or tortured, some were raped. There are at least six death cases that are linked to the post-election protests. Hundreds are parties to criminal proceedings, the number of political prisoners exceeded 120.

People with disabilities protesting in Minsk

АА, belsat.eu

, Viktar Zakharyeu, the only Belarusian crossfit instructor who uses a wheelchair, has been tried in Savetski district court of Minsk on Wednesday. The man has first-degree disability. He was charged under Art. 23.34 (violating rules of holding mass events). On October 4, the man showed up at the protest march on October, 4. The hearing

News – belsat.eu, Lukashenka insists on establishing state trade unions in private companies, on November 11, 2020 7:55 AM at 7:55 AM

Read More

Alaksandr Łukaszenka i Michaił Orda, zdj.: president.gov.ua
Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Mikhail Orda. Photo: president.gov.by

On November 10, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with Mikhail Orda, Head of the Federation of Belarusian Trade Unions. In Belarus, the organisation is involved in promoting state ideology and supporting the regime; according to its critics, it has little to do with defending workers’ rights.

“We have agreed that trade unions will be established at all private enterprises by the end of 2020. This issue should be handled by the end of the year,” state-run news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka

If such trade union has not been founded in a company, it will be closed down, he warned, slamming the businesspeople who joined the protests.

“We see in what manner some people behave; they have set a course for destroying the state and statehood in our country. Well, we will sort things out,” the politician promised.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka suggested that the economic situation in Belarus could worsen.

“We will cope with the situation, but it will not be easy <…> But we have to inform people of it, convey the information about difficult times’ coming to people, to workers’ collectives, to organisations,” he added.

‘From own sources’: Coordination Council gets info on would-be amending Constitution

Such threats against businesses are unfounded; it is the employees and workers who should set up trade unions, Alyaksandr Yarashuk, a representative of the independent Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions, told news agency BelaPAN. According to him, similar demands voiced by Lukashenka in 2015 ended in nothing. At that time, window-dressing trade unions were established at many enterprises.

“And then the regime was in control of the situation. Currently, they [officials] need to think not about how to create trade unions in private firms, but how to survive,” he stressed.

On the back of the presidential election held in August, workers began to withdraw from the membership in pro-government trade unions and join independent ones. The exact number of leavers is not reported.

At crossroads: Belarusians striking and protesting (photos, video)

belsat.eu

, On November 10, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with Mikhail Orda, Head of the Federation of Belarusian Trade Unions. In Belarus, the organisation is involved in promoting state ideology and supporting the regime; according to its critics, it has little to do with defending workers’ rights.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, ‘Lukashenka Should Run For His Life Instead Of Making Plans For Future’, on November 11, 2020 6:20 AM at 6:20 AM

Read More
Literally tomorrow we will see a large-scale failure of yet another undertaking by the usurper., Literally tomorrow we will see a large-scale failure of yet another undertaking by the usurper.

News – belsat.eu, Belarus experiencing external forces’ attack on sovereignty – Putin, on November 11, 2020 5:30 AM at 5:30 AM

Read More

Putin kremlin.ru
Vladimir Putin. 10 November 2020. Photo: kremlin.ru

On November 10, Russian leader Vladimir Putin chaired a videoconference meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council. In the course of the event, he touched on the subject of protests in Belarus.

Belarusian Prime Minister Raman Halouchanka also took mart in Tuesday’s meeting; Belarus was granted observer status in the organisation in 2015.

According to Putin, the increased number of attempts of ‘direct foreign interference’ in the internal affairs of several states involved in SCO activities is one more open challenge to common security.

“I am referring to the blatant infringement on sovereignty, attempts to split societies, change the countries’ path of development and sever the existing political, economic and humanitarian ties that took centuries to develop. An attack of this kind has been directed by external forces against Belarus, an observer country of the SCO,” the Russian President stressed.

In the wake of the latest presidential election, Belarusians are facing ‘unprecedented pressure, sanctions, provocations, information war’, Vladimir Putin believes.

“We regard this as unacceptable that external forces are trying to enforce any decisions on the Belarusian people. They must be given time to sort things out and take whatever steps may be necessary. The same is true of the recent developments in Kyrgyzstan and the unfolding internal political fighting in Moldova,” he added.

Russia’s foreign intel head Naryshkin arrives in Minsk, meets with Lukashenka

Earlier, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that there had been ‘an attempt to bring about a change of power’ in Belarus with the financial and political backing of the West.

On August 9, the presidential vote was held in Belarus; its official results were not recognised by the EU and the United States. The Kremlin, in turn, acknowledged the legitimacy of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s sixth presidency. Moscow sees no sense in establishing contacts with representatives of the opposition Coordination Council set up by Lukashenka’s election opponent Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her associates, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Belarusian counterpart Uladzimir Makey.

In late August, Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s forming a reserve force of law enforcement officers to ‘help’ Belarus if necessary. According to him, Russian forces will not be used ‘until the extremist elements in Belarus, under the guise of political slogans, cross the border, start to simply rob people, start burning cars, houses, banks, try to seize administrative buildings and so on’.

Putin forms reserve force of law enforcement officers ‘to help’ Belarus

belsat.eu, following kremlin.ru

, On November 10, Russian leader Vladimir Putin chaired a videoconference meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council. In the course of the event, he touched on the subject of protests in Belarus.

News – belsat.eu, How will US elections affect Belarus?, on November 11, 2020 2:46 AM at 2:46 AM

Read More

The intrigue with the US presidential election is drawing to a close. Although there are no official voting results yet, candidate Joe Biden has already declared victory. Donald Trump disagrees. What are possible changes for Belarus?

Donald Trump has not made public statements for several days. He speaks to voters exclusively through Twitter. His Democratic opponent Joe Biden is in a hurry to declare victory and urge Americans to unite.

Almost a week has passed since the United States elections, but the official results have yet to be announced. Meanwhile, the leaders of Canada, France, Israel and other countries congratulated Joe Biden on his victory. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is considered by the United States to be the only elected leader of the Belarusian people, also sent congratulations.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has refrained from congratulating Biden. He recently called the US elections “a mockery of democracy.”

Our experts hope that the United States will pay more attention to the Eastern European region and Belarus in particular.

At the beginning of the year, the United States declared its support of the independence of Belarus, offered assistance in the energy sector, and even intended to send its ambassador to Minsk after a 12-year break. The events that followed the August 9 elections dramatically changed the situation, says political columnist Vitaly Tsyhankou. The US can again unfreeze the sanctions that were introduced by the Belarus Democracy Act.

Formally, the new US president will be considered elected in December. But his inauguration will take place only in January next year.

Ihar Stankevich, Belsat

, Our experts hope that the United States will pay more attention to the Eastern European region and Belarus in particular.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Expert: It Will Not Be Possible to Return Belarus to the State “as Before the Elections”, on November 11, 2020 1:42 AM at 1:42 AM

Read More
The overwhelming majority of Belarusians are still determined to fight for regime change., The overwhelming majority of Belarusians are still determined to fight for regime change.

Deutsche Welle, UK Foreign Office expels Belarusian diplomats in tit-for-tat move, on November 10, 2020 1:16 PM at 1:16 PM

Read More
Britain has sent home two Belarusian diplomats in response to the expulsion of two UK diplomats by Minsk. The spat comes after the UK imposed a travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko and his son in September., Britain has sent home two Belarusian diplomats in response to the expulsion of two UK diplomats by Minsk. The spat comes after the UK imposed a travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko and his son in September.

World news | The Guardian, UK expels Belarus diplomats in tit-for-tat move, on November 10, 2020 9:49 AM at 9:49 AM

Read More

Foreign Office retaliates after expulsion of British diplomats following protests in Minsk

Britain has expelled two Belarusian diplomats in response to the removal of two UK envoys from the former Soviet bloc country, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said.

The move came after the British diplomats, including a defence attache, were ordered home from the capital, Minsk.

Continue reading…
, Foreign Office retaliates after expulsion of British diplomats following protests in Minsk
Britain has expelled two Belarusian diplomats in response to the removal of two UK envoys from the former Soviet bloc country, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said.
The move came after the British diplomats, including a defence attache, were ordered home from the capital, Minsk. Continue reading…

Sputnik News – World News, Breaking News & Top Stories, UK Expels 2 Belarusian Diplomats as Mirror Response to Minsk Actions, Foreign Secretary Says, on November 10, 2020 8:31 AM at 8:31 AM

Read More
After incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won the vote by a landslide in August, several countries, including the UK, the US, as well as the European Union, criticised the Belarusian authorities for alleged election fraud and violence against protesters., After incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won the vote by a landslide in August, several countries, including the UK, the US, as well as the European Union, criticised the Belarusian authorities for alleged election fraud and violence against protesters.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Personal Data of Security Officials From the Savetski District Department of Internal Affairs of Minsk Appeared on the Internet, on November 10, 2020 7:15 AM at 7:15 AM

Read More
Their actions have been compared with the behavior of the Nazi occupiers., Their actions have been compared with the behavior of the Nazi occupiers.

News – belsat.eu, Electricity production on hold as equipment needs replacement at Belarusian NPP, on November 10, 2020 5:54 AM at 5:54 AM

Read More

The equipment at the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant that was launched a few days ago has failed. During the tests at the first unit, “the need to replace some electrical measuring equipment” was revealed, the Ministry of Energy said. These works have just started. At the same time, according to the representatives of the Ministry, “all technological systems operate in the regular mode”.

In spite of what has happened, the atomic plant workers continue the power launch of the plant. This stage provides for operating modes of the power unit at various power levels and verification of the power system performance in case of its repeated decrease. The country’s authorities assure that the tests are conducted “in accordance with the stage program”.

At the same time, according to the independent media TUT.BY with reference to its source, on the eve when the first power unit stopped generating power and the turbine was stopped, there were several explosions of transformers at one of the units connected to the generator. They were ruined. It would take a long time to replace the equipment, so the power would probably not be generated.

The accident at the Belarusian nuclear power plant occurred the day after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s visit to the plant, who officially opened the facility. Commissioning of the plant had been postponed several times. It was planned to open even before the presidential elections on August 9. However, as a result, loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor of the first power unit of Astravets NPP started only on August 7, and on November 3 the plant started to produce the first kilowatt hours and became part of the country’s energy system.

The Belarusian NPP has been under construction in Astravets since 2011 by the state corporation Rosatom. The second unit of the nuclear power plant is planned to be launched in 2021. The plant is located 40 km from Vilnius, its construction is being actively opposed by the Lithuanian authorities. They tried to block the construction of the NPP with the help of the European Union authorities. Lithuania has many times sent protest notes and urged the official Minsk not to launch the plant. Vilnius believes that the Belarusian nuclear power plant was built in violation of international nuclear safety standards. The Lithuanian parliament even declared the plant a “threat to national security”.

The BelNPP with two VVER-1200 reactors with a total capacity of 2,400 MW “is being built according to the Russian project “NPP-2006″, which refers to the evolutionary projects of NPP with water-water reactors (VVER) of the third generation of increased safety”. They have improved technical and economic performance. “Their main feature is a unique combination of active and passive safety systems. The reactor building has a double protective shell,” the Belarusian state media emphasize.

, At the same time, according to the representatives of the Ministry, “all technological systems operate in the regular mode”.

www.washingtontimes.com stories: World, Britain condemns expulsion of 2 diplomats from Belarus, on November 10, 2020 5:50 AM at 5:50 AM

Read More

LONDON (AP) – Britain has condemned the expulsion of two U.K. diplomats from Belarus, saying authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was trying to “hide the oppression of his own people.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the diplomats, who include Britain’s defense attache, were “legitimately observing protests.” He said their expulsion “is …

, LONDON (AP) – Britain has condemned the expulsion of two U.K. diplomats from Belarus, saying authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was trying to “hide the oppression of his own people.” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the diplomats, who include Britain’s defense attache, were “legitimately observing protests.” He said their expulsion “is …

News – belsat.eu, Belarus declares two British diplomats persona non grata, on November 10, 2020 5:21 AM at 5:21 AM

Read More

British Military Attaché Timothy Wight-Boycott and Deputy Ambassador Lisa Thumwood have been declared non grata by the Belarusian authorities, the ONT TV channel reports.

The ONT channel accused the British diplomats of sitting for a long time in a cafe on Victory Avenue during yesterday’s protest. The diplomats were allegedly “gathering information about the domestic political situation in Belarus and the course of the protests.”

ONT claims that since May 2020 diplomats have met with representatives of opposition and public human rights organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations. Military Attaché Timothy Wight-Boycott also visited the regions several times for the same purpose. Apparently, in July the Belarusian Foreign Ministry had already issued a warning to him, but it was ignored.

As for the British Deputy Ambassador Lisa Thumwood, she is accused of allegedly “coordinating the work of the journalists of the Brussels BBC bureau who came to Belarus to cover the work of the Tsikhanouskaya election headquarters, as well as the protests.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab called the decision of the Belarusian authorities “absolutely groundless”.

belsat.eu

, British Military Attaché and Deputy Ambassador are declared by the Belarus authorities persona non grata

News – belsat.eu, Two more criminal cases launched against protesters in Belarus, on November 10, 2020 5:08 AM at 5:08 AM

Read More

Investigation of two more criminal cases initiated in connection with the protests in Belarus has been completed, the website of the Investigative Committee reports.

In Minsk, a criminal case against a 34-year-old man charged under Part 2 of Article 363 (violent resistance to an officer of the Interior while performing his duties to protect public order) was submitted to the prosecutor for referral to court.

The reason for persecution was the incident that took place during the Heroes’ March on September 13 in Melnikayte Street. According to the IC, during the detention “unknown persons actively resisted” the policeman – “they held him by his uniform, fell to the ground and hit different parts of his body. One of them, a 34-year-old citizen of Minsk, was detained and put in custody.

In Baranovichy, the investigation of a criminal case against a 25-year-old man accused of having run a policeman over with a car has been completed. The incident happened on August 10 along Tsaryuk Street in Baranavichy. The men were charged under Article 364 (use of violence against an officer of internal affairs bodies in order to prevent him from lawful activity) of the Criminal Code. A measure of restraint used against him was house arrest.

A video of the hit-and-run had previously been published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The footage shows several law enforcement officers wearing helmets trying to block the car’s movement, but the driver still leaves with one of the policemen, who actually drove over the hood of the car. As a press release from the Interior Ministry said, “thanks to personal protective equipment, the policeman did not get injured.”

During the events of August 9-12, the law enforcers repeatedly attacked the motorists: they smashed glasses, pulled people out of the vehicles and beat them severely. Such cases were repeated in the following months.

In total, over the last six months more than 900 criminal cases were opened in Belarus against protesters, participants of the presidential race and activists of their headquarters.

belsat.eu

, In total, more than 900 criminal cases were opened in Belarus for protests.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Lithuanian Foreign Minister About Protests In Belarus: No One Can Stop It, on November 10, 2020 2:06 AM at 2:06 AM

Read More
Linas Linkevičius has commented on three months of courageous and persistent struggle of the Belarusians., Linas Linkevičius has commented on three months of courageous and persistent struggle of the Belarusians.

World news | The Guardian, Britain responds angrily to expulsion of diplomats from Belarus, on November 9, 2020 6:10 PM at 6:10 PM

Read More

Foreign and defence secretaries Dominic Raab and Ben Wallace accuse President Lukashenko of trying to hide his repression

The UK’s foreign and defence secretaries have reacted angrily to the expulsion of two British diplomats from strife-torn Belarus.

The eastern European nation has experienced mass protests since Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the winner of elections that have been widely disputed.

Continue reading…
, Foreign and defence secretaries Dominic Raab and Ben Wallace accuse President Lukashenko of trying to hide his repression
The UK’s foreign and defence secretaries have reacted angrily to the expulsion of two British diplomats from strife-torn Belarus.
The eastern European nation has experienced mass protests since Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the winner of elections that have been widely disputed. Continue reading…

Human Rights Watch News, Crackdown on Peaceful Protesters Escalates in Belarus, on November 9, 2020 4:04 PM at 4:04 PM

Read More
Click to expand Image

Police detain a protestor during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, November 8, 2020.
© 2020 AP Photo

On November 8, Belarusian authorities detained more than a thousand peaceful protesters, inching closer to the record numbers of arrests in early August.

For more than three months, people in Belarus have been protesting the contested August 9 presidential election results and police brutality that followed. Marches and rallies, sometimes uniting hundreds of thousands of people, have become a weekly tradition.

On November 8, authorities used a familiar set of tools against protesters in the capital Minsk. Internet service providers notified their users that internet access would be restricted, as ordered by the government. Plain-clothed law enforcement officers chased and brutally detained protesters while armed personnel carriers and water cannons were deployed in the city center and riot police called on protesters to “go home.”

Police across the country detain hundreds of protesters every weekend. But this weekend the numbers were exceptionally high. According to the Belarusian human rights organization Vyasna, at least 1,053 people were detained in connection with the November 8 rally, most of them in Minsk. At least 163 people were charged with breaching the rules on public gatherings and ordered to pay fines or serve time in custody the following day. Others await trial.

The number of arrests is especially striking considering the report on the human rights situation in Belarus, released last week by the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The report documented “massive and systematic” human rights violations before and after the presidential elections of August 9 and called for an international investigation into all allegations of torture and ill-treatment.

Such a mass detention of peaceful demonstrators indicates yet again the Belarusian authorities’ lack of political will to engage with the serious concerns raised by the OSCE or United Nations human rights bodies.

“We won’t forget! We won’t forgive” has become a slogan of the continuous protests in Belarus. It refers to police brutality against protesters in the days after August 9, followed by the shocking lack of accountability for the grave human rights violations. OSCE participating states and UN agencies should amplify the calls of the Belarusian pro-democracy protests and commence an independent investigation that could help end impunity for ongoing police brutality and restrictions on freedom of assembly and other fundamental rights.  

, Click to expand Image

Police detain a protestor during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, November 8, 2020.
© 2020 AP Photo

On November 8, Belarusian authorities detained more than a thousand peaceful protesters, inching closer to the record numbers of arrests in early August.

For more than three months, people in Belarus have been protesting the contested August 9 presidential election results and police brutality that followed. Marches and rallies, sometimes uniting hundreds of thousands of people, have become a weekly tradition.

On November 8, authorities used a familiar set of tools against protesters in the capital Minsk. Internet service providers notified their users that internet access would be restricted, as ordered by the government. Plain-clothed law enforcement officers chased and brutally detained protesters while armed personnel carriers and water cannons were deployed in the city center and riot police called on protesters to “go home.”

Police across the country detain hundreds of protesters every weekend. But this weekend the numbers were exceptionally high. According to the Belarusian human rights organization Vyasna, at least 1,053 people were detained in connection with the November 8 rally, most of them in Minsk. At least 163 people were charged with breaching the rules on public gatherings and ordered to pay fines or serve time in custody the following day. Others await trial.

The number of arrests is especially striking considering the report on the human rights situation in Belarus, released last week by the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The report documented “massive and systematic” human rights violations before and after the presidential elections of August 9 and called for an international investigation into all allegations of torture and ill-treatment.

Such a mass detention of peaceful demonstrators indicates yet again the Belarusian authorities’ lack of political will to engage with the serious concerns raised by the OSCE or United Nations human rights bodies.

“We won’t forget! We won’t forgive” has become a slogan of the continuous protests in Belarus. It refers to police brutality against protesters in the days after August 9, followed by the shocking lack of accountability for the grave human rights violations. OSCE participating states and UN agencies should amplify the calls of the Belarusian pro-democracy protests and commence an independent investigation that could help end impunity for ongoing police brutality and restrictions on freedom of assembly and other fundamental rights.  

News – belsat.eu, Belarusian Foreign Ministry concerned with ‘organized criminal activity’ coming from Poland, on November 9, 2020 1:03 PM at 1:03 PM

Read More

On November 9, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry held a meeting with Charge d’Affaires of the Polish Embassy in Belarus Marcin Wojciechowski, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports.

During the meeting at the Foreign Ministry, issues of bilateral international agreements were discussed, in particular, in the field of combating crime.

“The Belarusian side expressed concern over the confirmed and documented facts of organized criminal activity from the territory of Poland, causing harm to the life and health of Belarusian citizens, public safety, state and private property in the Republic of Belarus. The Polish side received a clear call to adhere to its international obligations and take measures to suppress criminal activity on its territory,” the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Earlier, in September, Alyaksandr Lukashenka accused Poland and four other states of allegedly trying to organize a “color revolution” in Belarus.

In early October, the official Minsk recalled its ambassadors to Poland and Lithuania for consultations and suggested that the ambassadors of these countries do the same. Also, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry called on these countries to reduce the composition of their diplomatic missions (for Poland – from 50 to 18 people). On October 5, Polish Ambassador Artur Michalski left Belarus.

belsat.eu

, The Belarusian Foreign Ministry held a meeting with the Charge d’Affaires of the Polish Embassy

News – belsat.eu, Russia’s Rosatom ready to build one more nuclear power plant in Belarus, on November 9, 2020 11:45 AM at 11:45 AM

Read More

The Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) has commented on Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s recent statement about Belarus’ allegedly being in need of another nuclear power plant.

As reported earlier, Lukashenka expressed his wish to initiate another construction during Saturday’s opening the newly-built NPP in Astravets.

“The construction of one more of our power units in Belarus or one more nuclear power plant consisting of two blocks would the best award to us. We are ready not only to help, but also to participate [in the project],” Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev told state-run Belarusian channel CTV.

The Astravets NPP with two reactors of total capacity of 2,400 MW was built by Rosatom using a Russian loan, to be run on its own uranium fuel. Signed in 2011, the agreement provides the Belarusian government with up to $10 bn in state export loans for the construction of the nuclear power plant.

Lukashenka opens BelNPP in Astravets

The launch of the plant was postponed from 2018; The second power unit of the BelNPP is planned to be commissioned in 2022. The project is being brought to an end despite the protest of the public, a number of environmental organisations, some international organisations and Lithuania, whose border is several tens of kilometers from the reactors. The Lithuanian parliament even declared the station a ‘threat to national security’. In response to the production of the first kilowatt-hours in Astravets, Lithuania stopped trading in electricity with Belarus.

The Astravets NPP is the first nuclear power plant of generation III +, created according to Russian technologies outside of Russia. At the moment, in Russia itself, there are three such power units: two at the Novovoronezh NPP and one at the Leningrad NPP.

Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia will not buy electricity from Belarus

belsat.eu

, The Director General of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) has commented on Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s recent statement about Belarus’ allegedly being in need of another nuclear power plant.

News – belsat.eu, Doctors, students joining Pensioners’ March in Minsk, on November 9, 2020 9:15 AM at 9:15 AM

Read More

At 2 pm (local time), several hundred elderly people gathered in front of the Red Church in Minsk. Seniors are protesting against vote rigging, police abuse and persecuting dissidents.

In Independence Square, there was a megaphoning policeman who urged the protesters to disperse. In response, they chanted: “[Lukashenka] go away and take your OMON with you!” The policemen were filming and photographing the participants in the rally.

Zbiórka przed Marszem Emerytów. Mińsk, plac Niepodległości. Zdjęcie: TUT.by

At the very beginning of the action, the column of demonstrators was about 250 metres long – from Independence Square to the Central Cinema.

Health workers, who are outraged at dismissing colleagues, the authorities’ inaction amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as pro-government troops brutality which resulted in the increasing number of patients in hospitals, have joined the pensioners in their protest. As reported earlier, over 40 doctors who took part in Saturday’s solidarity protest were detained in Minsk. The medical march did not have a chance to start, because the people in masks began to detain the people who gathered.

Drogówka zablokowała prospekt Niepodległości. Zdjęcie od czytelnika Biełsatu

Part of Independence Avenue along which the protesters were marching was cleared of traffic, a number of media outlet report.

Nina Bahinskaja na Marszu Emerytów. Mińsk, 9.11.2020 r.

73-year-old activist Nina Bahinskaya who is called ‘mother of Belarusian revolution’ and ‘Granny with a white-red-white flag’ also showed up at the rally.

According to TUT.by, students of the Belarusian State University and the Belarusian State Academy of Arts also took part in the march. This autumn. a number of Belarusian professors and students who supported anti-presidential protests have lost their jobs or the opportunity to continue education.

Within two hours, the participants covered the distance of about two kilometres and reached Yakub Kolas Square; they walked past the buildings of the Interior Ministry and the KGB.

belsat.eu

, At 2 pm (local time), several hundred elderly people gathered in front of the Red Church in Minsk. Seniors are protesting against vote rigging, police abuse and persecuting dissidents.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Belarusians Wait in Queues for Hours to Get Tested for COVID-19 in a Private Medical Center, on November 9, 2020 9:05 AM at 9:05 AM

Read More
For many, commercial medical centers are the only opportunity to be tested for covid., For many, commercial medical centers are the only opportunity to be tested for covid.

News – belsat.eu, Miss Belarus, Olympic champion, TV host: Over 1K detained during Sunday’s march, on November 9, 2020 6:29 AM at 6:29 AM

Read More

At least 1,050 persons, including celebs and journalists, were detained in Belarus during anti-Lukashenka protests, human rights centre Viasna reports on Monday afternoon.

According to Viasna’s information, only a few of the detainees were released.

Dozens were forced to face the wall for over nine hours in the inner courtyard of Savetski district police department of Minsk. They were guarded by armed OMON officers:

Detainees near Savetski district police department. 8 November 2020. Photo: Belsat viewer

During Sunday’s People Power March, pro-government troops grabbed famous Belarusian athletes (2008 Olympic decathlon silver medalist Andrey Krauchanka and Belarus’ multiple kickboxing and Muay Thai champion Ivan Hanin. Volha Khizhynkova, the winner of 2008 Miss Belarus pageant, matematician Mikhail Karpuk, Viktar Fyanchuk, a well-known wolf biologist working in Belavezha Forest, were also detained.

Miss Belarus-2008 Volha Khizhynkova.

Several media workers were taken to police stations: photoreporters Svyataslau Zorki and Viktar Talochka, as well as BelaPAN journalist Yan Auseyushkin and Belsat contributors Artsyom Lyava (Minsk) and Alyona Shabunya (Vitsebsk).

An upsurge of indignation has been caused by OMON riot police’s arresting Alyaksandr Zhdanovich aka Malyavanych, a host of kids’ TV show Kalykhanka (Lullaby). Shortly before the detention, the elderly man was walking along the line of policemen, holding a wooden cross and saying prayers. The actor is a passionate believer and volunteer in an Orthodox monastery. According to his relative, when Zhdanovich saw a senior OMON officer shouting at a woman, he politely asked him to stop, which ended in his being detained.

Alyaksandr Zhdanovich aka Malyavanych.

The arrests took place mainly in the capital city, but there were also detainees in Vitsebsk, Babruysk, Homiel, Hrodna, Mahiliou, Lyakhavichy, Pinsk, Byaroza. In Minsk, the participants in the March of People Power were barred from gathering in central protest spots (e.g. City Hall. Minsk Hero City Stele) and forming a big column. The troops involved block roads, divided and surrounded groups of protesters.

“Excessive force and police batons were widely used to attack unarmed people. Several dozen received injuries, as a result, and had to seek medical help. Non-lethal weapons were again employed, and at least one person was reportedly wounded by a rubber bullet,” Viasna’s statement reads.

The protest rallies in Belarus have been underway for three months. The major demands are Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s resignation, holding a free and fair election, releasing political prisoners, putting an end to police violence as well as state-run TV stations’ providing people with unbiased and reliable information. According to human rights activists’ estimates, more than 17,000 people have been detained in Belarus since the election day; many of them were beaten or tortured, some were raped. There are at least six death cases that are linked to the post-election protests. Hundreds are parties to criminal proceedings, the number of political prisoners exceeded 120.

14th protest Sunday: Hundreds of detainees at People Power March in Minsk

belsat.eu

, At least 1,050 persons, including celebs and journalists, were detained in Belarus during anti-Lukashenka protests, human rights centre Viasna reports on Monday afternoon.

Хартия’97 :: Новости Беларуси – Белорусские новости – Новости Белоруссии – Республика Беларусь – Минск, Almost All Minsk Establishments Closed by Sanitary Stations Are Working Again, on November 9, 2020 6:18 AM at 6:18 AM

Read More
On October 26, for various reasons, more than 30 metropolitan establishments did not work., On October 26, for various reasons, more than 30 metropolitan establishments did not work.