Pinsk city executive committee has not allowed the independent newspaper “Miastsovy Chas” to hold a concert to celebrate the 100 issue of the newspaper. The concert with participation of Pinsk bards was planned for August 21 in a city park of culture and recreation. The previous verbal arrangement was made with the head of Pinsk city executive council Alyaksandr Hordzich, who assured the editor-in-chief of the “Miastsovy Chas” Viktar Yarashuk that the concert is to take place without any problems. However, the official letter signed by the head of the city executive committee Alyaksandr Kaneuski informed that the city executive committee does not allow holding an “advertising action” of the newspaper.
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