Submitting appointment slips. Queuing up in front of the doctor’s office. Collecting official stamps for one’s medical passbook. All these are activities one must endure during a routine visit to a Belarusian polyclinic.
Бывший председатель Верховного Совета Литвы Витаутас Ландсбергис - гость обозревателя Белорусской службы Радио Свобода Анны Сусь, автора проекта "Россия и я", серии интервью с 12 лидерами постсоветских стран. ПОЛНАЯ ВЕРСИЯ ИНТЕРВЬЮ.
Independent election monitor Uladzimir Labkovich told RFE/RL’s Belarus Service that a «significant overstatement» regarding the official voter turnout was noted by his group on the first day of early voting in the country’s ongoing presidential poll.
Belarus’s three former political prisoners have urged the EU not to remove sanctions on Minsk until Belarusian authorities fulfill all EU conditions for normalizing the bilateral relations, including the rehabilitation of former political prisoners and significant improvements in the human rights situation.
The Right of Choice coalition of democratic organizations announced in Minsk on October 5 that it is sending 1,697 trained observers to monitor the presidential election in Belarus at 741 polling stations throughout the country.
The central election commission on October 2 dismissed a complaint by presidential hopeful Tatsyana Karatkevich about what she sees as an illegal form of campaigning for incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the October 11 presidential poll.
Tatsyana Karatkevich, who is challenging incumbent president Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the October 11 presidential election, told a gathering of voters in Brest on September 30 that the authorities in Belarus, while «exhibiting all signs of a dictatorship,» are «imitating democracy very vigorously.»
According to a poll conducted in September by the Vilnius-based Independent Institute of Social, Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS), almost 46 percent of Belarusians are willing to vote for incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the October 11 election.
The European Union is likely to lift some sanctions on Belarus, including its travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko, after he freed a group of political prisoners last month, diplomatic sources say.
Tatsyana Karatkevich, who is deemed to be the only democratic candidate in Belarus’s presidential elections scheduled for October 11, published her presidential program on September 14 (http://zapraudu.info/karatkevich-initiative-group/program/).
One of Belarus’ leading opposition candidates in the country’s tumultuous 2010 presidential race said at a press conference in Minsk on August 28 that authorities are using this year’s campaign to usurp control over the country’s splintered democratic opposition.
A Minsk appellate court today sentenced Dzmitry Lukashevich, 30, to two years and eight months in prison for his role in a horrific 2013 attack on a Minsk gay man which left the victim in a near vegetative state.
«Even if the entire world comes out against Lukashenka today — he will become president against all odds if he so chooses,» Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka said today in Moscow following a Eurasian Economic Union summit.