The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that the correspondents of the ABC American TV network will be deprived of their media accreditation as soon as their current one expires. Moreover, "ABC is persona non grata as far as any contact with an official Russian organization is concerned," the Ministry also proclaimed in a press release. This is the first retaliatory measure the Russian government has ever taken against a major Western media. This decision follows ABC News July 28th broadcast of an interview with Chechen warlord Chamil Bassayev, considered to be Public Enemy No. 1 in Russia.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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Third Way, the Belarusian organisation whose members are being prosecuted for producing satirical cartoons about Lukashenka,
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We are continuing to focus our efforts on the Belarusian prisoner of conscience Mikhail Marinich.
We are campaigning for him to receive proper medical treatment, to be permitted to see his family,
and ultimately to be released from prison pending a review of his case. You can help by distributing
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