Russia's economic union a pale version of the EU

Russia's economic union a pale version of the EU

ASTANA , Kazakhstan, May 29 (UPI) --Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed an agreement Thursday without Ukraine, forming an economic union long envisioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ed Adamczyk

Report: EU unlikely to sanction Ukraine over pro-EU protests

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The European Union is unlikely to impose sanctions against Ukraine as pro-EU demonstrators call for the country's leadership to resign, a diplomat said.

Envoy Miklos Haraszti says Belarus has no effective voice of dissent

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Belarus has no political opposition to challenge the authority of its administration and human rights have been systematically curtailed, a U.N. official said.

Belarusian activist gets human rights prize

PARIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A human rights reward for jailed Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski serves a reminder to the EU of repression in its backyard, a rights consortium said.

Nominees announced for European Parliament's Sakharov prize

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A whistle-blower, a preteen Pakistani activist, journalists and dissidents were nominated for the European Parliament's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.

Minsk harassing critics, rights group says

PARIS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A human rights consortium called on the government of Belarus to stop harassing political rights leaders.

Belarus chastised for rights record

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Belarus is called on to release incarcerated human rights leader Ales Bialiatski, whose detention is a symbol of repression, the United Nations said.

Belarus F.M.: Minsk wants to cooperate on EU Eastern Partnership

BRUSSELS, July 25 (UPI) -- Belarus, seen as a human rights pariah, is seeking to cooperate with the European Union in its eastern integration process, Minsk's foreign minister says.

Rights group draws bead on Belarus

BRUSSELS, July 22 (UPI) -- Belarus needs to show it's serious about political and human rights reform before it works on courting the European Union, Human Rights Watch said.

EU reaches out to Belarus

LUXEMBOURG, June 24 (UPI) -- The European Union announced Monday it was suspending sanctions on the Belarusian foreign minister to make diplomatic outreach easier.

Russian fighter jets headed for base in Belarus

MINSK, Belarus, April 23 (UPI) -- The first wing of Russian fighter jets will arrive at a military airbase in Belarus later this year, Russia's defense minister said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
By United Press International

Venezuelans wait for hours to view Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 8 (UPI) -- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's interim president Friday in Caracas, three days after his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, died of cancer.

Polish NGOs to help EU pro-democracy fund

WARSAW, Poland, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A European effort to fund pro-democracy groups was introduced to Polish activists this week by its new director, Poland's deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Guard gets 2 years in jail in toy air drop

MINSK, Belarus, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A Belarusian border guard who didn't report a Swedish plane illegally crossing the border was sentenced to two years in prison, the country's top court ruled.
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Alexander Lukashenko
BEL2000101503- 15 OCTOBER 2000 - MINSK, BELARUS: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko smiles at a polling station during the elections to the lower house, or Chamber of Representatives, Minsk, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000. rw/Stringer UPI

Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko (Belarusian: Аляксандр Рыгоравіч Лукашэнка, ; Romanized: Alyaksandr Ryhoravich Lukashenka; Russian: Александр Григорьевич Лукашенко, ; Romanized: Aleksandr Grigoryevich Lukashenko; born 30 or 31 August 1954) has been serving as the President of Belarus since 20 July 1994. Before his career as a politician, Lukashenko worked as director of a state-owned agricultural farm. Under Lukashenko's rule, Belarus has come to be viewed as a state whose conduct is out of line with international law and whose regime is considered to grossly violate human rights. Belarus has never held a poll seen as fair by international monitors since Lukashenko began his presidency. Belarus has been called “the last true remaining dictatorship in the heart of Europe” by the former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He and other Belarusian officials are also subject of the sanctions imposed by the European Union for egregious human rights violations.

Lukashenko was born on 30 or 31 August 1954 in the settlement of Kopys in the Vitebsk voblast of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. Trokhym Lukashenko, grandfather of Lukashenko – was born in the Sumy Oblast of Ukraine. Lukashenko grew up without a father in his childhood, leading him to be taunted by his schoolmates for having an unmarried mother. He graduated from the Mogilev Pedagogical Institute in 1975 and the Belarussian Agricultural Academy in 1985. He served in the Border Guard (frontier troops) from 1975 to 1977 and in the Soviet Army from 1980 to 1982. Lukashenko led a Komsomol chapter in Mogilev from 1977 to 1978. While in the Soviet Army, Lukashenko was an officer of the 120th Motorised Rifle "Guard" Division, which was based in Minsk. After leaving the military he became the deputy chairman of a collective farm in 1982 and in 1985. He was promoted to the post of director of the Gorodets state farm and construction materials plant in the Shklov district.

In 1990, Lukashenko was elected as a Deputy in the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus. He was the only deputy of the Belarusian parliament who voted against ratification of the December 1991 agreement that dissolved the Soviet Union and set up the Commonwealth of Independent States in its place.

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