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Mar 31, 2011

Belarus says no new FX limits for now -source

MINSK, March 31 (Reuters) – Belarus has brought in a 20-30
day moratorium on changing foreign exchange regulations or
devaluing the rouble, expecting to secure Russian financial aid
by then, a banking source said on Thursday.

Analysts say a de facto 10 percent rouble BYR= devaluation
announced this week was not enough to support the former Soviet
republic’s economy. Talks with Russia on $3 billion in aid may
take longer than Minsk expects as Moscow wants to see a
comprehensive action plan.

Mar 22, 2011

Belarus c.bank halts cash forex sales

MINSK, March 22 (Reuters) – Belarus’s central bank has
halted foreign currency sales to local banks in a bid to save
dwindling reserves, the bank said on Tuesday.

The former Soviet republic is running out of foreign
currency reserves due to a large trade deficit, earlier
overspending by the government and high demand for cash dollars
and euros among the population. [ID:nLDE72E0IA]

Feb 17, 2011

Belarus election protester sentenced to four years

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus, in a speedy one-day trial, Thursday sentenced an opposition activist to four years in a top-security jail for his part in a rally against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko last December.

Vasily Parfenkov, 27, was the first to be tried of about 30 people being held after a police crackdown on the December 19 protest in the ex-Soviet republic that has triggered Western sanctions against Lukashenko.

Feb 17, 2011

Belarus jails election protester for four years

MINSK (Reuters) – A Belarus court Thursday sentenced an opposition activist to four years in a top-security jail for taking part in mass unrest during a rally last December against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Vasily Parfenkov, 27, was the first to be tried of about 30 people held after a police crackdown on a December 19 protest rally in Minsk and who include four opposition presidential candidates.

Jan 29, 2011

Belarus releases detainees as EU readies sanctions

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus on Saturday released seven detainees, including a former candidate for the presidency, who were arrested in December during mass street protests over the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

The move came on the eve of an expected announcement by the European Union that it will reinstate a visa ban on Lukashenko and other Belarussian officials in response to his crackdown on protests following his disputed re-election in December.

Jan 21, 2011

Belarus president sworn in after disputed election

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in on Friday in a ceremony boycotted by Western ambassadors after his re-election last month in what the opposition and international monitors said was a rigged vote.

The former Soviet republic has brushed off all criticism of the elections, which were followed by huge street protests when hundreds of people were arrested.

Jan 17, 2011

Belarus readies quick inauguration for Lukashenko

MINSK, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander
Lukashenko, re-elected last month in what the opposition and
international monitors said was a rigged vote, may be
inaugurated as early as Friday, an election official said.

“January 21 is being considered as a working date. It is a
tentative date. The date will be set finally by the presidential
administration,” Nikolai Lazovik, secretary of the central
electoral commission, told Reuters.

Jan 14, 2011

Belarus accuses Poland, Germany of plotting “coup”

MINSK (Reuters) – State-controlled media in Belarus accused the intelligence services of Germany and Poland on Friday of trying to organize a coup during last month’s presidential election in the former Soviet republic.

A Polish official dismissed the charge as “absurd.” A spokesman for Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service declined comment on the matter.

Jan 11, 2011

Calm in Moscow, Minsk over Belarus oil halt, tariffs

MOSCOW/MINSK, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A halt in Russian oil sales
to Belarus and a rise in the tariff charged by Minsk on Russian
oil transit to Europe cast a new pall on their often tense
relationship, but both sides hastened to say the problems were
technical.

Russian oil flows across Belarus via the Druzhba pipeline to
European customers in Germany and Poland were unaffected, trade
sources said.

Dec 28, 2010

Belarus’ Lukashenko reshuffles govt, names new PM

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko replaced his prime minister of seven years on Tuesday with another long-time ally in a reshuffle that comes less than two weeks after the presidential election.

The country’s opposition and international observers have complained of mistreatment of Lukashenko’s opponents and lack of transparency in the vote count. Some former presidential candidates and nearly 700 protesters and journalists were arrested in post-voting demonstrations dispersed by riot police.