Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Solidarity Day in Minsk

The Solidarity Day, has already become a tradition for the Belarusian opposition. It is held on the 16th of every month. The 16th represents September 16, 1999, when opposition leader Viktar Hanchar and former businessman Anatol Krasouski "disappeared" in Minsk. This February, more than 70 people gathered on the October Square in the center of Minsk. There have been some scuffles, several people were hurt, but no arrests took place.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The New Minsk

This is how new suburbs of Minsk are seen by the city's authorities, which plan the development of our capital. This is going to be a city for cars and not really for people, with plenty of concrete and asphalt and few trees.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


Here are some beautiful photos taken in Smargon, a small Belarusian town near the border to Lithuania.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lighting Candles in Minsk

Dec. 16, 2008 was a bitter-cold day in Minsk (albeit without any snow). Still, this hasn't prevented young opposition activists to hold a number of solidarity actions. Their purpose is to remind people in Minsk and anywhere in the world that the mystery of politically motivated kidnappings in Belarus remain unsolved.

Here are some of todays actions:

Barazenka Free

The last remaining political prisoner Aliaksandr Barazenka was released from prison on Dec. 9, 2008. But if you think that he was acqitted, you are mistaken. The court found him guilty and sentenced him to one year of "restricted freedom". Basically, that means the regime expects that Barazenka would stay quiet - even crossing the street on a red light may be enough to send him to prison again.

Barazenka, 20, who was charged in early 2008 over his participation in an unauthorized peaceful demonstration this past January and placed on the police wanted list after he fled prosecution, was arrested following his voluntary appearance at the Minsk city police department on October 27 for questioning.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nasha Niva in color!

The independent weekly newspaper Nasha Niva not only returned into official sales in the state-owned newsstand system on Dec. 4, 2008, but also began to be printed in color - for the first time in its century-long history.

On video: the fresh copies of the newspaper are delivered to the headquarters of Nasha Niva in Minsk. Despite of being allowed to go on sale in newsstands, the newspaper is not going to give up on the system of subscription it has developed in the course of the last 3 years, when it was banned from the official distribution system. Who knows what happens in the future...

Nasha Niva on video

Today, for the first time in the last three years, the independent weekly "Nasha Niva" goes on sale in the network of state-owned newspaper stands. The French news agency AFP (Agence France-Presse) created a video report about "Nasha Niva".

On photo - volunteers pack "Nasha Niva" into the envelopes, which will be later sent to subscribers via regular mail - until today, it was impossible to subscribe to the newspaper in a usual way, that is why "Nasha Niva" had to come up with such a system of self-distribution.

As it often happens, the foreign journalists have mixed something up - the person appearing in the picture under the title "Andrey Skurko" is, in fact, Andrey Dynko, former Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper, who is now the Main Editor of the newspaper's website Except of that little thing, everything is accurate in the AFP report.

You can see the AFP's report
by clicking here (unfortunately, AFP have do not allow to embed their videos on other websites)