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Alexander Lukashenko Signs Decrees on Conferring Awards
President of the Republic of Belarus has awarded the Medal for Distinction in Military Service to the chief of the department – physician of the infectious diseases department of the 432nd main military clinical hospital of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, colonel of medical service Sergei Belega in recognition of his merits in the military service and high professional standards.
President of Belarus has conferred on the higher category artist of the choir of the Belarus’ Armed Forces Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Central House of Officers Alexander Yarovoy the honorary title “Merited Artist of the Republic of Belarus” in recognition of his many years’ fruitful creative work, distinguished services in military and patriotic education of the youth.
The relevant decrees were signed into action by the Head of State on September 26.
Michaelle Jean, Canada's finest kind
Alexander Lukashenko expressed the hope that the work of Michaelle Jean at this responsible post would promote broadening of mutually advantageous cooperation between both countries.
Belarusian Seminar to take place in Lithuenia
Vilnius: A nice place to visit
The Vilnius seminar participants discuss cooperation in various spheres of activity – human rights, culture, the Internet, etc., and as a result of the two day work there will be a joint agreement. Representatives of large organizations hope that this will help lobby the Belarusian issues in the European structures.
Lebedko speaks at Moscow conference
From the UCPB
Lebedko:Talking the talk in Moscow
“Putin does not love Lukashenko, but the Kremlin likes “color revolutions” even less.” Announced Lebedko, characterizing, the relationship between “official” Minsk and the Kremlin. “The Belarusian oligarch is not without success selling himself to the Kremlin as a “Berlin wall”, standing in the way of any potential "revolutionary virus’. But in barter for these services, he receives for this credit in the form of cheap energy carriers and legal services in international organizations. However, the situation is not such as it was several years ago because Mr. Lukashenko absolutely no longer possesses a monopoly in Belarussian-Russian relations.
"Lukashenka-sim in Belarus is seen as a particular mix of populism, authoritarianism, communism and fascism. This is the essence of the president’s image in Belarus. But according to the latest Gallop poles, only 38% of Belarussians are ready to vote for Lukashenka for a third term. And 48% are ready to support a new face. So obviously this is not the same 75% as was reported at the time of the referendum. And, in addition to this, a full 17% committed that they would be willing to take to the streets in opposition to a third term.”
Lebedko added also that in his opinion, the so called "Belarusian economic miracle” comes straight from the Russian pipeline and is made completely of “naftadollars” If there is any basis of reality about any upsurge in the Belarusian economy, it comes directly from the Kremlin.
Anatoly Lebedco is hoping to unseat Lukashenka as president in the 2006 elections.
Lukashenka headed to China
Nixon did it; Why Not Lukashenka?
The Chinese ambassador noted that the two countries “have been maintaining friendly links and treating each other with understanding and openness for some 13 years”. He also noted that “we support each other and cooperate on the mutually beneficial basis. The politic trust between the countries keeps strengthening. Cooperation in all the spheres is stably extending”.
According to the diplomat, the Chinese side is ready to take every effort “to make our mutual relations advance”.
Mr. Hu Hunbin conveyed warm greetings of chairman of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao to the president of Belarus
News from the International Chess championships in Argentina
All four games were drawn yesterday as the competition between 8 of the greatest grandmasters in the world continued.
The leaders currently are Veselin Topalov and Vishwanathan Anand with one win each in the double round robin tournament which ends after the tie breaker day on October 15th. The two played each other for he first time in the second round yesterday agreeing to a draw after 95 moves.
For a complete move list for all of yesteday's games, please click HERE