· July, 2011

Stories about Belarus from July, 2011

Belarus: Schengen Visa=Guilty

  28 July 2011

Pyotr Kuznetsov mentions [ru] a Belarusian police officer who interpreted a Schengen visa in the passport of one of the women detained at a protest rally as a solid proof that she was not a law-abiding citizen. He said this to a colleague who used to know the woman and...

Belarus: East and West and Nothing in Between?

RuNet Echo  25 July 2011

"East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." This chronically misused Kipling phrase seems to catch the realities for an increasing number of Belarusians, who, waking to a wild and hostile world, are asking: "Who cares about Belarus?"

Belarus: Vkontakte Social Network Blocked by the Providers

RuNet Echo  13 July 2011

Update: Access to the Vkontake site is now restored. Vkontakte, Russian social network, is unavailable for Belarus Internet Users. The network hosts “Revolution Through the Social Network” [ru] group used to organize non-violent protests, telegraf.by reported [ru]. Individual Belarus-based users told GV that the page loads only header but the...

Belarus: Guilt by association?

  8 July 2011

LJ user budimir claims [RU] that Michail Myasnikovich, Prime Minister of Belarus, has announced that employees will be fired if they or members of their family participate in protests against the Lukashenko regime – a measure the blogger “supports”.

Belarus: Anti-revolutionary videos

  6 July 2011

Tetyana Bohdanova of Good Girl Gone Ukrainian draws attention to the occurrence of purportedly home made videos warning for the consequences of revolutionary developments in Belarus and the potential overthrow of president Lukashenko.

Belarus: Independence Day Clapping Protest (Videos)

RuNet Echo  6 July 2011

Streets of several Belarusian towns and cities were flooded with people on Belarus Independence Day on July 3, 2011. People just stood there, clapping. They showed up for the clapping protest, even though clapping was officially forbidden on that day. As they said, they came not even to protest, but rather to fight the fear inside them.