Leader of the United Civic Party (UCP), member of the 13th Supreme Soviet, financier, politician, and president of the National Bank of Belarus (1991-95). (His name is also spelled "Stanislau Bahdankevich" and "Stanislav Bogdankevich", the latter when translated from Russian).
Former rector of the Homel (Gomel) State Medical Institute, accused on July 13, 1999, of taking bribes (along with 17 colleagues). Dr. Bandazhevsky had conducted research into the effects of radiation doses on children's health and drew an important conclusion that a cesium-137 dose above 50 Bq per kilogram of a child's weight causes serious pathologies. Mr. Bandazhevsky's research showed a direct effect of radiation doses on children's health. The case against Dr. Bandazhevsky is believed by some to have a political background, as Dr. Bandazhevsky used to criticize the government for neglecting Chornobyl (Chernobyl) problems. Dr. Bandazhevsky was dismissed as rector on July 30, 1999 by the Belarusian Health Minister, Igor Zelenkevich.
Ex-Prime Minister Mikhail Chyhir (Chigir). Until recently, jailed by the Lukashenka regime (and whose sentence is under appeal). Prior to becoming Prime Minister in 1994 under Lukashenka, Chyhir was head of BelAgroPromBank -- Belarus’ specialized food economy bank.
A member of the 13th Supreme Soviet, and a member of the opposition. Mr. Klimov faces charges of embezzlement and business irregularities, while his supporters say that his prosecution is politically motivated.
Web Sites about the Authoritarian Ruler of Belarus: Aleksandr G. Lukashenka
Note: Mr. Lukashenka was elected in 1994 as Belarus' first democratically elected president. In 1995 and 1996 he committed acts which destroyed all democratic aspects of the constitution and extended his powers as absolute ruler (some commentators have referred to these actions as a "bloodless coup"). Although he continues to maintain total control over Belarus, his term of office as a democratically elected president ended in July, 1999. (Mr. Lukashenka was born on August 30, 1954.)
Professor of Law at an independent university in Belarus. He is also the director of the Media Protection Center at the Belarusian Association of Journalists. From 1992 to 1994, Prof. Pastukhov participated in a working group on the creation of the 1994 Belarus Constitution, the concept of court reform in Belarus, and the bill on the Constitutional Court. In 1998, Prof. Pastukhov was awarded the joint U.S. Government and European Union's
Democracy and Civil Society Award in recognition of his achievements in promoting democratic values and a civil society.
Former Chairman of the Rassvet agricultural joint-stock company and WWII Veteran. While on Kebich's presidential campaign team in 1994, called for voting against Mr. Lukashenka, and was later charged and tried with corruption in 1998-99.