Irina Kazulina, wife of imprisoned Belarusian former presidential candidate Aleksandr Kazulin has called on the UN to help free her husband and other political prisoners in Belarus
On behalf of her husband, she asks that at least one of the member states of the G8 raises the issue of Belarus in the UN Security Council
Belarusians ask Yushchenko to publicly condemn the present regime in Belarus
A number of well-known Belarusian cultural figures, human rights activists and opposition politicians have called on President Viktor Yushchenko to defend civic society and democratic institutions in Belarus
Lukashenko claims he rigged the last presidential elections in favour of the opposition
"93.5% voted for President Lukashenko. They say that thats not a European showing. We made it 86% .."
Grubby attack on the “Memorial” website
Since 18 November "Memorial" has been subjected to a DoS attack which has virtually blocked all access to their sites. The attack, judging by messages which have appeared on the Internet, has been organized by one of the fascist groups.
Boris Stomakhin receives a five-year sentence in Moscow
The journalist who insists he was only expressing his own views has been sentenced for “inciting religious enmity and public calls to commit extremist actions”
Court sends Taras Zelenyak case back to the prosecutor
The judge stated that the prosecution charges did not specify the aims and motives of the defendants actions, nor the words allegedly used to carry out these intentions making it impossible to issue a lawful and well-founded judgment .
16 November – Belarusian Solidarity Day
Support Belarusian political prisoners – Please light your candles, but also contact your governments, insist that they place pressure on the Belarusian regime.
Russias FSB finds nothing criminal in an Internet list of “enemies of the nation”
It told the leader of the Civic Assistance Committee whose name features on the list of “enemies of the nation” that neither the list nor the calls to deal with those on it constituted grounds for launching a criminal investigation
Prisoner of honour
15 November 2006 On the fortieth day in memory of journalist and human rights defender, Anna Politkovskaya
Russian court opens the way for the rehabilitation of the last Russian Tsar and his family
The court ordered the Prosecutor General to review the application to declare those murdered victims of political repression
Lukashenko and Karimov want human rights voices muffled
Belarus and Uzbekistan have called on the UN to stop passing resolutions which condemn human rights abuse in particular countries
Amnesty International declares Zmiter Dashkevich Prisoner of Conscience
He joins the large number of opponents of the present dictatorship in Belarus who are serving penal sentences for their convictions
Belarusian Helsinki Committee again under threat
The Belarusian Supreme Court is again checking the activities of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the only human rights organization which is still functioning in the country
Zmiter Dashkevich sentenced to one and a half years
The harsh sentence evoked outrage, and more than three hundred people stood outside the court chanting “Freedom for Dashkevich!”
Political trials behind closed doors becoming the norm in Belarus
The German Ambassador expressed consternation at the trial behind closed doors of Zmiter Dashkevich: "Why have they not learned from the lessons of Stalinism and the terror trials, which we had in Germany?”
Day of the Political Prisoner at Solovky Stone on Lubyanka
Those attending the meeting in Moscow on 30 October held banners reading We wont let Russia be returned to 1937!”, “Comrade Chekists, youre getting up to your old ways”, as well as pictures of present political prisoners
Judge declines to explain why Dashkevichs trial is behind closed doors
The leader of the Belarusian organization “Youth Front” Zmiter Dashkevich was arrested in September for “activities on behalf of an unregistered organization”
Human rights group demands an explanation from the Head of the Russian FSB
Rustam Muminov was deported from Russia on 24 October after the European Court of Human Rights had called for the deportation procedure to be halted
Day of Remembrance, Day of Protest
In the light of the mounting political repression in Russia, the author believes that this 30 October 2006 should be considered not only a Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Political Repression in the past, but a Day of Protest against new repression – present and future.
The Day of the Political Prisoner
In 1974 30 October was designated the Day of the Political Prisoner in the USSR. This was a decision taken by prisoners of the Soviet political camps themselves. … People deprived of their freedom because of their convictions began a struggle for your freedom and ours, for human dignity. – A call from Russian human rights groups to oppose the curbing of freedom in Russia