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BULLETINS INFOFOCUS № 9

E-bulletin of IISEPS Center for Documentation, N 9, 2003 (only Russian)

Content:

Introduction

Theme of the month:
What is our future: integration on V. Putin’s or integration on A. Lukashenko’s view

Person of the month
10 days of Alexander Yaroshuk imprisonment: punishment for disrespect to the court or a pressure on independent trade unions?

Document of the month:
“Gazprom” – Belarus: is compromise possible?

Organization of the month:
LDPB: split or struggle for leadership?

From IISEPS working table:
Volunteere to be controlled. Can we avoid mass disappearance of voters?

Introduction:

Dear readers!

 

The next issue of e-bulletin of IISEPS Center for documentation is represented to your attention. Last month the main theme of Belarusian policy was still integration of Russia and Belarus. A. Lukashenko’s meetings with V. Putin on September, 15 in Sochi and 18 – in Yalta prove it. What are main results of two meetings? Whether there were any real changes concerning two countries? What are the prospects of integration of Russia and Belarus within the framework of the agreement on economic cooperation signed by the countries of the four? Read about it in comments of the vice-president of House of Representatives Constant Commission on international affairs and communications with the CIS S. Kostyan and the chairman of the Belarusian Union of Businessmen, directors of “Center for researches of future” A. Potupa.
Arrest of trade-union leader A. Yaroshuk and 10 days of his imprisonment attracted attention of the public, international as well, to a problem of trade unions in Belarus. A. Yaroshuk – the “Person of the month” in September – was condemned by Leninsky region court of Minsk for disrespect to the court, i.e. for infringement of article 166.1 of the Code of administrative offences. Is it the real reason of A. Yaroshuk condemnation of or is it the answer to his position relating to Federation of trade unions he declared by signing the statement addressing to FPB? Is it possible to say that the pressure on A. Yaroshuk is the blackmail of democratic trade unions? The chairman of Association of independent trade unions of the industry A. Buhvostov discusses it in his comment. What concerns position of FTUB, unfortunately, leaders of the organization have refused to make comments, referring to the application accepted at session of Council September, 25.
“Document of the month” in September, undoubtedly, is the letter of the general director of “Gazprom” A. Miller to the head of “Beltransgaz” P. Petuh saying about intention to stop delivery of gas under reduced rates and that “Gazprom” is not interested in creation of the joint venture with “Beltransgaz”. This document has become a starting point of negotiations of Russia and Belarus on this question. Whether A. Miller’s letter is the method to pressure on Belarusian authorities? Is situation really serious and what will be the consequences of A. Miller and P. Petuh negotiations? What negative consequences can it mean for Belarus? IISEPS expert, “Belgazprombank” executive director V. Dashkevich and acting as the Minister of Energy Resources E. Tovpenets comment the topic.
In the section “Organization of the month” in this issue we represent Liberal-democratic party of Belarus. It glorified itself with a scandal – the attempt to displace S. Gajdukevich from his post of party leader. Whether S. Gajdukevich is still LDPB chairman? What are the reasons of split and how to estimate it? What are the prospects of this party? Participants of the conflict – O. Markevich, the member of LDPB Supreme Council, and S. Gajdukevich, the chairman (?) of the party – discuss this problems.
In section “From IISEPS working table” we offer to you attention the interview of IISEPS director professor O. Manaev to “Belorusskaya delovaya gazeta”. Interview is a continuation of a theme about falsifications on past local elections which was submitted in July issue of “Infofocus”.
We hope, offered materials will be interesting and useful for you. We are waiting for your responses, remarks and offers!

IISEPS executive board

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