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25 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Belarus says it is unconcerned by European Union plans to fund radio pro-democracy broadcasts to the country.

The EU on 24 August said that in November it will begin Youth Russian-language broadcasts into Belarus, where President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is accused of stifling independent media. (See also, "German Broadcaster Makes Waves With Russian-Language Plans.")

Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ruslan Yesin today called the project "pointless," saying the government is "not afraid of it."

(Reuters)

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"Expelled U.S. Academic Says Minsk In Anti-Western 'Cleanup'"
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