The next election campaign – it is still unknown whether it will be parliamentary or presidential – might take place in autumn, Lidziya Yarmoshyna, Chairperson of the Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC), said on Friday.
The Council of Ministers has informed Valyantsin Stefanovich, a lawyer at the Human Rights Center Viasna, of sending his appeal back to the General Prosecutor’s Office for consideration. The appeal contains a ‘brief instruction by a deputy prime minister’.
Russia and Belarus will soon sign an agreement on a uniform procedure for issuing visas, which is to make crossing the Russia-Belarus border by citizens of third countries easier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on February, 21.
According to the National Statistical Committee of Belarus, in just one year Belarus turned into a major exporter of coal: compared to 2017, in 2018, total exports of hard coal increased from 164.9 thousand tons to 853.9 thousand tons, and those of anthracite from 0.3 to 107.3 thousand tons. All this despite the fact that there are no deposits of these minerals in Belarus.
A supporter of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious movement, Vyacheslav Baranos, has told the Russian TV channel Dozhd that people in civilian clothes tortured him in the office building of the Investigative Committee in Surgut.