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Belavia extends the suspension of flights to some countries due to COVID-10, and Lukashenko orders not to recruit Belarusian doctors who left for Poland to help with the pandemic. Belarus, November 5, 2020

The Belavia airline has extended the suspension of flights to several directions, including Turkmenistan, Cyprus and Latvia. Lukashenko said that Poland wants Belarusian doctors to help with the COVID-19 outbreak, instructed officials to let them go there, but then not to take them back to work. Epam, the largest software and digital platform developer in the country, increased its revenue by almost 11% in the third quarter. The Grodno Children’s Hospice was deprived of its premises due to the protest activity of the director.

Belavia has extended the suspension of flights to several countries

The Belavia airline has extended the suspension of flights to several directions, including Turkmenistan, Cyprus and Latvia.

Previously, flights to Riga were closed until October 24, and now, until December 14. Flights to Larnaca are frozen for the same period. Not so long ago, the Ministry of Health added Cyprus and Latvia to the list of coronavirus states again.

Flights to Ashgabat have been suspended until January 1, 2021 (previously until November 1, 2020).

Flights to Budapest were cancelled until March 27, 2021 (except November 8, 2020).

Lukashenko has forbidden to recruit doctors who have left for Poland to fight COVID-19, but said that “we have no extra doctors”

At a meeting on measures against the spread of viral infections, Alexander Lukashenko said that Poland had begun “gathering doctors around the world” because of the COVID-19 outbreak. He instructed the government to let Belarusian doctors go there, but in this case, not to take them back to work then.

According to Lukashenko, the Polish side especially asks Belarusian doctors to come and give treatment for COVID-19.

“I want to warn you. We have no extra doctors. We need to heal our own people,” declared Lukashenko. “We will not stop anyone from going away. But you need to understand that if you leave, you won’t come back. You will work there and earn that big money for which you left. This is not a threat. This is an order for the government”.

Lukashenko also ordered the creation of regional headquarters for COVID-19. Governors and Assistants to President, his proxies in the regions will bear personal responsibility for the work of these structures. Not long ago, generals of law enforcement agencies were appointed Assistants in Minsk and two western regions.

Epam increased revenue in the third quarter by almost 11%, earning more than $650 million

The largest developer of software and digital platforms in the country, EPAM earned $652.2 million in the third quarter of 2020, according to the press service of the company. Revenue increased by 10.9% or $64.1 million over the same period last year.

Revenue grew faster than previously planned. In the report for the second quarter, the company predicted revenue in the third quarter of $633 million to $643 million.

GAAP operating income in the third quarter was $96.4 million, which is an increase of $15.8 million, or 19.6% year-on-year.

Diluted earnings per share are $1.53, 31.9% higher than a year ago.

The company expects fourth-quarter revenue to range from $695 million to $705 million, with GAAP operating income expected to range from 14% to 15%.

In total, from January to September, the company’s revenue amounted to $1 million 936 thousand, an increase of 16.55%. A year ago, it earned $1million 661 thousand.

The Grodno Children’s Hospice was deprived of its premises. The director believes that happened because of her social activism

The St. Hubert Children’s Hospice in Grodno received a notice of termination of the premises lease agreement from the lessor, the Lenin District School Food Factory of Grodno.

In mid-September, volunteers sewed anti-plague suits in the hospice’s social workshop to distribute them to hospital staff. The director of the hospice, Olga Velichko, then received a letter stating that the factory was unilaterally terminating the lease agreement since the premises were engaged in non-statutory activities.

Velichko was later fined for taking part in protests. And on October 28, unknown persons changed the locks in the hospice, and now it is impossible to get inside. Hospice continues to be billed for rent and utilities.

Velichko is known for her social activism. Together with other citizens, she tried to establish a dialogue between the protesters and the authorities, demanding an end to the violence from the security forces. The activists appealed to the deputies of the Grodno Regional Council and the senators of the Council of the Republic with a request to organize a meeting with residents.


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.