Lukashenka hands Yury Chyzh the land of his native village in Brest region to build tourist and cultural center


Alyaksandr Lukashenka has, by his presidential edict, has handed business tycoon Yury Chyzh the land of his native village of Sabali in the Byaroza district, Brest region, for the construction of a tourist and cultural center called “Nash Rodny Kut Sabali” (Our Native Place of Sabali).

The center, which is to be completed within the next three years, will include a hotel, a restaurant, an ethnographic museum, a parking lot, a roller skiing track, a cattle farm and the necessary transportation and infrastructure facilities.

The Belarusian leader has ordered the Brest Regional Executive Committee to rent a plot of land of no more than 333.4 hectares (823.8 acres) in the area of the village of Sabali to Mr. Chyzh for a period of 99 years.

The edict provides that the organizations involved in the project be exempted from paying mandatory contributions to innovation funds.

The edict tasks the Council of Ministers and the Brest Regional Executive Committee with providing all necessary assistance for the project.

The 48-year-old Chyzh, who is viewed as Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s “unofficial banker” and is his regular hockey partner, is on the European Union’s list of Belarusians subject to entry bans and asset freezes. Mr. Chyzh and 18 companies and organizations belonging to him were added to the EU’s blacklist in March 2012 for providing financial support to the Lukashenka regime. //BelaPAN