The travel ban also applies to persons who have, through business dealings with Belarusian government officials, derived signficant financial benefit through policies that have damaged democratic institutions in Belarus, according to Bush's statement.
The United States and European Union have imposed a series of diplomatic sanctions against Belarus, saying the presidential election was neither free nor fair and condemning a crackdown against opposition political activists.
Minsk, March 25
THE AUTHORITIES GET TOUGH: RFE/RL's Belarus Service filed these images from the police action against the March 25 demonstration in Minsk. Photographs by Maks Kapran.
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