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Belarus

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Footnotes

 

The correct country name is The Republic of Belarus

 

Back in the U.S. S. R.? Jeffrey Tayler, Harper’s Magazine, 2-1-2000.

 

"Belarus has few natural resources and raw materials have to be imported. Manufacturing industry is 100-percent reliant on imported energy. Belarus: Country Profile, Europe Review World of Information, 9-19-2000.

 

"But Valery V. Tsepkalo, Minsk’s youthful ambassador in Washington, said in an interview last week that his country’s cautious pace of economic reform reflects its lack of resources, its dependence on Russia and its desire to preserve a social safety net while moving to a market economy." Belarusian opposition hopes for a Yugoslavia-like revolt Urges boycott of vote called by Lukashenko, David R. Sands, The Washington Times, 10-15-2000.

 

An embarrassing suitor, Jane’s Information Group Limited, 12-2-1999.

 

A report from Minsk, Valentin Maslyukov, Monthly Review, September 1998.

 

"The International Monetary Fund last month forecast that Belarus’ gross domestic product will fall 6.3 percent this year and another 0.6 percent in 2001. By contrast, the Commonwealth of Independent States as a whole is expected to see average annual growth next year of 3.8 percent." Belarusian opposition hopes for a Yugoslavia-like revolt Urges boycott of vote called by Lukashenko, David R. Sands, The Washington Times, 10-15-2000.

 

In the absence of democracy, Arnold Beichman, The Washington Times, 3-19-2001

 

At the 5th Congress, "The World After Chernobyl" started in Minsk, president Gennadiy Grushevoy stated in his interview to Radio Liberty, "the sponsors had I mind three tasks when organizing the congress. First, to blast the myth that Chernobyl does not threaten Belarusians any more. Second, to secure that the society demands from the government much bigger financing of the liquidation of the consequences of Chernobyl. Third, to draw the attention of the world community to the problems in Belarus. After Belarusian academic Ivan Nikitcheno, the real problems connected with Chernobyl are only beginning now since the most serious aftermath of the catastrophe will be vivid in some 10 – 15 years when the children of the "children of Chernobyl" are born." Radiation catastrophe in Belarus continues – Gennadiy Grushevoy, Belarus Today, 4-19-2001

 

History of the Republic of Belarus

 

Belarus.com

 

Daddy

 

More Disaffected Russians Turn To the Voice of Belarus for Advice, Andrew Higgins, The Wall Street Journal, October 1, 1998.

 

The capital of Belarus, Minsk which contains almost twenty-percent of the country’s populations. The media in Belarus is considered to be one of the least free in world." Belarus: Country Profile, Europe Review World of Information, 9-19-2000.

 

Freedom House, Political Rights and Liberties, Belarus, Freedom in the World, 1999-2000.

 

Belarus.com

 

Alexander Zimovsky was the deputy chairman of the state TV and radio company.

 

In the absence of democracy, Arnold Beichman, The Washington Times, 3-19-2001

 

Referring to the 2000 off year elections.

 

And Your Oil, The Washington Post, David Ignatioius; 2-18-2001

 

Belarus.com, May 30, 1998

 

The Financial Times, Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: Profile by the Financial Times, October 22, 1998.

 

Bathetic in Belarus, The Economist, 20-21-2000

 

Chapter ‘97

 

A riot occurred in Belarus when McDonalds opened their first store when rumors started that they were going to give away free French fries. Over four-thousand people appeared and an uncontrollable riot occurred as everyone wanted to be the first to get "free lunch." Many were hurt when the police were unable to control the mob action.

 

Belarus: Right Record Worsens As President Leads Country Backward, K.P. Foley, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, Inc, 2-2-98

 

Alexander Lukashenko does not appreciate Russian system of power, Belarus Today, 4-19-2001

 

"Belarusian ruble known as the zaychik or bunny, on account of the furry little rabbit depicted hopping across now-extinct one-ruble notes" Back in the U.S. S. R. ?, Jeffrey Tayler, Harper’s Magazine, 2-1-2000.

 

"At present Belarus uses dollars, yens and marks as reserve currency. Russian Central Bank’s intention to make the ruble a reserve currency within CIS was published in early June. Representatives of CIS national banks were rather skeptical about the idea at that time, as they doubted ruble stability. But a month later the Central Bank of Russia managed to find an ally, Belarus National Bank. At present the Central Bank of Russia is holding negotiations with Central banks of the Ukraine and Kazakhstan about similar agreements." On June 9, the Central Bank signed an agreement with Belarus National Bank to use the Ruble as Reserve Currency, A&G Information Services, 6-17-1997.

 

Ford’s Moscow spokeswoman Oksana Khatonuk, said she was "not in a position to speculate’ on the plant’s future. She attributed disappointing sales of Ford Transit minivans to depressed Russian demand. The plant, with an annual capacity of 4,000 units, assembled 3,000 in its first two years and just 440 in 1999." Ford’s Minivan Plant in Belarus Will Close, Company Seeks to End Venture by Next Month, Benjamin Smith, The Wall Street Journal Europe, 4-19-2000.

 

Belarus: Country Profile, Europe Review World of Information, 9-19-2000.

 

Travelers checks are not accepted in Belarus

 

A report from Minsk, Valentin Maslyukov, Monthly Review Press, September, 1998

 

Freedom in the World, Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1999-2000.

 

Publicly, these weapons were officially removed by the Russians a number of years ago, however, most armament experts believe that a significant cache still exists. However, thankfully for the moment, Belarus lacks the delivery system to do much damage.

 

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: Profile by the U.S. News and World Report. Quotes by Yuri Drakokhrust, a Minsk journalist.

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