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Estonia To Admit Expelled Belarusian Students

A protester at a post-election demonstration in March is taken away by police. The Belarusian opposition accuses the government of applying systematic pressure on students. (epa) August 16, 2006 -- The Estonian Education Ministry today said that six Belarusian students expelled from university on political grounds have been invited to study in Estonia, supported by government scholarships.

The ministry says the offer is an expression of Estonia's wish to help consolidate Belarus' democratic forces and notes that several other European countries have also welcomed Belarusian students.


Belarus And Poland

Belarus And Poland

An anti-Lukashenka demonstration in Warsaw on February 22 (RFE/RL)

LOOKING OVER THE FENCE: In the 12 months leading up to today's presidential elections, Polish citizens have taken a strong interest in the fate of their neighbors, the Belarusians. Some say this is because the two countries are geographically linked and it is in Poland's best interest to be surrounded by democratic friends. Others say it is because of Poland's own strong history fighting against oppression. Regardless of the reason, one thing is indisputable: Poland is almost as invested in the results of the March 19 election as Belarus is....(more)

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Click on the image to view a dedicated page with news, analysis, and background information about the Belarusian presidential ballot.

MEET THE CANDIDATES: Read brief biographies of the four candidates in the March 19 election.

Click on the image to view RFE/RL's coverage of the election campaign in Belarusian and to listen to RFE/RL's Belarus Service.