· July, 2006

Stories about Belarus from July, 2006

Belarus: Milinkevich Detained

  26 July 2006

Andrei Khrapavitski reports that opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich got detained by the traffic police in the town of Polatsk. [UPDATE: Milinkevich has been released.]

Venezuela, Belarus: Chavez Meets Lukashenko

  25 July 2006

Daniel Duquenal tries to make sense of Chavez's visit to Belarus where he met with Lukashenko. Duquenal also translates an excerpt about Western Hemispheric leaders from a recent interview with Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes.

Belarus: Economic Sanctions Looming

  24 July 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog and Andrei Khrapavitski write that “Belarus is soon to be expelled from the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) due to its non-compliance with trade union legislature (mostly when it comes to the rights of the workers).”

Belarus: KGB Letter

  21 July 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog posts an approximate translation of a letter allegedly written by a group of Belarus KGB officers, which contains “revelations about what happened during the presidential elections and in its aftermath. Not a lot of new information – but the very attempt to drag attention to such anonymous...

Belarus: Music and Censorship

  18 July 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about music and censorship in Belarus, and about an upcoming Belarusian music event – to be held in Poland, “not so far from the border, in ethnically Belarusian territory.”

Belarus: Relationship With the EU

  17 July 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about a paradox: some EU officials think that visa sanctions against Aleksandr Lukashenko's government officials are inefficient; others think opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich is spending too much time in the West.

Belarus, Russia: Ways (Not) to Develop

  17 July 2006

Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog shares his views on what Belarus is and what it's not, as well as what it should not do if it wants to turn into a “a much-improved version of Russia.”

Belarus: Opposition Leader Kozulin Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years

  14 July 2006

Belarusian opposition leader Aleksandr Kozulin has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for organizing protests in Minsk following the March presidential election. Vilhelm Konnander writes that “the now sentenced Kozulin remains somewhat of an enigma to most analysts.” Iryna of Belarus Blog posts Kozulin's final statement,...

Belarus: “Cultural Exchange” With Taiwan

  5 July 2006

LJ user oldmah has asked (BEL) his online friend from Taiwan to write the words “Belarus” and “Zhyve Belarus” in Chinese script. (The latter means “Long live Belarus” and was the trademark slogan of this year's protests in Minsk.) The results of this “cultural exchange” are posted on oldmah‘s blog.

Belarus: 300 Polish Scholarships Not Enough

  5 July 2006

EM of TOL's Belarus Blog writes that 300 Belarusian students will receive scholarships to attend Polish universities this year, but – a lot more could (and should, according to the blogger) be done by the EU: “Why is it so hard to find an extra 100,000 Euros and actually provide...