– performers” (Almost play).
"If such as you come into
the office, my children will not have any future", - a mother of the
large family said to Alexander Dobrovolsky.
A. Dobrovolsky: the vice-chairman of
the United Civil Party (UCP), a former deputy of the Supreme Council, a guest
E. Lobanovich: the young chairman of the Executive Committee
of UCP, a guest from Minsk.
G. Osipova: the former
chairman of UCP in the Grodno region till 1998, left from a post, having
disappointed in the party.
G. Raspopov: the former
leader of the Grodno urban organisation of UCP till 1998.
and Raspopov have left from the posts of the chairmen voluntary, having waved
a hand on the party, having left after themselves dozens "dead souls
", ostensibly members of the party, in the activity of the party they
didn’t participate and ignored the requests of the leaders of the party.
members of the party: people under age, "reliable" – Raspopov,
Osipova and some more men, most of them remembered about the party only on
the eve of the elections.
" The Delegates of
a conference ": mass characters - young and not so young men familiar
and unfamiliar (it is a secret who and when selected them as the delegates,).
"The Forbidden": members of UCP in Grodno and Grodno
region, members of the National Committee of UCP, the leaders of UCP in
Grodno and Grodno region, members of auditing commissions - people which were
forbidden to participate in the conference (more than 80 % from the total
number of the members of UCP).
"Security": two young men whose
duty was not to let “the forbidden” participate in the conference
S. Domash: the former chairman of
Grodno Regional Executive Committee, the former member of the Supreme
Council, he is an unemployed for four years, he considers himself to be an
opposition, he drives foreign cars, one of which cost more than 20.000
dollars. Being a leader he bought a smart house in the city centre on a low
price, by the decision of the court this deal is considered to be illegal,
but this decision of the court, which has lawful force, is not executed.
Arrests, searches and other troubles, which happened with the majority of
people of the opposition in Grodno, always bypass S. Domash. He is a friend
of Lebedko and Dobrovolsky, a main initiator of the removal of Levonevsky
from party posts. Now S. Domash is the non-party, though he has kept all the
manners of an old party worker and wants to come into office again.
Town hall: it VERY likes grants
(external financing), the resource centre, helps public organisations if they
agree to obey to S. Domash and to “the Grodno Initiative ". "The
Grodno Initiative " is created by the former workers of the executive
power for returning them in the number of leaders, it works under private
protection of the local power and lives for the account of credulous western
and American tax - payers.
" The Grodno
Initiative ": the public association created by S. Domash and A.
Milinkevich (Town hall). It tries to dictate their will to political parties,
public movements and trade unions by various ways. It creates visibility of
consolidation of forces of the opposition. It renders active resistance to
public and other associations which are not included into "the Grodno
initiative." It was formed for creation of political conditions for S.
Domash and people who help him come into office.
lives for the account of credulous western and American tax - payers.
members of the organisations which are included in " the Grodno
initiative" are still members of dozen organisations of this structure.
Place of action:. Grodno, Budennogo
street 48a. The town hall, Rada 23.
Prologue: history (brief course):
1998. The businessmen announced about the creation of their own party and
have began to prepare for this event. The leaders of UCP (United Civil Party)
met with the initiator of the creation of the this party, Valery Levonevsky
and proposed: " What for do you need to create your own party, we are
yours, UCP is the party for businessmen. In Grodno as you know there was
“chaos." Osipova and Raspopov are not interested in the party, there is
a formal structure. Levonevski, help us, head this part of work, you see we
do common business, we struggle with the regime ".
agreed. Two years of work. The businessmen became the members of the party,
it got good image. In Grodno the structure of the party was completely
regenerated. Complete self-financing. The large actions of protest in Grodno
and in the Republic of Belarus. The huge charitable actions. UCP was
respected. The young people came to the party with their money and ideas.
"Grandfathers" from UCP did not expect such events. They have got
used "to exploit" a man and to throw him out.
necessary to do something . The youth is coming. Approximately from the
beginning of 2000 there was a wave of reprisals of new politicians from the
part …. "former", now they are representatives of the opposition.
first attempt of a party "radical change" in Grodno was undertaken
by the leaders of UCP at the beginning of Spring, 2000. It was a failure. The
candidature of Raspopov completely failed, and the members of the party said
that they trusted to Levonevsky. Moreover, on a congress of the party he was
selected as the member of the Political Council. What are they to do? To
relieve Levonevsky of his duties on the democratic rules it is impossible. In
Grodno he is trusted more than
"guests from Minsk". An “old” mechanism, which was invented by the
communist was started: a lot of lies, anonymous letters and removal from a
post on this letters. And also there was the convocation of a formal
conference at which people prepared beforehand were present and the election
of the new party leaders in the Grodno region. But the
"grandfathers" didn’t take into consideration several
Levonevsky joined the party of UCP, but he wasn’t going to serve Lebedko,
Dobrovolsky and those who behaved like them.
those who told lies will answer in the court. This plot will not pass. And
Levonevsky will stand up against an existing regime and against an
originated, more terrible and unpredictable regime of Lebedko - Domash. Do
not forget that there was a time when Lukashenko – Lebedko - Domash etc. were
one team which deceived the people. In 1996 they did not divide something and
ran up. But the methods and means for the achievement
of a purpose have remained the same. One thing they calculated correctly:
before the elections to the National assembly Levonevsky will not have enough
time to register a new party. But life doesn’t come to the end in Autumn,
2000. There will be the presidential elections and the elections to a new
parliament in four years. This year it is possible to participate in the
Parliamentary elections by petition. In any case, the businessmen will stand
up against dishonourable people, and it doesn’t depend whether they belong to
the leaders or to the opposition.
evening, 22.30. A phone ring: " Valera (Levonevsky),
hello! Tomorrow “guests from Misk” will come to us, they will relieve you of
your duties, do you know? No? You should know that the election conference of
UCP in the Grodno region is going to held 17.06. at 12.00 in "the Town
Hall," complete privacy. "
Morning. We ring round the members of the party. Nobody knows about this
11.40. The Town Hall. The auditing commissions, the leaders of the Grodno
regional and urban organisations of UCP, the members of the National
Committee, chairmen of primary organisations of UCP, i.e. all who have
learned about this conference in the morning were present.
years ("the Forbidden"). They discuss a question: who has called a
conference and why more than 80 % of the party don’t know about it anything.
11.50. "The Town Hall". “The guests from Minsk" come
in". They see Levonevsky. Their faces are red. Easy confusion.
"The guests from Minsk" say to "the Forbidden":
" And we did not invite you!".
"The Forbidden" answer: " We shall silently sit and we
shall not speak."
Levonevsky says to "The guests from Minsk":
- I officially declare, that there are members of the party managing
bodies of UCP in Grodno and Grodno region, members of auditing commissions,
members of the National committee and the Political Council of UCP and member
of CCRC in this room. And I would like to speak. The conference is elective
and we have to report there. I should report before the conference.
- You are not a member of the party!?
- I disagree with the decision of the Political Council. But while the
question whether this decision is right or not is solved, I wrote the
application to UCP and became a member of its primary organisation.
- We do not know Your primary organisations.
- Five months ago we made the documents on creation of 8 (eight)
primary organisations in Grodno to You, the executive committee of the party.
- And we don’t register them.
- We do not want.
- But the primary organisations according to the Charter work from the
moment of creation but not from the moment of registration by the executive
committee of UCP.
- I am a lawyer and have the another opinion on this question.
- Then why you immediately registered three "lime" primary
organisations in Grodno; they were formed not in the urban organisation.
These primary organisations were formed not by the members of UCP and the
meetings on their creation were not carried out as the protocols on their
creation have not been given to the Grodno urban and regional organisations
of UCP till this moment.
- You may complain. But these primary organisations are the main
participants of the conference today. And the majority of the members of the
party are not informed about these conferences, and it is not my problem.
guests from Minsk" whisper with "the old members of the party
" and "the delegates". They leave a room of "The Town
Hall", then "the old" and "the delegates" leave the
room in silence.
-Let’s see, where do they run from us ?
Being guided on quickly excluded backs of the fugitives, "the
forbidden" approach to a new place of the conferences, it is a building
of the organisation "Rada 23 " (Domash, Town hall, Grants,
Pogulaev), located on the other side of the building.
They are met by two young men, it is so-called "Security".
“Security” is ordered not to let "the forbidden" come in.
- Yes, yes, don’t let them come in!
Vasilieva N. (a member of the Central Êcontrol-auditing commission of
- But this contradicts to the Charter because the members of the party,
members of the National Committee, the members of auditing commissions and
councils have the right to be present on all party measures, especially on
reporting and elective.
Dobrovolsky orders to "Security":
- I have told not to let them come in!
- It is a closed conference.
The remark near the door:
-Shall we take them and "Security" trousers off and clap on the place which is right after the back.
"Security" is frightened and move aside. The faces of
"the guests from Minsk" and "the delegates" are too red.
Such impression, that a lot of "delegates" are ready to take their
trousers off voluntary.
Not everyone understand the English humour.
Dobrovolsky became more kind and allowed the member of CCRC to be
present at the conference.
" Well thank you for this," - said "the forbidden"
and went surprised home. Such degree of secrets the party haven’t know from
the moment of its creation.
To enjoy yourself so to enjoy yourself!
In the beginning of the conference Raspopov proposed once again to make
its closed and not to let the members of the National Committee of the party, urban and
regional auditing commission, leaders of regional, urban and primary
organisations participate in this conference. "The delegates" have
supported this idea unanimously. Why? Because all what has happened is “a
A. Pogulaev (Town hall, Domash, Grants) has offered to conduct also an urban
conference of UCP. Nobody was confused with that fact, that the decision on
an urban conference should be accepted 10 days prior to it and by the body,
specially representative to it.
enjoy yourself so to enjoy yourself" - "The Delegates" decided
and made the urban conference from themselves. They elected the leaders of an
urban organisation: Pogulaev and his company. Then the main part of all time
told how bad Levonevsky was and how good Domash was.
member of CCRC asked to show her the protocols of promotion of the delegates
on this conference and other documents connected with this measure. They
chose new leaders of the regional organisation from themselves. How do you
think who won in this “elections”? Yes, you are right: Raspopov and Osipova!
Yes, those leaders, who almost ruined the party and hold aloof from it two
"the delegates" of the conference and new elective bodies, for the
last two years these people have not done anything for the party. Only a few
man from Smorgon and Ostrovets are an exception
And those, who participated in the
charitable actions, an action of the protest, worked on the image of the
party, gave their own money for party needs, were inflicted the repressions
by the leaders - have left behind a door.
was supposed, now there will be two regional and two urban organisations in
Grodno. They have prepared for "the radical
change" for a long time. "Lime" primary organisations were
registered, and the real were not registered. The new members of the party
were accepted by the central device passing primary organisations;
"conversations" with the members of the “Political Council"
Backstage talks have been conducted for a long time.
And now let's think.
Discontent by the policy of A. Lukashenko grows and will grow because he does
not understand (or does not want to understand) copy-back maxims. The
politicians, who called themselves politicians "of a New wave ".
want to use this fact. A new wave in an old bog?! How many them were! Look at
them attentively. Old party leaders. The unemployed for many years. They
drive smart foreign cars, go with cellular telephones, a lot of their time
spend abroad visiting banquets and receptions. Shall we help them to occupy a
place of Lukashenko? What will they make, when they come into the office?
First of all they will lock those who "offended" them up. Then they
lock those who helped them up. Then will live in their pleasure, as well as
before. There is a struggle for "a seed- can", and we, voters are
pawns in this game. They think so. But they are mistaken, as always.
of all, politicians of a new generation (not of a new wave in an old bog)
have already come. These people have never been at "the seed-can", they
are able to work and to earn money, they think how our children will live in
a pawn has an opportunity "to grow". Some combinations and the pawn
becomes a queen. And we wish all try themselves in the policy. Otherwise such
as Lukashenkos, Domashes, Lebedkos, Dobrovolskys etc. will lead us for a long
time. They are berries from one field. It is necessary to plough this field.
Today A. Lebedko rushes
between the USA and Russia trying to find some help to himself.
such as they shouted: " Glory to the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union! ", then “Down with the Russian imperialism! ", now
"Belarus lives". Now they go with the stretched hand to "the
imperialists". And according to the words of Nemtsov today the main
integrator of the union of Russia and Belarus is not Lukashenko any more, it
is A. Lebedko, “the wolf in the sheep skin.”
businessmen of the Republic of Belarus, have really mistaken in Lebedko. It
is an usual liar, chatterbox and a laughter-man. He is the same as A.
Lukashenko. His place is on a dump of history.
the course of history can not be stopped. It can be slowed down or speed up.
Let's speed up. It is necessary to re-elect Lukashenko, let's think, who will
replace him. New people, who are not spoiled by power and old corruption
ties, should come into the office. Or our children will not have any Future.
Belorussian businessmen at the republican strike committee, which will be
held soon, will consider questions how to hold up the support of the leaders
of UCP, some members of the former Supreme Council and about the allocation
of means for the organisation of their information support.
August 28, 2000 in Grodno the congress of the New Party of Belarus is to be
The information message of the United Civil Party
(UCP) in Grodno and Grodno region.
in Grodno in a room of the public organisation "Rada 23" whch is
situated at Budennogo street 48a the illegal conferences of UCP in Grodno and
Grodno region took place.
The members of the Grodno municipal and
Grodno regional party organisations: the leaders of regional and municipal
organisations, members of the auditing commission, members of councils, primary
organisations were not informed about these conferences. Moreover, the
members of the party, members of the National committee of UCP, members of
auditing commissions, members of councils and chairmen of primary
organisations were not allowed to present in the hall of session by the
central leaders of the party (Lobanovich and Dobrovolsky). This underground
conferences were announced to be closed.
Taking into account that circumstance
that these measures are provocation from the central bodies of UCP and
roughest breach of the Charter, we do not recognise the results of these
We think that such actions of the
leaders of UCP are anti-party and we demand the realisation of a congress of
the party to discuss the question about the trust to the leaders of UCP.
Acting in the capacity of the chairman
in Grodno region A. Vasiliev
The chairman of Grodno
Municipal organisation of UCP O. Podgaetsky
To the chairman of the Central
control - auditing commission of UCP
8.05.2000 on behalf of the co-ordination
Grodno Initiative" under
the signature of its
chairman Semen Domash
the application with
to release V. S.
Levonevsky from the management
in the Grodno
organisation of UCP was distributed.
3. 06. 2000 the session of the Political
council of the United Civil Party (UCP) was carried out. At this Political
Council I, Valery Levonevsky, was excluded from the members of the party. Simultaneously,
from the words of Anatoly Lebedko (the chairman of UCP), I was deprived of
the powers of the member of the Political council and the chairman of UCP in
the Grodno region.
17.06.2000 in Grodno at Budennogo
str.48a in a room of the public organisation "Rada 23" under the
management of Evgeny Lobanovich (the chairman of the executive committee of
UCP) and A. Dobrovolsky (the vice-chairman of UCP) the closed Grodno
municipal and Grodno regional conferences of UCP were carried out.
I think that the above-stated actions of
the organisations and their officials concerning me and members of the party
are illegal and restrain the rights and lawful interests on the following
1) I doubt in the competent of the
intervention of “The Grodno Initiative" in the activity of UCP.
2) Exception me from the members of the
party, removal from posts of the member of the Political council and Chairman
of the Grodno regional organisation of UCP by the Political council I
consider to be illegal and contradicting to the Charter of the party. The
Political council is unauthorised to decide such questions as I was elected
in the political council by the congress of the party and only the regional
conference has the right to re-elect me as the Chairman of UCP in the Grodno
Besides "breaches" of the
Charter on which I am excluded from the party are incompetent and are not
confirmed documentary. From the extract of the Decision of the Political
council in this part from 3.06.2000 handed to me by Lobanovich only
17.06.2000 there are no references on the documents.
3) About carried out municipal and
regional conferences more than 80 % of the members of the party in Grodno and
Grodno region were not informed and, accordingly, they did not take part in
work of the conference. "Delegates" to the conference were elected
not according to the Charter of the party. The assemblies on promotion of the
delegates to the conference which are provided by the Charter of the party
were not carried out. Hence, these "delegates" could not represent
interests of the members of UCP in Grodno and Grodno region.
4) The primary organisations submitted
at the municipal conference are created with the breach of the Charter from
the persons who are not the members of the party at the moment of creation
(December, 1999). The legality of creation of these primary organisations
causes some doubts and that fact, that these organisations refused to give
the protocols of the constituent assemblies in the municipal and regional organisation
of UCP is also alerted.
5)Dobrovolsky and Lobanovich asserted
contradicting the Charter of the party that I cannot be present at these
conferences. Besides it is impossible for the members of the National
committee of UCP, members of the Council of the Grodno municipal and regional
organisation of UCP, chiefs of the Grodno and Regional Organisation of UCP,
members of the municipal auditing commission and other members of the party
to be present. For this purpose two men (the security) who allowed to come in
a room to people only under the sanction of Lobanovich and Dobrovolsky were
6) Besides there was no session of a
competent body on which the decision on the realisation of the Grodno
regional and urban conference of UCP 17.06.2000 was accepted.
I.e. these conferences are more similar
to arrangement of the group of people, who pursue one purpose: to re-elect
the leaders of urban and regional organisation of UCP by frauds and fake of
the documents. It was marked by the member of CCAC of UCP N. Vasilieva who
was present at these conferences (member Central control - auditing commission). By such actions the leaders of UCP puts serious
impact on the image of the party and actually results it in split.
On the basis of above-stated I ask:
To check up legality and validity of
actions of the above mentioned officials, organisations and their bodies
To the leaders of UCP of the Republic a Belarus to the
Bogdankevich S. A.
Lebedko A. V.
Dobrovolsky A. A.
Shlyndikov V. M.
I shall allow myself to remind
you, that 3.06.2000 at the session of the political council of UCP of the
Republic of Belarus the chairman of UCP in Grodno district Valery Levonevsky
was excluded from the members of UCP. Our doubt in the validity of the given
decision was lead up to your item of information by a management of UCP in
Grodno and urban party organisation in the letter from 5. 06. 2000. Taking
into consideration complexity of political situation in Belarus and urgency
of duly reaction on varying situations and also wishing finally to be
convinced of hardness of your decision, I am addressing to you again asking
for an explanation of our position in this conflict situation. I also ask you
to answer some questions, the answers on which will define an opportunity of
our further co-operation or its discontinuance.
witness and direct participant of the background of the conflict between the
former chairman of the Grodno executive committee Semen Domash and the leader
of businessmen’s movement Valery Levonevsky I explain.
Originally the co-operation between them
developed productively, some rather significant measures in common were
carried out, a general condition was desire to change an existing regime.
After realisation of a number of the actions of the protest by the
businessmen, which were organised Valery Levonevsky and in which some
thousands took part, the interest from the side to the businessmen’s movement
and from the side of some leaders of opposition has increased. Obviously,
Semen Domash has made the conclusion, but the main purpose of his activity
was to subordinate to himself the businessmen’s movement.
that during the preparation for the joint meeting, the legal organiser of
which was Valery Levonevsky, Semen Domash made a complaint to the organiser
of the meeting to Valery Levonevsky - why he does not co-ordinate all actions
with him, as he is the co-ordinator of the “Grodno Initiative ". On this
matter Valery Levonevsky said that he as the responsible organiser of the
meeting, has the right himself to accept the decisions without the
co-ordination with him, Semen Domash. A bit later, Semen Domash has gathered
supporters, financially dependent on him, about 10 men and all of them were
the representatives of BNF and has decided “to punish strictly” Valery
Levonevsky. All was as in the old communist times, the members of “the bureau
of the regional committee of Communist Party of the Soviet Union sat at a
table ready to attack “the apostate” from “the general line of Communist
Party of the Soviet Union”, at the centre "HE" sat - " the
First secretary of the bureau of the regional committee of Communist Party of
the Soviet Union ", the time seemed to return on some decades back, even
the furniture was placed as in the cabinet of the regional committee. The
supporters of Valery Levonevsky on this "measure" were not allowed
to present, the "party" rules provided the presence only of the
members of a bureau of the regional committee and the originator. It was
vividly seen that skilled party worker Semen Domash used his cabinet party
experience of struggle with the dissent to the full. During such
"heart-felt conversation" Semen Domash has presented the ultimatum
- either you, Valery Levonevsky, will act as you are spoken or you will lose
any support from the part of the organisations you control. To honour Valery
Levonevsky, he doesn’t bargain with the former party leader. After that
measure Valery Levonevsky discussed that situation with the supporters from
businessmen. During discussion some businessmen had questions: " If
today we change the present president of Belarus A.
Lukashenko to Semen Domash, a representative of the opposition, what
will change? " Discussing this question they came to a conclusion, that
nothing! Both of them are intolerant to the opinion which differs from his
own. Semen Domash will struggle with the opposition as well as Alexander
Lukashenko does, he can not do it in another way and in opposition he has
appeared only because he" has been pushed aside from the seed -
can". The businessmen have also stated concern that after fall of the
regime of A. Lukashenko, and in inevitability of this anybody did not doubt,
the arrival to authority such "representatives of the opposition"
as Semen Domash is possible, then all will go on a new circle, a new
dictatorship will be, new political prisoners will appear and the sufferings
of the Byelorussians will continue. Talking before the colleagues Valery
Levonevsky has declared: ”As a matter of fact we have with some leaders of
opposition absolutely different tasks. For them - to re-elect Lukashenko and
themselves occupy his place, for us - not only to elect a new parliament and
president, but also create a system at which the dictatorship will be
impossible. There is no opposition Levonevsky - Domash, there is an
opposition of ideas and values sounded by the those people ". All
participants of discussion have supported a position of Valery Levonevsky,
and have supported his conclusion: " We have different ways with
Semen". Take into consideration that Valery Levonevsky quite loyally
concerns to another opinion and the participants of discussion didn’t have
any finance dependence on him.
8.05 2000 Semen
Domash has directed to your address (The leaders of UCP of Belarus) the
letter where he discussed an article "The Sight from within "
printed in the bulletin "Businessman" #44, where has burst in a
series of epithets and spells to the name of Valery Levonevsky. Being unable
to result reasonable arguments denying the facts stated in the article of
Valery Levonevsky he writes: " …The frankly rough form.., … groundless
accusations …, … he is impudent and cynical, … has shown himself insolvent
politician …, has shown his real essence and complete absence of legal,
political and civil culture, … etc. " In one word if we sum up all
regional committee’s lexicon of Semen Domash we will come to the conclusion
that Valery Levonevsky is "something terrible" and how and why it
is "a secret" and only he knows, Semen Domash. At the end of the
letter Semen in the categorical form demands: " ….to release him (Valery
Levonevsky) from the management of the Grodno organization of UCP. Otherwise,
I should regretfully state, that the activity of Your party in Grodno and
Grodno region will not have any support from our party."
of UCP in Grodno region were surprised when they knew that the leaders of UCP
of Belarus, frightened by threats, had yielded on blackmail of Semen Domash
and had executed all his requirements, and with “the help” of Lebedko A. V.
Valery Levonevsky was simply expelled from the members of UCP.
connection with this case I ask you to answer: Does the above mentioned
decision mean that in the leaders of UCP approve the authoritarian style of
the leaders and intolerance to the opinion which differs from the opinion of
the chief Lebedko A. V.? Does the above mentioned decision mean that Valery
Levonevsky "was simply handed over" by the leaders of UCP in a
favour to the former party boss, and nowadays to "the representative of
the opposition" – Semen Domash. Is the leaders of UCP in their activity
inside the party similar to the leaders of the country? Does the above
mentioned decision mean that those primary party organisations of UCP which
were created under the direction of Valery Levonevsky are liquidated by the
decision of the leaders of the party? Does this decision mean that from this
moment UCP in the Grodno region will be supervised by the non-party Semen
Domash and will become the branch of BNF?
Hundreds members of UCP and its supporters
are waiting for answers to the put questions.
Acting in the capacity of the chief of
UCP in the Grodno region
A. Vasiliev (photo). 14.06.2000.