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Belarus Says Polish Embassy Is Spy Headquarters

State television broadcast accusations about Polish espionage (RFE/RL) 8 February 2006 -- The Belarusian counterintelligence service, the KGB, has accused the Polish Embassy in Minsk of spying.

In a program broadcast yesterday on Belarus state television, an unnamed KGB officer said that the Polish Embassy had become a headquarters for foreign secret services.

On the same program, a KGB spokesman said that foreign spies have stepped up their activities in Belarus ahead of the upcoming presidential elections. He said there was a concerted effort to "create scandals" that would undermine the country's stability.

Polish Embassy officials in Minsk criticized the report, which they said was aimed at creating a rift between Poland and Western countries.

President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is running for a third term in the 19 March election.

The Polish government has been among the most outspoken critics of Lukashenka's regime.

(Belapan, Interfax, dpa)

Video Roundtable On Belarus/Ukraine

Video Roundtable On Belarus/Ukraine

On December 8, 2005, RFE/RL and the Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS) jointly conducted a roundtable discussion on issues relating to Belarus's post-Soviet transition. To view video of the roundtable, click here.

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