Lukashenko opened the third subway line. The new line will open for passengers on November 7 at 12.30 PM
The first stations of the third subway line were opened in Minsk by Alexander Lukashenko. Four stations of the new line are being launched: Kovalskaya Sloboda, Vokzalnaya, Ploshchad Frantishka Bogushevicha, and Yubileynaya Ploshchad.
Alexander Lukashenko rode the subway train through all the new stations and praised their design, functionality and accuracy. Lukashenko noted the safety of the stations of the new line. Protective fences were installed on the new platforms.
The mayor of Minsk Vladimir Kukharev said that the next stage is the construction of another three new stations in the Slutsk direction; this work is already underway. A total of 14 stations are planned on the third line. The first four took over five years to build. In 2023, construction will unfold in the northern direction of the Zeleny Lug district.
Lukashenko, in response, suggested making a small branch to the north, towards the "smart city". He recently signed a decree that transferred more than 10 square kilometers in the north of Minsk to Arab and Serbian businessmen for the construction of a "smart city", about 90% of that territory was given for residential multi-apartment buildings.
Gold and foreign exchange reserves of Belarus increased by 2.2% in October. The population buys more currency than it sells
As of November 1, the gold and foreign exchange reserves of Belarus amounted to $7.4856 billion, said the National Bank. In October, they increased by 2.2%. A month earlier, reserves decreased by 1.8%.
The National Bank explained that the increase was due to an external loan and purchases at the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange. Most likely, speaking of a loan, they meant the EDB tranche of $500 million.
The Belarusian authorities still want to keep the level of reserves at $7.3 billion minimum until the end of the year.
Also, according to the National Bank, individuals still buy more foreign currency than they sell. For three quarters of the year, the acquired volume amounted to more than $8.4 billion, about $6.7 billion were sold.
The total turnover of the foreign exchange market since the beginning of the year amounted to $69 billion. $48.5 billion, the biggest share, falls on the over-the-counter segment. The turnover of cash currency is $10.5 billion, and $10 billion at the Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange.
Kolesnikova’s detention was extended until January 8
The investigative bodies of Belarus did not satisfy the petition for the release on bail of the member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council Maria Kolesnikova. The period of detention was extended until January 8.
Maria Kolesnikova was a member of the campaign headquarters of ex-banker Viktor Babariko, who was not registered as a presidential candidate. Instead, he was taken into custody, where he remains. Then Kolesnikova entered the joint headquarters of the registered Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
On August 19, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus opened a criminal case in which it accused the Coordination Council of the opposition of calling for the seizure of power.
Kolesnikova was detained on September 7. The government tried to expel her from the country, together with press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and executive secretary Ivan Kravtsov, but on the border with Ukraine, she tore her passport and returned to Belarusian territory, where she was immediately detained again. Since then, she has been held in a pre-trial detention center in Zhodino.
On September 16, Kolesnikova was charged with publicly calling for the seizure of power or forcibly changing the constitutional order.
Lukashenko was included in the EU sanctions list
An official document on the inclusion of Alexander Lukashenko and several other citizens of Belarus in the EU sanctions list was published today.
The list also includes his son Viktor Lukashenko, press secretary Natalya Eismont, Deputy Information Minister Igor Buzovsky and many others.
Each name on the list is accompanied by a short annotation, which explains the position of the European Union on personalities. For example, Natalya Eismont is said to be «closely associated with the president» and is responsible for media coverage of his work. She also prepares public speeches. Based on this, it was concluded that she supports the Lukashenko regime, including «campaigns of repression and intimidation» by the state system. The EU believes that Eismont helped undermine democracy and the rule of law in Belarus.
Annotation for Viktor Lukashenko reads, in particular, that he is the presidential adviser on national security and a member of the Security Council. Therefore, he was declared responsible for reprisals, including violence against journalists.
In early October, the EU also drew up a sanctions list, which included 40 high-ranking officials of Belarus, but Alexander Lukashenko wasn’t on that list.