Belarus closed the border with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. Even Belarusians abroad cannot return home.
In the afternoon, Belarusians were no longer allowed inside the country from Poland and Lithuania, they were simply sent back at the border. Later, the same problems began on the border with Ukraine and Latvia.
According to the State Border Committee, the closure of the border is due to the current epidemic situation in neighboring countries. "Belarus temporarily restricts entry into its territory through ground checkpoints for certain categories of individuals from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine,” the Committee said.
The entry into the country is still possible for employees of diplomatic missions and consular offices, documented by diplomatic and service passports, drivers of international road transport, and members of train and locomotive crews of international railway communication.
The checkpoint at the National Airport Minsk also functions without restrictions for now.
Meanwhile, everyone who wants to leave Belarus can do it freely. International bus drivers and passengers are warned that they will not be able to return if they cross the border to exit now. The drivers turn around and go back. Some passengers are looking for an opportunity to continue the trip.
Lukashenko sent the heads of law enforcement agencies as his representatives to the most protesting regions of the country
While appointing the heads of the power bloc as his Assistants in the regions and Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko instructed his Administration to significantly expand their powers. Assistants to President are his personal trusted representatives in the regions. Among their functions are the selection of personnel, control over the activities of all personnel in the region from the chairman of the village council and heads of enterprises to the governor.
Yuri Karaev was removed from the post of Minister of Internal Affairs and sent as an inspector and Assistant to President in the Grodno region. Ivan Kubrakov, who was previously the head of the Minsk police, was appointed the new Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus.
The former head of the Security Council and the KGB Valery Vakulchik is now Assistant for the Brest region, and former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Barsukov is the new Assistant for Minsk. It is in Minsk, Brest and Grodno that the protests against the official results of the presidential elections are especially massive. So, since October 29, four out of seven Assistants to President in the regions in Belarus are security officials.
Levchenko’s sneakers and the Zvereva’s Cup sold for $ 11.5 thousand at an auction in support of athletes who suffered from Repressions
The personal belongings of the athletes were auctioned off. They were put up for auction by famous Belarusian athletes, basketball player Elena Levchenko and tennis player Natalia Zvereva. The auction was held for raising funds for the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Fund.
Basketball player Elena Levchenko’s sneakers, in which she performed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, were sold for $6,211. Natalia Zvereva’s Cup for second place in the 1990 Fed Cup in the USA earned $5,400.
The proceeds will be transferred to the sports solidarity fund, which was created to support athletes who have suffered because of their civil position, who openly express their opinion about the events in Belarus.
Elena Levchenko was previously detained for 15 days in the detention center on Okrestina Street. The famous basketball player was arrested at the airport when she was about to fly out for treatment. The reason was her participation in a protest march.
Levchenko played for the national team of Belarus, participated in two Olympics, played in the final of the women's NBA in 2010. She is the bronze medalist of the European Championship.
Natalya Zvereva is the owner of the largest number of titles in Grand Slam tournaments among tennis players of the USSR, she has 20 victories. She was number 1 in world doubles tennis, played in a total of 36 Grand Slam finals.
A man fined for stealing a state flag and sewing a protesters’ flag from it
A 28-year-old resident of Minsk stole a red-green state flag from the First Central District Clinic. With its material, he sewed a white-red-white flag. The young man was detained. During the inspection of his apartment, the police found a seven-meter white-red-white flag, protest attributes and a torn official flag of Belarus. Also, according to the police, the man participated in protests and blocking of roads. He was sentenced to detention and a fine.
The white-red-white flag was the official flag of the Belarusian People's Republic (1918-1919), and in 1991, after the collapse of the USSR, it became the state flag of the Republic of Belarus. But in 1995, on the initiative of Alexander Lukashenko, the first referendum in the history of independent Belarus was held. One of the questions that were put up for voting, concerned establishing of a new flag and coat of arms. According to official data, 75.1% of those who took part in the referendum voted for the adoption of the new state emblem and flag. The country's official flag turned red and green.
The white-red-white has long been a symbol of protest of the Belarusian opposition, and after the presidential elections in 2020, all protesters began to use it en masse. Every day of the protest, flags are being hung everywhere, the security forces remove them, and the next day even more flags appear.