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· June, 2006

Stories about Belarus from June, 2006

Belarus: Chavez to Visit Minsk in July

Hugo Chavez plans to visit Belarus at the end of July, reports TOL's Belarus Blog: “Finally, the two outspoken haters of U.S. will meet. I am sure they have a...

Belarus: The Language Issue

In a perfect world, languages would be nothing but a way for people to communicate with each other – no language would be considered superior or inferior, children would be...

Belarus: Marking Three Years Without Vasil Bykau

Andrei Khrapavitski writes about the third anniversary of writer Vasil Bykau's death: “The famous writer was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature, was one of the founders of the...

Belarus: Bracing For Gas War

“Volkswagen” reports on preparations in Belarus for possible natural gas price increases.

Belarus: Two Activists Awarded in Sweden

Vilhelm Konnander reports on two Belarusian human rights activists who have been awarded Swedish prizes for their work.

Belarus: Library Opening Security Measures

Ivan Lenin of Rush-Mush translates a note most likely posted by president Lukashenko's security on the eve of his appearance to take part in the opening of a new library.

Ukraine: “The Cars” With Ukrainian Voiceover; Local TV

LJ user didaio of Dnipropetrovsk writes about two recent viewing experiences: one good, another bad. The good one was The Cars with the long-awaited voiceover in Ukraine's national language –...

Belarus: Market Traders Disagree on Political Involvement

Tobias Ljungvall reports on a conflict between members of Perspektiva, an organization uniting Belarusian market traders: “This organisation was created on a wave of successfully organised strikes among market traders,...

Belarus: NGO Leaders on Trial

TOL's Belarus Blog reports on the case of four young NGO leaders who are facing from six months to three years in prison for running an unregistered organization.

Belarus: Iranian Car Production Deal

TOL's Belarus Blog reports on a “political deal between Belarus and no less controversial Iran”: a Belarusian car factory that used to assemble Fords will now make Samand, a brand...

Belarus: Neglected Hunger Strike

Andrei Khrapavitski writes about young Belarusian opposition activists on a hunger strike that has gone practically unnoticed inside the country.

Belarus: Homophobia

TOL's Belarus Blog highlights homophobic attitudes that seem to be prevalent in the country and are even shared by the otherwise progressive politicians: [Artur Finkievich, a leading “Youth Front” activist]...

Belarus: Memories of the Soviet Past

LJ user aneta_spb, a St. Petersburg journalist, is posting vignettes with her memories of the Soviet years (RUS). Here's why: As a result of heated discussions… … on whether life...

Belarus: Opposition's Use of Internet

Although the Belarusian opposition “is way ahead of their colleagues in pre-revolutionary Serbia, Georgia, or Ukraine” in using internet for outreach, it's neglecting more traditional ways of drawing publicity and...

Belarus: White-Red-White Flag at Roland Garros

TOL's Belarus Blog reports about the white-red-white flag of Belarus being used in Roland Garros tennis tournament broadcasts instead of the official flag.

Belarus: 2 Banned Films at Film Festival in NYC

Iryna of TOL's Belarus Blog recommends two films on Belarus now playing in New York City; both are banned in Belarus: “I am jealous that a New York audience can...

Belarus: Vitryssland or Not

Tobias Ljungvall writes about the difficulties one faces when not translating ‘Belarus’ into Swedish.

Belarus: Young Activists on Hunger Strike

More young Belarusian activists are hunger-striking now, TOL's Belarus Blog reports: “Twenty-two activists of the unregistered youth group Young Front are carrying out hunger strike to protest the harassment and...

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