The Belarusian president admitted that the list of people banned from leaving the Republic of Belarus does exist. Being interviewed by TV Channel Russia Today Aliaksandr Lukashenka said: «We have established [this list – Belsat]. But it has not still brought into action. We have not put it in full force. But we will.»
He accused oppositionists of urging Europe to impose economic sanctions on Belarusian officials, businessmen and enterprises: «It is them who toss up names, organizations, enterprises to the West and insist on introducing economic sanctions. It is them.»
This morning Valery Ukhnaliou, Chair of Fair World (the Belarusian Party of the Left), has been prohibited from travelling abroad. Besides, more persons are known to be included in the Belarusian black list: human rights defenders Valyantsin Stefanovich and Andrey Bandarenka, Nasha Niva Editor-in-Chief Andrey Dynko, Anatol Liabedzka and Aliaksandr Dabravolski (the United Civic Party), Siarhei Kalyakin (Fair World), Viktar Karnyayenka (Movement for Freedom), Belarusian Helsinki Committee chairman Aleh Hulak, Belsat TV representative Mikhas Yanchuk, chairperson of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Zhanna Litvina, Stanislau Shushkevich, former chairman of the Supreme Soviet. They were not given any explanations at the Belarusian border being referred to the Department of citizenship and migration.