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Andrei Sannikov
Andréi Olégovich Sánnikov (or Andrei Sannikau, Belarusian: Андрэй Алегавіч Саннікаў, Russian: Андрей Олегович Санников, born 8 March 1954) is a Belarusian politician and activist. In the early 1990s, he headed the Belarusian delegation on Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Armament Negotiations,[1] also serving as the Belarusian diplomat to Switzerland.[2][3] From 1995 to 1996, he served as Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus, resigning as a form of political protest.[4] He co-founded the civil action Charter 97,[3] and was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize in 2005.[5] Sannikov was a candidate at the 2010 presidential election in Belarus, and had the second highest percentage of the popular votes after incumbent Alexander Lukashenko
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Minsk
Minsk
Minsk
(Belarusian: Мінск, pronounced [mʲinsk]; Russian: Минск, [mʲinsk]) is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislach and the Nyamiha Rivers. As the national capital, Minsk
Minsk
has a special administrative status in Belarus
Belarus
and is the administrative centre of Minsk Region
Minsk Region
(voblast) and Minsk
Minsk
raion (district). In 2013, it had a population of 2,002,600. Minsk
Minsk
is the administrative capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States
Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) and seat of the Executive Secretary. The earliest historical references to Minsk
Minsk
date to the 11th century (1067), when it was noted as a provincial city within the Principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers
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Belarusian Parliamentary Election, 2004
Parliamentary elections were held in Belarus
Belarus
on 17 October 2004, with a second round of voting in two constituencies on 27 October, and a third round in one on 20 March 2005.[1][2] The vast majority of successful candidates, 97 of 109, were independents.[3] Voter turnout was reported to be 91.04% in the first round.[2] A total of 359 candidates contested the election, with oppositing parties claiming that around 40% of their candidates were not registered.[2] The OCSE delegation noted that although all candidates were given a set amount of free television and radio airtime and a free statement in the national press, over 80% of television news time was dedicated to President Alexander Lukashenko
Alexander Lukashenko
in the five weeks before the election
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Ambassador Extraordinary And Plenipotentiary
An ambassador is an official envoy, especially a high-ranking diplomat who represents a state and is usually accredited to another sovereign state or to an international organization as the resident representative of their own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.[1] The word is also often used more liberally for persons who are known, without national appointment, to represent certain professions, activities and fields of endeavor such as sales. An ambassador is the ranking government representative stationed in a foreign capital. The host country typically allows the ambassador control of specific territory called an embassy, whose territory, staff, and vehicles are generally afforded diplomatic immunity in the host country. Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, an ambassador has the highest diplomatic rank
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Nunn-Lugar
As the fall of the Soviet Union appeared eminent, the United States and their allies began to worry about the concept that the nuclear weapons held in smaller countries by the Soviet Union could fall or would fall into enemy hands. The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program was an initiative housed within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The CTR program is better known as the Nunn–Lugar Act based on the Soviet Nuclear Threat Reduction Act of 1991 which was authored and cosponsored by Sens. Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN)
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U.S. Senate
A senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature or parliament. The name comes from the ancient Roman Senate
Roman Senate
(Latin: Senatus), so-called as an assembly of the senior (Latin: senex meaning "the elder" or "old man") and therefore allegedly wiser and more experienced members of the society or ruling class. Thus, the literal meaning of the word "senate" is Assembly of Elders. Many countries have an assembly named a senate, composed of senators who may be elected, appointed, have inherited the title, or gained membership by other methods, depending on the country
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U.S. Department Of Defense
742,000 (civilian) 1,300,000 (active duty military) 826,000 (National Guard and reserve): 2.87 million total[1] (2016)Annual budget US$530.1 billion (2010)[2] US$549.1 billion (2011)[3] US$553.0 billion (est. 2012) US$496.1 billion (2015)[4] US$534.3 billion (base FY2016)[4]Department executivesJim Mattis, Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy SecretaryChild agenciesU.S. Department of the Army U.S. Department of the Navy U.S. Department of the Air ForceWebsite www.defense.govThe Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of DefenseThe Department of Defense (DoD,[5] USDOD, or DOD) is an executive branch department of the federal government of the United States charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government concerned directly with national security and the United States Armed Forces
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Belarusian Referendum, 1996
A seven-question referendum was held in Belarus
Belarus
on 24 November 1996.[1] Four questions were put forward by President Alexander Lukashenko on changing the date of the country's independence day, amending the constitution, changing laws on the sale of land and the abolition of the death penalty. The Supreme Council put forward three questions on constitutional amendments by the Communist and Agrarian factions, local elections and the national finances.[2] All of Lukashenko's proposals were approved, namely changing Belarus's national day, amending the constitution, and retaining the death penalty and a ban on land sales
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Charter 77
Charter 77
Charter 77
(Charta 77 in Czech and in Slovak) was an informal civic initiative in communist Czechoslovakia from 1976 to 1992, named after the document Charter 77
Charter 77
from January 1977. Founding members and architects were Jiří Němec, Václav Benda, Ladislav Hejdánek, Václav Havel, Jan Patočka, Zdeněk Mlynář, Jiří Hájek, Martin Palouš, and Pavel Kohout
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Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia[1] (/ˌtʃɛkoʊsloʊˈvækiə, -kə-, -slə-, -ˈvɑː-/;[2][3] Czech and Slovak: Československo, Česko-Slovensko[4][5]), was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Slovakia
on 1 January 1993. From 1939 to 1945, following its forced division and partial incorporation into Nazi Germany, the state did not de facto exist but its government-in-exile continued to operate. From 1948 to 1990, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
was part of the Soviet bloc with a command economy. Its economic status was formalized in membership of Comecon
Comecon
from 1949 and its defense status in the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
of May 1955
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Hienadz Karpienka
Dr. Hienadź Karpienka (Belarusian: Генадзь Карпенка, [ʝeˈnadzʲ karˈpʲenka]; Russian: Геннадий Карпенко, Gennady Karpenko, September 17, 1949 – April 6, 1999) was a Belarusian scientist and an important politician in opposition to president Alexander Lukashenko. Hienadz Karpienka was born in Minsk. In 1987 he was director of the Maladzyechna metallurgy plant. In 1990 Karpienka defended his doctorate dissertation "Technology of Materials". Karpienka was author of 50 inventions, which were implemented in 15 countries. In 1994 he was elected corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Karpienka was the deputy of two Belarusian parliaments, he was the lead for the commission on science and technology. He was also a member and one of the leaders of the United Civic Party. In 1992 he became Head of Maladzyechna Executive Committee (i.e. the city mayor)
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Mikhail Marinich
Mikhail Marynich (Belarusian: Міхаіл Марыніч; Russian: Михаил Маринич - Marinich, 13 January 1940 — 17 October 2014) was a Belarusian opposition leader from Homiel Voblast . He was a minister of foreign economic affairs and an ambassador of Belarus to Latvia. He became an opposition politician when he ran against the president Lukashenko for the presidency in the 2001 election, when he openly accused Lukashenko of implementing authoritarian policies in the country. After the election Marynich was accused and imprisoned on dubious charges of stealing computers from an NGO, of which he was himself a director. The computers belonged to the US Embassy, and the US Department issued a statement that they didn't have any claims against Mr Marynich. He was given a five-year sentence, although the sentence was later cut to 3.5 years
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Belarusian Presidential Election, 2001
Alexander Lukashenko IndependentElected President Alexander Lukashenko IndependentBelarusThis article is part of a series on the politics and government of BelarusConstitution PresidentAlexander LukashenkoGovernmentPrime Minister: Andrei KobyakovNational AssemblyCouncil of the Republic House of RepresentativesAll Belarusian People's Assembly JudiciaryConstitutional Court Supreme Court Economic CourtRecent electionsPresidential: 2006 2010 2015Parliamentary: 2008 2012 2016Political parties Foreign relations Administrative divisionsOther countries AtlasPresidential elections were held in Belarus on 9 September 2001.[1] The election should have been held in 1999, but a revised constitution adopted in 1996 extended incumbent Alexander Lukashenko's term for another two years. Lukashenko was handily reelected with 77.4% of the vote over two minor candidates
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Belarusian Presidential Election, 2006
Alexander Lukashenko IndependentElected President Alexander Lukashenko IndependentBelarusThis article is part of a series on the politics and government of BelarusConstitution PresidentAlexander LukashenkoGovernmentPrime Minister: Andrei KobyakovNational AssemblyCouncil of the Republic House of RepresentativesAll Belarusian People's Assembly JudiciaryConstitutional Court Supreme Court Economic CourtRecent electionsPresidential: 2006 2010 2015Parliamentary: 2008 2012 2016Political parties Foreign relations Administrative divisionsOther countries AtlasThe Belarusian presidential election of 2006 was held on 19 March. The result was a victory for incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko, who received 84.4% of the vote.[1] However, Western observers deemed the elections rigged
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Soviet Republics
1. Armenia 2. Azerbaijan 3. Byelorussia 4. Estonia[a] 5. Georgia 6. Kazakhstan 7. Kirghizia 8. Latvia[a] 9. Lithuania[a] 10. Moldavia 11. Russian SFSR 12. Tajikistan 13. Turkmenia 14. Ukraine 15. UzbekistanCategory Federated stateLocation Soviet UnionCreated by Treaty on the Creation of the USSRCreated 30 December 1922Abolished by State Council recognition of the Baltic states
Baltic states
independence Declaration no. 142-НAbolished 6 September 1991 26 December 1991Number 15 (as of 1989)Possible status The Baltic republics were de jure not recognized by several countries.Populations 1,565,662 (Estonia) – 147,386,000 (Russian SFSR)Areas 29,800 km2 (11,500 sq mi) (Armenia) – 17,075,400 km2 (6,592,800 sq mi) (Russian SFSR)Government Unitary Marxist-Leninist one-party socialist republicsSubdivisions Autonomous SSRs, oblasts, Autonomous oblasts,"Soviet socialist republic" redirects here
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Belarusian Parliamentary Election, 2008
The Belarusian parliamentary election, 2008
Belarusian parliamentary election, 2008
was held in Belarus
Belarus
on 28 September 2008.[1] The 110 seats in the House of Representatives were at stake.[2] Lidia Yermoshina, the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, announced on 29 August that 276 candidates were registered for the election; 365 people initially sought to run, but five withdrew and candidate registration for 84 others was rejected.[2] Just prior to the election, the number of the registered candidates was reduced to 263;[3] 82 of the candidates were members of political parties, the others were non-partisans loyal to the government
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