Radio Free Europe reported today that the U.S. Treasury Department has announced that any assets of President Alexander Lukashenka and other Belarusian officials in the United States will be frozen. In addition, American citizens are prohibited from doing business with Lukashenka.
In a related story, the plans for television to be broadcast into Belarus from Poland are on course to begin in 2007. Polish journalist Agnieszka Romaszewska, who is has been a key figure in the plan, explains that a separate satellite TV channel will broadcast in both the Belarusian and Russian languages. Sponsored by funds from the Polish government and the European Union, the project is designed to get free and accurate news and information to Belarusian people who are otherwise denied such access by their totalitarian and corrupt government.