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The fourth protester gets killed in Belarus, a mandatory mask regime is introduced in Minsk, and EPAM makes Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list again. Belarus, November 12, 2020

A Minsk resident died, presumably, at the hands of the security forces. He refused to allow unknown masked persons to cut off the white-red-white ribbons in his yard. EPAM makes Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the second year as the Top IT Services Company. The second wave of COVID-19 officially came to Belarus. Following other cities, a mask regime was introduced in Minsk. Belarus is discussing with Russia participation in the project “Traveling without COVID-19”.

Minsk resident Roman Bondarenko, who was taken to hospital from the police department with serious injuries, has died

Roman Bondarenko, a 31-year-old resident of Minsk, died in the Emergency Hospital this evening. He was taken to the intensive care unit last night unconscious and with serious injuries from the Central Police Station of Minsk. Doctors operated on the victim, but they could not save him.

Since the beginning of the protests, residents of many houses in residential areas of Minsk have begun to unite in Telegram chats. Residents of houses gather in the evenings in the courtyards, drink tea, get acquainted. In some courtyards, concerts of Belarusian musicians are often held, where protest songs are played. Hanging white-red-white flags on houses, between houses and on fences around houses has become a new form of expression of protest. The security forces remove the flags, and the next day they appear again. In order to complicate the task for the security forces, instead of flags, residents began to tie many ribbons of white and red colors on their fences, forming huge flags of protest.

On the evening of November 11, a fight broke out in one of these courtyards in Minsk. The conflict arose between local residents and unknown persons who came to cut the white-red-white ribbons hung by the residents of the house. Bondarenko interfered with these people, a scuffle ensued between them, and then he was loaded into a minibus and taken away in an unknown direction. After a while, he was taken to the hospital. He was already in a coma.

According to Office Life, this is the fourth person killed during the protests, allegedly at the hands of security forces. Alexander Taraikovsky was the first one. A riot policeman shot the unarmed man in the chest at a protest in Minsk on August 10. A criminal case against the riot policeman hasn’t been opened by this time.

EPAM makes Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the second year as the Top IT Services Company

This kind of recognition demonstrates EPAM’s position as a leader in technology services and a consistent pattern of high revenue, profit, and EPS growth.

EPAM Systems, a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services, today announced that it has been named the top IT services company on the 2020 Fortune 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the second year in a row. The company climbed fifty positions since last year to number 21.

Fortune’s 100 list includes publicly traded companies ranked each year by the revenue growth rate, EPS growth rate and three-year annualized total return. In the last 3 years, EPAM has almost doubled its revenue and scaled its unique integrated consulting and engineering delivery operations to more than 35 countries and 38 thousand employees.

Arkadiy Dobkin, the CEO and President of EPAM believes that “ranking for the second year in a row as the top IT services company on the list, demonstrates the continued strength of our value proposition as we help our customers pivot and adapt to a fast-changing, and sometimes very unpredictable, global environment.”

EPAM was also one of only four technology companies to appear on Forbes 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies list every year of publication since 2013.

The second wave of COVID-19 has officially arrived in Belarus. Mandatory mask regime is introduced in Minsk

Following some other cities of Belarus, a mandatory mask regime was introduced in Minsk due to the accelerated spread of coronavirus infection. “Not only for employees but also for visitors to all objects of the capital without exception,” the Minsk City Executive Committee said.

Now it is mandatory to wear a mask in public transport, including taxis, shops, cafes and canteens (with the exception of meal times), pharmacies, schools, social services, gyms, administrative buildings, banks, post offices, consumer service centers, and inside other facilities. Wearing a mask outside is optional.

The mask regime applies to both public and private facilities. By the way, the state has already begun to fine for non-compliance with the requirement to wear masks. A store in Mogilev received a fine of about $4,000.

The very fact of a person being in a shopping center or store without a mask is a violation for which administrative responsibility is provided. For this, a fine is imposed, but not on the visitor, but on the business owner, and may be up to $5,250.

The EAEU introduces an “anti-COVID-19" electronic system for border control

Belarus is discussing with Russia participation in the project “Traveling without COVID-19”. The project was developed by the Digital Initiatives Fund of the Eurasian Development Bank.

The citizens of the country participating in the project are planned to send the results of the coronavirus test to an electronic system, which will confirm the absence of infection when crossing the border. The test result from a certified laboratory will be reflected in the system and mobile application and will be confirmed in another country.

It is assumed that in the future, the system will allow confirming the presence of vaccination against COVID-19 or information on health insurance to any organization, hotels, transport companies, etc.

The project has already been launched between Russia and Armenia.


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.