Monday, April 10, 2006

Belarus Incarnates Powers That Serve To Unite The Slavonic Civilization; Belarus Bars E.U. And U.S. Officials From Entering Belarus

Anatoly Rubinov: Belarus incarnates powers uniting Slavonic civilization

"Belarus incarnates powers that serve to unite the Slavonic civilization, first deputy head of the [Belarus] Presidential Administration Anatoly Rubinov has stated today at the 2nd Convocation of Slavonic Nations of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine." ...

Belarus Telegraph Agency [Official Belarus State News Agency] April 10, 2006 14:08


April 10, 2006 -- "The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said today that it [will] bar EU and U.S. officials from entering the country.

The move comes in response to a visa ban imposed by the European Union on 31 Belarusian officials following what it says were Belarus's rigged presidential elections in March and a subsequent crackdown on opposition activists.

The ban prohibits President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who won a third term in office, and 30 other officials from traveling to any of the 25 EU states." ...

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty "Belarus To Bar EU, U.S. Officials" April 10, 2006

The Church [and Monastery] of the Holy Spirit, Minsk, Belarus, has served both the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religious communities of Minsk, Belarus. This Church complex was one of several church and monastery complexes which were situated within 150 meters of the new Belarusian Palace of the Republic [1985-2001]. The whole Minsk Upper Old Town Complex is now nearing final restoration after having been virtually completely destroyed by the Nazis in 1941-43.

Historically, Belarus has enjoyed an ecumenical holy spirit. Minsk also is currently home to a beautiful new large, modern Synagogue, now nearing completion.


And I thought that the 2nd Slavonic Convocation, being held in Minsk, was supposed to be predominately focused on toleration between various ethnicities and religious faiths in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.

Photo credit: minsk/13.htm With thanks.


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