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Nuclear power plant was launched in Belarus this weekend, and more than a thousand people were detained at protest marches. Belarus, November 7 and 8, 2020

Lukashenko opened a nuclear power plant and asks his neighbors to buy electricity from it. More than a thousand people have been detained this weekend at the protests, which have been going on for three months, including many celebrities.

The first power unit of BelNPP reached 40% capacity

The first power unit of the BelNPP, launched on Saturday, reached a capacity of 400 MW.

According to the Ministry of Energy, more than 22 million kWh of electricity were supplied from the BelNPP within three days from the moment of being connected to the unified energy system, which made it possible to save 6.4 million cubic meters of natural gas worth about $1 million.

The power unit’s capacity will be gradually increased to the design capacity of 1190 MW.

The Ministry of Energy lists the benefits of the NPP as follows:

- will provide for about 40% of internal electricity needs;

- the station will produce about 18 billion kWh annually;

- the launch of the nuclear power plant will make it possible to replace about 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year and save more than $500 million annually;

- greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by more than 7 million tons per year.

Lukashenko appealed to Poland and Lithuania to exchange electricity

Alexander Lukashenko proposed to the authorities of Lithuania and Poland to stop confrontational rhetoric and return to dialogue. An appeal to neighboring countries was made at a meeting with the workers of the BelNPP.

Lukashenko called on Lithuania to “live in harmony”, and to the Polish leaders he said that “nothing will work out for you, we will not kneel.”

“Let's generate electricity, sell it, exchange electricity!” Lukashenko said.

The number of people detained at the November 8 protests exceeded 1,000 people

On Sunday, November 8, the number of detainees during protests exceeded 1,000, according to the Viasna human rights center. On November 7, many musicians were also detained.

From 12.00 on Saturday in Minsk, a march of doctors was to begin. As soon as the doctors went out onto the porch of the first clinical hospital, the arrests began. More than 50 doctors ended up in police departments. At 14.00, a women’s march, traditional for Saturdays in Minsk, was announced. But police began to detain its participants even before they got together.

In the Saturday evening, after the yard concerts, there were another detentions. After the performance in the courtyards on Yesenin Street, the musician Pavel Arakelyan got arrested. And in Kamennaya Gorka, the entire “Rekha” band was detained.

On Sunday, the actor Alexander Zhdanovich was detained on the march. Several generations of Belarusians know him not by his last name, but as Malyavanych, the host of the children’s television program “Kalyhanka”. For adults, Alexander is known as an actor at the Gorky Theater in Minsk.

The list of detainees also includes the former press secretary of the Brest Dynamo soccer team, TV presenter and Miss Belarus-2008 Olga Khizhinkova. She was previously fired from the National Beauty School for supporting the protests.

Political scientist Andrei Yegorov, musicians Pavel Arakelyan and Andrus Takindang, decathlete Andrei Kravchenko, boxer Ivan Ganin, director Yuri Divakov, circus artist Semyon Bukin, the European jiu-jitsu champion Andrei Shcherbatyuk and footballer Roman Gaev were also among the detained last weekend.

Media workers were again detained in Minsk and Vitebsk last Sunday. In total, more than 300 detentions of media workers have been recorded in Belarus since August 9.

On Sunday, mobile Internet was turned off In Minsk and 9 subway stations were closed, including all 4 new ones

In Minsk, on the day of the traditional Sunday protest march on November 8, mobile Internet was turned off and 9 subway stations were closed. 4 new stations were opened by Lukashenko two days before. The subway is closed on Sundays to make it harder for protesters to gather in the city center. The Internet was gone at about 10 AM. Such an early disconnection of the mobile Internet is because the beginning of the protest action was shifted to noon.

On Sundays before, the protesters gathered in the center of Minsk around 14:00. However, given the shorter daylight hours, this time they decided to get together earlier. The mobile Internet is usually turned off at the request of government agencies approximately two hours before the start of the protest.

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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.