(BELARUS) CNN Interview Lukashenko Report: I know of only one case of the murder of a protester, but he himself came to kill. And all the rest – someone died from #COVID19, some from asthma and others from oncology #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: Our people with CNN do not want to talk, because you are constantly distorting information. It looks like you came to accuse me of something – apparently you have such a task.

#AceDailyNews says that Meduza Interview Report: ” If you attack us, I will be the eternal president.” Alexander Lukashenko gave an hour-long interview to CNN. The shortest retelling:

We in Belarus have never fired point-blank, even at radicals. But in the US Congress, a girl was shot – is this not a violation of human rights? And you keep silent about it. An atmosphere of fear in Minsk? Lies.

Meduza: Veth: October: O2, 2021:

Did you walk around Minsk yourself?

I’m not going to be president to death, but if you attack us, I will be president forever. I am still young, not like yours in the Washington regional committee” There are no Russian military bases in Belarus, only two for civilian purposes. But if it is necessary to resist your aggression, the whole of Belarus will turn into a single military base. We will build our future with Russia and even you cannot stop us. You have Anglo-Saxon thinking, and Russians and I never bargain over money, we are fraternal peoples. Nobody forced Tikhanovskaya to flee the country, she herself asked to take her to the border. The Ryanair plane landing was not an intelligence operation – these are your fantasies. I can personally guarantee the safety of flights over Belarus, but if we see a threat to the state, we will immediately land any plane. If you don’t want to fly, we’ll do it. We have lived without the EU and will live for many more years. What we need to sell – we will sell to Russia and Asia.

This is a rough retelling of Alexander Lukashenko ‘s interview with CNN. Quotes, including those written in the first person, are not necessarily literal.

(C)MEDUZA 2021:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.04: 2021:

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(BELARUS) Human Rights Centre Viasna Report: On Saturday, October 2, announced the arrest of Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Gennady Mozheiko, who a few days ago wrote about the accused of killing a KGB officer in Minsk #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: According to human rights activists, Mozheiko was detained on October 1 in Moscow. ….

#AceDailyNews says on Saturday, October 2, the Belarusian human rights center Viasna announced that the site of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus was blocked because of an article about a KGB officer accused of murdering. The author of the material is in the detention center on Akrestsin Street: According to human rights activists, the journalist was detained in Moscow 13:45, October 2, 2021: Meduza

https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-komsomolskaya-pravda–blocked/31484656.html

The detention of Mozheiko was confirmed by Komsomolskaya Pravda, which had been unable to contact the correspondent since Friday evening.

The journalist’s mother, Irina, told the publication that the last time she communicated with her son via video link on the afternoon of September 30. Then he was in a hotel in Moscow.

On the night of October 1–2, Mozheiko’s mother received a call and was told that he had been detained and was in a pre-trial detention center in Akrestsin Street in Minsk. Before that, according to her, the KGB officers searched the journalist’s apartment. “They seized flash drives, stickers and badges of 2001,” said Mozheiko’s mother. The search warrant indicated two articles of the criminal code: part 3 of article 130 (incitement of racial, national, religious or other social hostility or hatred) and article 369 (insulting a government official).

https://t.me/tutby_official/31510?embed=1

The detention of Gennady Mozheiko, according to Viasna, may be related to his work. A few days ago, Mozheiko spoke with a classmate of Minsk resident Andrei Zeltser, who, according to the Belarusian authorities, is guilty of the murder of a KGB officer. Zeltser died during the department’s operation in Minsk.

“There were literally four sentences published [of the recollections of Andrei Zeltser’s classmate]. <…> She says that she studied with Andrei Zeltser, he was “positive, truthful, advocated the truth,” and she “does not know what happened to him”. She speaks about what happened with amazement, ”Vladimir Sungorkin, editor-in-chief of“ KP ” , told RBC the content of the text. 

(C)MEDUZA 2021:

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(BELARUS) Sanctions Report: The Belarusian banking system has felt the heavy footstep of European & American sanctions imposed in the summer in response to repression and the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: Last week, the correspondent accounts of Belarusbank, Belinvestbank and Belagroprombank were closed by Deutcsche Bank, a key correspondent bank for Belarusian banking institutions,

#AceDailyNews says that Nasha Niva reports, citing sources as Belarus loses access to European banking system due to sanctions: European banks began to massively close dollar end euro correspondent accounts of Belarusian states-owned companies, making it impossible to conduct operations in two key world currencies………..

Ukraine News Veth 14, 2021

Belagroprombank, one of three banks sanctioned by the EU, has lost correspondent relations not only with Deutsche, but also with all its European correspondent banks, including Germany’s Commerzbank, DZ Bank, Italy’s Unione di Banche Italie and Poland’s PKO Bank.

Even Russian banks, including Sberbank, VTB and Rosselkhozbank, refused to conduct currency transactions with Belagroprombank.

A similar situation has developed with Belarusbank and Belinvestbank, which are also included in the EU sanctions list, Nasha Niva reports.

Two thin threads on which the Belarusian banking sector is still hanging and which can break at any time are the European subsidiary of VTB (conducts operations for Belarusbank) and the Moscow TKB Bank, which holds euro accounts for Belagroprombank.

Isolation from the world monetary system has already hit Belarusian business. Foreign currency payments are still technically possible through small Belarusian and marginal Russian banks, but this all makes it very difficult to fulfill existing contracts and jeopardizes new ones, one of the entrepreneurs complained to Nasha Niva.

“It used to be that a three-day delay in payment was considered a scandal, now two weeks is a norm because money goes around half the world to get where it needs to go,” he says, adding that the private sector is likely to move to other banks or look for opportunities through neighboring countries.

On June 24, the European Union announced the imposition of economic sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko for “serious human rights violations”, “brutal suppression of civil rights”, as well as the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk, which the West qualified as air piracy.

All Belarusian banks with a state share of more than 50%, as well as subsidiaries of Belarusbank, Belinvestbank, Belagroprombank, fell under sanctions prohibiting the provision of financing for a period of more than 90 days.

Lukashenko, commenting on the EU decision, said that the sanctions show “impotence” and called for “scoundrels on the other side of the border” to prove this in practice.

(C)UAWIRE 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.15: 2021:

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(RUSSIA) Belarus Report: Moscow does not financially support any other country as generously: DW spoke with economic experts to learn about this lopsided relationship, and the strain it places on the Russian budget #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.31: Looking on from the outside, such figures appear to be a largish run-of-the-mill loan that one country grants another and for which interest is collected. But the situation with Belarus and Russia is different. According to observers: interest is mounting and debts carry on growing year in and year out, yet Minsk continues to receive new loans from Moscow…..

#AceDailyNews says here’s how Russian money keeps Belarus afloat Russia has supported its western neighbor Belarus for decades — long before the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions on Minsk and President Alexander Lukashenko. Earlier this summer, Moscow loaned its ally $500 million (€423 million) — six months prior, it had issued Lukashenko’s regime a similar sum.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin stand on a boat
DW REPORT:

Russia has been subsidizing its neighbor for years. Between 2005 and 2015, Moscow pumped $106 billion into the Belarus economy, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Discounted oil and gas

Experts divide Russia’s monetary contributions to Minsk into two categories: one legal and one covert. Neither is driven by economics and both have put a strain on Russia’s state budget.

The most obvious subsidy, analysts say, occurs within Belarus’ energy sector — which receives cheap Russian gas and has tariffs waived on oil destined for Belarusian refineries. 

A worker turns a valve at the first pump station on Belarus territory of the Druzhba pipeline

Russia has subsidized the energy sector by selling cheap gas

“Over the past 20 years, gas prices in Belarus only rose twice to European levels; each time, Belarus halted payments [to Russia], demanding a discount,” said Sergey Kondratiev of Moscow’s Institute for Energy and Finance Foundation. The research institute estimates Russia has subsidized oil to Belarus to the tune of $35 billion, and gas to the equivalent of $19 billion between 2011 and 2020.

Cheap loans, preferential market access

Cheap — and legal — loans are another means by which Russia has been able to prop up Belarus. Moscow continues to extend payment deadlines and is constantly revising the terms and conditions of the loans. Russia, for example, lent Belarus $10 billion to build a nuclear power plant in 2011.

“Belarus received both a very long grace period when it came to repaying the money, as well as the possibility to repay the loan at a discounted rate,” said Kondratiev. “Belarus would not have received such favorable conditions on the open market.”

It remains unclear how Minsk spends loans not earmarked for specific projects. Bogdan Bespalko, a member of Russia’s Council for Interethnic Relations — a body linked to President Vladimir Putin’s office — suspects they are used to pay off old debts. “A large portion of the latest $500 million loan was taken to repay money owed to Russian corporations,” Bespalko pointed out.

A worker at Belarus state-owned carmaker MAZ

Certain sectors of Belarus’ economy enjoy preferential treatment in the Russian market

Russia has also granted Belarus special access to its market. Not even other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) enjoy such favorable terms as companies from Belarus do. Observers argue this preferential treatment guarantees the survival of entire business sectors within Belarus, especially within the food and engineering industries.

In addition to low-interest loans, such favorable preferences allowed the Belarusian economy to generate some $11 billion between 2011 and 2020, according to Moscow’s Institute for Energy and Finance Foundation.

Shady sources of income

Cross-border smuggling has also played its part in supporting the country’s economy. Without border checks between Belarus and Russia, and thanks to preferential market access, illicit trade has thrived. While the financial scale of this smuggling pales in comparison to that of official Russian loans, it is still considerable. As such, it also hurts Russian coffers.

The illicit trade in Belarus sees certain EU goods relabeled, and falsified customs documents issued. These mislabeled goods are then smuggled into Russia to evade EU sanctions. Such business practices also mean excise payments on products are being circumvented. 

“Only Belarus earns money doing this,” said Kondratiev. “Belarusian cigarettes are a case in point: Batches containing up to 1 million packs are smuggled into Russia without any excise duty being paid. A popular way to hide cigarettes is within shipments of mineral fertilizers.”

From 2011 to 2020, illegal tobacco imports cost Russia some $2.6 billion. Between 2014 and 2020, Russia incurred an estimated $4.2 billion in financial damages from the smuggling of EU-sanctioned goods.

Another source of income for Minsk lies in seizing the property of Russian companies in Belarus. The 2020 Belgazprombank case is a prominent example.

“After a provisional administration was established, deposits and financial assets were siphoned off, seriously hurting Russian shareholders,” said Kondratiev. Such conduct is common, he added. “We know of cases where goods sent by Russians transiting through Belarus have been seized.”

No country in the world receives the level of support from Russia as that which is afforded to Belarus, Kondratiev said. However, Moscow’s assistance has put a strain on finances. This is all the more troublesome, as the help rendered is neither spurring economic growth in Belarus, nor promoting the efficient use of money.

“On the contrary, we are seeing steady stagnation,” said the Russian Council for Interethnic Relations member Bogdan Bespalko.

‘Lukashenko has found a painful spot for EU’ 

This article has been adapted from German

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.31: 2021:

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(BELARUS) JUST IN: Ryanair Aircraft flying from Athens to Vilnius was diverted and former editor-in-chief of Nexta Roman Protasevich was detained in Minsk #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.24: On the afternoon of May 23, a Ryanair airline, flying from Athens to Vilnius, urgently boarded in Minsk:

INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: The plane on which he flew was urgently landed in Belarus because of the bomb report that happened to be false after Lukashenka said he personally took the decision to land the aircraft in order to “protect Europe”

https://t.me/nexta_tv/15764
NEXTA, [May 23, 2021 at 4:38 PM]
Председатель Европейской комиссии Урсула фон дер Ляйен: «Любое нарушение правил международного воздушного транспорта влечёт за собой последствия»

Совершенно недопустимо принуждать самолёт Ryanair, летевший из Афин в Вильнюс, садиться в Минске.

Все пассажиры должны немедленно получить возможность продолжить свой путь в Вильнюс, должна быть обеспечена их безопасность.

May: 23, 2021

According to Franak Vyachorka, an advisor to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a journalist, former editor-in-chief of the Nexta telegram channel Roman Protasevich was on board. After leaving Nexta, he edited another opposition channel “Brain Belarus”.

Before the flight, according  to Nexta, Protasevich noticed that he was being watched. In Minsk, passengers were taken off the plane and sent to the airport for a second inspection, during which Protasevich was detained.

At the Minsk airport, they said that the Ryanair plane landed after the signal about a bomb planted – the pilots themselves allegedly requested the landing . At the same time, the head of the communications department of Vilnius International Airport (the flight was supposed to arrive there) Lina Beishene said : “As far as I know, there was a conflict between the crew member and the passenger. The plane has now landed successfully. We have no other official information ”. Nexta reported that, according to preliminary information, the KGB officers staged a fight with the crew during the flight, insisting that there was an explosive device on board. As a result, the crew was forced to request an emergency landing.

The Pool of the First Telegram channel, which is close to the press service of Alexander Lukashenko, published a post with the headline “Belarus defended Europe” immediately after the landing of the flight . It emphasized: “The situation was reported to the president. Lukashenka gave an unconditional command to turn the plane around and receive it. “

Also, “Pool of the First” noted that the plane was located near the border with Lithuania: “But they turned to Minsk. So it turns out, and the dictator came in handy! “

The Minsk airport has already reported that at the moment information about mining has not been confirmed. “Pool of the first” additionally reported that on behalf of Lukashenka, “a MiG-29 fighter was raised to escort a passenger plane into the sky.”

“The regime endangered the safety of passengers on board and the entire civil aviation for the sake of reprisals against the man who was the editor of the largest Belarusian independent telegram channels … We have already informed the Ryanair office and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), demanding to start an investigation into the incident. and take measures up to the exclusion of Belarus from ICAO, ” Svetlana Tikhanovskaya wrote after Protasevich’s arrest.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.23: 2021:

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MOSCOW: ‘ US Lethal Weapons Deliveries to Kiev Would Undermine Minsk Agreements on Peace Resolution ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW- October 09 (RIA Novosti) – Potential US deliveries of lethal weaponry to Kiev would undermine agreements on the peaceful resolution of the current crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

“All agreements that have been recently reached – those in Minsk on September 5 and 19 – clearly stipulate the necessity of a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weaponry and concrete steps in disarmament, rather than boosting up the strength of Kiev-led forces,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a news briefing in Moscow.

“This [US arms supplies] is not something that is needed to ensure political settlement in Ukraine,” the diplomat said.

#ANS2014

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UKRAINE: ‘ Prisoner Swap Takes Place Between Security Forces and Donestsk Republic ‘

#AceWorldNews UKRAINE (Donetsk) September 14 The much-anticipated prisoner swap between Ukrainian security forces and militia in the breakaway republic of Donetsk is under-way 30 kilometres to the north of the region’s capital city Donetsk, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

' Prisoner Swap in Ukraine Eastern Ukraine Takes Place During Cease-Fire '

‘ Prisoner Swap in Ukraine Eastern Ukraine Takes Place During Cease-Fire ‘

The swap follows a ground-breaking ceasefire agreement in Belarus’ capital Minsk on September 5 where Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to exchange all captives held by Kiev and militias in the breakaway eastern regions, in what they described as an “all-for-all” prisoner exchange.

Negotiators were building on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposals.

Earlier in the day, Kiev confirmed that the parties were to exchange a total of 146 captives on Sunday, following a similar swap on Friday when self-defence forces in the Donetsk People’s Republic handed over 36 Ukrainian personnel that had been apprehended in their territory during Kiev’s military operation in eastern Ukraine. In its turn, the Ukrainian government freed 31 hostages.

On Friday, the Donetsk republic’s Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Purgin, said a total of 1,500 people could eventually be swapped.

Ukraine has been engulfed in violent internal conflict since mid-April, when Kiev began its military operation against independence supporters in the south-eastern regions of the country.

According to United Nations’ estimates, some 3,000 people have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded since the start of the offensive.

#ANS2014

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` Ukraine Transfers Part-Payment of its Gas Debt to Russia '

#AceBreakingNews – MINSK – May 30 – Ukraine said it had transferred the payment for part of its gas debt to Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

“Talks are under-way (in Berlin), so far there is no visible progress, but our Ukrainian partners said they had transferred a part of the sum (Ukraine owes Russia for gas supplies),” Medvedev said.

“However, liabilities are considered discharged not at the moment of money transfer but at the moment of its passing to the account of the creditor, that is to the Gazprom account.”

Itar-Tass

#AceFinanceNews

#ANS2014

#gazprom, #minsk, #ukraine