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Belarusian Ambassador to Argentina is dismissed, new Constitution is exposed, and the authorities continue to close the striking businesses while Minsk becomes one of the 100 best cities. Belarus, November 3, 2020

Lukashenko dismissed the Belarusian ambassador to Argentina but not on his own statement, which he submitted twice, the pro-government version of the new Constitution leaked to the Internet, the authorities continue to repress the striking businesses, and Minsk entered the top hundred cities.

Lukashenko dismissed ambassador to Argentina

Vladimir Astapenko was relieved of his post as Ambassador of Belarus to Argentina and concurrently to Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

In his decree, Lukashenko says that the dismissal is due to the commission of an offense incompatible with being in the diplomatic service.

Vladimir Astapenko submitted his resignation on the day of Alexander Lukashenko’s inauguration on September 23, stating that he believes “in a better future for the Belarusian people.”

Astapenko recently withdrew the application and filed a new one due to the employer’s violation of the law. The ambassador stated that some actions of the employer create objective conditions for non-recognition of the legitimacy of the head of state and the international isolation of Belarus.

Vladimir Astapenko plans to sue Aleksander Lukashenko and challenge the dismissal decree in court. According to the former ambassador, he should have been dismissed at his request due to the violation of the law by the employer.

After the presidential elections, several diplomats left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of their civil-mindedness. The ambassadors of Belarus to Spain, Latvia and Slovakia have lost their posts and diplomatic rank. Vyacheslav Kazachenko, an employee of the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who took part in a picket against violence in the country was dismissed; the head of the department for North America and Western Europe, Andrei Bushilo, and the first secretary of the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pavel Slyunkin, resigned.

The pro-government version of the new constitution was leaked

The Coordinating Council has published a document that allegedly contains proposals to amend the Constitution of Belarus. The document contains no mentions of the presidential terms, the redistribution of presidential powers or the strengthening of the role of parliament. By the way, the deadline for accepting proposals on amendments to the Constitution was recently extended.

Thus, the version of the new Constitution, which the current government presumably wants to pass, has become publicly available. Experts of the Coordinating Council believe that it deprives workers of the right to strike as a way of expressing a political position. There is also a risk of losing everyone’s right to free medical care and the right to guaranteed annual paid leave. Trade unions may also be prohibited from funding from abroad. Besides, there will be even more restrictions on political parties.

The Coordinating Council believes that, most likely, this text is not final. The author of the proposals is unknown, but they are issued in the form in which documents are usually made in the current state system. There are currently 14 amendments.

The authorities continue to close the businesses that supported the strike

Today, by the decision of government agencies, 12 stores of the OZ network have been closed. The company says that “they are taking all possible measures to restore customer service in full as soon as possible.”

What exactly is the reason for the decision of government agencies to temporarily suspend the work of these stores, OZ doesn’t explain. The media reported earlier that some of the chain’s stores were closed on October 26. Many of those who didn’t work that day are now receiving state examinations. Some catering establishments were suspended for 3 months.

Some companies announced a non-working day for October 26 in support of a nationwide strike declared as a result of the authorities’ failure to fulfill the terms of the ultimatum announced by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. Such companies include shops, cafes and bars, medical centers, and online stores. Some were closed for technical reasons (sanitary day, inventory, repairs, software updates), others because of possible problems with transport and the Internet, some didn’t hide their solidarity at all.

Starting the end of last week, businesses which for various reasons didn’t work on October 26 are being massively closed by the decision of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Service and the Ministry of Health. Violations are found in small establishments and large networks. They are given prescriptions and indicated violations that must be eliminated. Only after that, they can return to work.

Minsk entered the top 100 cities in the world

Minsk climbed 41 places higher in the Best Cities rating. If earlier the city occupied position 131 there, now it has entered the top hundred and is at number 90.

There are political motives in the description of the city. It states about the protests and the fact that Alexander Lukashenko is “a dictator supported by Russia.”

It’s also said that the city has its own interesting history. The capital was almost completely destroyed by World War II, and then built almost from scratch. Also, the creators of the rating believe that you can’t drink tap water and freely express your opinion in Minsk. Besides, they believe that Mir Castle is located near the city. Which is actually 100 km away from the Belarusian capital. It is noted that there are samples of Soviet post-war urban planning in Minsk. But the annotation says nothing, for example, about the oldest building in the city, the Peter and Paul Cathedral.


In this section you will find information about Belarus. Professional journalists from the independent non-state publication officelife.media (location - Minsk) tell about what is really happening in Belarus. No political accents or ideological attitudes. Only the most important facts so that you understand the essence of what is happening in this corner of Europe.