January 11, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Rene van der Linden, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), plans to visit Belarus on January 18-20.
PACE said its president plans to meet officials and opposition and NGO representatives to discuss European concerns about democracy in Belarus, which is not a member of the Council of Europe.
Today, van der Linden began a two-day visit to Moscow.
(with material from ITAR-TASS)
Democracy In Russia
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.