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2005 Belarus Special Weapons News

  • Belarus: Security Bill To Criminalize Range Of Political Activities RFE/RL 04 Dec 2005 -- The lower house of the Belarusian National Assembly, the Chamber of Representatives, has passed in its second reading a tough new security bill that, among other things, would make it a criminal offense both to discredit Belarus's standing abroad and to train people to take part in street demonstrations.
  • Belarus Police Arrest 70 For Unauthorized Meeting RFE/RL 29 Oct 2005 -- Belarusian police today arrested 70 members of an independent election monitoring group, who were attempting to register in the country.
  • Blast in Belarus Wounds at Least 46 VOA 23 Sep 2005 -- Authorities in Belarus say an explosion outside a cafe in the northeastern city of Vitebsk has wounded at least 46 people, four of them seriously.
  • Belarus Asked To Explain Detention of U.S. Diplomat Washington File 25 Aug 2005 -- A U.S. diplomat was briefly detained by police in the Belarusian city of Gomel August 23, the State Department confirmed August 25.
  • Belarus Accuses Polish NGO Of Spying RFE/RL 22 Jul 2005 -- Belarus has accused a Polish-based NGO of spying and banned it from operating in the country
  • Conviction of Belarus Opposition Figures "Outrageous," Says U.S. Washington File 03 Jun 2005 -- The State Department has termed "outrageous" the May 31 conviction and sentencing of Belarusian opposition leaders Nikolai Statkevich and Pavel Severinets.
  • Belarus: Planning The Next Revolution? RFE/RL23 May 2005 -- Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) Director Nikolai Patrushev's recent suggestion that foreign intelligence services are seeking ways to overthrow the current Belarusian government has focused new attention on Belarus's political opposition, particularly its youngest members, since youths were at the forefront of recent colored revolutions in the region.
  • Belarus: International Spotlight Falls On Minsk RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush delivered a quick rebuff to Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), on 17 May when the U.S. leader described Belarus as Europe's last dictatorship and praised the efforts of its neighboring countries to promote freedom in Belarus. He was speaking at the International Republican Institute in Washington, which Patrushev accused recently of plotting to undermine the government of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
  • Belarus: Spy Agencies Open Presidential Election Season RFE/RL 17 May 2005 -- Last week the head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), Nikolai Patrushev, accused Western nongovernmental organizations of plotting a government overthrow in Belarus during the 2006 presidential election. The Belarusian KGB swiftly and eagerly echoed these charges, claiming additionally that it has already thwarted specific steps taken by ill-wishers of the Belarusian government in this direction.
  • U.S. Rejects Russian Charge of Subversion in Belarus VOA 13 May 2005 -- The United States Friday rejected as completely false a charge by Russia's security chief that U.S. and other non-governmental groups are plotting revolution in Belarus. The State Department said work of the N-G-O's is transparent and peaceful.
  • Ukraine/Belarus: Commemorating The Chornobyl Disaster 19 Years On RFE/RL 26 Apr 2005 -- People in Ukraine, Belarus and other countries are today commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster.
  • CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: 19 YEARS ON RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2005 -- The accident that occurred nineteen years ago today at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was a major 20th century radiation disaster that affected the lives of millions of people in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, RIA Novosti was told at the press-service of Russia's Emergencies Ministry.
  • Lukashenka Plans No 'Democratic Change' For Belarus RFE/RL 23 Apr 2005 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka delivered an annual address to the country's National Assembly on 19 April and unambiguously indicated that he is firmly determined to remain in his post beyond the 2006 presidential election without paying much attention to what the outside world might say about the legitimacy of such continuity.
  • US Steps Up Pressure on Belarus VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- The United States has issued a call for free and fair elections in Belarus next year. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says it is time for change in what she calls Europe's "last true dictatorship."
  • Belarus' Lukashenko Vows No VOA News 19 Apr 2005 -- President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus says he fears no so-called "colored revolutions" such as the popular uprisings that have toppled governments in Ukraine and Georgia.
  • Belarus: Has Putin Promised Lukashenka Fair Weather? RFE/RL 08 Apr 2005 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka held four hours of talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on 4 April.
  • MAN SUSPECTED OF ORGANIZING TERRORIST ACT IN DUBROVKA DETAINED IN BELARUS RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2005 -- A man, suspected in organizing terrorist acts in Dubrovka and Budyonnovsk, was detained in the Minsk-2 Airport in Belarus, when he showed a forged passport.
  • Criminal Inquiry Opens After Rally In Minsk RFE/RL 26 Mar 2005 -- Belarusian authorities have opened a criminal inquiry one day after a rally in Minsk called for the resignation of President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
  • 1.5 PERCENT OF BELARUS GDP IS DEFENSE EXPENSES RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2005 -- Defense expenses of Belarus constitute 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product, or less than in many other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Belarussian Defense Minister Leonid Maltsev told journalists on Thursday.

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