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Archive for March 14th, 2011

Ex-candidate For Presidency Escapes From Belarus As Refused Join KGB

Posted by Info on 14/03/2011

Alexei Mikhalevich, ex-candidate for the Belarussian presidency from the opposition who is under examination over a criminal case mass unrest in Minsk, has secretly left Belarus.

Mikhalevich said in his blog that he was summoned to KGB to take part in investigating procedures. He declared that he has strong reasons to believe that he would never come out of KGB.Mikhalevich declared that he was staying in a safe place now “beyond KGB’s reach” and was going to go ahead with his activities aimed at “prevention of tortures and release of all those who were illegally imprisoned for political reasons”.

Mikhalevich was detained overnight to December 20, 2010 and taken into custody. The ex-presidential candidate from the opposition faced a criminal charge in the framework of a criminal case opened into acts of mass unrest in Minsk on December 19, 2010 when the presidential election was held in Belarus.

On February 19 Mikhalevich was released from custody on condition that he should not leave Belarus. Several days after his release Mikhalevich said that he was set free in exchange for his consent to collaborate with KGB.”

Mikhalevich claimed that prisoners were subjected to tortures in the KGB detention center, which was later officially denied by the information and public relations department of the Committee for State Security of the Republic of Belarus (KGB).

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Russia: Turnout, Dirty Tricks ‘Grow’ at Regional Vote

Posted by Info on 14/03/2011

Almost 3,000 elections took place in all but nine regions nationwide Sunday.
New legislatures were being elected in 12 regions: the Kursk, Kirov, Orenburg, Tambov, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod and Tver regions, the Chukotka and Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous districts and the republics of Dagestan, Adygeya and Komi.

Early results indicated turnout was 40 percent to 44 percent in most regional legislature votes. In Dagestan, 70 percent of voters came to polling stations.
Chukotka boasted an unusually high turnout of about 70 percent — which the Communists said was due to officials luring in voters with free tickets to an election day concert.

There were also more violations reported than in 2010 regional elections. Most violations were related to voting outside polling stations; also, those who have absentee voting certificates are often allowed to keep them, which enables people to vote more than once…more HERE

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Kadyrov To Be Inaugurated For Second Term As Chechen Leader April 5

Posted by Info on 14/03/2011

The Parliament of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya unanimously approved Ramzan Kadyrov as head of the republic for a second five-year term at an extraordinary session earlier this month.

Kadyrov’s candidacy to head the republic was submitted to the parliament by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on February 28. All 41 members of the parliament attended the session on Saturday, unanimously supporting the Russian president’s proposal.

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Disappearances in Belarus -What We Will Do This Time?

Posted by Info on 14/03/2011

Anatoly Krasovsky is one of many Belarus dissidents to have vanished under Europe’s ‘last dictatorship’.

A decade on and Mr Lukashenko’s security services – which still use the KGB moniker – are back in action, stamping down on pro-democracy activists and arresting hundreds.
Human rights groups have likened their trials to the kangaroo courts of the Soviet era. Belarus continues to be one of the West’s worst human rights abusers and the only country in Europe which still carries out the death penalty. Yet many Belarus activists say it was the international community’s failure to confront Mr Lukashenko’s earlier abuses .

“When the disappearances began Lukashenko crossed a moral line. The international community could have stopped him then but they didn’t. Once he realised he would never be punished, Lukashenko knew he could do whatever he liked.”
Last September, prominent web journalist Oleg Bebenin was found dead in his home. ….many of those who attended Mr Bebenin’s funeral are now in prison following the latest crackdown…. like Andrei Sannikov, Dzmitry Bandarenka, Natalia Radzina, Aliaksandr Atroshchankau who attended the funeral are now in prison, awaiting trial or under house arrest.”
What the international community will do this time?

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