Ten opposition activists get seats on local soviets

As many as 21,288 people were elected to the country\'s local soviets as a result of the April elections. In 14 electoral districts, uncontested candidates failed to receive the required number of votes.

Deputy Chairman Ryhor Kostusew named Belarusian Popular Front’s presidential nominee

The Belarusian Popular Front (BPF), at a controversial convention in Minsk on Saturday, elected Deputy Chairman Ryhor Kostusew as the party’s potential candidate in next year’s presidential elections, BelaPAN rep

Leader of \"Tell the Truth!\" campaign spends night in police custody

Police sealed off the Minsk office of the campaign. Computers, screens, laptops and printed materials were seized and loaded onto a bus after a search of the office.

Police, KGB officers raid Minsk office of \"Tell the Truth!\" campaign

Police and KGB officers on Tuesday raided the Minsk office of the "Tell the Truth!" campaign, BelaPAN reports.

Police raid homes, apartments linked to “Tell the Truth!” campaign

The plainclothesmen reportedly said that they were serving a search warrant issued by the prosecutor of Minsk’s Leninski district in connection with a criminal case.

Festival of European Cinema to be held in Belarus

The Festival of European Cinema will take place in Belarus between May 10 and June 4, BelaPAN reports.

Belarus\' population shrank to 9,473,600 by April

The population of Belarus totaled 9,473,600 people as of April 1, or 13,400 less than a year before, according to the National Statistics Committee, BelaPAN reports.

It would be good if share of rural residents remained at 30 percent, Lukashenka says

It would be good if the share of rural residents in the country's population remained at 30 percent, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said on Monday while staying in the Cherykaw district, Mahilyow region, according to the presidential press office, as quoted by

Authorities put voter turnout at 79.1 percent

As many as 29.3 percent cast their ballots during the early voting stage between April 20 and 24, up by 4.4 percentage points compared with the 2007 elections.

At least three members of Belarusian Christian Democracy elected to local soviets

At least three members of Belarusian Christian Democracy (BCD) were elected to local soviets as a result of the April 20-25 elections, Pavel Sevyarynets, co-chairman of the unregistered opposition party, told BelaPAN

Fifteen percent said to have cast their ballots in first three days of early voting period

Fifteen percent of all registered voters cast their ballots in the first three days of the early voting stage in Belarus’ local elections, which began on April 20, according to Mikalay Lazavik, secretary of the central election commission,

Subbotnik in Minsk expected to yield about $2 million

The April 24 subbotnik (day of voluntary unpaid work) in Minsk is expected to yield about six billion rubels ($2 million), Natallya Zhamoytsina, a departmental head at the city government, told reporters on April 21, Bela

Belarusian Popular Front is abandoning its traditional way of observing Chernobyl anniversary, leader says

The Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) is abandoning its traditional way of commemorating the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, BPF Chairman Alyaksey Yanukevich told reporters in Minsk on Thursday, as quoted by BelaPAN

Belarus ranks fourth among CIS countries in terms of average pay in 2009

Average pay was $628 in Russia, $455 in Kazakhstan, $371 in Azerbaijan, $356 in Belarus and $239 in Ukraine. According to the National Statistics Committee,...

Police try to prevent opposition activists from getting to Minsk to attend “Dzen Voli” demonstration

Police on March 25 tried to prevent opposition activists from traveling to Minsk to attend the “Dzen Voli (Freedom Day) demonstration to be staged in the city in the evening on the occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Belarusian N

Belarusian environmental protection ministry plans to issue its opinion about nuclear power plant project in April

The ministry asked neighboring countries to complete their discussions on the Belarusian nuclear project this month, the deputy minister said.

US lawyer Emanuel Zeltser returns to work days after release from Belarusian prison

US lawyer Emanuel Zeltser has returned to work just days after his release from a Belarusian prison.

Party of Freedom and Progress holds founding conference

The Party of Freedom and Progress held its founding conference in Mahilyow on April 18, intending to make the fourth attempt to obtain registration from the Belarusian justice ministry.

Belarus could supply CIS countries with food at low prices in exchange for cheap oil, Lukashenka says

If there are problems with the import of oil from Russia, Belarus will be able to use oil produced in Venezuela...

Jewish community in Mahilyow seeking commemoration of Holocaust victims

  The Jewish community in Mahilyow has applied to the city authorities for permission to put up a memorial in commemoration of Holocaust victims killed in the city.

Lukashenka invites Pope Benedict XVI to visit Belarus

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Belarus at his convenience, BelaPAN reports.

Juvenile commission in Mahilyow examining case against opposition activist Shatsikava

  A district commission on juvenile affairs in Mahilyow is examining a case against opposition activist Krystsina Shatsikava who raises two underage sons.