Aug 18, 2009

Belarus: Equal Opportunity Hater

You know, who says Belarus has to pick a side: East or West? Belarus has the right to hate on both sides.

According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), this week the Hrodna Region Public Prosecutor’s Office sent an official warning to reporter Andrzej Pisalnik for attempting "to distribute printed publications that contain no output data." What does that mean? Well, Mr. Pisalnik writes in Polish, and things in Polish are hard to read, so God knows what he's been writing about for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper, a publication of the Union of Poles. Best to nip that in the bud and warn him now. Good work, Hrodna.

Meanwhile, also according to the BAJ, on August 15, Russian TV journalists Aleksei Malkov and Yury Babenko were deported from Belarus. They came to Belarus to film a documentary about public figures, who had disappeared in Belarus, including journalist Dzmitry Zavadski. So, good news, you got deported, not disappeared.

So maybe these incidents don't show us whether or not Belarus favors Europe or Russia. One thing is for sure, Belarus does not want you to know what it is up to.

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